Toulouse Travel Guide

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Toulouse Things to Do

  • Jacobins Church & Cloister

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The last stop on our guided walking tour “Grand Monuments of Toulouse” was the Jacobean (Dominican) convent, adjacent to the Jacobean Church. This convent suffered serious damage during the French Revolution. It was saved from destruction in the 19th century and was fully and beautifully restored in the 1950s. In the Saint-Antonin Chapel (first...

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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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  • Place du Capitole

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I have known for a long time that the opera house in Toulouse is called the “Théâtre du Capitole”, but I didn’t realize (never having been there before) that the Opera and the City Hall were in the same building. No doubt a unique feature of Toulouse. Second photo: The south half of Le Capitole, on your right as you face the front of the building,...

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Toulouse Restaurants

  • L'Entrecôte

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Le Bon Vivre (The Good Life!)

    4 out of 5 stars

    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...

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Toulouse Nightlife

  • a classic

    An old haunt. We used to decant there after lugubrious dinners in the nearby Lycée Fermat (long story...).It is just 20m from the Pl du Capitole, but a million miles from its “see & be seen” places. If you can read French, take a look at some of the Yelp reviews to get the idea.It hasn’t changed much since I was a semi-regular in 72-73. HD TV is...

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  • 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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Toulouse Transportation

  • Metro & Bus

    As a cyclist I had no occasion to use the Tram or the Métro, but I am happy to say that Toulouse has both. The trams in my first three photos are from the line T1, which is eleven kilometers long and serves 18 stations. A second line, the T2, is scheduled to open in 2015. Further tramway projects, which were in various stages of planning, have...

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  • Train

    I travelled to Toulouse from Paris on a TGV train (TGV = Train of Great Speed), leaving the station Paris-Montparnasse at 12:28 and arriving Toulouse-Matabiau five and a half hours later, at 17:57. There was one brief stop in Bordeaux along the way. When I left Toulouse a few days later it was on a TGV train to Bordeaux, but this time I travelled...

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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

  • Bookshops

    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...

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  • market days at Toulouse

    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...

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  • Excellent little Flea Market

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

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Toulouse Local Customs

  • Bilingual street signs

    The streets in Toulouse have signs in two languages, first French and then Occitan, the traditional language of southern France, which like other regional languages in France was long suppressed, ridiculed and sometimes even forbidden by the French central government.Hardly anyone in Toulouse actually speaks Occitan any more, but not everyone is...

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  • Fake Parisian houses

    At first glance, this building in the Old Town of Toulouse might seem to be made of stone blocks just like a typical 19th century building in Paris. But in fact it is made mostly of local bricks that were painted to look like stone blocks (except for the balconies).Our guide explained that there are no stone quarries in or near Toulouse, so...

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  • The arrival of the wounded, 1914

    Thanks to its location in the south-west of France, Toulouse was far removed from the battlefields of the First World War, still known today in France as The Great War.But the horrors of war were soon felt down here as trainloads of wounded soldiers arrived at Matabiau Station and were taken by tram to the various hospitals in Toulouse and the...

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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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    by ChrsStrl Written Aug 26, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Another wonderful area just outside Toulouse is the the Cité de l’Espace, Ave Jean Gonord, Parc de la Plaine, its a wonderful place for me similar to EPCOT at Disney. The opening hours are change on the year so better to check the webpage, and the prices are now at 20.50,21 ,and 24 depending on the year so check again for your period. You need a...

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  • Inside Toulouse

    small church in the district of Saint Aubin (bordered by bd Lazare Carnot and the canal du midi), nice to walk by and why not get in if times allows it..... Located at the impasse Saint-Aubin, not far from the canal du midi and close to the place pres Wilson. This church was built from 1847 on an old cemetery in a style that blends Gothic,...

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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

  • 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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  • 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 religious

    a masterpiece of a building here and historical place ,nice to walk in this area too. It is a landmark right at 2 Rue de la Viguerie,near the bridge Pont Neuf and the river Garonne, and the basilica Notre Dame la Dourade is across the river. hope do not need to use it as it is a hospital...

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