Today, I decided to take a day trip to visit Albi, a small city about 75km from here in Toulouse.  I took the train, which took about 1.5 hours.

Albi is an ancient walled city that has a cathedral dating back to the 13th Century which is now a UNESCO world heritage site.  Interestingly, it was built to be both a house of worship and a fortress against possible attack by the Pope.  The only crusade that was directed at Christians was directed against the Catharism gnostic “heresy” that was centered in Albi (the “Albigensian Crusade”).  As a point of trivia, it is also considered to be the largest brick building in the world (in case you’re ever asked that on Jeopardy).

(Not my picture – must have been taken from the air)

(My pictures)

Albi has a charming old town with lots of narrow twisting streets 

And a very nice museum of the art of famous local artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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