Visits and Routes


On to Castres
Castres: city of museums, the popular rugby players and the home of celebrities such as politician Jean Jaurès and artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. Goya, for friends. Castres has something with Jaurès, whom not only a square was named, but also a museum (Place Pélisson 2). The building tells the life of the passionate political tenor from a to z. Fascinating for adults, rather soporific for children. The nearby city park and the town gardens to the theater offer a sunny alternative for little ones which Jaurès do not know. Or want to know. Castres does what many other cities conceals an architectural modernization under: workers cottages along the Agout which preserved their original construction style, but meanwhile were brightened up by bright spring colors. Another tourist attraction is the Musée Goya (Rue l' Hôtel the Ville), where the works of Goya brotherly hang alongside work by perhaps coming talent. Certainly not leave Castres without visit the town gardens, the park of Gourjade, Notre Dame de la Platé, the cathedral Saint Benoit, the theatre and typical markets on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You go to bed after your have seen Castres also ' by night'.

Art: Cordes-sur-Ciel
Cordes-sur-Ciel is one of the nearly three hundred bastides, old villages in order of French kings were created and which distinguish themselves by an autonomous architecture of each other. The picturesque Cordes has a particular artistic heritage, what results in small art galleries and old crafts.

Gastronomie: Gaillac
You must do already effort in the parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc to find restaurants which have no Gaillac label recommended as a house wine. Gaillac is the walhalla of the better grape drinks. The average farmer puts its complete offer in the window during the wine festivals (beginning august). The local tourist office combines the passion of wine with curious sights. The more than 1,700 typical pigneon lofts and small craft markets are the most photographed by tourists.

The idyllic Sorèze
Southwestern trip brings us in the idyllic Sorèze. Entering the village with 2.700 inhabitants two terms predominate: leisure and relaxation. In former days a prestigious military school was established here, today it is a bastion of rest and a spiritualiteit really in all streets tangible, Rue du Maquis on head. Once the street of the rich, now a flower reading of occupants from all layers of the population. The dominating spiritualiteit has much, if not everything to do with the new destination of the former L'Abbaye Ecole de Sorèze. The impressive bilding complex not only does nowadays service as congress centre it also offers lodging to tourists.

Albi and the Museum Toulouse-Lautrec
Albi cherishes the Palais de la Berbie, an Episcopal palace rises beside the cathedral and is home to a thousand paintings, drawings and posters of the controversial artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). The permanent expo in the palace reveals the lifestyle of the late Henri, which remained by a congenital deviation small of figure. Just to escape the humiliating gaze of the villagers, locked up himself the man dedicated his complete life to art. The result is just as extensive such as amazing. The name possibly does few bels tinkle, but once face to face with the artistic heritage of Lautrec, you recognize the man's masterpieces. Legendary is now the poster advertising without embarrassment which he conducted for the Moulin Rouge. Henri had, as it happens, still another deviation: he gladly spent much time in the prostitute quarters. To each his hobby.

Episcopal gardens
Those who do not fancy art, may close to the Palais de la Berbie sniff the nature. This can be consistent with the pastel route (good for a 3 km long nature walk through the city) or by taking a look in the gardens of the episcopal palace. The green that was built symmetrically, is not authentic, but does give a good impression of the prestige which the church tutors from the 17th century with the construction pursued. From here memorable images can be shot from across the city, the bridges that link the two districts and the Tarn, mainly 's evening reveals its beauty.

Route of St. Jaques de Compostelle
The pilgrimage of St. Jacques de Compostelle . Saint Jacques de Compostelle is a catholic pilgrimage, of which the goal is the legendary tomb of l' holy apostle Jacques, Jacques the Major one, located in the crypt of the cathedral of Saint-Jacques-of-Compostelle in Galicia (Spain). The pilgrimage of Compostelle counts among the three more important pilgrimages of Christendom after Jerusalem and Rome.


Source: Kris kras door Frankrijk Text: P. Briers