Ste Eulalie d’Olt, Aveyron, Saturday 6th August 2016

Beautiful old houses and street in Ste Eulalie d’Olt

We spent a most wonderful day at Albi on Thursday, being lucky enough to find a space at the motorhome aire in the car park right by the Cathedral.  We arrived there just after 11a.m., early enough to go and visit this most striking of cathedrals, built with red brick, as is most of the delightful town of Albi.  This is the only Gothic cathedral in the world built of bricks and its shere size beggers believe as to how on Earth so many bricks were manufactured for its construction.  We were fascinated by its paintings, sculptures, polychrome wooden carvings and, last but not least, the depiction of the Apocalypse fresco on both sides of the main Altar: they did know how to tell a scary story in those days…  We paid our €6 fee each to visit the Choir and the Treasure in the tower, where even more wonders and relics were to be discovered and not to be missed if visiting this mesmerising town.

Striking Albi’s brick cathedral, the only one of its kind in the world
The impressive apse of Albi’s cathedral
More eye-catching brick buildings in central Albi
The terrifying depiction of the Apocalypse by Altar in Albi’s Cathedral
Close-up of Apocalypse tortures: The stuff of nightmares!

After a refreshing beer at one of the busy bar/restaurants, lunch and a siesta, we went out again to visit the Toulouse-Lautrec’s Museum, another ‘must-see’ attraction in town, where more than 500 artworks by the artist are exhibited.  We absolutely loved it, especially the posters advertising performers for the Moulin Rouge.  At the end of the visit, we gently strolled around the magnificent ornamental gardens, totally unmissable, and in the evening we had a delicious meal at the small Papillon restaurant: a perfect way to finish a most enjoyable day.

Ornamental gardens seen from inside of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Museum
Ornamental gardens from arched-walkway outside museum
Albi seen from ornamental gardens

Yesterday, we travelled to north east of Rodez to this brilliant aire by the municipal campsite at Ste Eulalie d’Olt and right by the river Lot, another fantastic find for only €8 a day, to include all services and access to toilets and showers/washing facilities in the campsite.  

A picturesque street leading to the church in Ste Eulalie D’Olt

We decided to stay for 2 days as it is absolutely perfect, with the added bonus that Adonis can fish in the river.

The river Lot, not just for swimmers and fishermen!

The village itself is again one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and I thoroughly enjoyed myself yesterday taking pictures of this quaint and pretty place.

This original shop sign caught my eye

We are thinking of going to Bonassac tomorrow, just a few miles to the east from here, still on the river Lot, so it should be a nice and easy drive…

More charming buildings in Ste Eulalie d’Olt

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