In the delightful medieval town of Albi, birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, with its magnificent brick-built Gothic cathedral.
At the Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne, for a concert of music from Istanbul by the excellent Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI.
Walking at the World Heritage Site of the Canal du Midi at Le Somail in the Languedoc.
The William Kentridge production of the Shostakovich opera ‘The Nose’ at the Aix-en-Provence Festival was absolutely fantastic – the highlight of the year so far.
A very hot trip (35° is too hot for me!) to Provence, starting in Arles, with its wonderful Amphitheatre and the Van Gogh bridge, followed by the extremely impressive Palais des Papes in Avignon.
In Toulouse for a night at the opera. An excellent production of Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ at the extremely impressive Theatre du Capitole.
Saimir Pirgu, Marie-Adeline Henry, Alex Esposito and Roxana Constantinescu.