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Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Thursday, October 20, 2011

So our last stop on this trip was to Toulouse, it is actually one of the bigger cities in the country and teeming with students filling the old town's cafes and patios. Toulouse is known as 'La Ville Rose’ as many of the town’s buildings are made with a distinctive pink brick.

We strolled the old town and did the usual people watching in one of the many quaint squares we came across.  We even managed to get a hold of the elusive kebab we have been keeping an eye out for (there is something that we found exceptional about European kebabs).   Signs of Toulouse being a larger city were also evident as there were plenty of people zipping around in business attire, people asking for money, and even the drunk peeing by the river at noon. 

We stayed by the airport as we had to drop off our car and get on a plane at 6:30 the next morning.  We flew with Easyjet from Toulouse to Paris to catch our 11:00 flight home.  Our flight was about $60 each all in.  Budget air travel is a dream in Europe.  We have done it many times in the past for super cheap (we even flew from London to Dublin for free once during a special promo).  You do get to deal with the budget airline ‘hassles’ however.  They are understaffed at the airport - the same guy checked us in, later checked our boarding passes, herded us into the boarding pen, let us on the plane, and I have a hunch that he may have been the pilot as well.  We had a special treat on the plane home from Paris as we sat behind Darryl Sittler (NHL Hall of Famer for those that don’t know).  Meg told him that we were big fans and he was very gracious and extremely friendly.  He had just spent some time with his wife in Paris. 

Transportation stories aside, this trip was everything we hoped for and more.  We had absolutely perfect weather.  We saw Basque country, medieval villages, and the panoramic Pyrenees.  We were spoiled with tasty chocolate, fabulous wine, traditional dishes, endless tapas, and countless other gastronomic delights.  The South-West of France has certainly stimulated the senses.  We already had a high opinion of this country, but this trip has solidified France’s legendary status.  We now can better comprehend why France has had such a lengthy history of conquest after conquest, who wouldn’t want to claim this incredible place as their own?

Meg and I had a great time, and even with all of the wonderful things we saw (and consumed), the best part was doing it all together.  We are already contemplating our next adventure, but until then take care.    A bientot
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