Way back in ought-eleven (a real number), I wrote a blog entry entitled Lil’ Ville of Leguevin, where I had some details and photos of our then-hometown. Now that we’ve returned to France and are living in a different town, it seems only fair to describe the new hometown – Pibrac – as well.
Apparently, Pibrac is a booming town. Why in just 240 years, it’s grown from 650 residents to more than 8,000. As Igor said in Young Frankenstein: “Of course, the rates have gone up.”
When we came over for our look-and-see visit in November, what we liked about the town was its location (location, location). In the three years that we were gone, the population of the greater Toulouse area really grew (gruesome?). This makes traffic miserable (drivers here are ‘Les Miserables‘). Back in Lego Land, you pretty much have one way – two tops – of getting into work. But here in Pibrac (for which I’ve yet to come up with a decent nickname), there are at least four different ways. And our house is within walking distance of the center of town (I know because I walk there nearly every day).
So without further ado, here are some of the sites of our little corner of France:
The view from close to Chez Newman – a learning garden and playground in the foreground and (l to r) the church, water tower (newly cleaned) and basilica.
A main claim to fame for the town is that it was the birthplace of Ste. Germaine.
This shrine and fountain are dedicated to her.
The basilica named after her. Begun in 1901, it was dedicated in her name in 1967.
A plaque in five languages explaining who she was.
For daily church services, there’s the Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.
Like most churches in the Toulouse region, the bell tower is a sort of false front.
The other big monument in town is the chateau.
The courtyard. Work on the chateau began in 1540. It is now privately owned.
Rear and right side.
Town hall: le mairie:
Commercial sites exist as well.
The entry in to town from the north: a pizza joint, bar, small hotel, driving school, chocolate shop and more.
The train station. Busy except on strike days, which are now two days out of five through at least June.
Commercial center: butcher, pharmacy, dry cleaning, bistrot, press shop, bakery, florist, mini market, banks and more.
And there are some recreation facilities as well.
Banked rollerblading track with soccer fields in the background. There are several other soccer and rugby fields in town.
Hiking and biking trails along with woods and fields.
Le Courbet aka The Big Muddy. I’ve seen a couple of people fishing here.
That’s all for now. Back again soon.