La Garonne, Toulouse

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    Boulbonne Fountain

    by Nemorino Updated Mar 8, 2015

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    You’ll never guess what the lady in this sculpture (in the first photo) is supposed to represent.

    Joan of Arc? No, she’s not Joan of Arc, though the shaft she is holding in her right hand does look somewhat like a huge sword. But Toulouse is in south-western France, and Joan of Arc is more of a northern French phenomenon. (And the sword is so huge that it couldn’t be wielded even by Joan of Arc.)

    Could she be Marianne, the national symbol of Liberty and the French Republic? Wrong again, though the face does look somewhat similar to the portrait of Marianne on the old twenty-centime coins, before the introduction of the Euro.

    Our guide explained that the barefoot lady in the long skirt sitting on the rock in this sculpture is an allegory which represents the Garonne River providing the city of Toulouse with – – – electricity.
    (Yes, electricity. I told you you’d never guess.)

    The sculpture was completed in the year 1907. By this time Toulouse was already well supplied with electricity from the Bazacle hydro-electric power station on the Garonne River, which had been in operation since 1889 on the site of the former Bazacle Mill.

    The sculptor was Jules Jacques Labatut (1851-1935).

    The brick wall behind the sculpture is not part of a church, but simply a decorative wall that was added in the late 20th century as a backdrop for the sculpture.

    Somehow I neglected to ask about the second person in the sculpture, the man or women who is crawling out from under the rock and seems to have been looking up the skirt of La Garonne.

    Second photo: An old half-timbered house on Rue des Arts.

    Third photo: Our tour group walking in the Old Town.

    Fourth photo: The house at 20 rue Mage, near the Belgian Consulate.

    Fifth photo: Old buildings on rue Mage.

    Directions: The Boulbonne Fountain (La Garonne) is located at the corner of Boulbonne and Cantegril Streets in the Old Town of Toulouse.
    Website: http://www.toulouse.fr/web/la-mairie/decouvrir-la-ville/patrimoine/les-fontaines

    Next: Hôtel d'Ulmo

    La Garonne Rue des Arts Tour group 20, rue Mage Rue Mage
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    La Garonne & bridges

    by iaint Written Mar 20, 2014

    The river flows north through the city centre, and is a real focal point.

    The main bridges in the centre are the Pont Neuf and the Pont St Pierre. Views from both are wonderful, and from the Pont St Pierre you see the older and more famous Pont Neuf.

    You can walk along the river banks at street level or at the water’s edge, although I suspect the riverside walkway isn’t a good idea after dark.

    Place St Pierre has a good range of cafés, bars & restaurants. They attract a young crowd, being in a student area. My most common hang-out was there - still exists as Bar Basque, although just a humble café when I lived here. The relationship began as a place for a few apéro after rugby games and before dinner. I got to know the regulars - and so it went on.

    Pont Neuf is the oldest of the bridges, and was begun in 1543. Nearby you’ll see the impressive Ecole des Beaux Arts on the east bank and the equally impressive Hotel-Dieu on the west bank.

    The former translates as “academy of fine arts”, dates from 1892, and is still a functioning institution. It existed before that on another site.

    The latter is no longer functioning hospital. A hospital was started on the site in the 12th century, and expanded during the 17th-18th centuries. The last patients left in 1987. It is administrative offices now - for the city’s university hospital.

    upriver towards Pont Neuf downriver towards Pont St Pierre Ecole des Beaux Arts busy east bank
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    The Garonne, a long river.

    by breughel Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    I always marked a preference for cities with a beautiful river. Toulouse did well protect banks, quays and neighbourhoods of its river which are pleasant places for a walk.
    The Garonne is the main river of the western South of France 525 km long. It takes its source in the Pyrenees, swells of the Ariege before crossing Toulouse, receives farther waters of the Tarn and the Lot for then, near Bordeaux, to be joined by the Dordogne to form the estuary of the Gironde, the largest estuary of continental Europe.
    My photo shows the Garonne at the dam near the Bazacle. In the background the Hospital de la Grave.

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    J'ai toujours marqué une préférence pour les villes parcourues d'un beau fleuve. Toulouse n'y manque pas avec la Garonne dont elle a bien protégé les berges, quais et abords qui sont d'agréables lieux de promenade.
    La Garonne est le principal fleuve du sud ouest de la France long de 525 km. Il prend sa source dans les Pyrénées, se gonfle de l'Ariège avant de traverser Toulouse, reçoit plus loin les eaux du Tarn et du Lot pour ensuite, près de Bordeaux, rejoindre la Dordogne pour former l'estuaire de la Gironde, le plus vaste d’Europe continentale

    The Garonne at the dam.
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    Le Pont Neuf.

    by breughel Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The "Pont Neuf", which is actually the oldest bridge of Toulouse - the works were finished in 1632 - allows a panoramic sight on both banks of the Garonne which at this bridge has a width of 200 m.
    The project of construction of the "Pont Neuf" has needed a very complete study to resist to the assaults of the sometimes raging stream. It is voluntarily that seven arcs are irregular; the piles of the bridge are also opened by spillways and protected by crests placed in front of every pile.
    My photo shows the Garonne at the dam near the Bazacle. In the background the Hospital de la Grave.

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    Le Pont Neuf, qui est le plus vieux pont de Toulouse, les travaux furent achevés en 1632, permet une vue panoramique sur les deux rives de la Garonne qui en cet endroit a une largeur de 200 m.
    C'est un fleuve au débit tumultueux. Le projet de construction de ce pont avait donné lieu à une étude très complète, afin de résister aux assauts de la Garonne. C'est volontairement que les sept arches sont irrégulières; les piles du pont sont aussi ouvertes par des dégueuloirs et protégées par des crêtes placées en avant de chaque pile.
    Ma photo montre l'enfilade des arches avec à droite sur la rive l'Hôtel-Dieu St-Jacques et à gauche, parmi les arbres, le Château d'Eau.

    La Garonne au Pont Neuf
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    La centrale hydroélectrique Bazacle.

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2012

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    When from the St-Pierre bridge one looks downstream the river, eyes and ears are drawn by the waterfalls at the height of the reach of the Brienne river. There stands the hydroelectric power station from 1889 which replaced the Bazacle mill. The power station (3000 Kw) is still active and can be visited.
    From the terrace one has a very nice view on the Garonne and its bridges.
    Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 to 18 h, Summer 19 h. Free.

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    Le promeneur qui du Pont St-Pierre regarde en aval le fleuve a le regard (et l'oreille) attiré par les chutes d'eau à hauteur du bief de la Brienne. En s'approchant il découvrira la centrale hydroélectrique qui a remplacé en 1889 le moulin du Bazacle. La centrale, toujours en activité, se visite.
    De la terrasse on a la plus belle vue sur la Garonne et ses ponts.

    Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 11 à 18 h, été 19h. Gratuit

    Barrage EDF Bazacle
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    Walk along the Garonne river

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 24, 2010

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    Have a walk along the Garonne river from St Pierre bridge and Pont-neuf during the evening. And when my visited, there was an open theater about "shakespeare"., and they also involve the audience to play the theater game.

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    The real river

    by mikey_e Written Dec 22, 2008

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    The Garonne is the major natural waterway that goes through Toulouse (unlike the Canal du Midi, which is man-made). The river is actually quite wide and must be fairly deep, as it is possible to take cruises up and down it (you can see the various boats along the quays). I visited the city at the beginning of August, and persistent short-falls in annual precipitation and various other climate-related problems meant that the Garonne was not at the depth it should have been for that time of year. Nevertheless, it is still quite pretty to see, from afar, and it provides the sort of leisurely attitude that you would expect from a walk along the riverbank in any French city or town. There are various different bridges you can use to cross the Garonne – the Pont-Neuf will take you to the various museums and art galleries on the other side of the Garonne from the Place du Capitole. One particularly nice view is from the catwalk that is next to the Hôpital Grave – it allows you to skirt the Hôpital and go from the quay to the park next to the Musée d’ Art Moderne et Contemporain.

    La Garonne and one of the river boats Pont Neuf More of the river boat and H��pital Grave Little refuge in the river H��tel Dieu Saint Jacques from the other side
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    La Garonne

    by Klod5 Written Aug 16, 2005

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    Depuis la place Saint-Pierre, toujours très animée avec ses bars où l'on vends au moment de l'apéritif, le "Pastis au mètre", vous aurez un point de vue unique sur la Garonne et le très beau pont Saint-Pierre.

    Since the place Saint-Pierre (Saint Peter place), always very animate with his/her/its bars where one sells at the time of the aperitif, "le Pastis au metre", you will have an unique view point on the Garonne and the very beautiful Saint Peter bridge

    Le Pont Saint-Pierre
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    La Garonne

    by Klod5 Written Apr 21, 2003

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    Un grand fleuve descendu de l'oeil de Jupiter, amorçant une grande et large courbe, aux eau tumultueuses et parfois dangereuses mais pouvant être traversé grâce à son gué tout proche : ce fut le lieu que choisirent les peuples de Toulouse pour créer leur ville.
    En effet Toulouse est née de la Garonne.

    Sa position stratégique, lui permit de tout temps de surveiller le trafic fluvial amont et aval et de contrôler le passage du gué.
    Le fleuve apportait les matériaux de construction, tels que galets, sable et argile, fournis en abondance par les alluvions de la Garonne, ils ont longtemps constitué la base de toutes les constructions du toulousaines.
    la puissance du fleuve entraînait les nombreux moulins qui broyaient le grain produit dans le Lauragais, et qui contribuèrent fortement à la richesse de Toulouse.
    L'eau arrosait la ville, les cultures et constituait un élément essentiel dans la chaîne de production de nombreux métiers.
    Le fleuve restait un bon moyen de communication avec l'océan et de nombreux bateaux l'empruntaient pour le commerce, avec Bordeaux, puis avec d'autres pays d'Europe.

    A big stream descended of the eye of Jupiter, starting a big and large curve, to water tumultuous and sometimes dangerous but capable to be crossed thanks to his/her/its ford all near: it was the place that the peoples of Toulouse chose to create their city.
    Indeed Toulouse is born of the Garonne.

    Its strategic position, allowed him at all times to supervise the traffic fluvial uphill and downstream and to control the passage of the ford.
    The stream brought the materials of construction, as pebbles, sand and clay, provide in abundance by the alluviums of the Garonne, they constituted the basis of all of the Toulouse's constructions a long time.
    the power of the stream entailed the numerous mills that ground the grain produces in the Lauragais, and that contributed strongly to the wealth of Toulouse.

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    Bridge St.-Pierre

    by Klod5 Written Feb 28, 2003

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    One of the most beautiful places of Toulouse, the night.
    The new St.-Pierre bridge joins the streets that lead to the Capitole (the center historic city), in the St.-Cyprien district, that is the living cœur of the left strand.
    Once the bridge was suspended and narrow. The new bridge, elegant, permits a comfortable passage, from side to side of these two very animate districts of the city.

    Bridge St. Pierre
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    The New Bridge - Le Pont Neuf

    by Klod5 Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Between stream and channels, Toulouse counts many bridges.
    Each possesses a clean history, and all are works of arts.
    The New Bridge, is today the oldest usable bridge of Toulouse.
    In 1305, the pope Clément V, of passage in the city, proposes the toulousains to construct, to his expenses a bridge of stone on the Garonne in return for the camaieux of the treasure of St.-Sernin offered by Charlemagne. The magistrates decline the offer, the pope leaves, very unhappy, the bridge is not constructed.
    You can sees here one of the galleries, crowned of ashlar, arranged over to the of the batteries of the New Bridge, that permit the out-flow of the waters of the Garonne by strong rise in the water level. These galleries had to, to the origin, to be decorated of cads of lions.

    Le Pont Neuf
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    The sluice St.-Michel

    by Klod5 Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    The sluice St.-Michel restored a few years ago, permits the fluvial circulation between the various arms of the Garonne, separated by a pavement, and the access in the Garraud harbor.
    Is a good quiet place, for an moment of peace, on the heart of the town.

    The sluice St.-Michel
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    Pont-Neuf

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 24, 2010

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    The Pont-Neuf, The bridge which connects the Old Quarter Toulouse Saint-Cyprien.
    Due to Nicolas Bachelier, it was built between 1552 and 1614.

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