The red brick town of Albi is synonymous with the famous artist who was born there in 1864, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Albi’s Toulouse-Lautrec Museum boasts more works by the diminutive Impressionist than anywhere else on earth.
The painter is best known for his posters and works delving into the Paris demi-monde, and at the museum you’ll see how Lautrec developed his artworks from pencil sketches into completed paintings.
The museum is near the house where Toulouse-Lautrec was born, and also features works by his contemporaries such as Degas, Matisse and Rodin.
While you’re here in Albi, visit the massive Gothic cathedral Ste Cecile, next to the museum, and take a walk through the town’s narrow medieval streets.
Albi is 70 kilometers (44 miles) north-east of Toulouse. The city is linked to Toulouse by the A68 highway and regular trains; the rail journey takes around 1 hour.