One of the great opportunities a city break to France affords, is the chance to do a bit of posing. Plenty of opportunity in Toulouse's lovely teashops. (Note the wine glasses, however, to the forefront of this picture of the charming Salon du The in Place St George!)
First visit a bookshop for that essential posing material. We found a good one by the Musee Des Augustins, and it served everyone from the casual browser through to the city's academic community. Open 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.
I bought Bernard Du Boucheron's 'Court Serpent', a prize winning novel by this 70-year old first time author, yet to be translated into English. A gripping story of a 14th century expedition to the icy north to 'rescue' a community of Christians who have fallen into heresy.
There are numerous smaller bookshops everywhere - I'll post links here if you have a favourite.
This is not a walking tip, but there was really nowhere else to put it. Normally, Municipal Libraries are not really attractions, unless they happen to also be some sort of National Library. The Municipal Library in Toulouse, however, is a great Art Deco structure that, if you happen to be walking by it, will definitely capture your attention. The building is also known as the Bibliothèque du Périgord, as it is located on Rue Périgord, which runs between Rue du Taur and Rue Rémusat (which branches off from Rue d’Alsace-Lorraine). It was built in the 1930s (hence the Art Deco design) by Jean Montariol, and despite its relatively recent construction – compared to the vast majority of buildings in the area – it currently houses an important collection of ancient manuscripts and works connected to the region’s cultural heritage. I didn’t go into the library, only because I packed my day too full of things to do and ended by getting back to it 10 minutes before it closed on a Saturday, but visitors can enter the building and look around. I’m not sure if this extends to looking through the collection.
The NEW YORK OPERA SOCIETY en concert en Midi-Pyrénées:
L’association NEW YORK OPERA SOCIETY organise les deux spectacles suivants :
LE TOUR DU MONDE
Récital du "Tour du Monde"
Musique sacrée, Gospels, Airs d’opéra, Mélodie
Voyageons ensemble à travers l’âme du monde, pour une soirée en compagnie
du NEW YORK OPERA SOCIETY pour des morceaux choisis de l’opéra, musique sacrée, gospel, et de chansons internationales.
De grands classiques (Bach, Massenet, Berlioz, Verdi, Puccini, …) sont interprétés par de jeunes solistes, certains décrits comme, «Une voix imbue de l'intensité théâtrale et miroitant avec la beauté» ou encore «Une mezzo-soprano luxueuse avec des impressionnantes de pouvoir» (New Yorker).
Les artistes viennent de Opéra Lyrique d'Chicago, New York City Opéra, Houston Grand Opéra, L'Opéra de Washington, L'Opéra de Seattle L'Opéra de Santa Fe, l’Opéra de San Francisco ou encore L'Opéra de Zurich.
La NYOS est une association à but non lucratif implantée à Manhattan, qui travaille au rapprochement culturel franco-américain.