Visiting the Ville Rose at Christmas
At Christmas 2009 we flew to Toulouse on British Airways. We stayed there for a few nights between Christmas and New Year.
The town is nicknamed the “Ville Rose” because of the colour of its buildings. It was certainly a great place to hang around for a few days.
We toured the town and looked at its major buildings and bridges.
We spent a morning at the massive Airbus plant outside the city checking out how they build the giant super jumbo A380 jets.
We went by train to visit the town of Albi (85km away) near to where Toulouse Lautrec was born. We visited the fascinating museum that bears his name and tells the story of his life.
We also visited the other main attraction in Albi; the Cathedral Bascilica of Saint Cecilia. The abbey was given UNESCO status a year after our visit.
Back in Toulouse we toured the market and had a lunch of south western cuisine (confit du canard) in the busy restaurant above the main food hall.
In fact, all of the food that we ate was delicious.