Our Toulouse series takes you all over the ‘pink city’, starting with top sights like the Place du Capitole and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Saint Sernin Basilica. We also visit the riverside, the picturesque back streets and a whole variety of museums. Days out are covered too, along the Canal du Midi, to the popular medieval fortified town of Carcassonne and to the ancient city of Albi, home to the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum.
Our 9 Toulouse episodes bring you the background information, history and culture you need to fully understand the city. In short, here is all the research you’d do yourself if only you had the time!
There’s a podcast for each episode and we are adding more written information to each post as fast as we can. So, let’s go, or as the French would put it, ‘On y va!’
Bienvenue à Toulouse: welcome to Toulouse. Toulouse often tops the polls when the French are asked where they would most like to live and no wonder! This lovely ‘ville rose’, (pink city) is famed for … Read more
Two words sum up medieval Toulouse: churches and troubadours. The city has a long history as a religious centre. Before the French Revolution did its worst, there were 57 churches and convents in Toulouse. Which … Read more
It is THE symbol of Toulouse, the elegant pink marble columned façade of the Capitole, sitting majestically along one side of the city’s central square, the Place du Capitole. This post tells you all about … Read more
How Toulouse fought back in World War 2 This post tells the fascinating story of the Resistance in Toulouse during World War II, based largely on the exhibits in the city’s Musée de la Résistance … Read more
Between them, the museums of Toulouse tell the story of the city itself. This post focuses on nine of them, starting with Terre de Pastel where you can discover how woad brought fabulous wealth to … Read more
From Roman remains to cutting edge photography This post will help you appreciate art and architecture in Toulouse. Think of Toulouse and you probably picture the pink hue of many of the city centre buildings, … Read more
Two days out in search of history, art and culture Carcassone and Toulouse Lautrec: shorthand for two equally interesting day excursions from Toulouse. First, the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, silhouetted against the skyline on a … Read more
Savouring the foods and drinks of the Languedoc region Gastronomy is a definite highlight of a visit to Toulouse and not just because it’s the home of cassoulet. We’ll investigate that warming dish in this … Read more
This virtual trip to Toulouse references websites, YouTube videos and books to take you on a virtual tour of this lovely southern French city, often voted the place where the French themselves would most like … Read more