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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Paris; Population - 65 million; Currency - Euro MORE FRANCE

After a 3 hour trip from Andorra I arrived in Toulouse for the day, before the train to Paris and Eurostar back to London - May 2011.


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france403The Canal du Midi curves around the eastern edge of central Toulouse



france402You'll come across the Canal du Midi pretty much straight away if arriving by train - this is opposite the Gare Matabieu - Toulouse


france404A few boats cruise up and down the Canal du Midi - Toulouse















france408The tower of St-Sernin Basilica peers through the trees - Toulouse


















france406St-Sernin Basilica is surrounded on all sides by a lively market - Toulouse



france409St-Sernin Basilica was built in the 11th and 12th centuries - Toulouse


france410aWalking down Rue du Taur towards the Capitole - Toulouse















france410On Rue du Taur is the very thin looking Notre-Dame du Taur church - Toulouse

















france411A quiet side street near the Capitole - Toulouse



france419The Capitole is the city hall of Toulouse


france422The Capitole is an impressive sight at night -Toulouse














france420The Capitole faces onto the Place du Capitole, the city's main square - Toulouse













france418A local playing music that was an acquired taste...Toulouse



france415Restaurants lead to the Rue du Taur, with Notre-Dame du Taur church and St-Sernin Basilica in the distance - Toulouse


france421Restaurants line the Place du Capitole opposite the Capitole building itself - Toulouse














france425South of the Capitole are the streets and squares of the old town - Toulouse













france427A building frontage in the old quarter of Toulouse



france429The area around Place St-Etienne is an attractive place to wander - Toulouse



france430On the square is St-Etienne Church - Toulouse














france431 The streets off Place St-Etienne - Toulouse















france433The old quarter - Toulouse



france434Making my way to the Jardin Royal - Toulouse



france436The Jardin Royal, or Royal Gardens - Toulouse














france437Cross one of the pedestrian bridges from the Jardin Royal to the Grand Rond, a major roundabout with a central garden - Toulouse














france438Linked to the above gardens is the Jardin des Plantes - Toulouse



france441Artists display paintings on the banks of the Garonne River - Toulouse



france442Above the artists is an open-air photographic exhibition - Toulouse















france443A few hours later the banks were packed with sunbathers - Toulouse














france445Cruises on the River Garonne and Canal du Midi are on offer - Toulouse



france448The boat returns to the Garonne via a lock separating the river from Canal du Midi - Toulouse



france449 In the canal lock we disappear below the surface and return to river level - Toulouse















france452Toulouse is a student city which means there's buzzing bars, with several at the end of Rue Pargaminieres, close to the river














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