Pictured here from a recent trip to the Midi in France are scenes from the Aveyron, Tarn, and Tarn Et Garonne regions.
To the right a cat rests in St-Antonin-Noble-Val and Bikes in Najac. Above Toulouse-Lautrec poster. To the next right me outside the Dragon Vert in Verfeil, and far right me in Albi, birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Aveyron, Tarn and Tarn Et Garonne were rural, French and most agreeable. Almost set in the past I felt at home here. |
The film Charlotte Gray is set in this part of France and very little has changed much since the end of WW2 to spoil the area.
Why did Toulouse-Lautrec go to Paris when there is so much here to capture on canvas.|
As you see from the photo above, Albi is full of splendid old buildings dating from the 13th century. One such building on the river Le Tarn, the former archbishops palace which houses the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Here you will find his artistic work which represents the lifestyle in Paris and Montmartre at the end of the 19th century. There are over 1,000 paintings, drawings and lithographs donated by the painters family. He was born in Albi on November 24th, 1864. His father was count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec; his mother, AdeleTapie de Celeyran. The victim of a congenital disorder, Henri decicated his life to drawing and painting the seedier side of his contempories lifestyles, the world of music-halls and brothels in turn-of -the -century Paris.
Albi is also noted for it's glassworks, but I failed to find these.
Wines are best obtained from a wine co-op, and Cave de Labastide de Levis at Massac Sur Tarn is well worth a visit. Try 'Le Grand Secret' from 2000.