The Bricks of Albi and Au Revoir to France

The Bricks of Albi and Au Revoir to France

The rain hit the Pyrenees in earnest as we left on 11 September and drove north to Albi, France for 5 nights in a lovely, modern Airbnb apartment. Albi, known for its Gothic cathedral, birthplace of painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, half-timbered buildings, and arched brick bridges (earliest dating back to 1020) winds itself around the Tarn River.

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Rivers, Mountains, and Caves in Southwest France

Rivers, Mountains, and Caves in Southwest France

We left our cozy and rustic cottage in the Loire Valley for a cozy modern cottage in the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region of southwest France on 2 September. After a five-hour drive, we arrived at our Airbnb cottage, just a short drive outside the city of Sarlat-la-Canéda, for a one week stay.

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Storming the Beaches of Normandy

Storming the Beaches of Normandy

We left Ghent, Belgium on 19 August, and boarded what was supposed to be an uneventful, no connection changes train ride to Lille, France. After we settled ourselves for a 90-minute ride, and arrived at the trains first stop, the train agent walked around checking tickets – no worries, this always happens. When he checked ours, he told us that this train splits and we are in the compartments going to the wrong city.

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