Visit Toulouse by Mouse
Toulouse (Tourist web site) is pretty far south in France, in the Midi-Pyrenees region and in the department of Haute Garonne. It is 415 miles southwest of Paris, 150 miles east of Bordeaux, 59 miles west of Carcassonne and 70 miles south of Cahors. It is a large city with upwards of one million population. The major industry here is the building of the AirBus. There is a subway in Toulouse.
Our letter pretty much covers what we learned about it from our visit. It describes three things we liked a great deal: The Jacobin Monastery and Church, which has the unusual feature of a single row of columns down the middle of the nave with palm frond-like arched vaults above them, has a beautiful and serene cloister,and also contains a reliquary which contains the ashes of St. Thomas Aquinas, a late thirteenth century Catholic priest and philosopher; the Bemberg Museum, a private collection of some very fine works or art; and the main square facing the Capital building which houses the city hall and the theater. Our photo (Slideshow) page shows all three. The Wikipedia travel link for Toulouse shows a better photo of the Capital building.
Two other things about Toulouse are worth a mention. In the 13th century, the Cathars (Albigensians) were a major competitive force to Catholicism in Toulouse and elsewhere in what then was known as Languedoc. And, from about the mid 15th century to the mid 16th, the city prospered from developing a pastel blue dye from the woad flower that grew prolifically in the area. Beautiful Renaissance buildings in the town were built from the profits of the pastel traders.
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