Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi

since my days in France or in Europe are soon going to end within a few months, i've decided to make a list of the places that i would like to visit here in France, and in Europe, if still possible.

i have included in my list some of the nearby places like Lourdes and Albi. the latter, we have already visited a couple of weeks ago to see the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec museum and the cathedral just beside.


entrance to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi

the museum was worth visiting because it contains a vast collection of his famous works, which were mostly donated by the Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist's mother. and the garden outside, with the view of the Tarn river is just beautiful even with the bleak wintry landscape. i should try to go back in the spring, and with a real camera.


the garden of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum overlooking the Tarn river

 finally, i would also like to include all the places in France (and some of the others in nearby European countries) that Jose Rizal has visited. i've been doing a lot of research today and reading about the places he visited and lived in during his time in this continent.

i was quite surprised to find out that i have already visited some of the places that he had been to. first off, he was on board a ship that took him to Singapore from Manila, and from Singapore to the port of Marseille here in France. and then from Marseille, he took a train to cross the Pyrénées and to visit Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya. it was quite interesting to know this fact since i myself came from Singapore on the way to France.



some old cathedral along La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

and that he enjoyed walking along La Rambla, Barcelona much like i did.

it's also interesting to stumble upon a place called Place Jose Rizal in Paris during my web search. i will make a point to visit this on my upcoming trip to Paris. Coincidentally, it was his death anniversary just a few weeks ago.

more on this soon!

2 comments:

  1. visited this hotel today (april 13, 2014) based on what you've posted here. thank you! was joking about the hotel, a 2 star & how even now its still on a crappy area. as soon as you enter you'd smell cigarette and old everything used for years..i mean over a century!
    i asked the front desk about the bust of Rizal and he's heard it was removed about 4 yrs ago. i joked about filing a complaint on hotel de paris..
    then i thought about the not often heard history of him and his visit here just like us. i did some math about the year he was here, 1883! i googled this place, got the answer in a few seconds. i put things into perspective and suddenly i felt weird, its not funny anymore. i felt small. he was in this city when the likes of pasteur, verne, zola, renoir, curies, lautrec was at their peak.
    rizal was a surgeon too. imagine that boat ride, trains and no LBC or Western Union!

    he's really that smart!

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    1. while you're still in Europe, you might want to go to Madrid also. all the places around the Ateneo de Madrid that Rizal lived in and frequented with the rest of the Filipino community are well-preserved. it was a very interesting historical visit for me.

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