Take Twelve Trips is a travel challenge I personally took on to maximise my travel plans and see the world. I needed this challenge to get motivated to travel more often whilst the conditions (single, no kids) were favourable. I am glad I did because at 30 years old I have been to more than 30 countries and over 35 cities. Many people ask me how I manage to travel so often, and no I don’t have no sugar daddy either. If you find one, send him my way, I am low maintenance and require no contact. But on a serious note, I manage to travel as often as I do due to planning and researching. I recently shared why being broke is the best time to travel, well not completely skint but low on money.
Take Twelve Trips January 2018 #2
Our recent adventure was Toulouse, a French city and capital of the Occitane region in south-west of France. It is known as the pink city because of the red bricks used way back when to building the city. I planned this trip as a surprise to my parents who are celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. Toulouse is nothing like Paris, it is a unique large village with everything in close proximity to Le Capitole.
We spent just over 48 hours in this glorious city and we feel we need more time to explore. We’ve already started to make plans for our next adventure in Toulouse in warmer weather. Day 1 we had a jam-packed day, 3am wake up for a 4.30am drive to the airport. The flight was 7am, we arrived in Toulouse after 10am, caught the bus to the centre of the city. Pure tiredness resulted in a short taxis ride to the hotel. We stayed at Hotel Albert 1er, a three star hotel which is a few minutes walk to Le Capitole.
After check in it wasn’t long before it was lunch time but due to tiredness my parents opted to order in. Then went on a guided tour of Toulouse which was incredible, we learnt so much about the city’s history. We then went off walking around before heading back to the hotel for a quick nap before dinner. For dinner we ate at Les Cosmopolitain a Tapas bar which is very lively with great atmosphere. After an hour we left for another short walk before heading to the hotel for a much-needed rest.
A Museum kind of Day
Day 2 started with breakfast at the hotel before we went off to Hugo market for a lovely nose around. As it was raining all morning and parts of the afternoon we opted to make it a museum kind of day. From Hugo Market we walked to Musee des Augustine were we spent an hour which wasn’t enough. But we had to leave as we had a reservation for lunch at Les Caves De La Marechale. We enjoyed an incredible lunch here and definitely recommend it, the decor was divine.
After lunch we continued on museums and went off to Musee Paul-Dupuy were we got fascinated with time. We weren’t sure what to expect but we absolutely enjoyed our visit. Afterwards we went off to The Natural history museum which is a short walk from Musee Paul-Dupuy. Three hours later and by this time it got dark so we made our way back to the hotel. But this was after we did a spot of shopping in the centre of Toulouse with incredible sales.
After shopping we heard back to the hotel via the longest route we could find so we got to see more of the city. Arriving at the hotel we were shuttered as we walked everywhere, it was raining and cold most of the day. Hotel Albert 1er has the best and comfiest beds ever so it was easy to roll into bed and order room service.
Au Revoir Toulouse
Day 3 was another early riser, we had breakfast at 7am and I had booked airport transfer with Blacklane for 8am. The ride to the airport was short but it was one we enjoyed, I booked the business car and it was awesome. The driver arrived on time, I was emailed and texted before and after the pick up, a great service.
Before long we were back on the flight home but not without doing some retail therapy in duty-free. As this trip was about treating my parents, I made sure to buy them whatever they needed. I can tell you they are very excited about the next trip they are joining me on, Tuscany Italy.
Whilst I may have stumbled upon Toulouse – the pink city by accident, I am glad I did. The city is beautiful, people are kind and very helpful and always with a smile. The food was incredible and can not recommend it enough.
Next Trip: Antwerp, Belgium 🇧🇪
Disclosure: This was a press trip in collaboration with Toulouse Tourism.