Toulouse is the capital of France’s southern Occitanie region. The city is divided by the Garonne River and is located not too far from the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (The Pink City) due to the use of terra-cotta bricks in many of the buildings. The city’s old quarter is set around the Place du Capitole and the Romanesque Basilica of Basilica of St Sernin , a well-known stop on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela.
Taste of Toulouse
For those who have been learning new culinary recipes and wanting to try their hand at French cuisine, Taste of Toulouse is the perfect tour for learning about shopping for ingredients. Run by ex-pat, Jessica Hammer, the tour takes visitors through the covered Victor Hugo Market and showcases the best products from the expert vendors. On the tour, guests can sample some of Toulouse’s tastiest delicacies such as the dried duck, cheeses from the Pyrenees, violet-infused sweet treats and plenty of wine too.
A taste of wine
Once visitors have learnt how to shop and are ready to try their hands at a French menu, they can enhance their knowledge by learning the art of wine-tasting at the N°5 Wine Bar, voted ‘Best wine bar in the world’ in the World’s Best Wine Lists in 2017 and 2018. In a cosy atmosphere, visitors can improve their knowledge of wine during one of the bar’s “Oenological Journeys”, where guests are given three glasses of either red or white wine for a blind tasting. Visitors will then learn to identify the wine’s country of origin according to the flavours.
The out-of-this-world, interactive space museum
During lockdown, the UK has had beautiful clear skies which has meant people have been able to see reports of some of the amazing wonders of space, including satellites and the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. To continue learning about all things space, a must-do activity is the Cité de l’Espace (Space Museum), which offers hands-on exhibitions for aspiring space cadets to learn about the Earth, the universe and space travel. The variety of interactive exhibitions and educational areas mean that all generations leave feeling like experts on life beyond Earth.
Find your zen at Peacock Yoga Studio
The new yogis who have been enjoying virtual yoga classes, can visit Peacock Yoga Studio in Toulouse to build on their skills. The studio is offering English classes every Saturday at 11:30am starting in September. The classes allow visitors to move through dynamic vinyasa postures, as they practice somatic mindfulness and learn about the union of yoga. Once the yoga is over, guests can relish in Peacock’s brunch, which serves 100% veggie, organic, local and seasonal cuisine as well as vegan and gluten-free options. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a concept store where guests can buy eco-friendly brands and products, typically made in the region.