If you want a really good insight into the history of Toulouse, then join Penny’s walking tour http://www.toulousewalkingtours.com/tours.php We went on a walk on a very hot day in July and it was great! Penny has done all the research for you. She takes you on a really interesting walk (2 hours) through the old parts of Toulouse pointing out the significant sights.
The walk starts at Place du Capitole, a large open square at the heart of Toulouse. Here you’ll find different markets most days, and lots of lovely bistros, cafes, bars and restaurants surrounding the square. This is the important administrative centre of Toulouse, lined with mostly 18th century buildings. Toulouse is often referred to a as the Pink city (Ville Rose) because of the rose coloured bricks that many of the important houses and buildings were constructed with.
Penny takes you down to the banks of the Garonne river and shares stories about the big clothes washing industry that sprang up on boats moored up by this river. She points out the location of the morgue and the hospital – usually located near each other.
Saint Serin is on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Penny said it’s really worth having a look inside this ancient church to see the artefacts inside.
What’s also good is that Penny is a local and points out all the best places to lunch or go for a drink. On her suggestion we had lunch above the market (Marche Victor Hugo) in one of the many little restaurants that use the fresh produce from the market – we had delicious grilled fresh fish. We wouldn’t have found it without Penny telling us about it.
Thanks again Penny! Brilliant idea for a morning day trip and lovely tea and cakes half way round.