Foie gras, wine, Airbus
A lot of policemen, but also a lot of thieves
Historic city: lively and laid back both at the same time!
Magnificent pillars. If the outside of the church of the Jacobins, except for the bell tower, does not arouse the aesthetic enthusiasm, the inside with its magnificent pillars in the form of palm trees deserves the visit. The pillar with its 22 nervures which supports the polygonal choir is amazing. This church contains in its centre, partially...more
one of the oldest symbols and a great one in the pink city of Toulouse, the visit is free and only 2€ for the crypt treasury name after the martyr killed in 250AD, who evangelise the city and area. He was carried along the rue du Taur that takes you to the place du Capitole and basilica, being drown by bulls along the way. It will take a book to...more
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...more
We flew into Toulouse for our vacation in the Dordogne and assuming jet lag, we decided to spend the...more
This hotel is sub-standard, particularly considering what is available in the near surroundings, and...more
A lovely place to stay. We were there over a weekend and it was exceptionally quiet – guess it is...more
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...more
The restaurant itself just open early 2010.. but already so many people keep coming back to this restaurant.. is not because only the cozy ambiance & friendly Chef But Most of all is the food are Great. Mixed of Originality the Indonesian cuisine food & Gastronomy French cuisine, the chef able to serve very delicious food. Good To Try!!! Beef...more
Went here with a coworker while in town on business. There's a local dish that is a Casoulet that was apparently well-known for the Toulouse Area... he said this one had the best tasting one of all the versions he tried around town! I also had it... it was pretty good. Lots of beans... duck, sausage, pork inside a cheesy sauce. The Foie Gras was...more
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...more
If you are in the historic center perhaps the easiest way to get to the train station is take the free TER bus Centre Ville, get off at Jean Jaures station. From there take the METRO Line A (1 euro 60) to SNCF Marengo (direction Balma). I know, the train station name is Matabiu so don't think you are going to wrong place. There is a sign that...more
Here's the scene. You are supposed to be taking a train from Toulouse to another French city. You have already looked at the train schedule and you know which train you want. So you go to the train station and find yourself shepherded into two waiting rooms with long lines. All of a sudden your well planned timetable is going up in smoke. Do...more
When you leave the arrivals hall look out at the curbside for the bus stops. Take the bus marked Centre Ville, which will take you from Toulouse Blagnac airport to the Gare Routiere at Matabiu station. Along the way you will get a nice drive through the city. There are only a few (4) stops on the way so you will most likely be with everyone else...more
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-.htmlabout 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...more
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. dragées de...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The statue to Peire Godolin (Goudouli) (1580-1649) in the Place Wilson leads to this comment. I am not a French scholar, but I was exposed to some "langue d'oc" during a French literature survey at University. (I thought its rougher character more exciting than the mellifluous regular French). Perhaps it was the Cajun argot which is the only French...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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 cheersmore
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
Les quais, tels que nous les connaissons aujourd'hui datent du XIX° siècle, lorsque les digues furent érigées pour proteger la ville des crues du fleuve. C'est une agréable promenade familliale depuis que la police en a chassé les dealers. The embankments, as us know them today date the XIX° century, when the dams were erected to protect the city...more