I’m about to fly off to the South of France for one of my best friend’s weddings and to say I can’t bloody wait is a real understatement. I already know it’s going to be the best weekend full of sunshine, friends, laughter and champagne (priorities!) but I’m also super excited for our mini break in Toulouse to recover from all the wedding fun. I’ve never visited the city before so there’s loads of things I’m looking forward to seeing and doing…
1) Night cruise down the River Garonne – Not only does this seem like such a serene way to spend an evening, I’m guessing it’s one of the best ways to get out and see the city. You can catch river cruises day and night, but there’s something about seeing the city lit up and cruising under the stars that feels more romantic and more holiday-esque than a day time trip. I’m hoping to book this next week as it’s currently top of my ‘to-do’ list and I really don’t want to miss out!
2) Wander through the pink city with ice-cream – I’m not sure one of my bucket lists would be complete without this one. Of course, a sunshine city break wouldn’t be the same without copious amounts of gelato and I have zero plans whatsoever for this one to be any different. I’ve been Googling the best ice-cream parlours and already have a pretty strong list – two a day is okay, right?
3) Marvel at the Saint-Sernin basilica – This has to be the number one spot on your Toulouse itinerary. You only have to look at the photos to see how gorgeous this building is and it’d be such a shame to travel all this way and miss it.
4) Relax in the Japanese Garden – We have a small rooftop pool at our hotel however I think we’ll be looking for somewhere more spacious to bask in the sun on most days. The gardens of Compans Caffarelli are beautiful to wander round and the Japanese Garden in particular looks so tranquil and calm. I’m envisioning spending a good afternoon here, enjoying the sunshine and getting stuck into our books.
5) Discover all things violet – So my friends would know (and probably wonder why, as nobody else seems to be a fan) that violet is one of my favourite flavours. Parma violets are my ultimate sweet, violet cremes, violet cocktails, you name it, I’m all over it. Toulouse is apparently big on all things violet, which I’m over the moon about, so I’m planning on working my way around the bakeries and macaron stalls to sample all of their violet delights.
6) See the sights from the Galeries Lafayette rooftop – I’ve struggled to find a great deal of rooftop bars in the city but one tip that has come up a few times, is to take in the sights from the rooftop at Galeries Lafayette. We might head here for brunch one day if possible, or grab a glass of fizz whilst admiring the view. Please do let me know if there’s any other rooftops we should be giving a go!
7) Devour a plate of real steak-frites – If you’ve read this post on our Christmas trip to Paris, you’ll know that we are partial to a plate of steak-frites, especially in France where it’s absolutely THE best. I’m sure a few places in Toulouse will come up with the goods in this respect, so we’ll be trying to hunt down the best to see if it can rival the plates we devoured at le Relais de l’Entrecôte.
8) Peruse the streets of vintage shops – This is something that I’ve only just discovered, but after reading this article in Vogue, I found out Toulouse is fab for vintage finds. I’m excited to wander round the shops to see what treasures I can find, I mean, I’m not sure I could want for much more than sunshine and shopping, could I?
Have you ever explored Toulouse? Is there anything else I should be adding to my list?