Toulouse!

On such a day as this, when the Bath buildings, usually so golden, today appear slime green, what better time to revisit a Summer holiday to Toulouse?

Here is a little round-up of what we got up to and what transport we took. It comes straight from my diary pages hence the tense. I always wrote it at the end of a long day so it’s a bit stream of conscious and bizarre but if I start editing it then it’ll never get up here. My annotations to explain will appear in italics at the end of each days entry.

Bienvenu à Toulouse

Panorama from the left bank of the Garonne.
Panorama from the left bank of the Garonne.

DAY ONE:
Arrival Toulouse.

(Thursday)

Hopped on bus from *B3 heading towards gare routiere, stop Jean Jaures. Found hotel fairly promptly once we worked out which direction to walk in. Hot,hot,hot.

Dropped stuff, then headed out for refreshments and to absorb the heat. Dad had x 2 cocktails, mum had *bulots and I had a beer. Then on towards the Capitole followed by a *drink on the bank of the Garonne.

28° Mostly Sunny
30–36 Rue des Sept Troubadours, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France

*Annette gave us tip top directions to find the correct bus from the airport so it was a very easy transfer.

*Bulots is French for Whelks. Annette is a sucker for shellfish.

*Probably quite tipsy by the end of the evening…had a couple of drinks by the Garonne. It was beautiful!

Evening sun Pont Neuf
Evening sun Pont Neuf
Evening on the banks of Haute Garonne.
Evening on the banks of Haute Garonne.
Water skiing on the Garonne.
Water skiing on the Garonne.

DAY TWO:

(Friday)

Fonadation Bemberg, Toulouse.

Today we got up and out early, heading towards La Capitole for breakfast. A very milky coffee And a pain au raisin for me.
After minor dispute we navigated our way to Fondation Bemberg, a wonderful collection of Bonnard, Vlamink, Schiele and more. Amazing sunshine…much hotter than is recorded here. More like 30 degrees but a wonderful breeze keeping us from passing out. After FB we traversed Pont Neuf over the Garonne to the rive gauche for a carafe of white wine, followed by lunch, (croque Monsieur) and another carafe.

We were opposite *Chateua d’Eau which lots of people went into, thinking it was a museum of water we were a bit sniffy but then we saw it was a photography museum with an exposition of Robert Doisneau pictures so we went in. It was only a couple of euros. Fab exhibition. There was a another *photographer, a toulousaine but I will need to look his name up.

Then we went to the park for a sit down, went back over the bridge and stared to look for the Swatch shop. Got quite nearby then relented but then we found it! Went for a revising drink first, a strawberry Pago for me then to the TinTin shop and then to Swatch. I didn’t buy a watch but had a good look. Had ice creams from monoprix and then spotted people on the top of Galleries Lafayette over the road so although we were walked out we headed up the escalators to the rooftop terrace. Amazing views over the rooftops. A wonderful find.

Then back to the hotel for a sleep.
The hotel manager gave us a recommendation for a restaurant which we followed after a detour to the canal du midi. Bistro de Letoile was EXCELLENT. I had a *coupe de champagne, Camembert roti which fig jam then lamb shank (souris d’agneu) with a garlic creme and then a coupe colonel. Lime sorbet with vodka. Amazing! And very well priced…28€ for three courses. Back at the hotel now, showered and in bed about to upload Facebook pics.

22° Mostly Sunny
44–48 Place Bachelier, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France

*Click on the link then ‘Autres Images’ for examples of both photographers work.

*Jean Dieuzaide

*A glass of champagne (an extravagance that I would never consider in the UK but which is affordable in France).

Bistrot L'Étoile.
Bistrot L’Étoile.
Despite not really liking vodka as a drink the Coupe Colonel is one of my favourite desserts. Lime/lemon sorbet with a generous couple of lugs of vodka poured over it. Instant refreshment followed by drunken stupor.
Despite not really liking vodka as a drink the Coupe Colonel is one of my favourite desserts. Lime/lemon sorbet with a generous couple of lugs of vodka poured over it. Instant refreshment followed by drunken stupor.
Baked mini camembert with fig relish.
Baked mini camembert with fig relish.
Highly recommend Bistro L'Étoile for excellent food at   reasonable prices. Situated on the corner of Rue L'Étoile, Toulouse. http://www.bistrotdeletoile.fr/eng/pages/site.html
Highly recommend Bistro L’Étoile for excellent food at reasonable prices. Situated on the corner of Rue L’Étoile, Toulouse. http://www.bistrotdeletoile.fr/eng/pages/site.html
Inside Foundation Bemberg situated within the Hotel d'Assézat.
Inside Foundation Bemberg situated within the Hotel d’Assézat.
Inside Foundation Bemberg situated within the Hotel d'Assézat.
Inside Foundation Bemberg situated within the Hotel d’Assézat.

DAY THREE

(Saturday)

Busy day of not doing a great deal.
Caught breakfast at Paul at Jean Jaures metro stop. Bus 29 to *Grand Rond. Then walked along canal du midi to Musee George’s Labit. Netsuke, Egyptian, *Cambodge and more. Walked through jardin des plantes. Had Rose wine In the park. Bus back into town. Took bus 1 stop further to Jeanne d’arc. Walked to Saint *supine cathedral, saw a wedding, found a place for lunch. Quite pricey but nicely situated and an excellent white wine. Tomato pasta with pistou.

Back to the hotel for a rest and freshen up then out for drinks I evening warmth on jean Jaures with a meat platter and patas bravas then headed off to see the Festoval, the rugby festival and the goings on of Toulouse on Saturday night. Didn’t go to the cinema in the end.

21° Mostly Clear
Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France

*A huge roundabout which is also one of the prettiest and most spectacular parks I’ve visited.

*French for Cambodia

*Not Supine. Sernin.

Georges Labit Museum
Georges Labit Museum
The Parc at Grand Rond.
The Parc at Grand Rond.
Enjoying the Fest-Oval.
Enjoying the Fest-Oval.
Children painted these inflatable ovals during the day and then in the evening they were provided a fun floating focal point.
Children painted these inflatable ovals during the day and then in the evening they were provided a fun floating focal point.
Saint Sernin Basilica.
Saint Sernin Basilica.
Street scene with the Basilica of Sait Sernin in the background.
Street scene with the Basilica of Sait Sernin in the background.
One of France's finest organs in the Basilica of Saint Sernin.
One of France’s finest organs in the Basilica of Saint Sernin.
A wedding inside the Saint Sernin Basilica.
A wedding inside the Saint Sernin Basilica.
Netsuke at the Musée Georges Labit. http://www.cultures.toulouse.fr/thematique/musees/musee-georges-labit
Netsuke at the Musée Georges Labit. http://www.cultures.toulouse.fr/thematique/musees/musee-georges-labit
A jointed (ivory) langoustine.
A jointed (ivory) langoustine.
Inside the Saint Sernin Basilica.
Inside the Saint Sernin Basilica.

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Place Capitole. Laid out for a rugby festival. Or Fest-oval as they would have it....very clever!
Place Capitole. Laid out for a rugby festival. Or Fest-oval as they would have it….very clever!

DAY FOUR

(Sunday)

Lovely final full day.

Up and out in a relaxed way today. Breakfast at Place Wilson. Very pleasant croissants, coffee and fresh orange juices then a short walk to musee des augustins. Another vast red brick building. This one with cloisters and medieval stonework, pillars, gargoyles and religious carving. Big gallery of paintings but not such an interesting collection as Bemberg.

Walked a bit and came across a great indoor market and bustling quarter called Carmes where there were loads of busy restaurants. According to dad they were too sunny or whatever and there was some minor stress about lunch but then we walked beyond the hotel beaux arts and in a bit and found a great brasseries called ….
I had carpaccio and they had amazing salads. I also had a mojito which was delicious!

With dessert which although my crepe did not arrive it was all perfectly timed for us to go to the Gaumont cinema to see Gemma Bovary. It was an amazing cinema….our screen seated 600 people and was vast. Very comfortable chairs which did not have anyone’s heads in the way! Very funny film. Then back to the hotel for a rest. Out for supper, a mosy round the block and food at the Chinese opposite the hotel. Not great quality but tired and not too,hungry so no probs..

22° Mostly Sunny
Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France

A terracotta figure by the Master of Rieux.
A terracotta figure by the Master of Rieux.
In the cloister of the Musée des Augustins.
In the cloister of the Musée des Augustins.
Lunch: Carpaccio of beef.
Lunch: Carpaccio of beef.
Terracotta figures at the Muesée des Augustins.
Terracotta figures at the Muesée des Augustins.
"Too sunny, too meaty."
“Too sunny, too meaty.”

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The market of Carmes.
The market of Carmes.
Gargoyles in Musée des Augustins.
Gargoyles in Musée des Augustins.

DAY FIVE

(Monday)

At the airport.
Both museums we were heading to today were unexpectedly closed so we sat in the park for a bit then went for lunch. More later. Gonna snooze in my reclining chair now.

Well I didn’t snooze but it was nice to stretch out. Bought a new Swatch watch which I’m delighted with. Fluoro see through orange!

So yeah, this morning we’d planned to got to the Musee de l’affiche but having successfully journeyed to St Cyprien via the metro with one of this fab day tickets which are on,y €5.50 we then found that it was closed for an exhibition switch over. Walked up to Les Abattoirs but like most museums it was closed on Mondays so stuck on the wrong side of the river without having had any coffee or breakfast *******************EDITORS EDIT********************* because I had delicious pain au rasin and pain au chocolat with my coffee.

After that we decided that we’d just go to the park instead if going round any shops as it was too hot and we had our bags. It was a good idea and we sat and watched the river dredger at work. On the way there we had a look at a little book market. I bought a children’s book illustrated in a similar style to Ardizzone . Seems to be about a wayward donkey. I look forward to reading it especially as I haggled the price form 4 to 3€. After the park we went for lunch at the cafe we’d been to on another day opposite Chateu D’Eau the photography museum. I just had un pot de rillettes de canard on toast as I’d gorged on the patisseries earlier. Then we pretty much just made out way to the airport which was very easy. Caught the bus number 66 from st Cyprien and were able to use our day pass rather than 5€ each.

Touolouse airport is very nice and nothing is too far to walk to unlike Bristol airport. As I said, I bought a new watch and also a new strap for mum and some replacement buckles for my green watch and black watch.

On the bus back from Bristol now and going at a decent rate which is making typing somewhat difficult and inaccurate.

24° Partly Cloudy
Blagnac, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Doctors and dieticians turn away now.
Doctors and dieticians turn away now.
Lucie, Fille d'Edouard by Philippe Dumas.
Lucie, Fille d’Edouard by Philippe Dumas.

 

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