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Monday, March 03, 2014

France 2012 - Day 14 - Albi: Jardin du Palais de la Berbie (Part 2)

France 2012
Day 14 - 26th October - Albi: Jardin du Palais de la Berbie
(Part 2)

Next was the cathedral treasury.

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Crowned, seated Virgin and Child

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Annunication

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St Martianne hand reliquary

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St Cecilia Hand Reliquary

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Another reliquary

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Infant Jesus giving keys to St Peter

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Châsse said to be St Ursula's (Wikipedia: "A chasse or box reliquary is a shape commonly used in medieval metalwork for reliquaries and other containers")

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Polyptych

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Crowned Saint, Head of Woman

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Repentance of St Peter

I went to look at the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, but it was closed for 20 minutes more - a sign said they were at lunch. Of course.

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Apparently when you go to the toilet you are crucified

I decided to have lunch too.

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Set lunch

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Other sets. I like "Le Gourmet" - basically choose anything from the menu

I tried the Suze. It was a bit more pleasant than pastis (which is very strong). Anyway it was €4 (Coke was €3).

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Aumônière de Chèvre. Literally this means pouch of goat's cheese, but an Aumônière was also a belt pouch in the Middle Ages

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Dos de Colin (Hake back)

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Blanc Mangé

I went back to the museum and in the store I saw Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's style. As I suspected it was not pleasant, so I skipped the museum.

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Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

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Garden

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Door

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Cathedral and Museum from Square

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On the Bishop's Palace, home to the Museum

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Rue d'Engueysse

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Bend

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Pont Vieux (old bridge)

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Cathedral from other side

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On the Old Bridge

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Rue de la Grande Cote

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"Numidian" place (presumably serving Libyan food)
This was the third African place I'd seen this day. Too bad I hadn't seen it earlier or I might've lunched here.

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Quay where in 1763 the Archbishop raised this quay on top of the old ramparts

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Bend

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On the Quai Choiseul

I then went to look at the Museum's garden, which was:

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"Remarkable Garden"

Surprisingly, I quite agreed. I liked the garden.

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Left side

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Garden

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On the palace

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Old Bridge from garden

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Sheltered walkway

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Cathedral from garden

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Boy running

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City of Albi

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The gardens and palace for the blind

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"Remarkable Garden" is an official government classification. Okay.

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No picnicing in the garden

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Austere cathedral walls

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Pigeons, fountain

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Cathedral entrance from below

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Portal

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I was amused that Le Petit Train was still running in late October. Albeit with doors to keep the chill out.

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Interesting thing sketched on the cathedral exterior

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On cathedral
The bell tower was part of fortifications separating Albi from Castelviel. This is probably a better explanation for the cathedral's exterior austerity than Cathar sensibilities.

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Bonjour ma belle
(not the official name)

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Rue de l'Oulmet

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Carnaval poster - they are electing a Queen though it's in February.

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Joan of Arc I presume

I then returned to Toulouse.
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