Albi town guide
Use your hire car to drive twenty miles or so north east from Toulouse and you will find the delightful mountain town of Albi. If you only need one reason to visit Albi la Rouge, so named because of the red brick that was used in its construction, then that should be to visit the Musee de Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. The genius of the diminutive artist who was born in Albi in 1864 can be appreciated through a visit to this superb gallery dedicated to him. This is a definite not to be missed experience and will take up the larger part of a day. For the passionate art lover a visit to the Musee Goya will also add to the experience.
Stroll through the old town, if it is Saturday you can enjoy the market, pause for a drink at one of the many cafes and imagine which of the many famous artists has been there before you. Go down to the River Tarn, you might like to cool your feet after all this walking around, but take care, it is very cold the water having come down from the higher Pyrenees. You might see some adventurous folk coming down the Tarn Gorge on a raft or even on a tiny body board.