Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France,
is known as the “pink city” because so
many of its buildings are built of rose-
coloured brick. Today a major industrial
city, it still maintains a large medieval core
with many attractive historical buildings
and short interwoven streets and lanes.
Manoeuvring all those narrow one-way
streets takes time, but several large
parking structures help to relieve
congestion. The downtown also houses a
large, 100,000-student, university.
Toulouse is now served directly from
Montréal by Air Transat.
Our visit consisted mainly of wandering
through the old city and touring the St-
Sernin basilica, built between 1080 and
1500, a truly amazing Romanesque
structure with lovely relics, some given by
Charlemagne. The GoogleMap image was
taken on market day.
We also visited the Airbus factory (35,000
employees) to see the construction of the
new A380 (no photos allowed). Later that
afternoon we walked through some parks
south of the downtown core.
The city deserved more time than we had
available to be seen properly.
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