Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Albi in the South of France

Woody Allen's new hit Midnight in Paris triggered a bunch of good memories about traveling around Paris and the French hinterlands. Given that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (played by Vincent Menjou Cortes) appears in the film, it reminds me of tramping through Albi in the South of France and exploring the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec à Albi. Fantastic, both!  Albi has a nearly 1000-year old bridge and other spectacular architecture -- and the city only has a little more than 50,000 inhabitants. Upon arriving, you know you're not in Kansas anymore, certainly. The museum is spectacular. I'd recommend it and all of Albi to anyone roaming around the region. Here's a link to the official website:

Pictured at the top of this post is a scan of the booklet by Jean Devoisins I picked up in Albi about twenty-five years ago. Just above is an image of Toulouse-Latrec's Femme qui tire son bas (1894).

Today's Rune: Growth.


Charles Gramlich said...

Makes me want to wander around France. I've never been. Maybe I don't know what I'm missing.

jodi said...

Erik, I can just picture you 'tramping' around Paris enjoying art. And a coctail, perhaps?