As part of the biennale of contemporary art, Chemin d'Art, artists have been inspired by this tradition of recluses. Isabelle Tournoud, with her sculpture Saint-Lunaire, evoked the dress of the recluses. François Davin paid tribute to these hostages of faith by setting his work, The recumbent recluse, in the bed of the river Ander. Finally, Viviane Riberaigua, with her installation for 150 recluses (it is believed that 150 persons were locked up this way), created 150 wax figurines connected by the same filament, each death calling for the next.
Specialties: cheese (Fourme d'Ambert, Cantal, Bleu d'Auvergne), truffles, aligot, Salers and Aubrac meats, Pounti (meat stuffing with herbs and prunes), Tripoux, blond lentils.
Albi: LeTour has happier news in Albi: Since the classification of the Episcopal City of Albi as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city's tourist attendance has increased by about 25% and allows the city to receive more than 1.2 million visitors a year.
The Episcopal City of Albi presents a complete and representative ensemble of this type of urban development in Europe, from the Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary times. Its monumental and urban elements are complementary and well preserved, in subtle agreements of tones and pace through the widespread use of the fairground brick. It bears witness to the simultaneously defensive and spiritual program implemented by the Roman bishops, following the eradication of the heresy of the Albigenses or Cathars in the 13th century. The Sainte-Cécile cathedral is the most remarkable monumental symbol, in a unique southern Gothic architectural style, completed in the 15th-16th centuries by a systematic painted interior decoration, a choir and a late-Gothic statuary. The exceptional value of the city is finally expressed by a well-preserved and authentically medieval landscape. (UNESCO notice)
Specialties: salted liver radish, Albi tripes, duck, repountchou (omelette, salad or custard dish), Lautrec pink garlic, traditional pastries, navettes. Gaillac AOC wines (dry, sweet and pearly white, red and rosé), Albi distilleries, Belin and Thuries chocolate makers.
The stage: The break or a sprint? That seems to be the question of the day. Our break of the day: Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Michael Schär (CCC), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). They were not being allowed the sort of gap that we saw yesterday.
🏁 138 KM— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 15, 2019
The peloton are trailing the breakaway by around 3 minutes.
Le retard du peloton atteint les trois minutes.#TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/C3uEEIwbJb
Along they went with the gap not going out very far.
🏁 60 KM— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 15, 2019
💨 The peloton is upping the tempo, the breakaway is now only 45" ahead!
💨 Le rythme s'accélère : l'échappée n'a plus que 45" d'avance.#TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/jCuCKZR25I
Splits in the peloton! Unexpected excitement as Ineos accelerated towards the front.
New acceleration in the peloton ! The Yellow Jersey @alafpolak1 himself sets the pace at the front !— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 15, 2019
Nouvelle acceleration en tête de peloton ! Le Maillot Jaune Julian Alaphilippe lui-même impose le rythme en tête de peloton. #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/8bJO2wvldG
Among those caught out: Pinot, Fuglsang, Uran, and Porte.
😱 Race situation : Nibali, Pinot, Fuglsang, Bennett, Porte and Uran have been dropped !— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 15, 2019
😱 Situation de course : Nibali, Pinot, Fuglsang, Bennett, Porte et Uran ont été piégés ! #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/RsfaiGbV2b
Twenty five kilometers to go and that reduced peloton caught the break.
The gap to those behind was continuing to grow.
Peloton— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 15, 2019
🚴♂️ Groupe Pinot / Pinot's group +30"
🚴♂️ George Bennett +1'30"#TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/AUDHzlDMym
The Pinot-Fuglsang group was 15'' behind with 15km to go.
Wout van Aert! What a fun win. And wow, tons of time lost by some of the GC contenders.
Top-10 (revised after Ciccone missing from results, Pinot ↘️11th) #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/nKqacsad5q— the Inner Ring (@inrng) July 15, 2019
The wine: Laurent Cazottes Wild Quince Liqueur from CopakeWineWorks
Time for the annual bottle of Cazottes. This year: quince!
From Wine & Spirits: Since 1998, Laurent Cazottes has been making what are possibly the most painstakingly crafted liquors you can buy. He begins by growing his fruit biodynamically on his estate in Villeneuve-sur-Vère, in the southeast of Bordeaux. Then the fruit is hand-harvested, peeled, cut and seeded. A portion of the prepared fruit is crushed, fermented and distilled to make an eau-de-vie, while the remaining fruit is steeped in grape eau-de-vie for at least six months. Then the two are blended together to make an incredibly rich, clear snapshot of orchard fruit. The Cédrat (citron or ethrog) is beautifully golden in color, fragrant with sweet and fl oral citrus peel, and redolent of both candied and fresh citrus. The Quince is amazing—tart, bright and pure. These are two liqueurs you’ll want to enjoy simply, on their own.
The food: Navettes, from Saveur
These boat-shaped, orange-blossom-scented sugar cookies, named after an unmanned boat bearing a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that arrived in Marseille during the 13th century, are a signature Marseillais treat.