Toulouse – Bolingrin

The lovely round park in Toulouse named after the English bowling green.

The yellow flowers is how Toulouse made her fortune a few centuries ago. You make a blue dye from the leaves called pastel.

Just look at the beautiful houses you can build with so much money..


Tom Wolfe – modern political life

‘He found modern political life very offensive because it was so personalized and vicious without any intelligent discussion about what we could do to make the world better’

– Ed Hayes on Tom Wolfe (author of Bonfire of the Vanities)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Albi Tarn France

Not the best known side of Toulouse-Lautrec, look how magnificently he understands animals.

Painted at 16 if I have it right, perhaps in the days of hit innocence?

Poor character had a bone disease, his bones never stopped growing. His parents were cousins – nobility. Excellent plan for aggregating land and power, – not the best things for the genes of your children.

Look at the roof where the horse hangs 😉

How do you build that?

The museum is housed in the Berbie Palace, part of the Episcopal city in Albi.  Built of red brick, same as the nearby city of Toulouse. This was Roman territory.

And you must see the place.. Well at least we know the church wasn’t obsessed with earthly possessions and power at the time.

Their little view on the Tarn flowing past.

A view of the garden from inside.

They house some his most well known posters.

Modern architects didn’t invent the idea of maximum use of the views it seems.

A small courtyard, nothing fancy.

Impressive really. As you may imagine it is one of the largest brick structures in the world.

For all else they may have done the church did leave a rich architectural heritage and employed artists and artisans.

And that bears saying in this region, the inquisition was active here for a very long time.

This fortress was built in the fight against the Cathars. They were burnt alive by the hundreds and their castles are now in ruines. That’s how you know who won the fight.

They were of the opinion that the church and its people should not have a lot of possessions and power.

Off course that had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they were branded as heretics and a crusade was called against them.

Well, some more Toulouse-Lautrec posters.

Interesting to see the development.

They have a huge collection. The family donated lots of his work.


Onion and endive bake with blue cheese and parmesan

Fry a medium onion, chopped medium in a little oil ..over medium heat

shred the endive

and add to the pan.

Line the bottom of an over dish with bread

and ladle some humus over.

Fill the dish with the fried onion and endive,

slice cooked potatoes over,

put a few morsels of blue cheese on top,

sprinkle a little olive oil and black pepper over,

add a spoonful of grated parmesan cheese.

Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes

while you look out the window. In this instance at the National Theater of Toulouse 😉

Take out of the oven and eat!

I really loved the crisp underside of the breadies with the soft humus tops..

If you are not fond of endive you can try courgette or eggplant instead.

It's a trip

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