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Top Reasons to Go to the Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon

Matisse madness: Captivating Collioure, the main town of the Côte Vermeille (Vermilion Coast), was where Matisse and Derain went mad with color and created the Fauvist art movement in the early 20th century.

Fairy-tale Carcassonne: With storybook towers, turrets, and battlements, medieval Carcassonne is the greatest sand castle ever built that didn't wash away.

Tumultuous Toulouse: With rosy roofs and redbrick mansions, the "pink city" of Toulouse is a place where high culture is an evening at an outdoor café, an art form perfected by the 80,000 students who make this city tick.

Albi's Toulouse-Lautrec: Presided over by its fortresslike Cathédrale Ste-Cécile, Albi honors its most famous native son, Toulouse-Lautrec, with the largest museum of his works.

Abbey in the sky: At an altitude of nearly 3,600 feet, the picture-postcard medieval Abbaye St-Martin du Canigou enjoys a breathtaking (literally) perch.

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