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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

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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Occitan Festival in Cordes sur Ciel

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Occitan music and dances.
Date: August 14th and 15th 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.talvera.org
eyecandyAddress:Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 63 56 00 75

"Fête du train" - Train festival

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Old locomotives procession, clowns and jugglers of velocipede, exhibition related to the ancient steam tramways, etc.
Dates: August 13th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:cftt.org
eyecandyAddress:LA GARE DE ST LIEUX LES LAVAUR, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 61 47 44 52

Gaillac Wine Feast

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Each first weekend of August (usually!) since 1978 Gaillac hosts, in the park of the chateau Foucaud, the Gaillac Wine Feast.
Lots of wine tasting, possibility to meet the wine makers, many animations for all ages, music and fireworks.
Dates: August 4th to 6th 2017.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.vins-gaillac.com
eyecandyAddress:Gaillac, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05.63.57.15.40

Saint Barthélémy Fest in Najac

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Flea markets, concerts, exhibitions, street theater, parades, etc.
Dates: August 20th and 22nd 2017.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.tourisme-villefranche-najac.com
eyecandyAddress:Places du village, 12270 Najac, Aveyron
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Penne Castle Medieval Feast

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Lots of Medieval animations: music, archery, chivalry tournaments.
Dates: August 7th, 8th and 9th 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.chateaudepenne.com
eyecandyAddress:Le Bourg - 81140 PENNE, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 63 55 71 09

Bread Feast of Lautrec

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The Festival of Bread - "Fête du Pain" - takes place in Lautrec some 30km (18 mi) south of Albi.
A bread market, the best croissant of Tarn competition, bread making workshops, street music etc.
Date: August 15 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.lautrectourisme.com
eyecandyAddress:Lautrec, Tarn
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Lautrec Pink Garlic Festival

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Lautrec is a small village in the Tarn department of southwest France. The little village was once the fief of the Toulouse-Lautrec family, but the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec never lived here.
The pink garlic grown in Lautrec village region is unique and famous.
Each year the village celebrated the garlic during a "Garlic Festival"!
Dates: August 4th and 5th 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.ailrosedelautrec.com
eyecandyAddress: 81440 LAUTREC, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)5 63 75 90 31

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