Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Thursday Jul 3, 2014
Snapshot: Travel to Toulouse
Our minds are cultivated to invoke images of Paris when the idea of traveling to France is posed. Pausing for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower, strolling hand-in-hand along the Seine, sharing a petal-sculpted cone of gelato and quaffing a delicate French wine while seated at a street-side café. It’s true that Paris is a destination of incomparable history, beauty and culture, but France has many entrancing cities, like Toulouse, just a car ride away.
First Impressions of Toulouse
When we meet someone in person for the first time whether purposefully, or unconsciously, we begin to visually dissect their features according to our views on attractiveness. The same can be said for the first visit that we arrive in a new city. Nestled in the south of France, as you approach the city of Toulouse, outlined on the horizon, your impressions will begin to take shape the closer your car rental comes.
A few of the historic highlights of Toulouse include the UNESCO Heritage sites of the Canal du Midi, and Basilica of St. Sernin. There is a strong medieval presence that can be seen in the formation of buildings throughout the city and you’ll learn quickly why Toulouse earned the moniker of La Ville Rose, the Pink City. Canals and cobblestoned walkways are lined with lush greenery and at any time you could easily find evidence of a festival happening.
Do ancient edifices and modern structures live harmoniously along the city streets, or do they fight for prominence? You’ll have to decide for yourself.
What’s Happening in Toulouse
Toulouse has a vibrant program of events and festivals throughout the year due in part to its central location in the region of the Midi-Pyrenees, but also the entertainment of its prodigious student population. From film screenings and concerts, to art festivals and dance competitions—the available activities cover a variety of age and interest groups establishing entertainment value for your entire party.
Between sessions of Toulouse’s seasonal festivals, discover more of what the city has to offer the casual traveler. The Muséum de Toulouse houses natural history exhibits and is highly recommended for children. Capture their inquisitive nature with specimens from mineralogy to paleontology or burn off some energy in the botanical garden. Adults should visit the stunning Théâtre du Capitole for a classical opera or ballet performance, and walking off a little of your evening meal is always a good idea; take a stroll across the Pont Neuf!
Try a Regional Dish of Toulouse
Cassoulet is a warm and rich French casserole dish that originated in southern France. Your first experience with the recipe should be a quality one, so inquire as to where the locals recommend you find the best version of this dish and make your way there! While there are slight variations of cassoulet throughout the region, the Toulouse version typically contains: duck or goose confit, white beans, sausages and (why not?) even more meat (pork and mutton)! It will be served in a casserole, the earthenware cooking vessel for which it was named. There is also a canned version available from the local grocers, in a recommended service size, but after having it prepared fresh, how can it compare?
Stay in Touch while in Toulouse
Track your travels to reminisce later and post all your Kodak moments to your favorite social network. It’s the perfect accessory to keep your friends and family back home up to speed on your adventures, and works with up to eight WiFi accessible devices.
Car Rental in Toulouse
To maximize your freedom and flexibility while in France, rent a factory-new Peugeot at the Toulouse Airport. While you may find limitations to your travel, renting a car in France with Kemwel doesn’t have to be one of them. For lovers of sand and surf, Toulouse is centrally located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, or in no time at all you can be driving towards the lavender fields of Provence. Cross the borders of Spain and you can be enjoying tapas by noontime.
Access all the scenic beauty, history and charm that Southern France has to offer when you confirm your Peugeot rental car online. Learn more about renting a Peugeot with our practical information pages. If you still have questions, contact a Kemwel reservation specialist toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.