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Exploring Gaillac Sunday Evening

Ava will arrive in Gaillac where her bike trip begins early on Sunday afternoon. Same as I did.  After dropping her things off at Hotel L’Occitan, she will go exploring the small village.

Here is a quick Excerpt on Gaillac, from the France This Way Website.

Gaillac is a historical town on the Tarn River 25 km west of Albi and 50 km north-east of Toulouse, in the Tarn department of the Midi-Pyrenees. The town originally developed more than 1000 years ago after a benedictine monastery was constructed here.

More recently the fame of Gaillac has been built on the fame of the vineyards that surround the town – Gaillac wines are internationally held in very high regard…

Most of the places of interest in Gaillac are concentrated in a small area, along the banks of the Tarn River… The most important monument in Gaillac is the Abbey Saint-Michael, with its origins in the 10th century, although it was substantially enhanced in the 13th and 16th centuries and renovated at the end of the 20th century. Adjacent to the abbey you can see some remnants of the buildings that were once associated with the abbey itself.

View of Abbey St. Michael from the bridge
View of Abbey St. Michael from the bridge

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Gaillac France Street

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The village was mostly deserted, the day being a Sunday, but I wandered around, exploring the different streets, taking pictures of the brick and stone houses. The village made me think of the French Quarter in New Orleans – especially all the colorful shutters. Eventually, I reached the Tarn River, and enjoyed the view before going in to visit the grounds of the Abbey Saint-Michael and tour the Maison des Vins and museum which were opened.

Maison des Vins with its tasting cellar is the biggest shop window for Gaillac wines, with over 100 wines offered for sale.  I purchased two bottles myself, to bring back to the people who were dog sitting Little Man (Little Man, for new readers is my dog).

The Abbey  museum, which is next to Maison des Vin was small and unfortunately, not particularly exciting, but offered a brief history of the area.  I expected a lot more information on the history of the wine. There are two other museums in Gaillac, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum – I didn’t have enough time to check them out.

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Gaillac Abbey

Entrance to Maison Du Vin and Museum
Entrance to Maison Du Vin and Museum

Ava will have dinner in the only cafe opened in town, I myself just ended up eating one of the protein bars I brought with me before meeting up with the guy who dropped off my bike (I don’t remember his name).  After he left, it started to drizzle so I went back to my room, took a shower and settled into bed to watch some French T.V.  I go lucky, my favorite show, Scènes de Ménage, was on.  After it was over I went to bed.

I came across quite a few cats and dogs on the trip…will squeeze in pictures of them at the end of my posts!

Gaillac Cat on Bench