City break to Toulouse, France

Toulouse attractionsSituated in the south of France , close to the border with Spain, Toulouse represents a mix between old and new. This place gained the nickname “ the pink city” thanks to its old buildings from reddish brick. But that’s just one side of Toulouse. The city is also a center for aviation , space travel and many other things.



 Toulouse home of the Little PrinceSeptember found us in Toulouse – the home of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of ”Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince) and the home town of the Concorde jet (the aircraft that was able to travel from Paris to New York in just 3 hours). Toulouse is also known for its universities and like every city with a big University, Toulouse is crowded.We left the car outside the city center and started walking on the streets of the “pink city”.

Toulouse attractions

We started with 2 sites inscribed in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage: the beautiful church Basilica of Saint Sernin and Canal du Midi. The distance between these two sites is small (about 2 km) so you can easily walk.

Typical pink street from Toulouse

Typical pink street from Toulouse

On our way to Saint Sernin Basilica

On our way to Saint Sernin Basilica

Unesco World Heritage-Saint Sernin Basilica

Unesco World Heritage-Saint Sernin Basilica

Inside Basilica Saint Sernin from Toulouse

Inside Basilica Saint Sernin from Toulouse

Unesco World Heritage-Canal du Midi

Unesco World Heritage-Canal du Midi

I was very impressed with the looks of this catholic church made from red brick, that was practically rising above the old part of the city.



Its beautiful tower measuring 65 meters will help you find the church easily. As for the Canal du Midi, i could say i was expecting something bigger, given the fact that this canal connects the Garonne River to the Mediterranean Sea. But still , i can say that the canal has its charm and is the perfect place for a quiet walk.

We left behind  Basilica of Saint Sernin  and we ran into a pedestrian street with boutiques , musicians and hotels, called Rue du Taur.

Old part of Toulouse-Rue du Taur

Old part of Toulouse-Rue du Taur

Rue du Taur and Notre Dame du Taur Church

Rue du Taur and Notre Dame du Taur Church

Also here you can find many good restaurants serving duck specialties, but not only. For example here you can try: foie gras made from duck, Cassoulet (a traditional casserole containing meat and beans), Garbure (a soup with ham, cabbage and cheese) and the Toulouse sausage.

At the end of this street at approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Basilica of Saint Sernin you can find the main city square of the city: Place du Capitole – with the city hall and many museums .There are many other small streets intersecting this big square, so take your time and explore them. Don’t worry about finding this place , because practically all the roads lead to Place du Capitole .

Place du Capitole

Place du Capitole

Place du Capitole in Toulouse

Place du Capitole in Toulouse

Art collections from Capitole Museums

Art collections from Capitole Museums

Art collections from Capitole Museums

Art collections from Capitole Museums

After admiring the collections of art from Capitole (many of them without any entrance fee ) we headed towards the main river – Garonne River.

Wilson Square Toulouse

Wilson Square Toulouse

Wilson Square Toulouse

Wilson Square Toulouse

Garonne River

Garonne River

Garonne River in Toulose

Along Garonne River in Toulose

 Along the river Garonne one can admire the 2 bridges : Pont Neuf or New Bridge (a 16th century stone bridge ) and Pont Saint Pierre (a 19th century iron bridge ) .

Pont Neuf and Garonne River

Pont Neuf and Garonne River

Waiting in line for a cruise along Garonne River

Waiting in line for a cruise along Garonne River

Pont Saint Pierre

Pont Saint Pierre

 Toulouse home town of the Concorde jet
Don’t leave Toulouse before seeing ”Cité de l’espace”, a theme park focused on the conquest of space.
Have a nice time in Toulouse!



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