Thursday, 26 May 2011

Hangar Spring Trip V

In the morning we nourished our eyes, in Albi, where we visited the Musee Toulouse Lautrec (did anybody even wonder where the entrance tickets came from?).
The museum is housed in the former Bishops' Palace, built in the 13th century and next to the cathedral Sainte Cécile and it is a truly impressive fortress that houses over 1000 works, including the famous posters by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec...

Especially the Model Drawers appreciated the quick sketches of the 'girls' undressing, weren't they perfect!!

The posters were fantastic as well, as were the paintings and the overall history of this tiny but hugely talented guy...

At 12.30 the museum closed - and we went to the restaurant 'vieille Alby', that was booked for us, and only for us by Lies and Horst, familiar with Albi. And it was a great choice!! We had a very good lunch, I'll never forget the potatoe pancakes with cranberries that accompanied the duck...MMM
After lunch some went to see the rest of the exhibition and the others admired the imposing Cathedral Sainte Cécile next door.

It was very full of tourists, maybe also due to the heavy rain - but we burned candles and looked at the beautiful wooden sculptures in the choir, the intricate woodwork patterns and the immense paintings of judgement day...
And then it was back to the Chateau, with enough ammunition for the poster contest!

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