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Toulouse, called France’s pink city because of the rosy, glowing colours of its medieval brickwork – is a lively mixture of old and new. Renaissance mansions line the streets of the old town, where the campanile of the 12th century Basilique St-Sernin is an unmissable landmark, and graceful old bridges span the River Garonne. But Toulouse is also very much a 21st century city, as the capital of Europe’s aerospace industry and the home of Airbus Industrie. It’s a university town, so local life has a youthful edge. Toulouse is a gastronomic hub, and locals boasts that their take on cassoulet – a hearty casserole of beans, sausage, pork, and duck – is the finest that France has to offer, and is best enjoyed on a chilly autumn or winter’s day.
Main City Paris
Surface 811.6 km²
This place, I promise you, is perfect for stealing a kiss! From the Capitole, go up rue Gambetta holding your loved one’s hand, then branch off to rue Malbec at rue Peyrolières giving her a smile; that will take you to Port de la Daurade, which has the most amazing view of the city and its river, especially when they are sparkling in the sunlight, or when the cool evening is starting to come in, and the city’s pink glow turns to pastel: its such a romantic location, you’ll be on to a sure thing with that kiss...
You can spend 24 hours in the Ax Valley when you set out from Toulouse! Take advantage of the 90 minutes separating us from the mountains to go skiing, walking, taste local produce, bathe in the thermal waters and meet local personalities. What a programme!
The city will be swarmed by fans, sparking like a thousand matches, their enthusiasm is catching, we’ll make friends with strangers who may or may not be wearing the same colour shirt, we’ll congratulate and console one another, party together as time ticks by unnoticed: in Toulouse we never need an excuse to party!