My Daily Photo Walk: Toulouse Day 1

September 16, 2015  •  4 Comments

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16 - Toulouse 116 - Toulouse 1Our building, taken straight up from the sidewalk. 16 - Toulouse 216 - Toulouse 2On the street outside our building. I'm here in France.  This trip has been almost a year in the making, and I'm finally here.  My friend Norma and I flew yesterday from Dulles.  The transatlantic flight to Brussels was uneventful, save for the complete lack of leg room causing a total inability to sleep.  But hey--the flight landed in Brussels at 1:15 a.m. Eastern time, and by the time it would have felt natural to be asleep, it was time to get ready to debark.
 
The layover in Brussels was a blessing in disguise, because it took a while to get to the proper terminals, and there was hardly anyone around to ask directions of.  The flight board showed our gate only as A -- there are more than 42 gates at terminal A.  Finally someone gave us an answer and off we went to a flight that was 35 minutes delayed.
 
16 - Toulouse 316 - Toulouse 3Cast iron door knocker 16 - Toulouse 416 - Toulouse 4 The second leg of the flight was 1 hour and 40 minutes of rocking and rolling through thick white clouds all the way to Toulouse.  The turbulence was some of the worst I have ever encountered, in that it was non-stop.  I kept my eyes closed the entire time -- although I must admit the legroom was better.
 
We got a taxi to our apartment, which is a great little two bedroom place on Boulevard d'Arcole.  It's in the lower level of a multi-story old building with wrought iron window decor and flower-filled window boxes.  There was a bottle of wine waiting for us, but first, Norma and I decided to go and find a shop to buy some food and supplies.
 
16 - Toulouse 516 - Toulouse 5Velo rentals 16 - Toulouse 616 - Toulouse 6Random window sill The boulevard has parking on both sides of the street, and lots of cars, buses, and bicyclists in the center.  We only walked a few blocks, looking for a bakery, a cafe, a wine shop, and a grocery.
 
The area is very multicultural, as most large cities are.  We found Turkish, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, and even French bistros and markets.  Lots of people were out on the streets on this beautiful summer afternoon.  We found a couple of small markets and bought bread, eggs, jam, fruit, chips, cheese, yogurt, salami, butter, and wine.  There were lots of streets we discovered that we want to explore much more this week, starting tomorrow morning.
 
16 - Toulouse 716 - Toulouse 7Last chance for what? I'm hoping to make it to 8 pm French time, before crashing and burning.  At least we have great wifi here in the apartment.  Toulouse adventures, here we come!
 
All photos in “My Daily Photo Walk" are for sale upon request.

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Gary McGinnis(non-registered)
Your Photo Walks are always interesting but I am very curious to see what you find in France. Thank goodness for Wifi.
Theresa Werner(non-registered)
Loved the commentary and photos. What a wonderful adventure!
Ann Carper(non-registered)
Looking forward to seeing the photos you take. Love La Derniere Chance!
Terry(non-registered)
Wonderful write up - you're going to have a great time.
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