The next stop of our summer vacation last year was in Albi, France. So after driving about 3 hours from our lunch in Lourdes (click here for the post), we were finally at the home of my uncle, my father's only brother. It's a particular situation because unfortunately my father and his brother had a fall out many years ago completely ruining their relationship. Right before we left for the Philippines, my mother tried to reconcile them, but unfortunately it didn't work. But I got to meet my uncle for the first time. The next time my uncle saw my father was unfortunately on his death bed. I have no idea what happened between them, but I do think it's very unfortunate and such a pity! I'll never know if my father wanted to work things out, but I figured I had nothing to do with it. Considering I don't have lots of family members left, it was time to spend time with the ones I do have.
This part of the trip was really about catching up with my uncle and aunt for 2 days. Except for one afternoon spent walking in the city center of Albi,we stayed in. No eating out. Just good ole homecooking and local specialties. Exactly what I needed.
Anyways, here are some of the photos I took during our little outings in the city center.
There's not much since I was too busy talking to my uncle during our walk.
I was surprised to see half-timbered houses (maison a colombages) like in Alsace. But I was told it was also quite common here. I have no idea why I thought it was proper to Alsace. I guess it's because they are more known for it.
Le Cloitre de Saint Salvi
More half-timbered houses
Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi - from the outside
Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi - from the inside
Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, Pont Neuf, et Le Tarn
The Gardens of the Berbie with a view of the Old Bridge, New Bridge, and the Tarn River.