Heading NW on the A75 from Montpellier, you will arrive at the little town of Lodeve in about 45 minutes. Like so many of the towns and villages in the Languedoc, there are treasures to be found around every corner. Our destination was the "Musee Fleury", which was featuring a Gauguin exhibit. Aside from the Gauguin on exhibit, there were some marvelous contemporary French works on display as well. Much inspiration was gleaned from the experience, and many quilt designs are hoping to find their way to fabric. (Some day!)
Aside from the very fine gallery in town, Lodeve is also well known for it's medieval cathedral, "Cathedrale St-Fulcran". Lodeve is an ancient town with Celtic origins, however, the town and the church thrived during the middle ages because of the local wool trade. Most of the current structure was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, although there are traces of the original 6th century foundations. The cathedrale is still a stop on the pilgrims route, walking on the Roads towards Santiago, just as it was centuries ago.
The mid 19th century stained glass windows made a particular impression on me. The colours are vibrant and lively; joyful! Inspiration is everywhere; we just have to let it happen.