Less than an hour from Toulouse, at the confluence of the Tarn and Garonne Rivers in the Midi-Pyrénées region, the town of Moissac is known internationally for its Abbey of St. Pierre and its waterways. The Abbey dates back to the 11th century, when it originally served as a Benedictine monastery. Its ornate Romanesque sculpture, towering portico and tympanium are among several reasons the Abbey has been designated a World Heritage site of the pilgrimmage Routes de Santiago de Compostela. It’s also the current home of France’s Documentation Center of Roman Art. If that hasn’t intrigued you, the canal of the Tarn River runs right through the city center and is designed for picturesque promenades on foot, making for a fanciful exploration of the historic town.
Watch out for: the Abbey of St. Pierre and the canal promenade