I'm back from France and I can't believe it is March already, this year is going by so quickly!
Today I want to share some photos of Toulouse with you.
It really is a beautiful city with some much to see and do. Because I was going to be on my own during the day (my poor husband was working) I made a list of museums I could go to in case I got bored walking around but I didn't visit a single museum in the end, I spent every day discovering a new part of the city! Something I liked is that it felt like quite a safe city too. You've got to be aware where ever you are nowadays but I certainly didn't feel unsafe anywhere I went.
The river and canal that run through the city make it a really picturesque place.
There are a lot of students there too so it's a busy and vibrant city but there are some beautiful parks that are lovely to sit and relax in
That tree really took my eye, the branches are so curved and twisted.
There are many beautiful churches too, each with a wonderful history.
The St Etienne Cathedral:
and the Basilica of St Sernin (right):
The Capitole is spectacular, day....
There are lots of beautiful squares:
Streets perfect for wandering around
And I even had my own 'Amelie moment' breaking the sugar on a creme caramel!
That's my favourite desert and it was so nice to eat one in France!
Another thing I liked about Toulouse was that even though there were plenty of big, chain stores there were also lots of lovely, independent shops of all kinds.
Being a crafter I was most interested in craft shops and my two recommendations for any crafter visiting Toulouse are:
La Droguerie which is in 20 place Roger Salengro (that's the square in the photo above)
Fifi Jolopois in 11 rue de Cujas.
La droguerie is a lovely yarn store (I blogged a little about it here) and Fifi joloipois is the most amazing bead shop I have ever been in!
It's very close to the centre and is definitely worth a visit, although you should give yourself plenty of time to take it all in and enjoy everything they've got on offer!
Here are a few of the beads I bought:
I've already made some earring with some other beads I bought there which I'll take photos of and post later this week :)
My stash increased a fair bit on this trip too! Instead of buying a souvenir I wanted to make my own, so I bought some French branded yarn (Phildar) there and started a scarf:
I'm going to try and finish it this week and use it to remind me of a lovely trip :)