After spending a few wonderful days in Paris, I hopped on a flight to the city of Toulouse to visit my friends! Located in southwestern France (about 423 mi/680 km away from Paris), Toulouse is the capital of the region called Occitanie and the department of Haute-Garonne.
Toulouse is about the size of San Francisco, but not as densely-populated. As of 2017, there are over one million people living in Toulouse, also known as La Ville Rose (The Pink City). It got its nickname from the many buildings and structures that were built with pinkish terra-cotta colored brick.
Toulouse is an historical city. In medieval times, the city suffered floods, fires, famine, and the plague, followed by religious battles and wars. Fortunately, many of its structures survived.
One such structure is the Basilica of Saint-Sernin. Built in the 12th century, it’s the largest Romanesque building in Europe. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
In the heart of the Old Town is the Place du Capitole, where there are shops, restaurants, and places to sit and people-watch! The main attraction of the square, of course, is Le Capitole, which houses the city hall of Toulouse and the Opera House. François told me the Salle des Illustres was a must-see. It’s the room in the Capitole where important civil ceremonies take place, like marriages and citizenship.
Just as Pont Neuf is the name of the oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont Neuf (meaning “new bridge”) over the Garonne River in Toulouse is also its oldest bridge.
Walking east across Pont Neuf will lead you to this lovely park:
I didn’t get a chance to visit a Jennyfer store in Paris, so I was delighted to discover one in Toulouse. I picked up a few gifts for the Girls:
The shop owner was friendly. She told me the bag was available in different color combinations. I prefer the canvas beige of tote bags and I thought the red lettering was the perfect pop of color.
Although it’s known as the Pink City, Toulouse is also known for its violets. I remember being lured into a little specialty gift shop, Le Paradis Gourmet, where I saw a pretty display of assorted violet candies, scented candles, and soaps.
Spotted these charming views while strolling through the Old Town:
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Points of Interest
- Basilica of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse (website)
- Place de la Daurade
- Place du Capitole
- Pont Neuf
- Saint-Etienne de Toulouse Cathedral
Food & Drink
- La Compagnie du Chocolat (website) 17 Rue des Puits Clos
- The Hopscotch Pub & Brewery (website) 3 Rue Baour Lormian
- The Melting Pot Pub (Facebook page) 26 Boulevard de Strasbourg
- Jennyfer (website) 36 Rue St Rome
- Le Paradis Gourmet (website) 15 Rue des Puits Clos
- Pompon Sur La Garonne (Facebook page) 17 Rue des Puits Clos
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