Must sees in the Midi Pyrénées continued…..

So last week I looked at the Pyrénées and some of the amazing places there are to to visit, this week I’m taking a sneak peak at some of the most interesting towns around the Midi Pyrénées to visit…..

Carcassonne – A UNESCO World Heritage site based in the Midi Pyrénées, Carcasonne is a fortified French town based only 59 miles Southwest of Toulouse. The city lies within two outer walls and is home to some amazing medieval architecture including the old gothic cathedral – St Nazarius’s Basilica.32363_10152252340685704_52626413_n

Albi – Yet another UNESCO world heritage site in the Midi Pyrénées, Albi is a small village located about 75 km North East of Toulouse, and is well known for its brick cathedral which claims to be the worlds largest brick construction.

Brick cathedral

The village is also home to famous artist Toulouse-Lautrec, whose work can be viewed in the former Bishops palace.

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Lourdes– A small town lying at the foot of the Midi Pyrénées, Lourdes is a magical town famous for its Marian apparitions, where the virgin mary is said to have revealed herself to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.  The Notre Dame du Rosaire de Lourdes is definitely worth a see at the grotto, along with a visit to the grotto itself, and a chance to collect some holy water from the Lourdes water spring.

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These are only a few of the more well known gems in the Midi Pyrénées, I will continue to post the best places I come across and the secret treasures I find over here!! Till next time….

Au revoir mes amis x

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How Time Flies……

So I have been here just over 2 weeks now, and I cannot believe how much I have already done!

The first few days after I arrived were a blur of excitement and bewilderment from moving over here, I spent most of my time exploring the little towns and villages close by, one of my favourites was Pibrac;

Pibrac

Pibrac is a picturesque little town on the outskirts of Toulouse, nicknamed ‘La petite Anglettere’ due to the large number of English speaking inhabitants in the village.

 The bell

Is a lovely English style traditional pub in the centre of Pibrac where you can grab an English pint and English pub food, I opted for the typically English cheese and beans jacket potato which did not disappoint!

A village full of history 

There is plenty of history surrounding the town of Pibrac, it is well known for Le Chateau de Pibrac, a converted 16th century castle, and the Basilica de St Germain a beautiful church dedicated to St Germaine Cousin.


I have also ventured into the city centre, and had a fab day trip to Andorra over the weekend, details to follow…….

Au revoir mes amis x