There are many places worth visiting and activities but here are just a few to whet your appetite.
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The departmental capital of the Tarn stands on the banks of the Tarn River and is a superb place to visit with its quaint streets, some of which are pedestrianised, to wander through whilst admiring the ancient architecture. There are boutiques, restaurants and cafes where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. The impressive 12th century brick built cathedral, St Cecile, dominates the city and the interior is amazing. There is also the Toulouse Lautrec museum close to the cathedral. Albi is also one of the Unesco World Heritage sites.
An absolutely stunning hilltop town, with views over miles of countryside, Cordes is a thriving artistic community, and offers opportunities for views, shopping for unique and hand-made gifts, and exploration of its cobbled winding streets and ancient buildings and church. There is a little train which runs from the bottom of the town which will take you up to the top if you don’t fancy a long walk uphill.
Rodez is the departmental capital of the Aveyron and is well worth a visit. The cathedral sits high up in the city and bishop’s quarters are set in what was originally the stone city wall. It is particularly good for shopping with lots of boutiques and little backstreets to explore, with many restaurants and cafes.
This bastide town is very near to us. It is beautiful with a classic central square with covered arches. Various events are held there throughout the year, from fêtes and concerts to markets selling local produce. In July and August there are nocturnal markets every Friday night where you can select a meal and some wine from the local stalls and then join the locals to eat while being entertained in the square.
Set high up on a hill, Carcassonne’s ancient walled city is a must-see on any trip through this part of southern France. Its medieval core, the cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.
Toulouse is a very cosmopolitan city and is the capital of Occitanie. There is much to do and see, plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to while away your time; museums to visit, and Cite de l’Espace – Space City.
This is a beautiful viaduct built in 2004. You can drive over it for a small fee and visit the Aire du Viaduc de Millau with it's visitor’s centre. On the way you would pass Micropolis which is Insect City, suitable for children but not for those who don’t like creepy crawlies.
Not far from Millau and is known for its cheeses. You can visit the cheese centres and learn all about how it is made from ewe’s milk, and purchase any of the cheeses should you wish.
The Gaillac is one of the oldest vinyard regions in France, the town hosts an annual wine festival in early August and is the centre of the local wine making region where you can taste and buy many different types of wines. Plenty of supermarkets stock various Gaillac wines.
Markets and Brocantes
Almost every day of the week is a market, fete or brocante somewhere in the area. These range from a farmer’s market with local produce to a general market or an agricultural show with market stalls and brocantes. During July and August there are nocturnal markets in some villages where you can buy food and eat at tables set up in the square. Various fêtes, held in the evenings, in some villages where locals and guests gather to eat and enjoy music & dancing.
In June there is a music week where towns and large villages hold music events, often free of charge and our local town has an annual carnival and fair in August, renowned as one of the best in France!
If you like walking there are plenty of randonnees/local walks to go on nearby. From our front door there is a challenging but pleasant walk to Las Planques, a lovely 11th century chapel and abandoned village set down in the Viaur valley. Carmaux has a wonderful carnival each August (St Privat)
This area is also very good for cycling, if a little hilly in places, but nevertheless enjoyable.
Cap’Découverte is an adventure leisure park, and is a great day trip for all ages with friends or family. Created on the site of an open-cast mine, it is the only facility of its kind in France. There are many sports and leisure activities: Skatepark, Zip Wire, Cable Waterskiing, Luge, Dry Ski Slope, Cycling area, Swimming Pool and more!
Golf - there are a few golf courses nearby for those who are interested in swinging a club!
There is kayaking available in Ambialet and Trebas and in the Tarn & Aveyron Gorges through beautiful scenery, and even novices will enjoy the not-too-demanding pleasures of kayaking down the river, to be picked up and driven back to your car afterwards.
We have seen wild boar; deer; rabbits; hares; badgers; lizards; red squirrels; herons; hoopoes; swallows; red kites; buzzards; owls ...
The house was built in 1856 and we are only the second family to own it!
Situated in a small hamlet amongst the farming community where the fields are varied, from sunflowers & maize to grazing for cattle, you may even see cows being walked past the house to and from the nearby fields.