15th April 2015 – Toulouse, France
Somewhere between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, I stumbled upon another French gem, well-hidden. Good beers, fine company and eye-catching Capitoles. Thats all we need. We are, after all, simple men.
Toulouse was an unexpected pitstop because of the Andorra issue, but I was convinced yesterday by David that it was beautiful.
David was a couch surfer I met on this trip before, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. And he was living in Toulouse. So, I messaged him yesterday, and we met up for a quick hour, within which he gave me a whirlwind tour of Toulouse. By whirlwind, I mean that he took me from one end to the other in just about an hour!
So, I continued the same today. I had already dropped Andorra from my plans, and decided to go back to Barcelona. But, that bus was late in the evening, so I decided to go out and see Toulouse properly for a little bit.
I was staying near the Gare De Toulouse (Train station), which David said was one of the worst places in Toulouse, but I still found very colourful. The place was spotted with strip bars, sex shops and homeless men. Yeah, exactly my type!
But walk a little bit more deeper into Toulouse, and you reach the Garonne river and the Capitole areas. The Capitole is the imposing town hall of the city, and the grand place tu capitole forming its facade.
The exterior was amazing. And the interior, simply marvellous.