My trip to Toulouse, France

trip to Toulouse, France

In January, I took a trip to Toulouse, France for a few days with a good friend. I was very surprised with how much I liked the city. My only other experience in France was when I went to Paris at the age of 18 with my high school. While this trip was an amazing experience, I was excited to see France outside of Paris. The major, capital cities only give you the tip of the iceberg as far as how people live their lives. So I was excited that my second time in France was a completely different region.

Basically, I went to Toulouse because I went to Andorra. Do any of you ever do that? You add another destination to the trip simply because you’re close by and why not? Over Christmas break, I went to Andorra. I’ve been fascinated with Andorra for a long time. If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably wonder what Andorra is. Well, it’s a tiny country in between Spain and France in the mountains. You can read my post about Andorra here. You can get to Andorra by bus either from Barcelona or Toulouse. So I thought “why not come in through Barcelona and out to Toulouse?” So that is exactly what we did.

The city

The city is nicknamed the pink city because many of the buildings are constructed with a pink stone. The French call it “La Ville Rose” which means the pink city. Many of the monuments and places we visited were pink as well.

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I mean who wouldn’t want to hang out here?

Getting around

We found that the city center was quite walkable. The Donjon du Capitole building is what marks the center of the city. Around it are all sorts of restaurants and shops. You can actually tour this building, but it was closed when we were there.

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Look at how pink it is! Also look at how bundled I was! It was freezing when we were there!

 

Couvent des Jacobins

After wandering around the city center, we wandered over to this old monastery that was quite breath-taking. It’s called Le covent des Jacobins and it carries eight centuries of history with it. Amazing.

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It is a Dominican monastery built in 1229. It was built in an old, gothic style with of course the pink bricks that Toulouse is famous for. During the French revolution, the monastery was used a barracks. Some of it was destroyed. However because of it’s historical nature, it has been renovated and is open to the public. It costs 4 euros to enter. However entrance is free for students.

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trip to Toulouse, France

trip to Toulouse, France

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The sunset

If you wander down to the river as the sun is setting, it is unbelievable. We just happened to be in that area when it happened and caught some amazing photos.

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Museum St. Raymond

This museum had a lot of statue heads. The pieces that are preserved in the museum come from the Celts and the Romans who lived in Toulouse. There are about 1,000 different pieces of statues and such in the place.

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The Toulouse Museum

We spent our last few hours exploring this museum. I liked it, but I would honestly do other things if you only have a few days in the city. It’s a museum with all sorts of science and biology-related things. While I always love learning about that stuff, I know we could have spent this time looking at more historic churches and such in Toulouse. Toulouse has many, after all.

trip to Toulouse, France

trip to Toulouse, France

Also one thing to note for traveling to France is peanuts. I am severely allergic to peanuts and it’s the new trend in France to cook with peanut oil. Not everywhere of course, but it is more popular these days. I wrote “I’m allergic to peanuts and peanut oil” on a piece of paper in French (I do not speak any French) and at each restaurant showed it to the staff to be sure. So if you’re like me, this is a thing to be aware of in France.

Anyway, on a lighter note, have you traveled to Toulouse or France?

 

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30 Comments

  1. The only place in France I’ve ever visited was Marseille. I did enjoy it a lot (especially the little bakeries and sweet shops), my only complaint was, I couldn’t find decent coffee anywhere, but it’s just me being a princess 😉 Toulouse looks quite different, very charming though. I think France in general is amazing when it comes to art and architecture, would love to come back there one day! P.S. Had no idea peanut oil is such a big thing over there, poor you! Xx

    1. I have not been to Marseille but I would also love to go. And yeah the coffee is different than what you find back in the UK. And yeah the peanut oil thing was a surprise but I’m glad I knew in advance. I would have never guessed it and could have ended up in the hospital had I not known.

  2. I have never to Toulouse. I am French and I have lived 20 years in France before moving abroad but normandy, Paris, Corsica, lyon et Besançon are really what I know. Toulouse looks so so lovely! xx corinne

    1. Wow that’s crazy! Although I’m American and have never been to LA. So I understand it can be hard to see everything in your own country.

  3. I have never visited Toulouse as yet and didn’t know it was named or referred to as the pink city. Just looking through your lovely photos, this is a place I would love to see, especially love the architecture and the detail captured in your photography.

    1. hahaha that is the best for sure! I did have to change into warmer socks, which was no fun.

  4. The pictures are beautiful and I love hearing about another place in France. However, my interest is really peaked about Andorra. (ha!) Now I’m going to do research and see if it may be a place to add to my list of places to visit.

    1. Andorra is super fascinating, especially considering how tiny it is! I have another post on Andorra as well.

  5. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t been to Marseille. It looks like you had an amazing time. I am heading back to Europe in a few months. I can’t wait to take in all of the structures as well.

  6. I concur and tell friends to visit the countryside of France. Paris is beautiful but there is so much more to see in other parts of the country.

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