Toulouse 08

Toulouse Episode 08 Carcassonne and Toulouse Lautrec

Two days out in search of history, art and culture

Two ideas for easy excursions from Toulouse. First, the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, silhouetted against the skyline on a million postcards, whose romantic exterior belies an often gruesome history. And secondly, the equally beautiful city of Albi which boasts not just a unique medieval heritage, and a gothic cathedral decorated inside with floor-to-ceiling frescos, but also the Musée Toulouse Lautrec. Here you can learn about the life of the artist who grew up in Albi, before setting off to Paris to paint some of that city’s most iconic artworks. The museum here has over 200 of his paintings and posters, plus a large collection of his drawings.