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Why fly to Toulouse?
Every inch of Toulouse whispers old-world France, from its cobblestone streets to ancient buildings and sweet little shops.
The city is bathed in the pretty pink hues of the buildings and streets, which appear touched by the rays of a sun rising and coloring them just so. the delightful mix of old France doused in pink buildings and cobblestone, A visit to Toulouse is a lovely way to begin your exploration of the southwest of France.
The Garonne River divides the city into the old and new sections. In the center is the main square, Place du Capitole. Visit the peach building also known as the city's town hall. The interiors boast Baroque and will have you feeling quite elegant as you walk through the vaulted halls adorned with beautiful paintings.
The city boasts gorgeous and ornate old churches and cathedrals that give the city its unique old, picturesque character. Visit Basilica St.Sernin circa 13th century and the Carmelite Chapel which was erected in the 17th century. The Saint-Etienne Cathedral is likely older than both of the two but was also completed in the 13th century.
Toulouse is known for cultivating the delicate violet. You can find some purple panache in various shops like the Maison de Violette, which is housed in an old vessel that sits in Canal du Midi. You can take in tea on deck and than do some violet shopping below. The shops sells neat things like violet jam and the kinds of candles you'd rather just look at rather than burn.
There are numerous cafes and restaurants that boast Toulouse flavor and some say you really can't have a bad meal in the city. Cuisine in Toulouse is decadent and therefore delicious. Cassoulet Toulousain is a local dish and made with lamb, bacon, pork sausage and beans. Goose liver is also popular as well as dishes tickled with truffles. Other dishes to try are lamb with anchovies as well as the Toulouse take in snails.
To burn off some of that decadence enjoy a lovely bike ride along the Canal du Midi, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and simply take in the charm of this cute little city.
Toulouse is pure French loveliness and has maintained a certain level of secrecy, so you visit and blend into the local scene for a true French experience.
Temperatures in Toulouse are moderate. The summer months can be quite warm with peak times resultin in numbers in the mid to high 20s. The average winters stay above the freezing mark and this is also when the city experiences the most amount of rain.
When to fly to Toulouse
Summer is a popular time to visit as it is quite toasty and makes for wonderful wandering days and lovely warm evenings, sitting and relaxing in one of Toulouse's outdoor cafes. Summer is also when flight tickets are at their priciest due to higher than average visitor numbers.
The winter months are not very busy in Toulouse. With cool temperatures and rainy weather, visitor numbers significantly decline in January and February, which also means it is a perfect time to scoop up low flight ticket prices. Invest in some galoshes and an umbrella and you can still enjoy the Toulouse sights without the hefty flight price.
Getting into Toulouse
Your adventure in Toulouse will have you first landing at the Toulouse Blagnac Airport which sits approximately 10 minutes outside of the city and close to 20 minutes from the city center. From the airport you can catch one of the buses to get you into the city or use the airport shuttle. Taxis are also available outside of the terminal.
Getting around Toulouse
Moving around Toulouse is very easy as the city has quite a large public transportation system in a city so small. Your choices for travel include the metro system, the tramway as well as bus fleet with numerous routes. You can also rent a bike by the day or week, which is quite handy in the summer months.
- Learn all about how the largest passenger plane in the world came to be. You will get a chance to see the A380 under construction, which alone is an awesome sight, and also have a chance to take a tour of an Airbus mock up.
- Visit the Musee Saint Raymond Musee des Antiques de Toulouse. The Roman Busts as well as old scriptures make for a very interesting exhibit and Celtic jewellery that dates back several thousand years is also on display. The audio guide is extremely helpful in learning about what exactly it is that you are seeing.
- Just an hours drive outside of Toulouse sits Chateau de Lareole. This old chateau has been restored to its full Renaissance glory and wil instantly take you back in time. The building is surrounded by beautiful old gardents that are worth spending some time in.
- If you want to learn more about an age-old craft, head to the Fajences de Marttres Tolosane. Here you can learn all about traditional earthenware production from the very craftspeople that produce it to this very day.
- For a chance to pick up beautiful souvenirs or gifts hade to Fleuree de Pastel. Here you will find all sorts of treasures in the blue pastel color that is so loved in France. The shop has everything from scented hand cream to beutiful silk. The shop itself is housed in the Hotel Delfau, which is beautiful in and of itself.
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