Travel Blogs from Albi
... to a town! John, once again, came to greet us. A pack carrier is always a Godsend at that
point! Ramo had found another fantastic spot overlooking the town, valley and a
Michelin starred restaurant which was luckily closed!
A very difficult climb presented itself the next day, almost
on our hands and knees. The compensation of a magnificent forest walk at the
end of the day was enough ...
... drink at the local pub. Well, that became a couple of drinks, then morphed into trying the Irish pub, (now open), down the street. While we weren't kicked out, think he closed soon after we left!
Our last morning. Brilliant sunshine, its definitely grass growing in the square and the markets have returned.
... metres thick defensive walls and stunning cathredrals. The structure was different to other medieveal cities in that the river was the first line of defense on 3 sides, with walls being built into the river banks. Pont Valentre was the only way across the river, and was an easily defendable bridge. The only wall on land was of the usual adobe rock construction, which stood the test of time and wars till most of it was knocked down for urban expansion. The surviving Barbican Gate ...
... at the prefecture.
No prefecture in Najac, closest is Villefranche de Rouergue, 20 min away.
Now, think french farce.......
The prefecture is only open in the afternoons, but not Wednesday afternoon.
Today is Wednesday.
Ron goes in to the Prefecture.
Ron comes out. Documents refused. Has an armful of documents which are all in french. Fortunately he found a helpful bilingual assistant in a random business who forgo ...
The beginning to the end:
Arrived in Najac to find the whole of the town square was a construction site, from laying cobblestones, to redesigning the open space areas, cleaning existing retaining walls, moving the war memorial......you name it, it was in progress, and 5 weeks later, is still in progress.
We now have a petanque area, a potential grass area but currently mud (been raining), cobblestones in front of our house, paving around the ...