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    Bookshops: Bookshops

    by Nemorino Written Feb 28, 2015

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    At 3 rue du Taur, just off of Place du Capitole, there is a Gibert Joseph bookshop. This is one of a chain of bookshops that can be found in various French cities, especially near the universities. I have always liked Gibert Joseph because I used to buy my books from them when I was a student in Paris many years ago.

    At this Gibert Joseph bookshop in Toulouse I bought a 969-page book which would keep me busy for the next several weeks: Le capital au XXIe siècle (Capital in the 21st century) by Thomas Piketty. This book was a bestseller in France in the summer of 2014 – and later in many other countries. Despite its length it turned out to be surprisingly easy to read, although it spares no detail in explaining the concentration of wealth in France, Britain and many other countries, even referring back to the economic insights of Vauban in the late 17th century.

    Vauban, who is best known as a military engineer and strategist, made one of the earliest attempts to estimate the total national revenue and national capital of France. (See pages 99-100 of Piketty’s book.) Piketty notes that Vauban and a few others, writing around the year 1700 in both France and England, “were promoting a very precise political objective, generally in the form of a project of fiscal modernization. By calculating the national revenue and the national patrimony of the kingdom, they intended to show their sovereign that it would be possible to raise considerable revenues using relatively moderate tax rates, if only one would take into account the totality of property and riches produced, and if these taxes were imposed on everyone, in particular on landowners, whether aristocrats or not.”

    Second photo: Another bookshop on the same street, La Pléïade. This is an independent bookshop which also specializes in books for schools and the university. My photo shows the entrance at 13 rue du Taur.

    Third photo: Toulouse also has an interesting foreign-language bookshop, known simply as The Bookshop. It is located at 17 Rue Lakanal, also not far from the university and the city center.

    Next: The arrival of the wounded, 1914

    Gibert Joseph La Pl����ade The Bookshop
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    Marché du Capitole: market days at Toulouse

    by gwened Written Sep 30, 2014

    wonderful market in the famous Capitole building square. It is a market for clothing and some local crafts.

    It normally has about 80 stands on Wednesdays from 7h to 18h : clothing, jewerly, books, tapestries, african work of arts, old records vinyls.

    A small market with a dozen stands is open from 7h to 13h30 every day except Sundays.
    Flowers are sold every day from 7hto 13h30, except Mondays.

    There are other markets like those in the link of the tourist office, the above is tops for non foods
    For foods the tops for me is covered market at Victor Hugo square, place Victor Hugo.

    What to buy: see above

    What to pay: best prices around

    market at pl du Capitole
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    Excellent little Flea Market

    by lotharscheer Written May 1, 2014

    There is a very nice little flea market every weekend arround the Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse.
    Some antiques, some african art, some old toys, some bookes...

    What to buy: I don´t think you find any bargains there but mostly very nice things...

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    La Boulangerie Jaune: perfect

    by iaint Written Mar 24, 2014

    Renting a flat has lots of upsides over a hotel.

    One is breakfast. Making my own coffee in my own time, and free of the hotel buffet service. Being able to go out and buy croissants to mop up the coffee.

    I tried 3 bakeries close to my flat in the St Cyprien area. All close by - no more than 150m. All are good, but this is the best. 4 days out of 6 so far - it's closed on Monday. It closes at lunchtime on Sunday.

    Just wonderful

    What to buy: Croissants & chocolatines (known as "pains aux chocolats" in Scotland) in my case, but great looking bread too.

    What to pay: €0.95 for a croissant.

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    Marché Couvert St Cyprien: tradition

    by iaint Written Mar 20, 2014

    A traditional French market. Coming back to the "quartier" where I lived for 9 months, after a break of several decades, it was great to see that this place is still here and hasn't been redeveloped in the name of progress.

    It was 10 minutes walk from my studio back then, and across the street from my apartment this time.

    Ideal...

    Check website for opening times.

    What to buy: Fresh fruit & veg, meat, fish, cheese, bread... all you'll need to make a grand dinner. Except for wine. Didn't see any. Oh well, a problem easily solved in these parts.

    What to pay: Depends.... good value for sure.

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    Galeries Lafayette: the best showcase of France Lafayette

    by gwened Written Dec 19, 2013

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    the department store of France has a beautiful branch here too, hours Mondays to Thursdays 9h to 20h , Fridays open until 21h, Saturdays open 9h to 20h and closed Sundays

    you will feel like in Paris !!) but with the southern touch of the Cathar country. Its a shopper's delight.

    What to buy: fashion clothings for men and women,and children

    What to pay: the best marks at the best prices dépends on your budget

    Galeries Lafayette at lapeyrouse
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    Espace Saint George: shopping center Saint George

    by gwened Written Jun 26, 2013

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    Its a modern shopping center in an old building nicely done with all modern facilities. Your one stop shopping in Toulouse city center.
    http://www.espacesaintgeorges.com/-Vos-boutiques-.html
    about 50 stores inside.
    Open from Mondays to Saturdays with the supermarket Casino 8h30 to 20h30, stores from 10h to 20h and car parking 24h/24h
    convenient to have a mercure hotel right attached and many stores and restos in the areas surrounding the center,close about 300 meters from train station matabiau.

    What to buy: many as you do in a shopping center.Mall

    What to pay: regular mall prices and many choices

    entrance on bd lazare Carnot to Saint George mall
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    La Maison de la Violette: violette in all its color nice

    by gwened Written Jun 26, 2013

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    Its a peniche , a boat right on historical canal du midi in the center of the city of Toulouse , near train station on your way walking to city center.

    Its unique to buy wonderful violets items on a boat, fully loaded, nicely decorated, quaint, nice friendly service and a great way to mingle into the city culture. You need to stop by.

    What to buy: dragées de chocolat à la violette; air fresheners,and miel violette, and candies are our favorites here.Many more to buy its an entire universe of violets

    What to pay: unique products best prices a great souvenir

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    The TinTin Store!: Lose yourself in the comic strip!

    by mikey_e Written Dec 21, 2008

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    In general, most people grow up with one of two cartoon heroes that they and their friends loved and that they still, often when around kids, identify as a hero. The French take Tin Tin even more seriously, and he is seen not just as a cartoon figure but a part of modern French-language literary tradition. It shouldn't surprise you, then, to find an actual store dedicated to the character (who is actually the product of a French-Belgian cartoonist) in major French cities. This one in Toulouse had everything you could imagine related to Tin Tin, expect (it appears) the comic books themselves. Those are, of course, easily purchased at any comic book store or regular bookstore in the city. Instead, you can get everything from wine glasses to note books to pyjamas with Tin Tin and Milou emblazened on them, or, naturally, any of the other characters that made regular appearances in the series.

    What to buy: I'm not sure that Madame de Castafiore gracing your kitchen clock is something that is uniquely Toulouse, but it might be a cute memory for you if you did decide to purchase it. I suggest just going in and looking around - the sanest thing I could think to buy was either a notebook (actually my parents got me the Sceptre d'Ottokar one when I was 16) or a small figurine.

    What to pay: Haha, these things don't come cheap. Expect to pay A LOT for your Tin Tin slippers.

    Tin Tin Shop! Soldes doesn't necessarily mean affordable...

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    Castéla Librairie: Excellent selection for all your needs

    by mikey_e Written Dec 21, 2008

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    As I've said with the Gibert Joseph Bookstore, the French really take their books seriously, so it should not surprise you that this mega-store is around the corner from Gibert Joseph and that both are in fact less than a 5 minute walk from the Virgin Megastore, which is on the other side of Place Jean-Jaurès. It's hard to judge properly, but I believe that Castèla had, perhaps, slightly more stock than did Gibert Joseph. There were fewer floors but the actual building is larger, and it is a lot easier to get around. The aisles are nowhere nearly as cramped. It also seemed to have a much better selection of language books and regional interest material. Castéla, from what I gathered during this visit and the last one I made a decade or so ago, specializes much more in texts that might be of interest to particular clients and university students. For example, both Gibert Joseph and Castéla had the same sections, but Castéla's areas on more academic topics and books that would be requested by those with particular interests in, say, humanity or social science studies, were much larger.

    What to buy: I have to say that Castéla has the best selection of foreign language learning materials that I have ever seen outside of, say, Moe's in San Francisco. It's not just that the section was enormous (in the basement, arranged according to specific language groups with a special section on regional languages in France) but that it also contained a number of hard to find titles. In particular, the books for learning Arabic was quite comprehensive, as were those on the regional languages.

    What to pay: Standard European prices - less than in England, more than in the US.

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    Gibert Joseph: Books, books and more books!

    by mikey_e Written Dec 21, 2008

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    Gibert Joseph is, I believe, a chain of French bookstores. For those who are not French or are not acquainted with the French nation's bibliophilia, it suffices to say that calling something a great bookstore in France carries much more weight than the equivalent statement for a place like Canada. Gibert Joseph is five stories (maybe six), but that is actually augmented by the fact that there are smaller rooms filled with books between each of the stories. Perhaps the layout of the store is not the best - it is not designed along the lines of Barnes and Nobles or Borders, with their "relax while you browse" attitude - but rather the design of the store is meant to maximize shelf space. There are dozens if not hundreds of bookcases on each of the levels filled with books of the most varied subjects, including a huge selection of foreign language books, fiction (both French and foreign), instructional books and comics. There is also a section for stationary items and the sort of knick-knacks you'd expect at a bookstore.

    What to buy: I generally look through very specific sections of bookstores, especially when I am in a foreign country, so I can only really say that I checked out the foreign language, travel, fiction and graphic novel sections. All of these were extremely comprehensive although, I am sad to say, I was unable to find a copy of TinTin in Occitan (I collect TinTin in various obscure languages). Still, one of the best things to buy here are regional interest books - lots of titles that deal with everything from the Occitan language to the Albigensian Crusade to the aerospace industry and its impacts on Toulouse.

    What to pay: I suppose that you could say books are generally standard European prices - cheaper than England, more expensive than the US.

    The fa��ade of the store

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    Le Monde du Vin: French Wine - from a guy that speaks great English

    by suzyav8trix Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Not only does the proprietor know wine, but he speaks and understands English! If you are looking for gifts or to add to your cellar -- WOW! -- this is the place to go. It's not a big shop, yet it has a fairly large selection of local wines. I'm assuming he would ship for you too, although I have always enjoyed my purchases while in Toulouse or carried them home in my carry-on luggage.

    What to buy: White wine. Red wine. Champagne. Armanac.

    When I was there in Nov 2004, he had these wonderfully decorated bottles that said "Toulouse" on them. They made great gifts at about 10 euro each.

    Tell the man what you want and he will help you select it. My first request back in 2003 was a nice dry white apertif type wine to sip at your hotel before going out to dinner? He sold me a bottle for 7 or 8 euro. Again, WOW! It was a local white that was similar in style and substance to a white burgandy. I cannot think of anything comparable in the US but figure it would go for $20-$25 a bottle here. Besides red and white wines, I have purchased champagne from him and armanac and a liquer called "violette". (Unless you like very sweet liquors, stay away from the "violette". I bought it 'cause the violet is the flower of Toulouse.) Other than the violette, I have been more than pleased.

    What to pay: As little as 4 euro to 100 euro plus for some of the aged armanacs and brandies and rare champagnes... Good whites can be had in the 7-12 euro range and good reds can be had in the 10-20 euro range...

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    El Canaille: Fine grocery store

    by Klod5 Written Nov 19, 2004

    Le patron est Lyonnais mais ses jambons Serano viennent indubitablement d'Espagne. Des jambons de grande qualité, comme ses fromages manchego.

    The boss is of Lyon but his Serano's hams come undoubtedly from Spain. Of the high quality hams, as his cheeses manchego.

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    Le marché des petits producteurs: Saint-Aubin

    by Klod5 Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Chaque dimanche, les fermiers des environs de Toulouse viennent vendre leurs production : légumes, fruits, miel, fromages ou comme ici volailles (vivantes), et oeufs...
    C'est un maintien d'une tradition tenace des marchés de village, où l'on trouve encore des produits authentiques, loin de la fadeur des produits industriels aseptisés.

    Every Sunday, the farmers of the vicinities of Toulouse come to sell their production: vegetables, fruits, honey, cheeses or as here poultries (living), and eggs...
    It is a maintenance of a tenacious tradition of the village markets, where one finds more authentic products, far from the industrial product vapidity sterilized.

    St-Aubin bazaar
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    Marché Place du Capitole

    by Klod5 Written Nov 3, 2004

    Tous les mercredi, la place du Capitole se rempli des étalages des marchands forains. On y trouve surtout de l'habillement et des objets pour la maison. Le caractère cosmopolite de Toulouse se retrouve dans ce marché qui vous permettra un véritable tour du monde des produits de tous les pays d'Afrique, d'Amérique du sud ou d'Asie.

    All Wednesday, the place of the Capitol himself full of the fairground merchant displays. One finds the clothing and objects there especially for the house. The cosmopolitan character of Toulouse meets in this market that will allow you a real tour of the world of the products of all countries of Africa, South America or Asia.

    Marche Place du Capitole
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