Lautrec is a surprise for the traveler. I went from Castelnaudary to Albi, but I wanted to avoid the highway passing through Toulouse, the fastest road linking the two cities, but rather lose myself in the beautiful region of Midi-Pyrenees. I don't remember when I saw the first sign that said something like, "Lautrec-Medieval City". Since I really had all the time in the world. I decided to get lost along the fantastic roads and visit this town. The surprise could not have been greater. Lautrec is a beautiful town that retains much of the flavor, colour and feel of a medieval village. It's not very large in size, but big in beauty. You could spend the entire day exploring every nook and cranny from the medieval period that you'll find there.
This is a lovely walk, situated just above the famous windmill of Lautrec. It is within walking distance of Calvary Salette, which today serves as a viewpoint of the town. From here there is a beautiful view of the entire surrounding area. You can see fields of crops, different shades of green and different colors, and there are more mountains in the distance .. You get here by going up a path that goes around the hill over 300m. There is a map where you can read about the Pyrenees. Inside, Lautrec is much better than outside. It is a beautiful valley where you can relax to the max, letting the wind blow on your face ...
This spectacular square is right in the centre of town. You can really appreciate the streets of the city from here. Upon arrival you can walk between the pillars, see the beams under the roofs, and marvel at the stunning facades. The only sound you will hear is the town barber! A beautiful place waiting to be explored.
The beautiful windmill in Lautrec rotates its blades in spring and summer, for tourist yes, but at least the can rotate, following the same direction for centuries and with the same mechanism. I climbed the stone stairs that leave from the village, near the church, got to the base, circled by a path up, I arrived at the height of the blades .. and then they began to spin! It was a show the some tourists who had visited, it was lucky for me as it was the first windmill I had ever seen. It made me smile.
Arriving in Lautrec, at noon, only to find that everything was closed except La Petite Maison.
My daughter and me entered the shop and were immediately enchanted. Not only were the offerings beautiful, the owners were charming and helpful. I had been a millionaire, I would have bought everything in the shop because everything - EVERYTHING - was beautiful and of the highest quality.