Toulouse was one of those cities that I had heard of many times before, but didn’t actually know anything about. That all changed when I stepped off the train into what is a vibrant, energetic and beautiful city of more than half a million people, including the massive student population. I learned that while modern, while green and vibrant, while open minded and fun, it’s a city with a beautiful soul. That seems like an odd thing to say I realize, but it’s one of those things I have to put in the category of “You Know It When You See It.” When a city has a lively soul you feel it right away, it jumps out at you and demands attention. Too many times I’ve visited a place that is flat without this pronounced spirit, so when I do find it I feel it in a powerful way. Toulouse is just such a city.
Yes it’s large (for France), yes Airbus is headquartered there bringing lots of smart people into town but Toulouse also has a long and rich history that I was thrilled to learn more about on an afternoon stroll last year. Here is how I saw Toulouse and why I loved it almost right away.
14 thoughts on “A Walk Through Toulouse, France”
Never been to Toulouse. But now I want to! I’ve spent quite a lot of time in France (which, for a British person, is mostly unremarkable), especially in the south, but never got there. Must add it to the list now!
You definitely should, and be sure to visit nearby Albi as well. Great place
Next time in France, we’re heading here! It’s just beautiful. =)
It really is a lovely town, even if it’s on the large side :)
Love love love!!! I can’t wait to go to Toulouse one day!!
Great to hear it, it really is a lovely city
nice photos! definitely on my list.
You won’t regret it!
I quite enjoyed Toulouse when I was there a few years ago – it just has this energy about it. Guess it helps being an University town =)
that definitely plays a roll, an energy you don’t find everywhere. But school was out when I was there and I still found a great spirit around town
Toulouse was always a city I had in mind but never put on my priority list but now there is something telling me I need to go soon!
Thanks for sharing!
I was in Toulouse once but not your Toulouse! I actually stayed one night before heading out for a conference so didn’t get to see any of the city at all. Now you’ve really got me intrigued! It looks beautiful.
Thank you for posting this piece and the one about the violet lady. I will be home exchanging in the far western suburbs of Toulouse in July and will be sure to check all of this out.
Lovely! Toulouse is one of those places we always seem to pass by but never have time to stop in. Looks like a stop is in order next time we visit the south!
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