My coworker and I set off to Toulouse, the next leg of our France adventure, after the last set of talks at the Bordeaux university.
Our Toulouse hotel was situated 3 minutes quick stroll away from the Gare de Matabiau train station and was right in the heart of strip-club central (I promise I did not plan it this way!) but a nice 15-minute leisurely saunter towards the city centre.
Toulouse is known as the pink city for the many pinkish hue buildings. Something about their bricks...... it was a great time to visit since it was breast cancer awareness month :)
A great thing about France was that most of their coffee shops serve Lavazza coffee, an Italian brand of really great coffees (above photo shows cafe advertising Lavazza). This coffee is a staple at our home in Toronto and if I could attach a permanent funneling device on my head that feeds into my mouth and thus maintaining a constant stream of coffee intake wherever I go, I would. So I guess my point is, it was nice to see Lavazza in France :)
Powered with strong coffee, we went exploring: stumbled upon Musee des Augustins and lost ourselves in ancient french culture and art, the Toulouse Capitole, and the Cathedral St. Sernin.
We ventured into the central part of Toulouse for some shopping and to see the Capitol. In the square, a sporting event (I think cycling) had finished and a marching band performed. It appeared people of all ages were celebrating and dancing. I caught two young men galloping the "gangnam style", and unfortunately, one of them stopped when he caught me photographing them!
We arrived back at the hotel exhausted but relaxed and of course, ready for our visit to the city of romance: Paris!