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One of the relatively untouristy areas of France is south of Toulouse, in the department of Haute Garonne. Many of the towns and villages in this region have dramatic southern views of the Pyrenees which remain snowcapped even in summer. Although many communities produce cheese, wine, and foie gras, many residents have had to leave for cities like Toulouse to find work. Many of the farm and village houses are unoccupied and some are left to crumble into ruins. Native French people also seem to prefer to move into newly constructed villas rather than old buildings when they choose to settle here.

View of Alan, in the Haute Garonne, seen from the hamlet of Labarthere

View of Alan, in the Haute Garonne, seen from the hamlet of Labarthere

Photo shows view towards the village of Alan as seen from the hamlet of Labarthere. The highest building complex on the left side of the hilltop village is the winter palace of the Bishops of Saint Bertrand de Comminges. The oldest parts of the building date back to 1270.

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