In January I was inspired by Makelight to choose a word to guide me through the year, instead of or as well as New Year’s Resolutions.
My word for 2017 is Explore.
To me, Explore means meeting new people, learning new things and visiting new places. I find exploring in this way really opens the mind, allows creativity to blossom and creates a great work life balance.
Today I’m talking about the beautiful City of Toulouse.
It is immediately obvious why Toulouse has acquired the nickname La Ville Rose – the brick and stone architecture and amazing light give a rose gold glow to the city.
The magnificent 18th Century building, Le Capitole, (pictured above) overlooks the Place Du Capitole. Red brick buildings housing hotels, shops, restaurants and pavement cafés face the grand square which is the hub of the City.
Below arches and decorated ceilings provide a backdrop to the pavement cafés and restaurants.
On a sunny late September Saturday afternoon numerous squares and parks were filled with people having fun.
There are ancient churches to visit.
The best way to see Toulouse is to look up.
Below, Pont Neuf crosses La Garonne.
The pretty streets are accessible to cars but are paved and narrow and probably best seen on foot or bicycle.
The river side walk from Pont Neuf to Pont Saint Michel is a short one, punctuated with sitting places and spectacular views.
A short walk from Pont Saint Michel are some pretty parks linked by bridges.
If you need a rest from walking there are many museums to explore and shops to browse.
If you love pretty narrow traditional French streets with rustic red brick and painted buildings with pastel shutters you will find this City utterly charming.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Toulouse. It was my first visit and it definitely exceeded my expectations.
I stayed in the Privilege Hotel Mermoz. Below is the pretty entrance and one of the peaceful gardens where you can relax with a drink from the bar.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it’s inspired you to explore! There are so many wonderful places to see — whether it’s something local or far away. There is so much to learn and so many new people to meet.
Stay safe and cosy until the next time.