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Ambivalent about Albi

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We are planning a visit of from two to three weeks in the Lot for next spring/summer. We've spent a good amount of time in the Dordogne, so are planning to base in the north of the Lot and just dip into the Dordogne for day trips. The rest of our time will be spent in the Lot, with quick trips into the southern Correze and maybe parts of the Aveyron (Belcastel, Villefranche de Rouergue, Najac).

I was also thinking of taking a few days and heading south to Albi and maybe even Toulouse, but an article in the Times made me question whether Albi is too much reduced from what it was to be appealing. I love Toulouse-Lautrec and have always wanted to visit the museum, but the article made it sound like Albi is practically deserted downtown, and boarded up as merchants decamp to a mall on the outskirts, leaving the center of the town quite depressed (in more ways than one)


So my question is: is a trip to Albi going to be too sad, or is the article overstating its case?


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