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Neighborhood Walks:

These walks take you through some of the signature, distinct neighborhoods of Toulouse, and offer an in-depth look at their history and architecture


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Riches, Luxury, and Power: Croix Baragnon and the Parliament Area

Walking around the rue Croix Baragnon, which has elegant homes and exquisite shops, then going past the cathedral and on towards the Place des Salins, learn about the riches and decadence of the Parliamentarians, who ruled Toulouse for centuries. Stroll down narrow streets past huge mansions, massive doorways, strange gardens and courtyards that are witness to centuries of great power, wealth and intrigue. Learn about the follies and foibles of the rich in this, still, the most luxurious and chic part of Toulouse!


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Merchants and Manners: Rue Saint Rome and the Rue des Changes

The oldest merchant area of the city, and still the commercial heart of the Toulouse, these streets date back to Roman times! Here the cobblestones, bricks and facades of the shops reveal, very reluctantly, their well-kept secrets. There are mysteries, great surprises and incredible histories behind doorways, stairs, amazing Gothic courtyards and medieval towers. Come and discover the secrets of old, merchant Toulouse!


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St Cyprien: the “Left Bank” of Toulouse

The Left Bank of the Garonne River, once only for the poor, the ill, the excluded, and the dangerous, is now home to a thriving art community, little restaurants, a river promenade, and a beautiful park. Come and discover the magnificent brick constructions dating from the 13th to the 19th century, walk down ‘cutthroat alley”, go on to the contemorary art musem, the Abattoirs, stroll through the splendid park with its medieval walls and its incredible view as you walk alongside the roaring river. Take a walk on the wild side!


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Monasteries, Memorials and Monuments: The Colombette and Terre Cabade

Walk up the trendy rue de la Colombette, and enter the baroque universe of the Terre Cabade cemetery with its 19th century neo-Egyptian gates, its neo-Gothic tombs, and its memorials to Toulouse’s heroes. Finish with a visit to the obelisk commemorating the defeat of Napoleon by the English forces in the battle of 1814 (yes, here!) and get a chance to have a spectacular view over the rooftops of Toulouse (and maybe the Pyrenees mountains)!


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Decadence, Duty and Decoration: Around Place St Sernin

From Roman to Romanesque! From decadence to worker’s rights! The St Sernin square and neighborhood are filled with monuments from the Renaissance through the 20th century that tell stories of power, politics and intrigue. From Madame du Barry’s mansion (yes, the mistress of Louis XV!), to the Carmelites’ ‘feminist’ chapel, to the historical Art Deco buildings nearby, this small area is filled with great architecture and surprising stories!


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A Walk through Time: Along the Garonne River

The Garonne has been the center of life in Toulouse since the Romans arrived in 100 b.c. and made ancient Tolosa their port of call in the center of Gaule. Starting from the Bazacle, a “natural” ford on the river created in 1000 a.d., going on to the St. Pierre Square, with its ancient royal church of St Pierre des Cuisines, and then down the banks of the Garonne to the Port of the Daurade and the Pont Neuf, follow in the footsteps of the Romans, the Visigoths, the Sarrasins and the Francs, and discover how these different peoples made Toulouse the city it is today.**

**(This can be a very lovely sunset visit!)




 

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