May  2015. We left Bordeaux and traveled  by train to Toulouse. My friend was waiting for us and soon after our lunch  we discovered the city. So many interesting places to see. It was great weather and good time to share with our friends. The first photo shows you  Place du Capitole  (top left)and  other places in the city.

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We visited The Basilica Saint-Sernin. Constructed in the  Romanesque style between about 1080 and 1120, with construction continuing thereafter. Saint-Sernin is the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, if not the world.


The Cathedral St-Etienne. The irregular west front exists because the cathedral consists of two incomplete churches, the first dating from the early 13th century, which includes the  rose window  from 1230.


Here is a view from the side of the building.


We also  went to The Jacobin convent. The Dominicans—known as Jacobins in French because their convent in  Paris  was affiliated with the church of St-Jacques—have a long history in  Toulouse . The first monastery was founded in the 13th century.


It is interesting how I see more Churches, Basilica, Cathedral while traveling than  when I am at home.  I will  tour the beautiful churches we have here in Vancouver area when I will decide to be a tourist in my own city.  There would be lots of places I never been although I have been living in Vancouver for 27 years !

Toulouse is a brick and stone city nicknamed “La Ville Rose”.  We had so much to learn and so much to see.

Pastel -fabulous plant -that gave blue to all Europe 400 years ago, made Toulouse flourish and enriched the region in the sixteenth century.  Isatis Tinctoria.  Long important as a source of blue dye, it has been cultivated throughout Europe, especially in Western and southern Europe, since ancient times. In medieval times there were important woad-growing regions in England, Germany and France. Towns such as Toulouse  became prosperous . Woad was eventually replaced by the stronger indigo and, in the early 20th century, both woad and indigo were replaced by synthetic indigos.


It would be impossible to show you all we did in a busy afternoon  but of course, with a few photos you can imagine easily that this was a really nice visit. On my next post , we will be going on a field trip from Toulouse to visit a very famous castle.

Thanks for reading . MERCI beaucoup !







8 thoughts on “Toulouse

  1. It looks like a beautiful, and very old, city. I love the pink building. And I loved hearing about the woad…. that is so interesting to me! I also liked the cathedral which had two styles. I am now curious to find out what happened to interrupt the building of the part with the rose window. I am glad they built the rest of the building, if only to protect that window and front architecture, even if they couldn’t continue to build in that grand style!

    • hi Mary. Toulouse has the nickname of ” la ville rose” The pink city ! I cannot tell you all about the construction of this building but I am sure if I try I could find out what happen. I am trying to keep my blog as short as possible. Otherwise I think that a long text would discourage anybody to read it all. Have a great SUNday. I will post another part of my trip this morning.

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