Following my half-day trip to Carcassonne, I headed out again the next morning for another day trip to a nearby town in Toulouse. I chose to visit Albi, a small town about an hour’s drive from Toulouse. Although quite small and relatively off-the-touristy radar (at least, for international visitors), Albi nevertheless boasts a considerable amount of rich architectural history, as most of the town was built in red bricks.
While staying in Toulouse earlier this year, I made a few day trips to other towns in the southwest of France– one of them was Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval town that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched on a hill and picturesque, it’s no wonder that it attracts plenty of tourists each year, as they spend the day walking around the inside walls of the old town.
Following my visit to the musée des Augustins, I continued to explore the rest of Toulouse during my first day in town after the New Year. It was sometime in the late afternoon by then, and I wanted to stay in the center until the sun set to capture the gorgeous views of the pont Neuf and the Capitole lit up; it wouldn’t get dark until half past 17:00, so with that, I wandered around town in the meantime.
If my time in Paris after New Years had been the “apéritif” of my month-long travels in January, then Toulouse was my “appetizer.” If anything, the two French cities were just starters as I would discover afterwards, but I’m getting ahead of myself…any case, I spent four nights in Toulouse with a friend, and from there I visited the city proper and made day trips to explore more of what the southwest region of France had to offer.
Whilst visiting Paris after the New Year, I also decided to make a day trip to Amiens. Located in the Picardie region of France, this city is home to the tallest, completed cathedral in France and was the home of science-fiction writer Jules Verne. That said, I thought I would dedicate a day to seeing what the city (and region) was all about.