In case you weren’t aware, I’m here to inform you that THE capital of the world is a town in France called Castres. At least that’s what Vlad’s dad Michel always says, who is in fact from Castres. (Go figure.)
Today we went to Castres for All Saint’s Day (which is actually tomorrow), but I’ll explain more about that tradition tomorrow. For now I would just like to present Castres, in all its glory.
The first thing you need to know about Castres is that they have one of the best rugby teams in France – quite an accomplishment for being so small. The second thing you need to know about Castres is that their main square’s garden was designed by André Le Nôtre, the same landscape architect who designed the gardens of Versailles. Unfortunately it is much smaller today than the original design as it had to be shortened to make way for roads and buildings, but it is still beautiful.
The Goya Museum houses the largest collection of Spanish paintings in France. It is also in the same building complex as city hall.
Not only is Castres the capital of the world, it is also known as the “Venice of France” for its location spanning the river Agout.
Some shots around Castres: