Nicknamed La Ville Rose (“The Pink City”) due to its abundance of architecture made of terracotta pinkish bricks, Toulouse is a true gem. Though it has a significant ancient Roman history, it’s also the center of Europe’s aerospace industry. While the city embraces and celebrates its past, its focus is directed squarely at the future (though occasional wine sipping in one of Toulouse’s many wine bars also constitutes a very focused activity!). Many direct flights to this colourful city are available.
Musée des Augustins: This fabulous museum of fine art houses collections from Roman times to the 20th century. The best rooms are reserved for French masters such as Delacroix, Toulouse-Lautrec and Monet.
Cité de l’Espace: Exhibits include a chunk of moon rock and an exact replica of the MIR Space Station that visitors can climb into. Visitors can also try the Moon Runner, a moonwalk simulator that replicates the lightness astronauts feel—is a universal favorite.
Place du Capitole: This magnificent square is the heart and soul of La Ville Rose.
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