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January 27, 2020

Cathedral of Saint Alain, Lavaur!!!

Well ,and our trip ended in Lavaur, and why not end Lavaur with its majestic monument, a must to visit the town if anything else. The Cathedral of Saint Alain is a masterpiece that needs to be discovered by many.

I happened to come here often as it is the native town of my dear late wife Martine’s father Pierre and know all the story. Right now is a sentimental town and Cathedral for us and lucky to be able to see again this time with my 3 young men and nice borador Rex.

Let me tell you a bit more on the wonderful Cathedral Saint Alain of Lavaur.

The Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur is the only city in the southwest of France, to have a Jacquemart, emblematic character, wooden automaton hoisted in the tower.

The legend of the Jacquemart tells that, during the wars of religion, a Protestant prisoner locked in the tower of the cathedral had the obligation to ring the bells every hour, day and night. He devised a stratagem, by constructing a mechanical figurine to do it in his place, and could thus escape the jailers! See in lower tower in picture below.

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The nice history of this marvel condense style by yours truly.

The Saint Alain Cathedral is a church of southern Gothic style , and which was built between 1255 and 1300. At the front is the Bishopric Garden (see this post). The origin of Saint Alain honored at Lavaur remains unknown. The foundation of the Saint-Alain priory is certified by a charter of August 5, 1098 to the Benedictine monks of the Saint-Pons-de-Thomières abbey, responsible for rebuilding the Saint-Elan church in Lavaur, then in ruins , which proves that the worship of Saint Alain in Lavaur is clearly prior to this date.

Lavaur

A Romanesque church was then built between 1099 and 1211 by the Benedictines of Saint-Pons for their priory of Lavaur, destroyed during the Albigensian (cathars) crusade during the siege of 1211. The current Saint Alain Cathedral was rebuilt in the middle of the 13C, started around 1255 retaining the small southern steeple of Jacquemart from the Romanesque style. Of pure southern Gothic style with a vast single nave of slender proportions such as high of 23 meters by wide of almost 14 meters, the 13C church had only five spans closed at both ends by a straight wall. The erection of the priory as bishopric of Lavaur in 1318 transformed the church into a cathedral, a prelude to enlargements of the it which would continue until the beginning of the 16C on the initiative of the bishops.

Lavaur

Lavaur

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Thus, in the 14C, chapels were built between the buttresses. In the middle of the 15C, the chapel currently used as a sacristy was built, under the name of Saint Martial and in 1480 contiguous to the west of it, the canons established a chapter room dedicated to Saint Gauthier. Frescoes paintings executed in 1730 adorn its walls, telling episodes of the history of Lavaur. With the promotion of the city to the rank of Bishopric in 1318, the cathedral underwent a series of embellishments: apse on the east side in 1332, north and south chapels between the middle of the 14C and the beginning of the 16C, a powerful bell tower and monumental portal to the west at the end of the 15C. The great Cavaillé-Coll organ was installed in 1876 in a magnificent polychrome carved wooden organ case 1523, a masterpiece of Renaissance art from the South.

Lavaur

It was especially in the last quarter of the 15C that great works are undertaken giving the Saint Alain Cathedral its present look. Its width is 13.80 meters and its total length 73 meters. Passing from the construction of a new episcopal palace adjoining the cathedral to the north (destroyed at the beginning of the 19C) it undertook to build the imposing western bell tower with three terraces, 42 meters high and, to connect it by an additional span to the rest of the church, realizing at the same time a vessel of a great extent. The curious crown carved in fleur-de-lis at the top of the tower recalls that it was completed under the episcopate and it was still at the end of the 15C that a chapel was attached to the south of the old Romanesque porch, well preserved, with rich capitals reminiscent of the childhood of Christ. A new side entrance, adorned with pinnacles, surmounted by the bishop’s shield is then made on the south flank of the connecting span.

Lavaur

Since 1967, the altar of the Saint-Alain Choir has had a table whose exact provenance we do not know. It was found in 1876, in the chapel of the Lavaur hospital, but it is not there its place of origin This Romanesque table, in white marble probably from Saint-Béat, is part of the rest of the production altar tables from the ecclesiastical province of Narbonne. The upper side is slightly hollowed out, but its great interest comes from the sculpture of its slice cut into a chamfer, The main theme of the front side: a blessing Christ in a circular mandorla, is the same on both tables. A series of angels, completes this face. On the right side are represented two angels supporting the altar table itself, a motif which can be found on the cutter of one of the capitals of Saint-Sernin Basilica in Toulouse. The sculpture on the left side is of a more delicate interpretation; it would represent two angels worshiping the bread of heaven. The fourth side was intended to be engaged in masonry and is not decorated.

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A very beautiful organ completes the overall arrangement with a high-quality Renaissance buffet by Toulouse sculptor Nicolas Bachelier ; instrument redone in 1889 by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Finally, the first mechanism and the bell that makes the famous Jacquemart ring, date from 1523. But it appears that the automaton (currently 3rd generation) will not take place until 1604. In 2016, the Saint Alain Cathedral was the subject of renovations, so the painted decor of the 19C today has a second youth. Take the time to admire this Cathedral as a whole!!

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Some webpages to show more of this wonderful monument.

City of Lavaur with pictures of the Saint Alain Cathedral

Tourist office of Tarn Agout on Saint Alain Cathedral in French

The Catholic Diocese of Albi on the Saint Alain Cathedral of Lavaur

There you go a masterpiece and should be visited more , even if Lavaur is still in the off the beaten path of most visitors. It is a wonderful church surrounded by beautiful buildings and gardens all walkable. A delight me think. Do come and enjoy the Saint Alain Cathedral in sentimental Lavaur, the Tarn 81 of Occtanie in my belle France.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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January 27, 2020

Museum and Library at Lavaur

And I go on with off the beaten path areas in off the beaten path Lavaur, the city by the Tarn dept 81 in region of Occitanie. A wonderful small town loaded with goodies to see and enjoy it me think.

I will touch briefly on these two as looking at the building from the Esplanade de Plô (see this post) I realise it was something nice but had no time as going to the big one there,the Cathedral. Nevertheless, point taken and mark for our  next visit to Lavaur , a sentimental town for us.

Lavaur

First the Museum or musée du Pays Vaurais is at 1 rue Jouxaygues not far from the monastery and cathedral.  The museum is being restructured, the permanent collections are not visible. Donc, so much for not visiting it , better when we are ready to see it.

Today the museum’s reserves ,several thousand objects, include rich collections of sacred art, fine arts, archeology, popular art and traditions as well as the workshop funds of the old factory Puget organ unique in the old Midi-Pyrénées region now part of Occitanie. One important collection is that of paintings/sculptures of the Cathedral of St Alain of Lavaur. A masterpiece of the first Southern Gothic, a few decades earlier than Sainte-Cécile d´Albi. The building constitutes a major milestone in the genealogy of the great Gothic churches of the Midi.

A first museum was created in Lavaur in 1898, within the City/Town Hall. It then benefited from some state deposits or donations. Abandoned, it was relaunched in 1952 by the Archaeological Society of Lavaur and called the Musée du Pays Vaurais. It then enriched itself with numerous donations and deposits. In 2002, the semi-associative establishment definitively became municipal.  Today, the museum is located in the former house of the Sisters of Christ, a large building bought by the the town of Lavaur in 2001.

City of Lavaur on the museum Vaurais country

My information came from the site museums of Occitanie in French here: Museums of Occitanie on the Vaurais of Lavaur

The Médiathéque Guiraude de Laurac media library, is in the former convent of the Sisters of Christ, between Saint-Alain cathedral and the Esplanade de Plô. The story goes that at the beginning of the 13C, Guiraude de Laurac, lord of Lavaur,(cathar believer) occupied the Château du Plô overlooking the Agout river valley. During the capture of the city by the troops of Simon de Montfort (against the cathars), she died assassinated on May 3, 1211, precipitated alive in a well. The sense of hospitality, the spirit of tolerance and the freedom of thought, which characterized the chatelaine of Lavaur have permeated in the city and founded the rascal identity. In homage to Dame Guiraude, the name of the media library has become established.

It is configure as such: On the ground floor: Reception area for lending and returning documents. And on the 1st floor: (2nd US) ,the teenagers & adults area with books for loan or on-site consultation: magazines, novels, documentaries, large print books, police, science fiction, local funds … The multimedia space offers a large collection of self-service CDs and DVDs, two music listening stations and a screen for viewing films, cartoons or documentaries.

City of Lavaur on the mediatheque in French

Official mediatheque of Lavaur in French

And there you go a brief detail ,noter, worth coming back for it, and on the schedule to see these, the boys would like it as I. Lavaur is nice deep in the Tarn and just lovely. I said worth a detour indeed

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

 

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January 26, 2020

The Jardin de L’Évêché , Lavaur!

And coming right along on our road warrior trip to sentimental areas, and once again in the town of Lavaur, Tarn dept 81 of Occitanie region of my belle France. I have walked by here with the family several times.

This time on a sentimental trip without my dear late wife Martine, took the boys and our Rex , borador dog for a walk. This is the Jardin de L’Évêché or  Bishopric’s garden  of Lavaur and would like to tell you a bit on it finally in my blog.

Lavaur

The Jardin de L’Évêché or Bishopric’s garden of Lavaur. The garden of the Bishopric is an English park of 1855, flanked by two majestic centenary cedars c. 1875. The plan of the terrace is decorated with the statue of Las Cases , the memorialist of Napoleon Ier at Saint Helena. This statue made of low relief pedestal was inaugurated in 1865.

Lavaur

Perched on the belvedere overlooking the Agout river, these gardens offer a remarkable view of the Saint-Roch (or Lavaur) bridge, a monumental stone structure built between 1773 and 1791, and the eddies of the river. Known as a place of festivity (the Garden Festival takes place there every year in July) and tranquility, this space – very popular with locals and the curious is steeped in history. Became episcopal seat in 1317, the bishops decided to build a fortified palace in Lavaur organized around a central courtyard. In the 17C, they bought the land from the consuls and laid it out in vast gardens composed of French flowerbeds, a vegetable patch, and a fishpond.

Lavaur

During the French revolution, the palace and its annexes were destroyed. This space, which became communal property in 1852, was then transformed into an English garden in 1857. It was named Jardin Las Cases, in memory of the confidant of Napoleon Bonaparte in Saint Helena . It was later renamed the Garden of the Bishopric as in French, Jardin de L’Évêché. It is next to the wonderful Cathedral St Alain!

We had the opportunity this time to walk Rex our dog in it and it felled very nice, sad that one dear person was not with us but invigorating as she must fell we were back there again. Like I said, the trip was very sentimental.

Lavaur

One reason to stop by in Lavaur is this garden ,and the bridge and the monastery, and museum library and of course the Cathedral all around you, its awesome me think.

The city of Lavaur on its heritage in French: City of Lavaur on its heritage

The tourist office of the Tarn dept 81, the first picture is the Bishopric garden with an aerial view also included the Cathedral St Alain. Tourist office of the Tarn dept 81 on Lavaur

Hope you enjoy the tour and walk as we did /do in quant old beautiful Lavaur. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!!

 

 

 

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January 26, 2020

Tour des Rondes , tourist office of Lavaur!

And why not visit the tourist office of the place you are visiting? Well we do all over, planning and on site visit to soak in all the good of the place. No different for us here in our belle France. Of course , Lavaur has one and it is very nice historically and architecturally stunning to see.

Let me tell you a bit about the Round Tower or Tour des Rondes or tourist office of Lavaur. The Tour des Rondes remains the only vestige still visible from the fortifications of the old town.

Lavaur

It is circular brick tower built before the 12C, it constituted a rampart ensuring, on the south side, the defense of the ditches which led to the Naridelle stream. This deep ravine forced people moving between Toulouse and Castres to cross Lavaur, it was only partially leveled at the end of the 18C, and today is the road to Castres. This tower was thus part of the protective walls during the siege of Lavaur by Simon IV de Montfort and the Albigensian Crusade against Catharism.

Very damaged, the Tour des Rondes was completely renovated in 1627, giving it its contemporary structure, notably the openings for musketry. It was baptized “Executioner’s Tower” in the 19C as it is under this name that it appears in an alignment plan of the city of 1809, undoubtedly in reference to the guillotine which was preserved in Lavaur during the French revolution, before being moved to Castres.

It became property of the town of Lavaur in 1826 and served from the 1830s as a public slaughter of pigs, after the withdrawal of authorization for individual slaughter in the city, and until a municipal slaughterhouse was built   in 1871 in the Saint-Roch district. Other works were carried out in June 1879, when it contained utensils of public weight, and the Round Tower was entrusted to the Philharmonic Society. New repairs were carried out between 1986 and 1988. The Tour des Rondes currently houses the Lavaur Tourist Office (since April 1, 1992) and an art exhibition hall.

Lavaur

It is about 5 minutes walking from the traffic circle at the end of allée Jean Jaurés towards the Tour des Rondes along Quai la Tour des Rondes street.

And what webpage to give you for it? Well you know it is the tourist office of Lavaur! And combines the intercommunal duties with Saint Sulpice another nice town in the area! Tourist office of Lavaur at the Tour des Rondes

City of Lavaur on its heritage and more in French

There you go and a nice walk down away from the halle aux grains

 

 

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January 26, 2020

Some news from Bretagne, XXVIII

And it has been a while not giving you news of my lovely region of Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh. Well been away on jobs and vacation so now is time to catch up on my marvelous region and its events coming up that I like. The weather has been cold down to 1C or 34F some rain but no snow ,or worse as in other parts of the country. Right now we are cloudy and 11C (about 51F= with lows of 7C . In looking at our eternal Paris they have it cloudy too but 45F degrees.

Discovery Walking Tours at Saint Gildas de Rhuys (in the Rhuys peninsula). For this outing at low tide, discover in the company of Gwen, the shells of our coasts (cockles, clams …). Travel by individual cars. Wearing boots and a bucket is recommended. Equip yourself with spoons or knives with round ends to facilitate fishing. Prices: € 6.50 / adult and € 5.00 / child (5 to 12 years old). Info & reservations essential at the latest the day before at Tel Mob +33 ( 0) 6 82 18 34 36. The next closest trips are schedule for February: Monday 10 (sea coef 106) at 9h45: March: Monday 9 (sea coef 99) at 8h45

Tourist Information Office, Rue Saint Goustan, Saint Gildas de Rhuys. Tel mob +33 06 82 18 34 36 More info here : https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/accueil/preparer-son-sejour/infos-pratiques/office-de-tourisme/bit-de-saint-gildas-de-rhuys

7 years later, without ever having left, Eiffel returns to the top of his game to defend on stage his 6th opus “Stupor Machine”. Romain Humeau and his three musicians are finally back with the same desire to do battle. Through inhabited and ambitious rock, the group proves once again that by constantly reinventing itself, it knows how to do what it does best: federate the troops while taking pleasure in being afraid. Next Saturday, March 28, 2020 Opening, La Pietà invites you into its quirky and multidisciplinary universe, a concentrate of edgy texts (in French!), Punk attitude, noise guitars, electro beats … A noisy and efficient live, that promises! More info here:  L’Echonova on Eiffel La Pieta

Sayag Jazz Machine is finally back on stage with a brand new album, 13 years after No Me Digas (don’t tell me). Embark on a crazy road movie, a clever mix of jazz, electro jungle and drum’n’bass with hip-hop accents accompanied by an electric flow. The show promises to be hot! Prices: addict 9 € • 12-25 years 10 € • presale 12 € • on site 14 € Info and reservations: 02 97 62 20 40 email: infos@lechonova.com More info here:  L’Echonova on the sayag Jazz Machine
Above on the whole Hivernales du Jazz (Winter jazz) more info here: Les Hivernales du Jazz Festival

The Californians of The Mystery Lights are revisiting the golden age of US rock without nostalgic revivalism. Between garage-psyche of the 60’s, punk of the 70’s and well-felt synths, they are the spearhead of Wick, the rock division of the label Daptone. King Biscuit is back with his new album “Hammer it! “. A resolutely rocky blues blues, a fiddled experimental violin and careful arrangements that make you want to stamp your feet … we are already looking forward! This tray will be completed by Rod Hamdallah, discovery of this 15th edition, fed with antique blues and garage rock, soulful and nervous. After having scoured all the bars in Atlanta, he comes to preach the good word for the first time in France.  More info here: http://www.lechonova.com/les-nuits-de-lalligator-the-mystery-lights-king-biscuit-rod-hamdallah-concert-758.html

All the above at the cultural concerts complex of St Avé,  L’Echonova, located at 1 rue Léon Griffon, 56890 St Avé. From the freeway N165 get off centre ville direction St Avé stay on the D126 towards city center and after the second traffic circle turn left you will see the complex Echonova well mark.

Something nice and serious to me. Come dance at the Grand Bal Masqué (mask ball) which will take place at the Palais des Arts in Vannes on Saturday February 1st at 20h30 (8:30 p.m.)  The INNER WHEEL Service Club in Vannes is organizing a major charity event for the benefit of the Vannes Association Faire Face Ensemble, (face it together) which has been working for 10 years to provide support, comfort and improved well-being to people with cancer and their relatives. Information:  Entrance fee 30 euros (1 drink and sweets)
Table reservation by SMS to mob tel +33 (0) 681141517.  Check payable to the Inner-Wheel Club of Vannes address: Hôtel le Roof-Presqu’île de Conleau-56000-Vannes
follow our facebook page: masked ball from the InnerWheel club in Vannes with more info here: Facebook page of the bal masque of Inner Wheel Club

This is a wonderful Association Faire Face Ensemble (Face it Together) that even if we did not need to use them it is worth recognising and help; their webpage in French is here: Association Faire Face Ensemble of Vannes

Festival Jeune Public or for young audiences Prom Nons Nous from January 27 to February 12, 2020. The Great Journey of Georges Poisson. The story goes that the evening of December 31, Georges Poisson, lighthouse keeper, invited Marinette and Lucienne to celebrate the new year. Outside, it’s a storm … Our two friends disembark in this strange place, breathless and soaked … 304 steps higher, Georges is not there. His boat is not there. If his boat is not there, it is worrying. It’s that he left. Left ? But where ? Go around the world? Marinette and Lucienne try to find the trace of their friend and take us on the great voyage of Georges Poisson. A spectacle that takes you into the imagination, into the unknown and the great adventure. More info here: Festival prom nons nous of young public on Georges Poisson

For the above: reservations at L’Hermine > Sarzeau Rue du Père Coudrin tel +33 02 97 48 29 40. Tickecting at  https://billetterie.lhermine.bzh/?id_categ=1

And to arrive at the above:  Cultural space Hermine – rue du Père Coudrin – 56370 Sarzeau. Direction take the freeway N165 to exit Sarzeau and continue on the road D780 to city/town center/downtown Sarzeau along allée des ducs de Bretagne panels well mark.

And how about a nice historical walk in quant old historical Auray!  Implanted at the bottom of a ria since the Middle Ages, the city of Auray has evolved over the centuries. You will be invited to discover the architectural and historical evolution of the city through four emblematic places: the castle, the city/town hall, the Saint-Gildas Church and the small theater. Places of power, prayer and culture. A stroll through Auray from the Middle Ages to the 20C.  Meeting place at Place du République (front of city/town hall) at 14h30. Visit time 1h30 to 2h. Payment on site, without reservation Tel +33 (0) 2 97 84 18 32.  And to know a bit more other than my posts in my blog here is the region tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon in English: Tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Auray

The Vannes Festival of Photos: 20 Years of the 2000 years. From Friday April 10th to Sunday May 10th the event 2000 to 20 years. This is the theme of Vannes Photos Festival for this new edition! On the program: the place of new technologies, ecological concern, the link to territories, to communities a great event indeed!. More info here: Official Vannes Photos Festival

The Morbihan Paddle Trophy West France on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June in the Gulf of Morbihan and in the Auray river. 6th edition of the Morbihan Paddle Trophy Ouest-France in the Gulf of Morbihan!! Be ready!! The program

Saturday June 15: 13h. The Grand Marche sur l’Eau (walk on water) (4.5km), non-timed and open to everyone between Le Bono and Auray. 14h. Derby Giants Sup and 100 m launched in the port of St Goustan. 18h SNSM (volunteer lifeguard at beaches and at sea wonderful group) in the port of Vannes. 20h dinner

Sunday June 16: 11h30 Elites long distance race (28 km) from Vannes (Kérino dry dock) to Auray.  12h30 long distance Raiders (16 km) from Locmariaquer to Auray.  13h. Leisure race (8.5km) from Baden (Dreven) to Auray.  13h Youth race (under 15) from Crac’h Fort Espagnol to Auray (7 km).  15h30. 1/2 final and final Derby Giants Sup and 100 m launched in the port of St Goustan. 16h Prize giving at Auray.

Prices:50€ Elite,40€ Raiders and Leisure, 25€ Young people (under 15). Info & reservations : Official Morbihan Paddle Trophy

The Ultra Marin Raid Golfe du Morbihan  is back ,and spend a pleasant sporting moment in an exceptional setting in Bretagne. A human adventure during which discovery, conviviality and solidarity take on their full meaning!  Grand Raid: 177 km of racing around one of the most beautiful bays in the world.  Raid 87 km; Trail 56 km, Customs round 36 km; Nordic walking 25 km . Team relay; Great solidarity challenge. Many friends here participating every year!! me watch lol!! More info here: Official Ultra Marin event

4th edition of the Quiberon Scrabbles Festival. From February 5 to 9, 2020, at Espace Louison Bobet. The CoupeJean Louis Genis February 5, TH3 10h- 14h 16h30. Etape du GrandPrix Coupe Originale Breizh February 6 and 7 TH4 in PO, 3 min per move :16:30 p.m. Etape du Grand Prix Scrabble Classic February 7 and 8. 2 nd rounds 9h30 to 10h30. Saturday 14h – 16h30. Sunday 9h30- 13h30 . Stage of the Grand Prize Prize list. More info here: Official Scrabbles Bretagne Festival at Quiberon

This is it for now winter reporting from my beautiful Morbihan in lovely Bretagne of my belle France! Hope you get the chance to enjoy one of these events.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2020

Monastery of Sainte Claire, Lavaur!

So continue on my saga of off the beaten path places in the beautiful cocagne and cathar countryside we stay in Lavaur. This is the Tarn dept 81 in Occitanie region of my belle France.

And will tell you about a little known place that was here we passed by it and look up but never imagine the history of it.  Again not much written on it either, a real find.

In 1398, a community of Clarisses settled in Lavaur. In 1642 the Sainte-Claire monastery was founded, then in 1685, the Order of the Daughters of the Cross.

Lavaur

The Monastery of the Clarisses founded in 1642 by Sérène de Vézins, a Clarisse nun from the Salin monastery in Toulouse. Destroyed during the French revolution, it was repair and brought back in 1802. The current chapel c. 1837, has housed since 1852, in a shrine, the body of Saint Clementine, Virgin and Roman martyr, discovered in a catacomb in Rome. A real story here

Lavaur

Unfortunately other than in some religious sites there is nothing in the tourist office on it. It is by the agout river and past the Esplanade de Plô (see previous post) at 1 rue Mairie.

The webpages available are

Monastical services of the Clarisses on the Ste Claire of Lavaur in French

Catholic Lavaur on the orders in town in French

As we did our walks along the last street bordering the river Agout we came up with lots of nice sites such as this one to see. And as always, the best is on foot, enjoy Lavaur and its monuments

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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January 25, 2020

The garden promenade of Plô,Lavaur!

And now I take to some off the beaten paths of off the beaten path town of Lavaur. It is in the Cocagne country of pastels and Cathar tradition and very sentimental to me as mentioned before do not want to repeat.

We have come here many times and did walks all over for reminicents times, but hardly not to many pictures. I guess when you have it no need to show it. This time came with my 3 young men and our dog Rex and walk again all over but did took pictures.

Therefore, let me tell you a bit on the Esplanade de Plô in Lavaur, the Tarn dept 81 of Occitanie in my belle France.

Le Plô is the site of the Lavaur castle which no longer exists. The Plô site, bought from the king by the consuls in 1622, was laid out as a public promenade and then as an esplanade from the 17C. The Esplanade du Plô, will immerse you in the history of the Cathars as you can imagine the bonshommes trying to repel the troops of Simon de Montfort besieging the city to capture and kill these heretics. This epic past, this site has now become a place of rest, calm and relaxation where you can soak up the charitable soul of Dame Guiraude. It is the ideal place for an improvised nap or a family picnic!   Petanque or here Boules lovers, a bowling alley or Boulodrom awaits you!

Lavaur

It , also ,has wonderful views over the river banks and valley of the Agout, the main river here. It is worth the detour to see the natural beauty of this area and think of the history above that took place here!  A bit on the river if I may.

The Agout river passes in the two departments of Hérault and Tarn, in the Occitanie region. It is an important left tributary of the Tarn river, therefore a sub-tributary of the Garonne river. The length of the Agout river is 194 km . In the dept 81 of the Tarn it passes by the towns of Brassac, Castelnau-de-Brassac, Castres, Coufouleux, Giroussens, Burlats, Lavaur, Rabastens, Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe, and Vielmur-sur-Agout. For info much of these have written in my blog.

Lavaur

Its flow was observed over a period of 56 years (1946-2001), at Lavaur. The river catchment area at this location is 2,300 km2 (or approximately 66.3% of its total which is 3,497 km2.). After a passage in the Tarn river, then the Garonne river , the waters of Agout river will finish their race in the Atlantic Ocean. The official vigicrues or river levels in France on the passing by Lavaur in French is here: Official Vigicrues river water levels on the Agout at Lavaur in French

Lavaur

The town of Lavaur in French has plenty on the things to see and pdf files on the heritage and history not to mention on doors which seems to be a popular post in several blogs in wordpress….::) City of Lavaur on heritage in French

And my info translated came from the tourist office of the Tarn dept 81 on the Plô here in French: Tourist office of the Tarn dept 81 on the Le Plo of Lavaur

And voilà the quant old Lavaur and its off the beaten paths beauties, hope you enjoy it and do pass by on your rounds in cathar country! Love Lavaur!

And remember, happy travels  good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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January 25, 2020

The Halle aux Grains, Lavaur!

So I am sticking around Lavaur, a sentimental favorite. Down by the Tarn dept 81 in the region of Occitanie right in cocagne and cathar country! And after doing lots of visits and walks finally got some pictures lol!

One of the sights you see entering the city and finding parking at the allée Jean Jaurés is this imposingo circular building. The Halle aux Grains, well it was to stock silk then grains and now its a cultural center with great events in the city.

Let me tell you a bit on it ok

The Halle aux Grains at Place Stalingrad, Lavaur. It was built from 1879 to 1881 by Guillaume Aurignac, architect of the city. On the ground of the cooler (former underground ice warehouse) it was intended for the silkworm cocoon market, which lacked space at the Old Market. It is hexadecagonal and offers a lot of space because it has no pillars.

Lavaur

The fall of the silk trade in the Vaurais, at the end of 19C, confined it only to the sale of grains. The central lightning rod vane represents a winged dragon no info as to why is there but leyend says it was to dissuade the grain thieves or bird eaters of the grain.

Lavaur

It is now part of the cultural calendar of the town of Lavaur and if there is an event you can see the inside. One of the photo shots with my dear late wife Martine and a must stop by when in town by us now.

And as we were right in city center, we decided it was time for lunch , and again came back to an old favorite with the family right at the traffic circle coming in from the road D112 from Toulouse and walking distance 3 minutes on foot to the Halle aux Grains. This is the Les Américains as known at 1 allée Jean Jaurés or the full name Le Grand Café des Américains. A great place in town known by all; every weekend, they offer a live musical group to liven up your evening. And the evenings of major football and rugby matches will be broadcast on a flat screen. And great tripel karmelite Belgian beers to boot with Guinness with formule or menus at 12€! expresso coffee and it came out to just a bit over 17€ and our wonderful good boy dog Rex was allowed in too!!! And he behave wonderfully too!!! Always a perfect stop in Lavaur!

Lavaur

Lavaur

Lavaur

REX at Les Américains Lavaur 81!!!

A bit of webpages on the heritage of Lavaur here: Tourist office of Tarn Agout on Lavaur heritage in French

Restaurant Les Américains of Lavaur

Enjoy Lavaur, the Tarn and Occitanie, and remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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January 25, 2020

Church Saint Francois of Lavaur!

We make a must stop when visiting our sentimental Lavaur, and love it. The Church of Saint François is old and beautifully done right in city center, in fact you entered from the sidewalk into the church! It is at Grande Rue which is the main merchant street in town!

I wrote briefly on it long ago so let me bring you up to date, and my blog! Here is my take on the St François Church of Lavaur. Also known as the Cordeliers (12C-15C) with its large Puget organ 1866. Former convent of the Cordeliers (Franciscans), founded by Sicard, baron of Ambres. After the abolition of the convent, the church became parish from 1802 to 1963.

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The Saint-François Church inspires respect. Majestic, it consists mainly of bricks and remains today the largest Franciscan church in the Southwest of France!. The current church brings together a polygonal choir from the 13C, an apse from the 14C, a nave from the 15C and a Stations of the Cross designed around 1880. Its interior decor from the 19C was mainly created by artists and craftsmen from Toulouse: paintings of vaults , stained glass windows and terracotta tiles , and large organ c 1866.

Lavaur

The Church of Saint François is located in Lavaur, dept 81 of the Tarn in the region of Occitanie. The church is oriented north-south. The choir of the Saint-François Church and two spans of the nave dates from the 13C, the apse from the 14C, the nave from the 15C. The church was consecrated in 1350, then again in 1512 The church was unoccupied during the French revolution. It served as a fodder store between 1790 and 1800.

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The Church of Saint François was returned to worship in 1801. A gallery was built in 1848 above the entrance. The interior decor of the church dates from the 19C.  The church was built in bricks of a single nave, adopting a fairly usual plan in the Gothic churches of the Languedoc.

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In the four spans to the south, the side chapels are integrated between the buttresses of the nave. In the 15C, the brotherhoods multiply in the Saint-François Church which have their chapels. The first chapel, to the right of the entrance, is that of the Saint-Côme-Saint-Damien brotherhood founded in 1501. The fourth chapel, on the same side, has Saint Eutrope whose cult was introduced in 1450. The organ was built by Toulouse organ builder Théodore Puget, between 1863 and the end of 1865. It was inaugurated in January 1866.

Lavaur

Lavaur

The webpages are limited on this Church for unknown reasons to me making it even more interesting to see it Below is the Catholic parish of Albi of which the town of Lavaur depend on for religious reasons.

Catholic Diocese of Albi on the Church St Francois of Lavaur

You will enjoy the monuments of Lavaur, small town but packed with goodies see my next posts on it. And do walk, we did the whole town lol!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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January 24, 2020

The streets of Lavaur!!

So been in the lovely Toulouse could not resist visiting Lavaur for sentimental reasons. We have crisscross this beautiful cathar area of France for many years, and Lavaur is the native town of my dear late wife Martine ,late father Pierre, who still had cousins in the area but now move further closer to Gaillac.

We spent many trips walking the streets of this lovely old town of the Tarn dept 81 in Occitanie and been so close could not avoided visiting it again this time only with the boys. Hope you enjoy it too on your way out of Toulouse into Cathar country!

We came in as always from Toulouse on the road D112 right into city center  Lavaur and parked free at the Allée Jean Jaurés by the grains market of old.  Before thus as you turn into the parking you come into a small square call the Place  de la Patience and a very nice fountain statue , a very nice way to welcome you into the town.

Lavaur

Lavaur

You can help it but see the enclosed canopy at the beginning of the alley sort of like a rest stop for the sights and bus routes of the town of Lavaur.

Lavaur

You could go on walking all along this alley (allée Jean Jaurés) along the road and past the halle aux grains or grains market that will tell you later.

Lavaur

You come across a real kiosque à musique  or music kiosk walking towards the city/town hall of Lavaur and right in front of a school.

Lavaur

And you do come to the end which is the Mairie or city/town hall of Lavaur , a nice building as usually they are.

Lavaur

And you get an idea of the quant old town that Lavaur is with a rich history some of which will tell you in the next posts. Enjoy Lavaur, in the Tarn in Cathar country of old, the traditions and history of my belle France. Hope you have enjoy the walk and see the capital of the Cocagne country=Lavaur. The tourist office in French of this traditional town is Tarn Agout (the rivers) here: Tourist office of the Tarn Agout area on Lavaur

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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