Stage 1/35 - 326 kms
0 km Toulouse
78 kms Albi
110 kms Millau
91 kms Mende
47 kms Langogne
A romantic travel in Toulouse : The "pink city"
Have a romantic travel in Toulouse with your friend. It is called “The pink city” because of the color of local traditional building materials, terra cotta brick. Situated in the Haute-Garonne department, in south-western France, the town lies on the Garonne River’s banks. Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus, Galileo positioning system, the SPOT, EADS, ATR satellite systems and the Aerospace Valley, considered as a global cluster. The city also hosts the Oncopole of Toulouse, Europe’s largest cancer research centre, Intel’s European headquarters and CNES’ Toulouse Space Centre, Europe’s largest space centre. Thales Alenia Space, and Astrium Satellites, EADS’ satellite system subsidiary, also have an important presence in Toulouse.
Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi is a 241 km long canal located in southern France. It was considered at the time to be among the 17th century’s greatest construction works. This canal connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean. The long Canal de Garonne forms the Canal des Deux Mers (Two Seas Canal) linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. It connects the city of Toulouse to the Étang de Thau near the Mediterranean. The Canal des Deux-Mers project aimed at linking together several sections of navigable waterways to join the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. First the Canal du Midi, then the Garonne which was more or less navigable between Toulouse and Bordeaux, then the Garonne Lateral Canal built later, and finally the Gironde estuary after Bordeaux. The Canal du Midi was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Our Lady of Alep : Communities and icons (in Montaigu, about 20 km from Toulouse)
Long ago, Alep was considered to be a centre for vocations, priesthood and even monarchism. In fact, the city’s religious and cultural life brought a sound experience and provided a place, a level of education to support and develop these trends within the various Christian communities, mainly among the Catholics lately. But we cannot forget the Orthodox community’s great personalities, the patriarch of the Arabs, the end of Metropolitan Aleppo, Elias IV Mouawad, Patriarch of Antioch and of the entire Orient. The Archdiocese has many reasons to be proud. While the Byzantine Empire was at its end, this region saw the rise in mastery of iconography that follows the Byzantine tradition enriched by the local elements. It has produced many wonderful icons that can be seen in the Balamand Monastery in Lebanon, or at the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady in Alep.
Albi : A picturesque city with a UNESCO Cathedral
Albi is a commune in southern France. It is the Tarn department’s capital. It lies on the River Tarn, 85 km north of Toulouse. Its inhabitants are called the Albigeois. It was the seat of Albi’s Archbishop and of the Diocese of Albi. The Episcopal city, situated in the centre of the actual city, around the cathedral, was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2010.
Sainte-Cecilia : A Gothic Cathedral
The Gothic Cathedral Saint-Cecilia of Albi, built in the 13th century, in the heart of the Cathar country, is the world’s largest brick building. Standing on a hill over the Tarn River, it looks more like a fortress than a cathedral, and this is not accidental. The cathedral was built as a defensive fortress and the state of the forces after the Albigensian Crusade, the holy war waged by the Catholic Church against the Cathar heretics and the Count of Toulouse. The Albi cathedral's construction started in 1282 under the leadership of Bernard de Castanet, who was Bishop of Albi and Chief Inquisitor. The construction was carried out primarily in 1383 but the cathedral was not fully completed until 1492.
Toulouse : Aparthotel Adagio Toulouse Parthenon
Toulouse : Quality Hotel Toulouse Sud
Toulouse : Le Grand Balcon Hotel
Toulouse : At Home Appart Hotel
Albi : Hôtel du Vigan
Albi : ibis Albi
Albi : Hôtel Alchimy
Millau : A lovely and hospitable city, main paragliding centre in France
Millau is a French commune located in southern France. It is surrounded by the splendid landscapes of the Gorges du Tarn, Causse du Larzac and Causse Noir. In terms of tourism, the city of Millau offers some tourist attractions namely the glove museum, the Causses Botanical Garden, the Place du Maréchal Foch, a square with 12th century arcades, including one bearing the inscription “Gara qué faras” or “Watch what you are doing” and the Notre-Dame-de-l'Espinasse Church. This church is believed to have once owned a part of the Crown of Thorns, making it an important pilgrimage centre in the Middle Ages. The Passage du Pozous is a 13th century fortified gate. Also visit the belfry, a 12th century square tower topped by a 17th century octagonal tower on the Place Emma Calvé. Milau is the main paragliding centre in France.
The Grand-Causses Regional Natural Park
Established in 1995, the Grand-Causses regional natural park includes the area around Millau, the Causse du Larzac, the Causse Noir and the Dourbie gorge, the region around Roquefort, the Tarn Valley, the Causse de Séverac and the Lévézou region and is home to the largest lakes of France. A significant part of the park’s area is dominated by the large raised mass of exposed Causses. These imposing limestone steppe plateaus create a dramatic contrast with the rocky notches carved by the rivers, such as the Gorges du Tarn, Jonte Gorges, the Dourbie Canyon and the canyon/pass of the Raspes du Tarn.
Mende : A wildlife and rural French destinations for tourists
Mende, in the rural and mountainous Lozere, it is a wonderful destination for all those who want to be in a town, and this unique wildlife. Outdoor, you may find activities like hang-gliding, mountain climbing and canoeing. A charming city in the green and cool Lot Valley, it is dominated by its imposing and inspiring 14th century gothic cathedral. You could hardly find a more perfect centre for horse-back riding, mountain biking, hiking, caving or kayaking. Mende is at the Cevennes National Forest’s doorstep.
The Cévennes National Park
The Cévennes National Park is a national park located in southern France, in the mountainous area of Cévennes. Established in 1970, the park has its administrative seat in Florac at Florac Castle. It is located mainly in the Lozère and Gard departments, and covers some areas of Ardèche and Aveyron. The Aven Armand is located in the park. In 2011, the park was a part of The Causses and the Cévennes, a Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape UNESCO World Heritage site. The park includes several mountains and plateaus, including: Mont Lozère, Mont Aigoual, Causse Méjean, France. Mont Lozère is the region’s highest peak, attaining 1,699 metres.
Our Lady of Quézac : Farmer's story
A famous Marian pilgrimage is found in Quézac, France. The origin of this devotion is miraculous. “In the early 11th century, a farmer named Jacques Deleuze lived in Quézac. One day, while he was busy ploughing his field, he saw his oxen suddenly stop and obstinately refusing to move. He pushed them from behind and, in fact, the oxen’s trace formed a new furrow. Jacques was very amazed by this phenomenon and talked about it to his parish priest and other dignitaries. The men decided to dig in the ground around the marked spot, and discovered a statue of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue was presented to the local parish church but the next day it disappeared. It returned to the spot where Jacques had discovered it the day before. Mary wanted to be honoured on the discovery site. A church was built later there under the name of “The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin”.
Langogne : Surprising discover for the visitors
The city of Langogne is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the department of Lozère. Visitors will surprised during their journey. Indeed, visiting the city you will discover step by step the old industry and testimonies of the past. The inhabitants of the city of Langogne are called Langonais.
Saint-Bonnet-de-Montauroux : Virgin Mary events (apparition 1937 to 1938)
Saint-Bonnet-de-Montauroux is a little village, which has seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary between December 1937 and February 1938. At that time, a young 15-year old girl named Henriette Dejean had visions of the Virgin Mary in a place known as the “roc du Colombier" or “the dovecotes’ rock". The Virgin appeared “just 1 meter from her standing on a rock, she had blue eyes, blond hair and wore a long white veil and a golden crown with a shiny little cross on it”. Henriette informed the parish priest, Abbey Paul Morin, about these manifestations. She received a number of messages. Mary asked for a chapel, the conversion of the French people, “I have come to save France” and peace among men. After a few days, she revealed her identity by saying “I am the Immaculate Virgin”. A new local pilgrimage was born and people started reading the Bible again, by praying in groups.
Millau : Hôtel des Causses
Millau : Les Palmiers
Millau : Cévenol Hôtel
Millau : Hôtel de la Capelle
Mende : Hotel De France
Mende : Village de Gites le Colombier