Bonjour from France!
I'm in Toulouse right now. This was a really, really last minute trip. My husband had to come here on business and only got confirmation about the trip on Monday afternoon to travel the next morning.
Luckily, I was able to come with him this time :) It's a really nice place and very easy to move around on foot so I'm discovering it bit by bit. I've been walking all day, so I've come back to the hotel to sit down for a bit and I couldn't wait to share some of my photos with you!
It snowed at the weekend here and when we arrived there was a little bit of snow left:
That was my first sight of snow so far this Winter!
Before we caught the plane we enjoyed a breakfast of champions at the airport....
...McDonalds! It was the first time in my life that I had breakfast at McDonalds. As unhealthy as that is, it was a lovely way to start to the day :)
Yesterday we did some sightseeing. This is the Pont Neuf:
It's a beautiful bridge that was opened in 1659 and crosses the Garonne River which runs right through the centre of Toulouse.
After walking around, we stopped for lunch at a place called L'entrecote
My husband has visited here before and couldn't wait to take me. I wasn't disappointed either!
It's the first restaurant I have ever been to where there isn't a menu, they have just one started and one main course there.
They take you to your table, ask you what you want to drink and how you like your meat cooked and that's it!
The first course is salad with walnuts and a vingrette:
And the main course is steak with a sauce and fries.
The photo really doesn't do it justice because the food was amazing!
It was all delicious and cooked to perfection. We don't normally drink alcohol but we had some Bordeaux wine to accompany the steak and that was delicious too.
Now, I've saved the best until last. When I found out I was coming to Toulouse, the first thing I did was search for...yarn shops! I know, I know, I should have read tour guides and things like that, but I've got my priorities (or vices maybe?) in order!
I did stop and wonder if my French was good enough to go yarn shopping, but I'm fairly sure I could buy yarn in any language :)
I read about a shop called La droguerie which is close to the main square and sounded lovely.
I found it this morning and I loved it! It was like an Aladdin's cave of yarn. There were huge skeins of yarn in all colours hanging on the walls. All of the yarns are mainly natural fibres (wool, alpaca, mohair) and I decided to have 3 different pink tones of 100% wool.
Something lovely here is that you ask for the yarn that you want and then the sales assistant winds it into balls with a swift and skein winder in front of you!
It really was lovely to be in such a nice shop with so many beautiful things and to see the yarn that I had chosen be wound into balls.
I also bought this button:
The colours in the photos don't show it but the button perfectly matches one of the colours of yarn and I'm planning on making myself a cowl and decorating it with the button as my reminder of Toulouse :)
I'll post more photos of our trip soon!
Have a lovely Wednesday.