La Lande  Albagnac
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue
South West France



Albi:
Along with Toulouse and Montauban, Albi is one of the main cities built in Languedoc-style red brick. Among the buildings of the town is the Sainte Cécile cathedral, a masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, built between the 13th and 15th centuries.

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A fabulous weekly market which is held outside the Albi cathedral famous for it's remarkable brick exterior, and the large area of renaissance painting in the interior:

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THE UNMISSABLE RODEZ CATHEDRAL

You will at some point come upon Rodez Cathedral. Whether you wish to take a moment for quiet reflection or simply look around, a visit to this Gothic cathedral is a must. Its construction took no less than three hundred years! The atmosphere within is enchanting: a vast organ, ancient and contemporary stained glass, lavishly decorated stalls, the altarpiece, the chapel...

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Most towns have a market once a week; but in larger towns, markets may take place twice a week, or even every day. Typical French markets are a mix between the farmers' market and a traders' market, with stalls offering local produce straight from the farm standing alongside fruit and vegetable stalls, cheese stalls and other stalls offering a full range of produce.

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The capital city of the Aveyron department, Rodez was for a long time well off the tourist trail. Hard to reach by rail and just as hard by road, it was one of the most isolated small cities in France.
All that has changed, and while Rodez remains at the heart of one of the most rural regions of France, it is now firmly on the tourist map. The 2014 opening of a stunning new museum to house a large collection of paintings and works by the artist Pierre Soulages has propelled Rodez firmly into the twenty-first century.

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Villefranche de Rouergue was founded in 1252 by Alphonse de Poitiers, Count of Toulouse and brother of king Saint Louis.
The town presents, on a large scale, the characteristic layout of new towns of the period, a grid of streets with a square in the centre where religious and public life was carried out. From Villefranche you can discover the circuit of the Aveyron bastides.

AN INVITATION FOR A STROLL
Your stroll through the bastide’s narrow streets will undoubtedly lead you to the central square, the heart of the town. A square lined by covered arcades characteristic of the bastides and by the enormous entrance porch of the Collegiate church.
Can you be here on a Thursday morning? If so, make the most of the market with its local colours and smells. Then, continue and enjoy the riches of the town’s architectural heritage.