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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
Everybody's favourite Sunday morning destination is the Brocante des Allées, a flea market that sets up once a month under the lime trees in Allée Forain-François Verdier.
The first time I came to Toulouse - a long time ago, before I lived there - I wanted to see Saint Sernin straight away, all because of Claude Nougaro and his song "Toulouse", the most beautiful song ever written about the Pink City.
New Realism at Les Abattoirs, New Cities at Le Quai des Savoirs and New Tandem at L’Espace Croix Baragnon. Here are the three absolute must-see Toulouse exhibitions for spring 2017!