The viaduct of Millau in Aveyron (France), is the tallest bridge in the world. Opened on December 14, 2004 after 36 months of construction, the structure reaches a height of 343 meters above the river Tarn, and is 2.460 meters long.
What caught my attention most from the outside of the St. Sernin Basilica was the octagonal bell tower built above the cruise, which dominates the building at 65 meters. It was built in two levels: A typical Romanesque level with three layers of semicircular openings, a level with two layers of angular Gothic arched openings.
This garden is located north of the center of Toulouse, between Lascrosses Boulevard and Marquette Boulevard. A relaxing walk is a nice little excursion and this is just the right place. They say that something is missing in some areas due to maintenance.
The Garonne runs for about 525 kilometres, starting in Spain before moving to France, where it crosses Toulouse and ends up by flowing into the estuary of the Gironde. In Toulouse, the river is fully navigable, and is popular with tourist boats as well as water sports vehicles. A path runs along the Garonne, allowing you to enjoy the views of the river and the entire city. You can start at Pont Saint Pierre, then stroll past the Raymond VI gardens to the Pont des Catalans, where you can cross to the other side of the river. A really pleasant walk, which I always recommend to newcomers to the city!
Well folks, my trip to Rocamadour, France was set for December and I totally recommend it to everyone. Rocamadour was amazing. We were alone excepts for the local people and was a very good experience. It's a beautiful town, and when you go down the road, having all of the people watch you is priceless. Anyway, the trip was amazing and surprising. There was a chapel which was one the most magical moments of the trip. It was a blast!
An interesting and beautiful church. It has a somewhat strange floorplan, as it's more rectangular and shaped like a cross. It also maintains tall, colorful columns which together with stained glass give a very interesting color to it's interior. I recommend visiting at dusk or dawn to enjoy it the most. Also, in the center of the church is the tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas.
An outstanding place. An amazing experience with views of the highest waterfall in Europe. The day was a bit overcast which made the heat more bearable. It is accesible by road and there you have the most beautiful town I have ever seen. It is a place worth visiting.
The most interesting thing in Space City is its 3D IMAX cinema and its two planetariums. You can definitely spend a whole day there. I visited it on my own - I arrived at eleven o'clock and left at six in the evening with the feeling that I still have things left to explore. There are plenty of movies and organized activities to attend - before you know it you've been there the whole day. As for the food, I recommend taking some from home because it is very expensive there. There is a bus line that connects Space City to the centre and it runs throughout the day.
This Jubé dates from the early sixteenth century. Originally the pulpit from where the priest read the sacred texts always beginning with the words "Jube Domine Benedicere" translated as "Lord deign to bless". The repetition of this phrase gave this place the name of the first word. It is carved in soft limestone which with the passage of time has been hardened. Initially there were horcinas containing 75 statues which unfortunately were destroyed during the revolution. It has three side doors giving access to the aisle, the center one leading directly to the choir.
Is it possible to visit Albi in a day? Sure! The first thing you should do is visit the tourist office next to the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Place Saint Cécile. It's better to have a map of the city and the tourist office will suggest three different routes to discover Albi.
The Basilica of the Daurade is on the Garonne river, just off the square and pier that bears its name. It usually passes unnoticed because it's closed and bystanders may be looking at the river. Its exterior architecture is very striking and visitors are amazed as the interior is much larger than it appears, it's quite bleak, except in the chapel of Notre Dame de la Daurade that occupies the south end of the transept. The Virgin of the black hood, similar to the Catalan Black Madonna, stands (with baby Jesus in her left arm and a cane on her right) and is covered with clothes that change color according to the season.
My mother and I traveled to Lourdes for the long weekend in May and we were very impressed and astonished to see and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, it is downright impressive inside. I took numerous photos, and recommend visiting this holy place. It is extremely beautiful, not only for the peace and tranquility you can breathe there, but for its beautiful architecture.
Located in the great square of the same name, The Capitol is the current headquarters of the City Council. The impressive facade was built by the architect Guillaume Cammas and has eight marble columns symbolizing the first eight capitouls cánsules responsible for directing each of the eight districts of which the city is composed. It was Louis XIV who granted permission for its construction as well as the square under the condition that it be taken to put an equestrian statue here under the name of Plaza Real. However, this monarch would never get to see his wishes fulfilled as the works were completed in 1792. The visit inside starts with the yard of Henry IV with various plaques and busts which commemorates one execution in the same place of the Duke of Montmorency, the bitter enemy of Cardinal Richelieu in 1632. Up some stairs you arrive at the HALL OF DISTINGUISHED works and busts of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which for my taste the highlight is the work of Henri Martin - entitled to Shores of the Garonne. The building also houses the second largest French theater and is known as the National Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse.
In the Midi-Pyrénées region's department of Tarn you can find one of the true gems of French architecture and urbanism. The medieval village of Cordes-sur-Ciel is perched on top of a rock and shoots up into the sky, doing justice to its name. Within the old city walls, the winding cobblestone streets cut a maze through the charming wooden houses.
The first walled zone, dating back to the early 13th century, is still visible from the peak of the hill. The Saint-Miquel church with its unusual steeple, was built in 1263 and fortified in the 14th century, with various additions continuing up until the Renaissance. It's considered one of the "Grands Sites de Midi-Pyrénées" .
The Natural History Museum of Toulouse has recently been remodeled. Now the tours are interactive and more entertaining. The tour is meant to be taken through "evolution," placing each animal family in groups and understand how they each relate to one another. I recommend devoting at least a couple of hours in order to see the whole museum. At the entrance there is a bar-restaurant where you can have breakfast or lunch.