Tuesday, 31 October 2017

T stands for …..taking you back to Albi

As promised the other day I am taking you back to Albi - we went on the recommendation of my SIL, who had told us that if we were going to Carcassonne then we should definitely fit in a day in Albi. We arrived on a drizzly Sunday afternoon and on walking down to the main square we found a pottery fair going on.

There were some lovely pots but as we were travelling by train it didn't seem like a good idea to buy any!
We had a little wander around in the drizzle!

As it was getting late, we went to a little restaurant tucked away in a corner behind the the cathedral
Of course it's time to share a drink with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T stands For Tuesday!

 At first we were on our own, so I took the chance to take some photos.

 Chilled soup for starters

 Water to drink with our meal.
The photo I took of our fish main course came out blurred but here is my pineapple and ice-cream dessert….
 …and our coffee!
The next day was sunny, we went into a church/abbey and through to the gardens…..

…where we saw this lady arrive and get a tin of cat food out of her bag and feed this cat who was clearly waiting for her!
Yay! Pear shaped tomatoes!

After that we visited the Cathedral and then after a quick(late)lunch (in this post)we went to the Toulouse Lautrec Museum which will have to have a post of it's own!
It was still sunny when we came out so we took a walk over the Vieux Pont(Old Bridge)

 We walked past the Museum of Miniatures….
 …it was closed but a peek at what was in the window showed fabulous details 

We walked to L'eglise Madeleine...
…where I picked up some conkers...
…and made my own little bit of natural art and took a photo of the cathedral.
 Each bus shelter had art posters - this is the only one without waiting queues.
 The new Arts centre has a wire cladding and is quite a landmark too!
 This traditional bandstand was close to the hotel.
Our view of the sunset on the arts centre.
After this we went to for a meal and the next morning after a short walk to buy gifts we set off for Bordeaux.

I hope to show you the Lautrec museum later this week and something exciting too! 

Happy T Day, Thanks for looking, Chris


Linda Kunsman said...

another fabulous visit to another amazing town. What great photos you took- that Pont Neuf one especially-love! Also loving that rustic and charming place you ate at-I'd even like the green soup:) And you even had time ti create your own art:) I am so enjoying your photos-thank you for sharing them, and happy T day!

kathyinozarks said...

wow I loved all the photos you shared-felt like I was right there with you. and loved the restaurant thanks so much for sharing with us Happy T Day Kathy

jinxxxygirl said...

This is so exiting Chris! I would have been thrilled to see the pottery fair and hard put not to buy anything train or I love the little balls around the walkways.. Made me think of the store Target here in the US ... it has big red balls out front of its stores..

Love seeing the lady feed the cat and the fact that it was waiting for her.. Cold soup.. i've never been able to wrap my head around that concept but i sure would help you with your pineapple So glad you took us with you Chris Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful photos of Albi, it really is a magical place. Love the idea of a pottery fair, too. Great that the lady was looking after that cat. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Divers and Sundry said...

How nice to have somebody who knows point you towards a not-to-miss place. Thanks for that virtual tour. You got great photos!

Happy T Tuesday

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a beautiful place! The old bridge and architecture look amazing and it was lovely joining you and seeing the sights 😁. The restaurant you found is so stylish and your meal looks delicious - yum! Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Such amazing photos of Albi. That new art center looks a bit out of place for the old and gorgeous architecture in the rest of the city. Maybe it was just me, but I enjoyed the older stuff better, including the cathedral and the beautiful bridge.

LOVED the bus stop with the Lautrec image. Seems he must be quite popular there (grin). I look forward to seeing his museum because I simply adore his posters. Too bad about the miniature museum. It would have been fun to see more than through the window.

Gosh, you and T had lots of meals on your trip. I eat once a day and would have been stuffed after the first one. Glad you shared the photos inside the restaurant and I loved the idea of chilled soup as a starter. Your dessert looks great, too. Thanks for sharing your water and coffee with us, as well as your meal and the rest of your trip to Albi with us for T this Tuesday.

BTW, please check your e-message.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh - what beautiful photos you share - a fantastic place and absolutely adorable photos! You took me with you chair wise - THANK YOU!
Happy Halloween and happy T-Day Chris!
oxo Susi

johanna said...

so nice to go on this trip with you, thanks for all These photos!
pear-shaped tomatoes, oh my - how fun!
happy t-day and happy Halloween!

Helen said...

I would love to come on holiday with you! what sights you see. The sunset is fabulous

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Your pictures from Carcassonne and Albi really have me yearning to go there, Chris. Gosh, you have a lot of wonderful memories to savor from that trip. The restuarant you chose has wonderful atmosphere. Conkers? I never heard the word. Chestnuts?

Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

CJ Kennedy said...

What a wonderful trip. So much to look at. Old. New. Lovely restaurant. Hubby looks in a better mood this week posing with his cold soup. I loved the pool with the koi fish. Can't wait to see the pictures of the Lautrec museum. i loved the photo of your natural art. Had to look up conckers. Ah, horse chestnuts. Thanks for the trip. Happy T Day

Meggymay said...

Another wonderful set of photos from your visit to France Chris.
The restaurant looks super as well. It was great wall art at the bus stop as well.
Happy T day wishes.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

I am glad the sky cleared up for you. What a beautiful place. I think your SIL made a great recommendation. Can't wait to see the Lautrec museum. I will be keeping my eyes open for it. happy T day. Hugs-Erika

roth phallyka said...

I am so enjoying your photos-thank you for sharing them, and happy T day!

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Neet said...

What a fabulous journey you took us on. So enjoyable and what lovely photos. That restaurant looks quite amazing - expensive?
~Hugs, Neet xx

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Carol said...

Such amazing photos ♥ I love traveling through your photos to parts of the world I would never get to see otherwise♥