I shook my head as we stood perched high above the Tarn River. Why is it that we rarely visit France I wondered? An expansive country, rich in farm land and stunning towns, we felt as though we were thrown back to our Tuscan days with hill top towns to explore, wine to drink, landscapes to roam and farms to envy.

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The small town of Albi was no exception. Albi is a beautifully preserved city that captivated us immediately with quaint medieval bridges, a vibrant city center and the gorgeous St. Cecelia Cathedral.

Albi, as we have come to learn, located in the South of France, has roughly 52,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Tarn. The cathedral meticulously preserved, sits in the heart of the city, built out of brick between the years 1282 and 1480, was worth the visit.

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With a slow day on the agenda, we meandered through the city streets, the children chased passing pigeons and we absorbed the sun that lit up this city perfectly.

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This was one of the many impressive cities we visited while we were in the Toulouse area of France. More to come…

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