We flew from Amsterdam to Toulouse where our friends were waiting for us. Over the next few days we did many outings in the area with them.
Château de Mazères. This large residence was the country residence of the Archbishops of Auch, “resolutely limited to two floors, sitting in the center of a large winery and folded into five bodies of irregular buildings around a courtyard longer than wide, accentuated its cold and residential character, if it were not illuminated by the use of bricks and stones harmoniously mixed, playing with their differences of color and materials. It is flanked by a medieval square tower. ” The couple who bought the building is renovating. A big job but I think they do it with passion!
Toulouse. A city with unique architecture made of pinkish terracotta bricks, which earned it the nickname la Ville Rose (“the Pink City”).
The violet of Toulouse is the emblem of the city of Toulouse. You can get pretty much everything you want with that flavor.
It was blue that made Toulouse wealthy. Varying shades of the color are everywhere on shutters, on lamp-posts, doors, windows and ornamental ironwork. It’s a subtle blue-grey that perfectly complements the ancient red brickwork. Trade in pastel (woad, the yellow-flowered plant whose leaves yield a blue dye) allowed Toulouse merchants to amass vast fortunes.
St-Jacques or St-James seen in Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques. We were going to see “him” or at least his image many times during this trip !
At the market, we bought some typical sausages of Toulouse. Delicious !
We also went to Moissac. Known worldwide for its prestigious Abbey of Saint-Pierre, the capitals of the cloister of the abbey and tympanum are listed by UNESCO under the roads to Santiago de Compostela.
Another day. Another direction. A quick visit in St-Felix Lauragais. Taking time to admire the view on the area. Isn’t it beautiful ?
Back in Toulouse . Enjoying a walk along the Canal du Midi on a sunny afternoon. Many people were cycling. The perfect terrain as it is quite flat. I will say thank you to my friend Claude for taking this picture of me and my husband.
Good time for sure. It was soon time to get ready other adventures that will be the topic on my next post.
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