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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse May 6th 2019

Leaving Toulouse Back to the train station to rent the car. The staff was very friendly and helpful giving us directions on how to get out of town. We only made one small mistake which was amazing considering the road works at the station and the narrow, winding streets. Luckily, the drive out of town went along streets we had walked the day before. This was helpful because there were a couple of unusual intersections and I am glad I didn’t have to drive through them unprepared. The drive was only just over an hour and we were heading towards the Pyrenees which made for great views. Aurignac The couple we were house sitting for were a lot of fun. They introduced us to Caramelle, the cat, and the three chickens. Wait a minute, I thought ... read more
Caramelle
Lettuce be friends
Meal time

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse May 5th 2019

Here we are again, travelling in France on a Saturday. The day started well with our trip to the market in Arles (see last blog). It got even better as we approached Toulouse on the train and I noticed we didn’t have to cross the river; it was the Canal du Midi we had to cross. Frequent blog readers will know the only thing I like better than churches and aqueducts are canals, especially the Canal du Midi. Toulouse The not so good news was that they are doing a bunch of road work right outside the station where the canal passes and it was quite an ordeal getting away from the station. But that was nothing. What we hadn’t realized was that Toulouse was the city that had been selected as the main target of ... read more
Gilets Jaune protests
Aftermath of Gilets Jaune protests
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse July 17th 2018

(for Igor) The usual fear and loathing Trouble began when the flight from San Francisco to Manchester was over an hour late taking off. I arrived at the gate for my connecting flight to Toulouse just as the door to the plane closed. Realizing I would not be able to find another flight out of Manchester that night, I bought a business class ticket to London where the connections to Toulouse would be more plentiful. A travel tip: fly business class, bring a canteen. I was at a bar in the British Air Business Lounge at Heathrow (one of the perks of flying business class) waiting for a bartender to appear, when a woman stepped behind the bar and filled a canteen with Tanqueray. She looked at me staring at her with my mouth agape. "For ... read more
Carcassonne
Chateau Peyrepertuse I
Chateau Peyrepertuse II

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse February 8th 2018

Here we are, back on the Old Continent....and a trip over 3 countries...in the cold...for the next coming days. It will be all about food, wine, old buildings, and yes, even some sport! Imagine, I never made my way to the City of Toulouse. I have to admit, not only the Old Town is gorgeous, but the people are some of the friendliest you will find in the all of France. Tourists have not really made it to Toulouse. Trying to find a post card was a challenge! The city is actually hosting a huge University. So there are young people all around the place. Toulouse is also hosting the seriously well know Airbus. The airport is surrounded by factories of Airbus. We saw A380 and A350 with colors from all over the world. This is ... read more
Visiting Airbus, sadly not that many places to take pictures...
It's food and bubble time...
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse August 16th 2017

The expression pretty in pink springs to mind when visiting this rose of a city. Toulouse is renowned for it's uniformly "pink" terracotta coloured roofing. In certain lights, you can certainly see a rosy halo which bathes the city in the warmest of hues. Compared to other cities we have been to, there was a marked lack of tourists around. It was a nice departure from the usual mass of humanity we routinely encountered in our travels. Toulouse is a very walkable city, just as well as we only had a day there really as we changed the itinerary to have one night here to break up what would be an otherwise painful train ride. As it was, the overnight train ride was painful anyway. There were no phone/device charging points (odd considering that such a ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse October 7th 2016

Woooohoooo! Yes, we are in Toulouse! To recap so far, we flew into Heathrow 2 weeks ago now, then straight on to Glasgow, Scotland for a couple of days, mainly to visit Carol's relatives which was great! We also visited Dundee, Tayport and the Falkirk wheel while we were there. After that we headed down to London for a day and had the fasted whirlwind tour of the City on foot you could think of, but we managed to fit in Harrods,Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and a few other spots before negotiating the Tube back to our Hotel in Kensington. The next morning found us at Heathrow bright and early for the flight to Paris. We arrived to fantastic weather and experienced our first French cuisine at a local restaurant, one of many we experienced during ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse July 4th 2015

The French really know how to throw a conference, because as we all know, it's not the information but the food everyone talks about after these things! I'm obviously being tongue-in-cheek, because the papers have been quite amazing. They do need to be, because we start each day at 8.30am and finish at 6.00pm. Lunch is a gastronomic, 90 minute affair involving foie gras, freshly cut jambon, all sorts of little blinis with prawns etc., then some sort of hot dish and salad. On the first day I thought we were done and went back to review some work, when Suzanne announced that dessert was on - a selection of wonderful petit fours including Isabel's favourite macarons, served with espresso. I would have saved a couple for her if I hadn't been sure they would be ... read more
conference violet cocktails
Dancers, Place Saint George
The gang, Chez Emile

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse July 1st 2015

Toulouse. The reason we are here! Well, after a VERY hot, largely sleepless night, Isabel and I are not feeling so thrilled about the heat. I am complaining now, despite being determined not to. We need to work out a system for shutters (close to block out noise from the road and light), windows (let in slightly cooler air but shutters need to be open for them to do that) and fan (strategically positioned to blow on both of us at the same time without being blasted in the face by hot air). It could be a very short stay if we don't work something out tonight! I know it's the worst heatwave in 80 years, but I'm feeling a little dumb today that I didn't choose somewhere to stay with air-conditioning as I really am ... read more
The Little White Train, Toulouse
Lovely olive oil shop
Pont Neuf, Toulouse

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse June 30th 2015

We were a bit sad handing over our lovely key at The Grand Hotel. It had character, like the rest of the place. In a more practical sense, it was too big and heavy to lose and it always worked! The cat who was the real boss at reception didn't want us to go either, it seemed, so it sat on our invoice until the receptionist shooed it away affectionately. There are cats everywhere in Molitg, always in the best spot to either catch the morning sun or the afternoon shade. Once again, it was a beautiful day, so we decided to stop at the market in Prades for a late breakfast and to buy some fruit to keep us going on the drive to Toulouse. Isabel spied a lovely basket and we also found a ... read more
Loved this key
The grand piano at the Grand Hotel!
Our favourite place to drink our coffee

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse June 28th 2014

And so our journey draws to a close. In my remaining hours (I spent a good bit of time catching up on this blog) I will go wander the city, as it seems checking out Cite de l'Espace would take a full day (which I no longer have), and the Airbus tours require booking 48 hours in advance. With luck, tomorrow's forecasted thunderstorms will hold off until I get myself to the airport. Meanwhile, here's a start on explaining the routine I got into over the past 2 weeks. ... read more
Side street leading to Place Dupuis
The Garonne at Pont Neuf
Ottawa needs public spaces like this!




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