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On the banks of the Tarn river in south-west France, the old city of Albi reflects the culmination of a medieval architectural and urban ensemble. Today the Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), the Saint-Salvi quarter and its church are testimony to its initial development (10th -11th centuries). Following the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar heretics (13th century) it became a powerful episcopal city. Built in a unique southern French Gothic style from local brick in characteristic red and orange colours, the lofty fortified Cathedral (late 13th century) dominates the city, demonstrating the power regained by the Roman Catholic clergy. Alongside the Cathedral is the vast bishop’s Palais de la Berbie, overlooking the river and surrounded by residential quarters that date back to the Middle Ages. The Episcopal City of Albi forms a coherent and homogeneous ensemble of monuments and quarters that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in France. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to France.
Tipping: Neither required nor expected. Should you decide to tip, it is customary to round up to the next Euro.
Corruption: France has a corruption score of 28 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through France, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, France is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
France is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.89 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Albi is 18.
Age of Consent: 15 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in France since 2013.
France scores a 8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC-10:00 to UTC+12:00
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 9.4 and 9.4°C (49 and 49°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 11.81 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to France.