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Toulouse, called France’s pink city because of the rosy, glowing colours of its medieval brickwork – is a lively mixture of old and new. Renaissance mansions line the streets of the old town, where the campanile of the 12th century Basilique St-Sernin is an unmissable landmark, and graceful old bridges span the River Garonne. But Toulouse is also very much a 21st century city, as the capital of Europe’s aerospace industry and the home of Airbus Industrie. It’s a university town, so local life has a youthful edge. Toulouse is a gastronomic hub, and locals boasts that their take on cassoulet – a hearty casserole of beans, sausage, pork, and duck – is the finest that France has to offer, and is best enjoyed on a chilly autumn or winter’s day.
Main City Paris
Surface 811.6 km²
The City of Albi is dedicating a magnificent museum to the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, housed in the former bishop's palace adjoining the Cathédrale Sainte Cécile, it is the world's largest collection of drawings, sketches and posters by this great painter who was born in the city.
I love Albi for its brick houses and its medieval city centre, its Cathedral of Saint Cecilia and its magnificent museum dedicated to the work of Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, for its sublime building facades, its guestrooms and its wine bar terraces. Here, I will show you a true jewel of a place which is delightful to stroll around and lies roughly a hundred kilometres from Toulouse.
Everybody's favourite Sunday morning destination is the Brocante des Allées, a flea market that sets up once a month under the lime trees in Allée Forain-François Verdier.