Annie Bananie en Europe

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March getaway part 3, Toulouse

I’ll finish this post before heading back to Bordeaux from Annecy, as I will have A LOT to write next week about this training school I’m attending that is nearing the end.

In the last part of my March getaway with LY, we arrived in Toulouse, a relatively big city in France. Toulouse is between Bordeaux and Carcassonne, so after our little stop in Carcassonne, LY and I took the train back to Toulouse and stayed there for the night before heading back to Bordeaux on Sunday night.

The first thing we did after we dropped off our stuff at the hotel was find food and head to the riverside for some night views of the city. On our way, we passed by many areas where nightlife was thriving and crowds and crowds of drunk students were partying. Ha, it was a Saturday night, what else did we expect! We arrived by the Garonne river, the same that traverses Bordeaux, to a gorgeous view of the Pont Neuf and the quais, yet in my opinion, still not as gorgeous as that of Bordeaux 😉

Reflection in the Garonne nearby the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques, on the left bank.

Capitole is the heart of Toulouse with the city hall on one side of the square and bustling social life, even at night. This eventually became our anchor point as it is relatively central and close by to all the other places that we decided to visit.

Spring was here in Toulouse…just for the weekend! When I saw the beauty of nature around me, I was almost convinced that winter is officially over, though I felt like it never really started in the first place.

LY and I decided to visit some museums in Toulouse, starting with the Museum of Natural History. The most impressive thing I saw was this peacock in the museum garden. Why hello there pretty thing!

…and of course it loves it self. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the pretties one of all?

The next stop was the Musée des Augustins, the fine arts museum in Toulouse. If you know me at all, you know that I don’t really know how to appreciate paintings and sculptures and fine arts in general, but the museum was free to enter for students, so why not?

Back at the Capitole, the Toulouse city hall stands proudly in the blue sky with waving flags…

…and what do we have here, if not an adorable street performer with a sense of humour?

No, those weren’t his real butt cheeks.

Bye bye Toulouse!

2 responses to “March getaway part 3, Toulouse

  1. Jenn April 11, 2013 at 06:50

    Hi Annie! I’m a fellow Asian-Canadian who will be living and working in Toulouse as an English teacher come October – that’s how I stumbled across your blog! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog immensely ^_^ your occasional references to Toronto are especially comforting for another Canadian who will be living in southwest France. Good luck with your PhD studies! Cheers from Richmond Hill, ON 🙂


    • Annie Bananie April 11, 2013 at 10:21

      Hi Jenn! Thanks for your comment – and a super early welcome to France 😉 If you ever decide to drop by Bordeaux, let me know, I’d love to show you around (though I don’t know yet where I’ll be after I defend in mid-October). I’ve met a few others from Toronto teaching English in France, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time 😀


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