A Spiritual Getaway in Midi-Pyrenees

A Spiritual Getaway in Midi-Pyrenees
ACCOMMODATIONS
     
The Charm of the Landed Middle Classes  

Not far from Moissac and its famous cloister, this manor house with towers is surrounded by some of the big apple orchards that give the Tarn-et-Garonne department its riches. Classic, exotic, oriental or Zen, the rooms provide very different worlds that make you feel like a traveller. There are footpaths leading away from the house, that make very pleasant walks all year round.

 
     
In Osmosis with Nature    

Big windows opening out onto natural vistas, an oak grove that forms its setting.... this spot is a real haven. Designed with a loft in mind, it is made up of a judicious mixture of natural architectural elements such as stone and wood, and contemporary aspects. The seagrass flooring, the tones of red for the walls and the spare decoration create a Zen atmosphere. The rooms with their theme colours (beige, chocolate brown, olive green, etc....) share the same spirit. On sunny days, you can savour an excellent full breakfast on the terrace (walnut cake, hot and cold cooked pork meats, custard, etc.) before setting out for Rocamadour, which is within easy reach along a very pleasant footpath..

 
     
Go Back in Time    

Sorèze is a charming little village, close to the St-Ferréol lake, in an area in which the Montagne Noire meets the large fertile plains of the Lauragais. The history of the Pavillon is a tumultuous one, reflecting the history of France itself. The Notre Dame de la Sagne Abbey was founder here in 754 by Pépin Le Bref. In 1636 King Louis XIII gave it to Dom Barthélémy Robin who had the buildings restored. The Benedictines then opened a School here in 1682. King Louis XVI raised it to the rank of Royal Military School in 1776, from whence it started to attract large numbers of guests from faraway islands. The arrival in 1854 of Père Lacordaire breathed new life into the school. The school finally closed its doors in 1891. Today, the Abbey-School has found a new lease of life as a combination of hotels and cultural centre.

 
     
     
     
ACTIVITIES
 
Lourdes Fortress    
Erected on a rocky peak, it overlooks the town of Lourdes and the entrance to the seven Lavedan Valleys.  
     
     
The Henri Martin Museum    
The painter Henri Martin, born in Toulouse, spent the last part of his life in the Lot after a long and rich artistic career. The Cahors museum is the main recipient of his works. But this is not the only reason it is worth visiting.  
     
The Fenaille Museum Archaeology and History in Rouergue  
In Rodez 170 years ago, the “Society of Letters, Sciences and Arts in Aveyron” created a museum to celebrate the history of Rouergue and preserve the heritage of an entire population. This has become the Fenaille museum.  
     
The Pilgrim Roads to Santiago De Compostela Discrovery Trail  
The pilgrim roads to Santiago de Compostela are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. They provide hikers with a “different” way of experiencing their holidays. In combining walking and spirituality, the Pilgrim Roads to Santiago de Compostela are very much about communing both with oneself and the people met along the way.Three roads pass through Midi-Pyrénées: the Chemin du Puy (via Podendis), the Chemin d’Arles (via Tolosana) and the Chemin du Piémont Pyrénéen.  
     
The Cathars and Knights Templar Discovery Trail  
A magnificent trail to explore legendary mysteries of the Middle Ages. The Order of the Knights Templar was founded in 1118. The Templars were very astute financiers, furnishing accounts only to the Pope himself, so enabling them to build a series of major forts quite quickly. The first of these was erected in the heart of the Larzac. The trail will take you to Sainte Eulalie de Cernon, Saint Jean d’Alcas, La Couvertoirade, La Cavalerie and Le Viala du Pas de Jaux. Midi-Pyrénées was also the seat of Catharism, a Christian sect that drew the ire of catholics. Cathar ruins are to be seen everywhere, from the village of Hautpoul to the Musée de la Mémoire du Catharisme in Mazamet, and including Roquefixade and of course Montségur, the capital of the Cathar struggle.  
     
The Toulouse-Lautrec Museum    
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, born in Albi in 1864, marked the history of French painting by depicting scenes from Montmartre and the working class world he frequented with a hitherto unknown modernity. The Palais de la Berbie in Albi houses the finest collection of his works.  
     
EVENTS    
     
International Festival of Sacred Music April 2013  
Sacred music has a long history... The particularity of the Lourdes Festival is that it manages to make us discover all the facets, and all the periods. More than 400 choristers and musicians take up the challenge, in the exceptional setting of the city of the Virgin Mary. The talent of the guest performers and musical ensembles is on a par with the music they perform each year for the benefit of over 3,500 festival goers.  
     
Festival of St. Céré and Haut Quercy July - August 2013  
Dedicated particularly to opera, the festival of Saint-Céré and Haut Quercy has, since the beginning of the eighties, been a highlight of the cultural life of the southwest, both for the quality of its programmes and talent of its performers and for the fact that it travels all over the department of the Lot. It now extends well beyond the boundaries of the department and the region, to spread to as many people as possible the enjoyment of operatic music.
 
     
Au Fil de L'eau...A Story August 2013  
By following Lucien, Théodore and Guillaume on their path along the school of life, on the ports of the ‘canal latéral à la Garonne’, this magnificent sound and light show retraces the history of the people who lived on the banks of the Garonne. Performed by 400 actors, this artistic adventure, employing considerable technical resources (fireworks, laser, gigantic images, original music, vehicles of the period and reconstituted décors), and lasting two hours, is a memorable living panorama.
 
     
RESTAURANTS    
     
Wine Spirt    
The great chefs of Midi-Pyrénées share the same respect for traditional cuisine and exceptional local produce. An extraordinary voyage to the land of pleasure awaits you in each dish.  
     
Le Saint Amans    
The restuarant has a setting inspired by "Empire of the Rising Sun", which serves some of the best regional cuisine.
 
     
Le Bon Vivre    
On the vibrant Place Wilson, in the heart of Toulouse, Le Bon Vivre Restaurant offers traditional French cuisine from Gascony.