Toulouse, with pleasure !

Champion of the aeronautic and space industry, cultivated and culture-minded, with an  active student population and a wealth of magnificent heritage sites, the “Ville rose” opens its heart to visitors…

The old streets and the Garonne...

Just to experience the magic atmosphere of the place, at least once in your life you should stroll through the mediaeval streets and along the quays beside the Garonne to soak up this typically Latin, gentle, relaxed lifestyle. The very one that Claude Nougaro (a famous singer/songwriter born here) used to extol, and the one that is also dear to his musical and literary heirs.… Called the “Pink City” thanks to the quality of the light reflected by its bricks at sunrise, or in the evening just when you’re sitting down to enjoy a drink, Toulouse should be seen as place devoted to the pleasure of the senses and of the taste buds ! Local flavours and specialities will please many a palate, whether it’s the famous Toulouse sausage, or the cassoulet, or the sweetmeats based on violets, or the wines of Fronton. As for dedicated shoppers, they’ll have no difficulty in enjoying a spot of window-shopping in the Rue Alsace-Lorraine and adjacent streets and also in the Saint-Étienne district.

Un torrent de cailloux roule dans ton accent, Ta violence bouillonne jusque dans tes violettes, On se traite de con à peine qu’on se traite Il y a de l'orage dans l’air et pourtant…

Claude Nougaro, « Toulouse »

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The Musée Saint-Raymond, the Toulouse Antiquities Museum, shows its large archaeological collection to advantage. The most exceptional pieces come from Chiragan in Martres-Tolosane located 60 kilometres south of Toulouse. During Antiquity, this site stood within the vast territory of Roman La Tolosa. Within this immense area, superb sculptures from the Roman era have been found : reliefs in marble showing the Labours of Hercules, Roman replicas of famous Greek sculptures, magnificent portraits of emperors…

Musée Saint-Raymond – 1 Ter Place Saint-Sernin – 31000 Toulouse – Tel. : 05 61 22 31 44 – saintraymond.toulouse.fr

The basilica of Saint-Sernin was classified as a Historic Monument on the list established in 1840, and it is also UNESCO World Heritage listed in the context of the Santiago Pilgrim Ways. The building is a sanctuary built to house the relics of Saint Saturnin, the first Bishop of Toulouse, martyred in the year 250.

 

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Cité de l’espace

To find out what’s going on above our heads up there beyond the stratosphere, the Cité de l’espace recounts the history of the space travel adventure, plus that of the Earth, the planets, and the Universe, with plenty of activities, life-size space vessels (Mir, Ariane 5…), exhibitions, audiovisual shows, dynamic planetarium, stellarium…

Cité de l’espace – Avenue Jean Gonord – 31500 Toulouse - Tel. : 05 67 22 23 24 - cite-espace.com

Aéroscopia Museum of aeronautics only a short distance from the Airbus assembly-line factories, this establishment recounts the history of aeronautics along with that of the people who moved it forward and of the evolution of technology. What could be more natural in this city which witnessed the birth of aviation and which has become the major aeronautical platform in Europe ?

Aéroscopia – Allée André Turcat – 31700 Blagnac – Tel. : 05 34 39 42 00 - musee-aeroscopia.fr