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What to See and Do in Toulouse, France

After hiking in the Pyrenees, I decided I was ready for some more city time and figured Saint Jean Pied de Port would be a good place to stop because it was the last option for a train station for a few days. I didn’t know much about Toulouse, except that it was known for its pink buildings (tinted by ochre used in the stone) and a large student population. La Ville Rose, as it’s nicknamed, was a nice base for a few days of city exploring and a day trip.

How to Get to Toulouse, France via Train

I took a train from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Toulouse. In Saint Jean Pied de Port, I walked to the local train station and asked about times and prices for traveling from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Toulouse via train. I think I remember the trains running a few times per day. The one I took was at about 1:00 pm. I bought my ticket and then walked around some more and came back. I think it was about 30 euros for a one-way ticket.

Where to Stay in Toulouse, France

I rented a cute Toulouse Airbnb studio on Rue Albert Lautman. It had a rooftop terrace and was in the neighborhood popular with University students, but still close to the city center. It also had air conditioning, which was a treat on the hot nights! The owner, Fabrice, greeted me and gave me an overview of the space – didn’t take long because it was only about 200sf.

What to Do in Toulouse, France

I arrived on a Thursday evening and spent Friday walking around the different neighborhoods and strolling along the Garonne River. I’d wanted to take a sunset cruise on a riverboat, but arrived too late and found all seats to be sold out. C’est la vie. 😉 On Saturday, I took a train to Carcassonne for the day. It was a huge medieval fortress and recommended in my guidebook. It was a fantastic spectacle, especially from a distance! I mostly enjoyed walking around the perimeter and the surrounding park, because the interior historic village was packed full of tourists – especially on a Saturday – and vendors. Below are some pics from my visit.

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Typical building in Toulouse. Very ornamental.
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Fun cafe on a street corner.
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This was in the fancier neighborhood of Toulouse. Nicely colored buildings.
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Floating cafe on the River Garconne.
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Walking through the park along the river and found a big group of people playing board games and chess. It was part of a summer celebration.
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Relaxing green space along the river.
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Evening stroll along the river in Toulouse.
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Made it to Carcassonne. Walking through the fortress.
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More Carcassonne passageways.
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It was windy and hot at Carcassonne.



2 thoughts on “What to See and Do in Toulouse, France Leave a comment

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