Monday, May 18, 2009

Our Spring 2009 Europe Holiday -- Albi and Caunes-Minervois, France -- Ruby (Red) Tuesday

After you read this click here to see more of our holiday travels.

This is my RED for Ruby (Red) Tuesday. Most all of the roofs in Albi, France are made of red tile. The older ones dim, the newer ones can be very bright red.

While taking this picture, I was standing beside the Musée Toulouse Lautrec (museum) waiting for it to open. All of these ancient buildings are across the river.

In Southern France the Spanish influence shows to quite an extent. One of the major items is the closing of all businesses and most public facilities two hours for lunch. They close at noon and reopen at two. I do not know if they take siestas or not.

Below me was a very pretty French type garden. I did not go down into it, son, Tim, did. He also climbed to the top of the wall in the left picture and walked to the end.

In the center picture, all the green is shrubbery and is manacured with hedge clippers. I don't think there will be any flowering plants in this garden even later in the year. I don't have a picture from down there, it's a wonder since I did walk around in there.

The right side picture is the type of streets that we would walk through to get back to our car.

It's hard to pass up an information center. This one was full of posters, I choose this one for a snapshot because it showed what we had seen taking the pictures above.

If it bothers you that there are no pictures from inside the museum, that is because picture taking inside is not allowed (link to 'about' the museum).

The picture on the right says we are headed back to our hotel. We must pass through Mazamet on the way.

Supper was ready at our hotel dining room when we got back. People really don't start on the evening meal until around eight but we Americans like it earlier. Our reservations were for seven-thirty.

We are just starting on the first course, we had been served but before we started eating our waiter, the hotel owner, Frederic, took our picture. Clockwise, Mrs. Jim, (son) Tim, and moi (Jim).

Back in town now and the next morning after our trip to Albi, we went for a little walk around our town.

Walking down now, but we drove up this narrow street to find out hotel. Further on down behind that little green bush we found the studio of an English artist. He has been painting in Caunes-Minervois for five years and considers the town his home.

One of his favorite subjects is his cat. We just woke him up from an early morning nap but he didn't seem to mind. The owner/artist told us his name but I can't remember it. I am not good at names.

This pretty work is just about finished and is for sale now I can't remember the price.

The last two pictures give an idea of what the inside of an artist's studio might be like. Except for the cat and the painting, it looks similar to my office, a little messy.

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Lovely shots you're sharing with us this RT :)
Happy Ruby Tuesday!
Dear Jim,
You had a wonderful time down in France, that much I can see.
Such picturesque towns. I'm breathtaken by the views and that special shaped lawn. It must have been cut with scissors!

I also love the "Jimmy eats" picture.
Such nice surroundings, all the shades of red and your trés bon son. He's looking so like his father. I bet you have a lot in common!

I read about Adi over at Ralph's.
Of course I'm praying for her!
From Felisol
I don't have a picture from down there, it's a wonder since I did walk around in there.
All the green is shrubbery and is manacured with hedge clippers. I don't think there will be any flowering plants in this garden even later in the year.
Thanks a lot for your concern about Adi. She is some better this morning.
Looks like you are enjoying yourselves. Love the photo and words. Happy RT
Great photos. Any chance you could post a map of your travels so we'll know where in France we're looking at?

Supportive woofs to Adi. Adi can feel better.
The red (tile?) roofs are great, and of course the olde European architecture has its classic look. That garden is so well styled, I wonder how such shaped shrubbery would look on our .33 acre 'estate'...
Thanks for sharing your trip with us virtually ;--)
Hugs and blessings,
Dear Jim,
I just had to check in and see if there were news about Adi.
Thank you for bringing good news.
I am sure we do right in praying for our pets too.
Jesus said Our Heavenly Father is concerned even about the sparrows.
Hugs to Adi from Felisol
amazing!! glad you had a wonderful trip.
the town is so lovely
all your trip photos have such a sense of joy and respect for the places you're visiting

and you and the Mrs look lovely at dinner :)
Wonder how much does the cat painting cost?
Hi Jim, thanks for sharing all these beautiful photos and detailed description. It's like ive been on a tour with you. The shot of you and the missus and son is nice. :-)

Thank you for visiting my RT!
I don't know the price on this picture. It seemed high at the time but I can't remember. Sorry,
The Jim bunch eating again?
Good for you guys. Great pics on the way to Albi. Thanks for taking us along.
Jim, thank you for your tour of France. What an interesting, fun vacation you had! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)
Looks like you are having a wonderful time! And such a grand place to visit. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your adventure!
Wow, beautiful pictures, Jim. They make me want to go to France for vacation, again... at least, for me it's not as far as you had to travel to get there. Maybe that's why I didn't go there for the last 17 years. You know, sometimes you come to see distant parts of the world sooner than those that are close by.

Oh and let me tell you, I was impressed you commented on our "bibleblog" - I din't know you are that great in reading german :-)
That two hour lunch idea sounds great to me. It sure beats the five- 10 minute ones I've been taking lately.
Wow and double WOW! How exciting to have a trip to Europe!
I love all the photos.
It's great that your son was with you too, also!
That first photo is stunning, and the red tiles make it perfect for a Ruby Tuesday post.
What a lovely manicured garden!
Of course the Jim Bunch ate well, and I would too if I was there. I eat well even at home.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.
God bless the whole Jim Bunch!
Gday Jim, Wowwww Beatiful photo's of your trip to Europe. Its the only way ill see france is in your photo's.I see the Jim bunch eats again...
Beautiful photos. It looks like you ahd anothe wonderful trip together. That first pic of the old buildings looks like it could have been a movie set. Will you have more to say about the food?

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