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    • Day 6

      Dritte Brücke Check weiter gehts

      September 1, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      TAG 6 der Six Bridges Rally
      Wir sind angekommen am Viaduc Du Viaur
      und haben erstmal alle wieder getroffen und freuen uns ungemein das alle heile und gesund angekommen sind.

      Den Stempel für unser Roadbook haben wir auch direkt eingesammelt😁😁
      Doch bald geht es weiter ✌🏻😁
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    • Day 10

      From Lyon to Albi

      June 20, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

      We left our apartment a little before 11 this morning, so a fairly leisurely start to the day. An easy time navigating the Lyon Metro was too good to be true. We picked up lunch at the gare and waited for our departure platform to be announced. Got on the train early enough to have an easy place to put our luggage, and then we waited. And waited. Apparently, there was a mechanical problem that caused us to be at least 30 minutes late pulling out. Not normally a problem but we only had 15 minutes scheduled to make our connection. Luckily they made up some time between Lyon and Toulouse that we were able to make our connection.
      The scenery changed a lot as we traveled down the mountainous Côtes du Rhône, through the Mediterranean coastline, then back into the hilly Occitanie. Our apartment owner kindly picked us up and brought us to the apartment in the old town, just steps away from the cathedral. All the outside photos are taken from the apartment windows.
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    • Day 96

      Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec

      March 23, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Heute ziemlich pünktlich kurz nach 10.00 Uhr ins Museum und uns den Werdegang des Künstlers in seinen verschiedenen Schaffenszeiten angeschaut. Ein 18jähriger, der die tollsten Tierbilder malt, ein wilder Maler in der Pariser Zeit, der wohl weltbekannteste Lithograf und ein düsteres Gemälde aus dem Todesjahr 1901. Toulouse-Lautrec wurde nur 36 Jahre alt.ée_Toulouse-La…
      Nach etwas mehr als zwei Stunden Aufenthalt habe ich dann in Wohnmobil mein Portemonnaie vermisst und vermutet, es auf der Toilette des Museums vergessen zu haben. Also wieder zurück. Im Museum Mittagspause bis 14.00 Uhr. Also warten, etwas durch Albi laufen und ein Bierchen trinken. Zur Öffnungszeit als erster da, nix abgegeben, aber der Geldbeutel lag noch dort wo ich ihn hingelegt hatte und so konnten wir dann mit etwas Verspätung in Richtung Clermont-Ferrant starten und es ging ganz problemlos über die N 88 zur A 75 und dann bis Issoire, wo wir einen kommunalen Stellplatz angefahren haben. In der Stadt noch eingekauft und die laufende Demonstration gegen die Regierung Macron angeschaut.
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    • Day 49


      June 20, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      After Cords Sue Ciel, we spent the afternoon exploring Albi.

      Albi is on the Tarn River and is dominated by the Cathedral Saint-Cecille, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is yet another town that dates from the Roman times.

      The cathedral was built over 200 years between the 13th and 15th centuries. It is the largest brick church in the world and also has the most wall paintings of all churches. We have seen a lot of churches over the last seven weeks and all are special and unique in their own way. They all make a statement.

      Albi is also where artist Toulouse Lautrec was born and there is a museum beside the cathedral where many of his works are displayed.

      French Explorer La Perouse was also from Albi.

      The bridges over the Tarn are impressive and are also part of the UNESCO heritage site.
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    • Day 44

      Last night in Albi

      June 26, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      So this afternoon I ventured out to get my nails done and it was fine (although not as good as lovely Antoinette on Hutt Street). Tried a lovely blue colour! Then we walked out to explore some of the newer parts of the city and saw a great statue of local hero, Laperouse and the war memorial and then spent some time looking for a new light top for me - it's getting warmer and warmer! Eventually we stopped for a drink in the main square. The 'pichet' of rose ordered was bad so we sent it back and settled for a slightly better 'blanc' and ran across the road for a bag of chips! We decided this is typical of eating in the main touristy spots - not as good and more expensive! We then went for a quick look at the Saint Salvi church whose bells we have been hearing regularly from our airbnb each day. Dinner in with the leftovers and we have been happy to do this for a change. Tomorrow is our next big adventure - long drive to Uzes where we are staying for 10 days. Looking forward to a more relaxed time!Read more

    • Day 14

      Fabulous Fine Dining

      September 27, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      When we were making our way to our hotel yesterday Ian spotted a sign to a restaurant that caught his attention. He took note and later googled the restaurant, La Table du Sommelier, and it received very good reviews so we booked a table.

      The restaurant was about a 5 minute walk from our hotel and it did not disappoint. We sat on their covered terrace and chose a fixed menu - entree, main and dessert. We chose a local Gaillac wine (Red) to accompany our meal and it was fabulous.

      For dinner Ian and Brigitte had the prawns wrapped in brick pastry with salad and I chose the steak tartare. Both entrees were excellent, in fact the steak tartare was the best I have ever had.

      For mains Ian and Brigitte chose the veal and I chose the fish. Again, the quality of the meals was excellent.

      For dessert Ian chose an Apricot concoction and Brigitte and I chose a raspberry and chocolate creation. Both desserts were sublime.

      We finished with an espresso which was very good. The quality of the coffee in France seems to have improved since last year.
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    • Day 14

      Cathedrale Sainte-Cécile

      September 27, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Upon completion of the food tour with Nastia we thought we should visit Albi’s Cathedral Sainte-Cecile. As previously mentioned, it is the largest brick Cathedral in the world. With it’s close proximity to the river it meant there was plenty of sand, rock and water to make the bricks.

      It is similar in its form and the simplicity of its lines to the Gothic churches of the Toulouse region, but exceeds them in size and in the line of its harmoniously distributed buttresses. On the southern side, its fortress-like appearance is softened by the Dominique de Florence doorway and by the four-poster porch, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art. There is also a massive blind bell tower which is 78 metres high, underscoring the cathedral-fortress appearance of the building. Construction began in the 1200s, but there have been additions to the structure in the 1400’s and 1500’s.

      The exterior of this building is very plain and more resembles a fortress than a cathedral, but the interior is lavishly decorated with art and sculpture. It has a very ornate choir screen, and walls in bright blues and golds, in line with the Southern French Gothic style. Construction began in 1282 and continued for 200 years. Bernard de Castanet, who became Bishop of Albi in 1276, was the key figure behind the construction of this Gothic cathedral.
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    • Day 22–23


      May 28 in France ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      We found a well positioned Aire in Albi which was perfect for exploring the city. We are not a fan of big cities but Albi has a beautiful centre with a huge cathedral with a very impressive tower and lots of architecture everywhere we looked.Read more

    • Day 14

      Toulouse Lautrec Museum

      September 27, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      This afternoon as the temperature starting climbing we headed to the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec museum. Since 1922, the Berbie Palace, the former residence of Albi’s bishops, has housed a wonderful collection of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work, that was predominantly donated by his family.

      Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi in 1864 into a wealthy family. His father Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec and his mother, Adèle Tapié de Céleyran, were first cousins. Henri’s fragile constitution and the genetic illness he suffered from that resulted in him having very short legs was more than likely the result of this intermarriage.

      From an early age Toulouse-Lautrec showed an interest in drawing and sketching. There were long periods during his childhood that he spent recovering from a range of treatments. Early on he enjoyed sketching and drawing animals and landscapes and activities from everyday life. In Paris, his first tutor was a friend of his father’s, animal painter René Princeteau, with whom he perfected his study of animal features, especially horses.

      René recommended him to Léon Bonnat’s free studio - he was a famous portraitist and history painter. He also was a pupil of Fernand Cormon, where he met many students who would become avant-garde painters like Louis Anquetin, Emile Bernard and Vincent Van Gogh. Like them, he was attuned to modern and avant-garde movements that were sweeping through painting.

      Lautrec devoted his spare time to making portraits and journal illustrations. These early portraits are influenced by Impressionism - outdoor portraits, characters captured in their everyday life, a palette of light and bright colour applied with large strokes.

      Prostitution was a recurrent theme in the 19th century, both in painting and literature. Like Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Louis Anquetin or Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, took an interest in this subject. He focused on depicting the prostitutes’ daily life, that were free of voyeurism but with tenderness. Apart from a few bawdy sketches he minimised the sexual aspect and endeavoured to depict the daily life, behaviours and to unveil the sensuality of typical gestures of these women that only an artist living among them could do.

      In 1891, when Toulouse-Lautrec was becoming known as an illustrator of the Montmartre types, Moulin Rouge’s directors Joseph Oiler and Charles Zidler commissioned him his first poster: Moulin Rouge, La Goulue, in which he offered a striking view of the attraction of the moment: the “cancan”. The poster was a huge hit and still is to this day. This success prompted Toulouse-Lautrec to focus on the creation of posters and more widely of lithographs. Between 1891 and 1900 he created 31 posters and around 325 lithographs that gave him the opportunity to become better known to a wider public. They were made with as much attention to detail as his paintings.

      From 1898 until his death on September 9th, 1901 in Gironde, Toulouse-Lautrec endured a difficult time due to illness and substance abuse. For a short period he was committed to a clinic in Neuilly in May 1899. On his release he was supported by his publishers and closest friends. He continued to produce works until his death.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Albi, ألبي, Алби, ཨཱལ་ཕི།, Albí, Αλμπί, البی, Alby, אלבי, LBI, アルビ, ალბი, ಆಲ್ಬಿ, 알비, Albia, Albī, 81000, Альби, อาลบี, Альбі, 阿尔比

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