Toulouse Travel Guide

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Toulouse Highlights

  • Pro
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     Foie gras, wine, Airbus 

  • Con
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     A lot of policemen, but also a lot of thieves 

  • In a nutshell
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     Historic city: lively and laid back both at the same time! 

Toulouse Things to Do

  • Jacobins Church & Cloister

    One of the big landmarks in the city. I’d visited when I lived here, but wanted to go back. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of major renovation work - open, but a mess. It was built in 1230 by the Dominican order, which had been founded in the city in 1215. The remains of St Thomas Aquinas are held here in a gilt box. I like the cloister....

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  • Place du Capitole

    ... or plaça del Capitòli in Occitan. The civic centre of the city. You have the Capitole on the east side and the arcade with brasseries etc on the west. A market - general goods - operates in the square during the day. The cafés have large outdoor seating areas, and are favoured spots to hang out while enjoying (for example) a drink before...

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  • Outside Toulouse - Excursions

    Montauban is a vigorous city (pop. 51K) . It began as a bastides and traces remain at the city center. It sits above the west bank of the river Tarn next to its old bridge that now connects a suburb on the other side. It makes an interesting day trip out of Toulouse if you are using a car to visit the region, especially if you admire the paintings...

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Toulouse Restaurants

  • L'Entrecôte

    I am not a steak fan, and prefer fish or shellfish. Not knowing exactly what this restaurant served but I/we could not resist trying it because of the line of people waiting each evening to get in. What a neat suprise. I loved the steak, even the fries, so much, that when in Toulouse next spring to catch a flight home, I have planned to dine...

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  • L'Occitania

    This is a typical French peniche boat doing cruises on the Canal du Midi and also a restaurant. Wonderful way to make a stop in your journey and relax with a nice ride and meal. I could have put in other thread but the resto on the canal du midi is much better in restaurant section. It is 28,5 meters long, 5,3 meters wide,and 130 tons, carrying 90...

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  • Aux Delices de L'Oasis

    Teashops are extremely popular in Toulouse and this is one of the more unusual ones, where the mint tea is poured from an elaborate teapot - and from a great height, in the traditonal Berber or Arabic manner. Pretty little tables and richly cushioned banquets to slump at. The very friendly proprietress will direct you to shelf after shelf of...

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Toulouse Nightlife

  • A hint of english in Toulouse

    Its a English style bar with a little french Flavor. There's a young crowd, typically good music. There will be dancing too, but in good English fashion, there's a decent drink list. Casual, but stay away from sneakers/trainers/tennis shoes

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  • pub

    Comfortable irish style pub located in the student end of town,near the grand rond. good pub with a mostly french crowd,but also prem football and good beer,for a change.At weekends they have decent bands on and always has a good atmosphere.

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  • Chez Ton Ton; Pastis'O'Maitre

    Order pastis, a local treat by the meter (approx 13 glasses) for the price of 70 francs (11 euros)!They have a fool's ball table (soccer table)!! Bathroom Conditions are horrible esp if you are not used to the hole, go next door to Pub St.Pierre (at least discretely) to use their accomodations.Happy Hour from 7-8 PM is definitely worth it, with 2...

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Toulouse Transportation

  • Metro & Bus

    The metro was just a twinkle in someone's eye when I lived here. I've used it several times on the current visit - it runs direct between St Cyprien and the SNCF station. Very useful. The trains are small but frequent. Bus and train tickets are interchangeable. You buy them from automatic machines at the entrance. They don't take banknotes -...

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  • Train

    This is a major city, and you have many alternative to come here as well as good connection to cities in the southwest and even into Andorra and Spain. by car, my favorite way, from Paris, you can take the N20 that becomes the A20 and reach Toulouse direct, see...

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  • Flights & Airport from/to Toulouse

    The airport is at Blagnac, a bit northwest of the city. It's where Airbus, Aerospatiale etc have their main facilities. My arrival (on BA from London - so international) was perfect. On time. We were disembarked quickly and passport control was fast. Bags took about 10 minutes, so fine too. Buses and taxis right outside to get you into the...

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Toulouse Shopping

  • perfect

    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...

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  • tradition

    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...

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  • the best showcase of France Lafayette

    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 Sundaysyou will feel like in Paris !!) but with the southern touch of the Cathar country. Its a shopper's delight. fashion clothings for men and women,and children the best marks at the...

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Toulouse Local Customs

  • Occitan

    Bilingual street signs are new since I lived here. Good to see.I'm used to English/Gaelic bilingual signage in parts of Scotland.Not sure how much Occitan is spoken theses days.

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  • walk pont St Pierre,see La Grave

    all along the garonne there are bridges but none more important and historical than the Pont Saint Pierre. A symbol in the city rose.Walking it is always a must for me when in town, walking along the garonne river and the canal du midi is a must; typically the life of the city.The pont Saint-Pierre de Toulouse passes over the river Garonne ,and...

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  • Occitan language

    Toulouse is the center of what is traditionally considered Occitania, which includes Southern France, parts of Spain and Italy. Occitan as a language is considered endangered as its usage is dropping so dramatically. It is a romance language which seemed like a mixture of Catalan, Spanish and French, though it has been around as a distinct language...

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Toulouse Warnings and Dangers

  • toulouse at night

    The area around the train station and along the canal can seem quite intimidating at night,with many beggars and prostitutes,but i stayed here for several months and never had any bother.Even during the day rue bayard-opposite the station is populated by tramps and their packs of dogs,but again they do not hassle you,infact they are quite polite.As...

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  • Scary "quartiers"

    I spent one month living in Toulouse with a host family. I loved the city and I can say most parts of the city are pretty safe. However I had two horrible experiences. Please avoid going to the outside areas where there is a high concentration of poor inmigrants. I guess the best way to identify this areas is the big department buildings filled...

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  • Not more dangers than elsewhere, but...

    As all big city, Toulouse is confronted to the headache of drug, urban violence, and of thieves. A delinquency that is constantly tracked by an omnipresent police. The policemen are very numerous in the streets, and their presence is very visible. It is necessary to pay attention especially to the pickpocket, especially in summer: To the bus stops...

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Toulouse Tourist Traps

  • Office de Tourisme

    Vous arrivez dans une ville, Toulouse, totalement inconnue, vous ne savez pas où loger, et vous ne savez pas ce qui est inetéressant à voir. Vous n'avez aucun plan de la ville ! (Bref, vous ne vous êtes jamais connecté sur VT !).You arrive in a city, Toulouse, completely unknown, you don't know where to lodge, and you don't know what is interesting...

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  • boat tour--it sank for us

    There are boat tours offered on the Garonne. We thought that it didn't offer much in the way of seeing sights. Also, be aware that the jet-lagged visitor may be lulled to sleep by the rocking of the boat.

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  • Hôtel de François de Chalvet

    Construit au XVIème siècle par ce président du Parlement, le portail est flanqué de pilastres aux chapiteaux ornés et surmonté d'un fronton contenant un blason réalisé, au XIXème siècle lors de l'achat de l'hôtel par la famille de Pins-Montbrun. L'entrée forme un bel équilibre de six arcades. Les façades Sud et Est, dans la cour, sont percées de...

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Toulouse What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: One to contain clothes for all sorts of weather!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm in June, can get hot, but can turn to rain and can be windy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: None needed especially, you can buy what you need there unless it is something very special.

    Photo Equipment: Good camera with wide angle and telephoto facilities.

    Miscellaneous: Good shoes, comfortable on the feet, for walking the stones of La Cite

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Toulouse Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Toulouse - Excursions

    the official France walkers assoc site is here with contact info http://www.ffrandonnee.fr/_68/contact.aspx For Toulouse area contact bottom side http://cdrp31.free.fr/rando/ and do visit the tourist office at Square Charles de Gaulle near the capitole, see photo 2

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  • Inside Toulouse

    The Hôtel d’Assézat is a wonderful mansion of the 16C at rue de Metz, it houses the seat of the Académie des Jeux Floraux, showcasing the langauge of occitan since 1323AD. http://jeuxfloraux.fr and the Fondation Bemberg, a private museum with a permanent collection and portraits as well as bronze and objects...

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  • Views on Toulouse.

    Voici une particularité qui étonne toujours les visiteurs : Toulouse est constamment survolée par des avions qui atterrissent ou decollent de l'aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac. Les avions passent au dessus d'une partie (au sud) de la ville, et du périphérique. Lorsque l'on est en avion, et que l'on arrive, du côté droit de l'appareil le panorama est...

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Toulouse Sports & Outdoors

  • Toulouse is Stade Toulousain

    This is rugby country and as the flaming champions of France, top 14, there is no doubt you will have a nice time if into it and go to the bars in town. the main field is at 114 Rue des Troènesand the official store is at 75 Rue Alsace Lorrainerugby is a passion here, so part of the local culture, come and join it. none needed come to cheers

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  • Coupe du monde de Rugby

    Commençons par le commencement… La Coupe du Monde est organisée tous les quatre ans. Elle est née en 1987 et sa première édition a eu lieu en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande. Elle regroupe 20 nations réparties en quatre groupes dont les deux premiers disputent les quarts de finale. C’est la première fois que la France accueille ce troisième...

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  • Rugby, with the Stade Toulousain

    Despite fielding a strong team Toulouse lost the 1980 final to Beziers, but from that day on the club adopted a structure and a method which have become points of reference today. Between 1984 and 1989 Robert Bru’s gameplan, put into practice by the duo of Villepreux-Skrela, constituted a revolution in rugby union. Those years were followed by a...

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Toulouse Favorites

  • Impressions & Souvenirs

    Its a city dear to us as wife's father comes from nearby,and we visit often. It is ,also, a city that I need to visit on business quite often. Its a wonderful pink city of France. Walking its marvelous around the canal du midi and the train station Matabiau:or the place Wilson. The historical college/ lycée Pierre-de-Fermat , it occupied the space...

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  • Architecture civilian

    One of the things I find enchanting about Toulouse are the balconies and grill work on homes. Having lived in New Orleans I have seen this before, but here in Toulouse the variety is really quite dramatic. While you are walking around the city make sure to look upwards, you will enjoy what you see. In particular look for figures of saints, bulls,...

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  • Arts & Museums

    Sous les arcades, le peintre Moretti a réalisé, à grand frais une "galerue" que l'on ne remarque quère, car elle est peinte sous le plafond, alors que l'espace est constamment encombré par les tables des cafés, le présentoirs des marchands, les mendiants... de plus, l'endroit est très fréquenté par les pik-poquets et autres voleurs... Encore des...

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