Friday, 3 May 2019

32 Rue d’Alsace Lorraine (Toulouse, France)

Well, I didn’t hear back from the local Segway company this morning so I’ll visit local sites via walking. From what I can tell, most everything I’d like to see is well within walking distance. Maybe this was some sign that I should walk rather than ride a Segway?

After a couple of cups of coffee I was out the door and on my way. It was still sprinkling rain as I stepped on the sidewalk, but I was wearing my hat, rain parka, and waterproof shoes so I should be okay. I decided to first walk towards the Garonne River. Actually I decided to head off in one direction and go from there and see if I can visit everything on my list.

My first stop was to see Pont Saint Pierre. (I’ve figured out that Pont means bridge.) The bridge is one of several bridges that cross the Garonne River. From this bridge you have a nice panoramic view of this part of Toulouse, including a couple of other nearby bridges that cross the river.

I saw that there was a church nearby that looks interesting. On my way to this church I saw where you could take a boat from Toulouse to Bordeaux. I had just purchased my train ticket to Bordeaux last night, but then I thought that I probably wouldn’t appreciate the slow ride to Bordeaux.

Notre-Dame de la Daurade was not open today or perhaps any day. It was being renovated. I took a picture of the basilica before I left the area. Onward!

One church I wanted to visit was the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, built between the 11th and 13th centuries. On the way I passed Musée des Augustins and after looking it up via Google I thought I should go in for a visit. Glad I did. The building was formerly a convent but now houses a vast number of sculptures and paintings from the medieval period to the present. What was interesting was how many of the sculptures were presented. I took pictures of those I found most interesting and posted on Instagram.

Nearby was Saint Stephen’s Cathedral (Toulouse Cathedral), a national monument, and the seat of the Archbishop of Toulouse. The building dates from the 11th century. As I walked in I heard the organ being played. I made a video to capture the sound of the organ as I faced the alter.

I then came upon Couvent des Jacobins. The church is deconsecrated but still in use as a museum. The stain glass windows was what caught my eye and I took a number of pictures of these beautiful windows.

At last I arrived at the Basilique Saint-Sernin which I discovered wasn’t that far from where I’m staying. I had made a fairly complete circle around the historical part of Toulouse without realizing it. I took a few pictures before walking back to my flat. On the way I had to pick up my baguettte for the day. I’ve been buying a new baguette for the past few days. They cost about a Euro each and are best when eaten fresh.

I was exhausted after my walk and took a nap shortly after I returned to the flat. After writing my posting for the day, making dinner, and watching TV for an hour or so I was ready for bed. Tomorrow I’m leaving for Bordeaux and will need to be up fairly early to get the place cleaned and myself packed.

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