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FRANCE, ALBI, NARBONNE, & TOULOUSE.

Southern France.

Narbonne, Toulouse and Alibi were visited in that order as part of a holiday in Spain and France by train. I took a RENFE Train from Barcelona to Cerbere. France on the border with Spain. Changing trains here for Narbonne
on a SNCF Train .. The whole journey taking about four and half hours. Arriving mid
afternoon i booked in for one night at the budget Hotel Alsace, near the rail station. Narbonne
is 849km from Paris. In the short time here i liked the place. -- The cathedral of St, Justus and Pastor
of Narbonne was started in 1272 , and it is said not finished. It is a Roman Catholic church. -- The Canal de la Robine flows through Narbonne, and is very pretty. The canal is built in a straight line. The Ponte des Marchands is a historic bridge over the canal, with shops and houses built on it. NARBONNE   FRANCE.  --  City  Hall in  old Archbishops  Palace.

NARBONNE FRANCE. -- City Hall in old Archbishops Palace.

NARBONNE  FRANCE. --  Part  of  the  old  Archbishops  Palace  in Place Domitia.

NARBONNE FRANCE. -- Part of the old Archbishops Palace in Place Domitia.

NARBONNE,FRANCE.   The  Ponte des  Marchands historic  bridge,can  just  be  seen  in  distance. With rows  of  shops  and houses,  on  bridge.

NARBONNE,FRANCE. The Ponte des Marchands historic bridge,can just be seen in distance. With rows of shops and houses, on bridge.

NARBONNE   FRANCE.  Canal  de  la  Robine.   Built  in  1776.

NARBONNE FRANCE. Canal de la Robine. Built in 1776.

NARBONNE  FRANCE.  Canal de la  Robine in city  centre.  Runs  mainly  in  a  straight  line.

NARBONNE FRANCE. Canal de la Robine in city centre. Runs mainly in a straight line.

NARBONNE  FRANCE.

NARBONNE FRANCE.

NARBONNE, FRANCE.   Hotel  Alsace.   One  night.

NARBONNE, FRANCE. Hotel Alsace. One night.

FRANCE.  S.N.C F.  Train.

FRANCE. S.N.C F. Train.

-- Moving on from Narbonne, the train
took one and half hours.arriving at TOULOUSE - Matabau station. I checked in for 2 nights
at the Hotel Icare opposite the rail station. Toulouse is a historic city , but today it
is known as the place the first prototype of aeroplane Concorde was assembled in 1966.
Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, and flat , good for bicycles. A large square called Place du Capitole dominates the city centre. A large pink building is the Ville Rose, in this square, it is the Town Hall and Opera House. The Ponte Neuf is a 16th century bridge over the river Garonne. The Basilica Sant-Serin de Toulouse is at Place Du Capitole. Bell Tower
from 12th century. TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  Railway station., called  Toulouse- Matabiau. -- 13  platforms,

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Railway station., called Toulouse- Matabiau. -- 13 platforms,

TOULOUSE  FRANCE   Hotel Icare, across  road  from  railway  station.  [  2  nights

TOULOUSE FRANCE Hotel Icare, across road from railway station. [ 2 nights

]TOULOUSE  FRANCE     Capitouls  former  tower  from  1525.

TOULOUSE FRANCE Capitouls former tower from 1525.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.     Cow  Parade.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Cow Parade.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE -- Moo.

TOULOUSE FRANCE -- Moo.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE    Cow  Parade.

TOULOUSE FRANCE Cow Parade.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE     Place  du  Capito[e

TOULOUSE FRANCE Place du Capito[e

TOULOUSE   FRANCE.  Place du  Capitole.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Place du Capitole.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE,  Crowne Plaza Hotel  in  Place Du  Capitale

TOULOUSE FRANCE, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Place Du Capitale

TOULOUSE  FRANCE. -- Ville  Rose on  Place  Capitole.   Town  Hall  and  Theatre.  1750--1760.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. -- Ville Rose on Place Capitole. Town Hall and Theatre. 1750--1760.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  Tower  of  St. Sernin  basilica.  from  12th  century.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Tower of St. Sernin basilica. from 12th century.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  St.  Sernin  basilica.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. St. Sernin basilica.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.   St. Sernin  basilica.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. St. Sernin basilica.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  St Sernin  basilica,.  Octagonal  brick  bell  tower.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. St Sernin basilica,. Octagonal brick bell tower.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.    St. Sernin de  Toulouse.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. St. Sernin de Toulouse.

ALBI  FRANCE,   --Geometric painting of  the  upper  walls  ,in Chapel of  St. Marguerite in  the  Cathedral.

ALBI FRANCE, --Geometric painting of the upper walls ,in Chapel of St. Marguerite in the Cathedral.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.

TOULOUSE FRANCE.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.   -- Pont  Neuf  bridge.   Started  in 1544  completed 1632.AD.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. -- Pont Neuf bridge. Started in 1544 completed 1632.AD.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.   Passageway  to  cloisters.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Passageway to cloisters.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.   Convent of  Jacobins,  cloisters.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Convent of Jacobins, cloisters.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  Convent of  Jacobins.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Convent of Jacobins.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  --  Triumphal  arch.   Honours losses  of  lives  lost  in  WW1.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. -- Triumphal arch. Honours losses of lives lost in WW1.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.  St. Etienne  cathedral.  Side  entrance.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. St. Etienne cathedral. Side entrance.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE,   --  St.  Etienne cathedral  side. -- Seat of  the  Archbishop  of  Toulouse.

TOULOUSE FRANCE, -- St. Etienne cathedral side. -- Seat of the Archbishop of Toulouse.

TOULOUSE  FRANCE.    Side  of  St.  Etienne  cathedral.

TOULOUSE FRANCE. Side of St. Etienne cathedral.

---- A trip
from Toulouse was to Albi by train taking one hour. In distance 76km.. Albi is on the river Tarn, Albi is a fine historic city with the cathedral of St Celila, the interior is beautifully decorated .The Chapel of St. Margarite with its Geometric design
caught my eye. The cathedral was started in 1282 and finished 1480. and is situated in Place Saint Cecile. A catholic church. The
Palais de la Berbie, was formerly the Bishops Palace, ,{ Berbie is Bishop in French.} The
gardens of the Palace are beautiful. -------Leaving Toulouse by train to Paris takes 4 hours. REFRESHING  DRINK.

REFRESHING DRINK.

ALBI  FRANCE.

ALBI FRANCE.

ALBI  FRANCE.

ALBI FRANCE.

ALBI  FRANCE.  in  southern  France  on  the  river  Tarn.

ALBI FRANCE. in southern France on the river Tarn.

ALBI  FRANCE.  Cathedral  from  the  east.

ALBI FRANCE. Cathedral from the east.

ALBI  FRANCE.      Bell  tower,  in  red  brick.

ALBI FRANCE. Bell tower, in red brick.

ALBI,  FRANCE.  --   Cathedral  Portal.

ALBI, FRANCE. -- Cathedral Portal.

ALBI  FRANCE, --  The  baldaquin of  the  south  Portal.--A canopy of  stone in  a  Christian  church.

ALBI FRANCE, -- The baldaquin of the south Portal.--A canopy of stone in a Christian church.

ALBI  FRANCE.  --   Cathedral  organ, in  upper  level  of  the  Nave.  from 1734 ,  rebuilt  1977  to  1981.

ALBI FRANCE. -- Cathedral organ, in upper level of the Nave. from 1734 , rebuilt 1977 to 1981.

ALBI  FRANCE.     Cathedral of  St  Cecila.    Nave.  30m  [ 92ft

ALBI FRANCE. Cathedral of St Cecila. Nave. 30m [ 92ft

high.]ALBI  FRANCE.   -- Cathedral  of  St.  Cecila.

ALBI FRANCE. -- Cathedral of St. Cecila.

ALBI  FRANCE.

ALBI FRANCE.

ALBI  FRANCE. --  Remains  of the cloisters of  the  Romanesque  cathedral.

ALBI FRANCE. -- Remains of the cloisters of the Romanesque cathedral.

ALBI  FRANCE. ---  Palais de  la  Berbie  Gardens.

ALBI FRANCE. --- Palais de la Berbie Gardens.

ALBI  FRANCE,  --- Palais de  la  Berbie.    former Palace  of  Bishops., now  a  museum.

ALBI FRANCE, --- Palais de la Berbie. former Palace of Bishops., now a museum.

ALBI  FRANCE,    River  Tarn.

ALBI FRANCE, River Tarn.

ALBI  FRANCE    River Tarn.

ALBI FRANCE River Tarn.

Posted by alectrevor 12:30

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I first came across that cow parade in Zurich. It seems to have got everywhere.

by irenevt

We saw the cows in Edinburgh years ago. They are great fun.

BTW, Berbie is Bishop in Occitan, not in French. You are in the heart of Occitanie and they are trying to bring the old language back. Many places have street signs in both French and Occitan.

Sounds like a great trip.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally .Thanks for visiting. Many countries have dual language,like Wales, Scotland and Ireland, it adds to the interest of travelling. Stay Safe Alec.

by alectrevor

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