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Most beautiful region of France   



Translated it means, turn towards the sun. The Tarn is also called the Toscana region of France. 
The countryside, with the beautiful limestone plateau of the Quercy, is hilly. 
The sparsely populated Department in the southwest where garlic, grains and sunflowers grow. The sunflower (family: Composites) 
produces ‘huile de tournesol’ and also the seeds for coming years. Most of the sunflowers are yearlings. 
The big sunflowers can be 3 meters high with outliers till 4 meters. 
The heart of the sunflower can be about 40 cm big. Big sunflowers mostly don’t ramify, so every plant will get only one flower. 
De ramify sunflower and his flower will not be as high as the big sunflowers. The sunflower is one of the last crop that they seed. 
Whole summer long you can enjoy the yellow fields.


Lautrec garlic:

Lautrec is a beautiful small village built in the Middle Ages on a steep hill. It is famous for growing the best pink garlic in the world. As you approach Lautrec you can see the walled fortifications surrounding the village and you will see an ancient windmill rising above the town. 
In the beginning of August each year, Lautrec holds it’s famous ‘Fête de l’Ail Rose’(The garlic fete). There is a garlic competition between the farmers and you can sample some garlic soup. Also present at the fete are the various regional societies of The Pink Garlic Guild. 
Thousands of visitors attend this fete to experience this  truly wonderful and colourful tradition, which has been held for many centuries. 
The pink garlic of Lautrec brings joy to every dish. Tradition says that pink garlic is very good for your health. 
The garlic will last for at least a year, if kept in a cool and dry place. So take a little bit of France home with you and buy some pink garlic. 
We can supply the garlic loose or in the traditional French style. This traditional grown garlic will enhance your dishes with true flavour and taste. 
It is a well-known fact that garlic will decrease your cholesterol, is good for your blood pressure and is also known to help protect against heart problems. 
The pink garlic is unique in aroma and flavor and surpasses all other garlic. It’s popularity is growing in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain.
Have you seen this pink garlic in England?


The Dovecotes

The landscape of the Tarn is dominated by ‘Pigeonniers’. You can find their contours everywhere, against the hilltops, next to farmhouses etc. Original they were owned by the rich feudal lords.
Since the French revolution in 1789 al the farmers were allowed to have one. De ‘pigeonnier’ were very important because the pigeon manure was very popular in the middle ages.
These days you can see all kind of models and materials: brick, limestone, timbered, square, round or hexagonal, on beams or in model of ‘pied de mulet’ small round stones.
The Pigeonniers are very characteristic for this area and they are the heritage of the Tarn.








Henry de Toulouse Lautrec 

Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa was born in Albi in 1864, the firstborn child of Comte Alphonse and Comtesse Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec.
An aristocratic family (descendants of the Counts of Toulouse and Lautrec and the Viscounts of Montfa) that had recently fallen on hard times, the Toulouse-Lautrecs were feeling the effects of the inbreeding of past generations; the Comte and Comtesse themselves were first cousins, and Henri suffered from a number of congenital health conditions attributed to this tradition of inbreeding. 
At the age of 13 Henri fractured his left thigh bone, and at 14, the right.
The breaks did not heal properly. His legs ceased to grow, so that as an adult he was only 1.22 m tall, having developed an adult-sized torso, while retaining his child-sized legs. 
He became an important Post-Impressionist painter, art nouveau illustrator, andlithographer; and recorded in his works many details of the late-19th-century bohemian lifestyle in Paris.
Toulouse-Lautrec also contributed a number of illustrations to the magazine Le Rire during the mid-1890s.
He was drawn to Montmartre. Tucked deep into Montmartre was the garden of Monsieur Pere Foret where Toulouse-Lautrec executed a series of pleasant plein-air paintings of Carmen Gaudin.
When the nearby Moulin Rouge cabaret opened its doors, Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to produce a series of posters.
An alcoholic for most of his adult life, Toulouse-Lautrec was placed in a sanatorium shortly before his death. 
He died from complications due to alcoholism and syphilis at the family estate in Malromé at the age of 36. Toulouse-Lautrec's last words reportedly were: "Le vieux con!" ("You old fool!") This was his goodbye to his father.
The invention of the Tremblement de Terre is attributed to Toulouse-Lautrec, a potent mixture containing half absinthe and halfcognac. Throughout his career, which spanned less than 20 years. Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period.
His debt to the Impressionists, in particular the more figurative painters Manet and Degas, is apparent. In the works of Toulouse-Lautrec can be seen many parallels to Manet's detached barmaid at a bar at the Folies-Bergère and the behind-the-scenes ballet dancers of Degas.
He excelled at capturing people in their working environment, with the color and the movement of the gaudy night-life present, but the glamour stripped away.
He was masterly at capturing crowd scenes in which the figures are highly individualized.
At the time that they were painted, the individual figures in his larger paintings could be identified by silhouette alone, and the names of many of these characters have been recorded. His treatment of his subject matter, whether as portraits, scenes of Parisian night-life, or intimate studies, has been described as both sympathetic and dispassionate.