Tag Archives: Albi

5 Hidden Gems in Southwest France

This region contains so much to see and do that it’s easy to visit only the obvious places, those that get the most publicity: the plus beaux villages, the Viaduc de Millau, the better-known markets, the famous festivals. Dig a … Continue reading

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Anniversaires and Albi Revisited

Anniversaries were in the air this week. My blog is four years old today. When I started it, I barely knew what a blog was, let alone how to set one up. Thanks to WordPress and a lot of practice, … Continue reading

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Rainy Day in Albi

It’s not supposed to rain in southwest France in the summer. The odd thunderstorm is acceptable but when the weather is persistently dreary for 10 days you feel cheated. Our visitors from Sweden must have felt especially cheated when they … Continue reading

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Getting the blues: the pastel trade in southwest France

Albi and Toulouse experienced a golden age during the late medieval and Renaissance periods, founded on the trade in pastel dye. I had vaguely heard of pastel (woad) but knew little about it. Visiting and reading up on these places … Continue reading

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Pastel Night in Albi

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (potential French presidential candidate) is currently taking up the news, but life goes on whatever he has or hasn’t done. So it’s without apologies that I continue to chronicle our life in southwest France, despite the political reverberations that … Continue reading

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