Thursday, June 09, 2022

Born Toulouse

Here's a random street scene from a foggy morning in Toulouse. We didn't stay long, just an hour or two on our way west. Again, this is a place I'd like to revisit. I hear that it's a very nice city of about half a million people. The aerospace industry, namely Airbus, and other high-tech business are located in and around Toulouse as are some of the best higher education institutions in the country.

A quiet street on a foggy morning in central Toulouse. Digitized color slide, 1989.

I know that there's been a lot of investment in renovation, new building, and infrastructure in the city since our short visit back in 1989.


  1. That’s a magical photo. But you we weren’t born Tolouse. Tramps like us? Baby, we were born turrón.

  2. Toulouse, known as la ville rose, the pink city, is worth exploring. It is known for the St Sernin basilica, the largest romanesque building in Europe and the place du Capitole. The big Capitole building houses a theater in which I saw the Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov with my mother. Such sweet memories.
    Toulouse is also known for a kind of violets.

    1. Very interesting, chm! I enjoy your tidbits!
      I've been to the alentours of Toulouse (and to Carcassonne), with my au pair family, but not to the city itself.


    2. Judy, I should have mentioned that Toulouse is called la ville rose because it is mostly built in pale brick. If i’m not mitaken, St-Sernin is built with bricks, like Albi’s Sainte-Cécile and Tournus’ Saint-Philibert.

  3. mitch, LOL!

    chm, I remember the place du capitole. I'm sure I have photos. Somewhere. I'll have to dig them out.


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