Monday, July 06, 2015
Not only is Toulouse beautiful, it is ideality situated close to the Mediterranean, not far from the Atlantic ocean, at the footsteps of the Pyrénées mountains and has one of the oldest universities in Europe, which means that it is a young vibrant place.
It has charming squares, wonderful stores, and best of all, most of the old city is closed to traffic, so that pedestrians can wander through quaint shopping streets and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants without listening to traffic.
Toulouse is sometimes referred to as "La Rose" because of its distinctive brick architecture. Some of the oldest brick structures, churches and larger residential homes, date back to the middle ages. The use of brick for construction became more widespread during the Renaissance, when, after a number of fires, the city imposed a ban on wood structures.
Toulouse is France's 4th largest city. It certainly is one of its most charming.