2020 : house not available for exchange as we are moving to another house in the same area
Where is it?
Our house is located in one of the most exclusive and quiet neighborhoods of Toulouse. It is 15-20 min walk to city center. It is about 500m from the 'Canal du Midi', named part of mankind's heritage by UNESCO. We usually jog or cycle there.
There is a wide range of shopping facilities within walking distance (supermarket, food stores, excellent butcher, bakery for fresh morning bread, pastry, wine cellar,cheese store), we also usually go to the Sunday market place in town along the canal for fresh eggs and vegetables.
TOULOUSE: Toulouse is France's fourth largest city, it is sunny, warm and beautiful, very active city, of human size, with very nice architecture. It is a symbol of top-quality lifestyle.. It has several fine museums ( http://www.uk.toulouse-tourisme.com/sights-and-visits ) . It has very nice historical downtown and of course a multitude of restaurants (south west France is renowned for its cuisine). Toulouse is known for Rugby. Toulouse is also the counter part of Seattle for aircraft manufacturing as this is where Airbus is building the A380, the largest commercial aircraft, so in case you are fond of aircrafts you can visit the plant and also the board the Concorde.
AROUND TOULOUSE: Albi and Cordes are worth a day-trip. Easy day trips to the Pyrenees Mountains range that makes the border between France and Spain. You can actually be in the mountains in 1hr15, to the medieval city of Carcassonne (45min), to Mediterranean beaches (1h30min). A bit further are Bordeaux and Biarritz and surf beaches (2.hrs30min drive). The Spanish border is about 1.5 hrs. Barcelona is 3hrs30min drive, Bilbao a bit further.
You can easily fly to Paris for a week-end, there are flights every hour or half-hour, providing you book in advance for better rates (couple or family rates either on airfrance.com or easyjet.com).
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