Striking view from the inside of the new Musée Soulages
Last weekend I got to play the tour guide to a friend of ours from Montpellier who barely knows Rodez.
I'm proud to say that despite the glacial winds, she was duly impressed.
I wish I had taken more photos, but I didn't want to slow her down with that.
Other than in the museum, I also didn't want to take my gloves off.
We did two full afternoons of full-mode Rodez exploration, starting on Saturday with the Musée Soulages and tea at Café Bras. Even though "Soulages," as it is fondly called here, will soon have been open for a year, I still can't quite believe, even when I just walk past it, that Rodez is home to such a splendid modern art museum.
The cathedral bell tower in all its splendor
We moved on from the museum to the cathedral. Going up the stairway of the évêché is one of those things I only do if accompanied by a visitor, so the above is a view of the cathedral I had rather forgotten about.
My friend was surprised that we could just wander into the Bishop's palace courtyard as we pleased, and it struck me that the cathedral has absolutely no surveillance either, at least at this time of year.
Also, it never ceases to amaze me how few tourists one finds in Notre Dame de Rodez, despite its undeniable grandeur. We ran into only four other people inside -- quite a contrast to the teeming museum galleries.
I hope the many tourists coming into town to visit the Soulages museum aren't missing out on the city's huge and somewhat eerie cathedral.