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City:Albi

Tarn Tourist Train

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Take a journey in the Tarn countryside aboard an authentic steam train from early 20th century.
The train goes between Saint Lieux les Lavaur and Martels railroad station next to the famous Martels Gardens (www.jardinsdesmartels.com) - a 35000 square meters floral park.
eyecandyWeb Site:cftt.org
eyecandyAddress:Place de la République, 81500 Saint-Lieux-Les-Lavaur
eyecandyPhone:05.61.47.44.52

Cruises on the Tarn River

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Tarn River Cruises from May to October starting from the feet of the fortifications of the Berbie Palace.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.albi-croisieres.com
eyecandyAddress:Albi, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 65 30 99 33

Fashion Museum

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Open from May to December the fashion museum displays the rich private collection of clothing and accessories from the eighteenth century to the 1970s.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.musee-mode.com
eyecandyAddress:17 rue de la Souque, Albi, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:33 (0)5 63 43 15 90

The "Grand Fauconnier" Festival at Cordes-sur-Ciel

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This medieval festival is held each year (for more than 40 years now) at Cordes-sur-Ciel on the 13th and 14th of July. It consists of a variety of medieval themed animations - including a medieval ball! - and musicians arrived from all over Europe.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.grandfauconnier.com
eyecandyAddress:81170 Cordes-sur-Ciel
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Pipe Organ Concerts

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During the months of July and August the Christophe Moucherel Association - named in the honor of the organ master Christophe Moucherel who built the Sainte Cecile organ in the 18th century - organizes pipe organ concerts in the Sainte Cecile Cathedral and the Saint Salvi Collegiale.
Also, in December, the association in colaboration with Albi city hall offers on the last two Sundays before Christmas its traditional concerts that feature organ carols and music performed by various guests.
The concerts are very popular and one should arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time to find a place.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.moucherel.fr
eyecandyAddress:Albi, Tarn
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Hautpoul Medieval Festival

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Street entertainment, workshops. Shows in the evening from 9pm.
22 July 2017 starting from 2pm.
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eyecandyAddress:Hautpoul, Mazamet
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Classical Music Festival "Musique sur Ciel"

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Since 1972 every year in July the town of Cordes sur Ciel hosts the classical music festival "Musique sur Ciel".
The festival includes concerts that take place inside the Saint-Michel Church of Cordes and at mid-day free concerts on the streets of the town.
Dates: from the 18th to 24th of July 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.festivalmusiquesurciel.com
eyecandyAddress:Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn
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Lombers Medieval Festival

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Lombers is a little town some 19km south of Albi. The event features, a medieval camp, knights combats, medieval music and dances, archery, medieval trades workshops, etc.
Date: July 15th and 16th 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.medievales.lombers.fr
eyecandyAddress:Lombers, Tarn
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Lotus Festival

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Lotus Festival at Martels Gardens
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 1st & 2nd 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.jardinsdesmartels.com
eyecandyAddress:81500 Giroussens, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 63 41 61 42

Medieval Fest of Lagarde Viaur

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In ancient Cathar citadel of Lagarde Viaur, the 3rd medieval festival features restoration projects according to Middle Ages techniques,a camp, workshops, medieval market, medieval music etc.
Dates: July 21st to 24th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:vivrealagardeviaur.unblog.fr/
eyecandyAddress:Lagarde Viaur 81190 Montirat
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Feast of Charcuterie of Lacaune

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Lacaune is situated some 66km (41 mi) south east of Albi. The town is famous for its ham called here "Jambon de Lacaune". Each summer the town celebrates this delicatessen with a festival that includes: "Ham Brotherhood" induction, street parade, church service, farmers' market.
Date: July 30 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Lacaune, Tarn
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Sabot Making and Other Old Trades Festival

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The Sabot Making and Other Old Trades Festival takes place each year in the village of Lautrec some 30 km (18 mi) south of Albi, in the middle of the month of July .
Exhibitions, demonstrations and street entertainment as well as a farmers market and local craftsmen market.
Date: July 16 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.lautrectourisme.com
eyecandyAddress:Lautrec, Tarn
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Medieval Festival at Bruniquel

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Bruniquel is a little historic village listed as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France". It is situated some 50km (31 mi) north-west of Albi.
The medieval festival includes medieval campl, archery demonstrations, knights combats, equestrian chivalry tournament, alchemy workshops(!), medieval fast food (!).
Dates: July 29th, 30th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.bruniquel.fr
eyecandyAddress:82800 Bruniquel, Route de Montricoux
eyecandyPhone:06 10 74 61 69

Wine Tasting Classes in Gaillac

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The "Maison des vins" in Gaillac - at 25 km east of Albi - organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events around the wine.
Reservation mandatory.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.vins-gaillac.com/
eyecandyAddress:Abbaye Saint-Michel, 81600 GAILLAC
eyecandyPhone:05 63 57 15 40