Greetings from beautiful Toulouse France!
As you see, we have moved to France from Italy! Long, long day on Thursday with the move. GPS told us a 9 hour drive, but an accident in one of the hundreds of tunnels we drove through caused a one hour delay. Record €90 in tolls 😳
Easy check in with our VRBO hosts. We’re staying on the first floor of their home. Nice, nice couple and the home is centrally located.
Toulouse is a large city, with over 1.5 million inhabitants. It’s the base for aviation and space technology for Europe. (Airbus is headquartered here.) Toulouse is one of a few cities in France growing. It’s a major destination because of the aviation industry.
Toulouse is again very, very old, 300 BC. The Roman’s were here early, 200 BC, and made the city a trading outpost.
That’s right! Your in France! Let’s go to one of the many, many neighborhood boulangeries (bakery). The French are fantastic bakers! Ok, croissant✔️ pain au chocolat✔️ crusty Flute ✔️ Okay, time for a walking tour.
We’re only 1/4 mile from the Metro station so, after a quick reminder that we’re in a big city, so watch out for pickpockets and here we go!
Tour guide Cindy and I have visited a lot of markets across the world and Marche Victor Hugo is the best for fresh food.
In the 1800’s the French built a system of canals across France. This is Canal Du Midi, very famous.
Built in the 1500’s, this famous landmark serviced as the center of the city for years as washing ships used to anchor to the bridge and do Toulouses laundry here
Ok, I don’t know about you but I could use a later French lunch. The local specialty is cassoulet. Basically a bean dish with tons of veggies, butter and duck fat slow cooked in a large pot and dished up per serving. Our waiter was fantastic, he spoke very little English, we spoke very little French, so somehow we ended up getting with our beer, a bottle of wine with lunch😎 mistakes can happen 😜
Back to the VRBO to plan tomorrows trip to Logrono, Spain, a six hour drive.
Ok, talk with you from Spain. Au Revoir 😎
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