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Toulouse Travel Guide, France

Toulouse, France - Overview

LA VILLE EN ROSE or THE CITY IN PINK is another name for Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France. It also happens to be the gateway to the Pyrenees - the famous mountain range and in south west France it is a major cosmopolitan city.

The city has a rich cultural heritage and boasts of a glorious and distinguished historical past that encompasses within its fold the future as well. In France, the cutting edge hi-tech European centre of the aerospace industry is located in Toulouse and two world renowned makers of huge airplanes - Aerospatiale and Airbus have chosen Toulouse as their home.

Because of the presence of age old and elite academic institutions, students throng this city to pursue higher studies. This city with its limitless and peerless educational opportunities attracts hordes of serious students from all over the world and is in a way similar to the academic cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

 Apart from its academic legacy, the city is also the capital of good life, culture, tradition, art, fine dining-an epicurean haven in short. The city of Toulouse loves to celebrate life and every day is a celebration of the gifts of life.

Trade and commerce run in the blood of the people of Toulouse and the business savvy ways of the citizens can be traced back to the CATHARS of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and the indigo merchants of sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The First World War witnessed the metamorphosis of Toulouse from a thriving business centre to a center for manufacturing aircraft and arms. At present, the flourishing aerospace industry has pushed the city into prominence and infrastructural development like construction of a second tube rail will turn it into a city of the future.

The city is thus a melting pot of culture and refinement, trade and commerce, science and technology, tradition and modernity.

The golden Mediterranean sunshine imparts a sun kissed cheerfulness to this verdant city dotted with green gardens, parks, and squares and lined with avenues of trees.   The city is flanked by river Garonne and you can take a stroll down the serene river bank or take a cycling trip down the CANAL DU MIDI.

The local cuisine and delectable French wine will leave you asking for more and entertainment is offered by the numerous theatres, concerts, and movie halls etc where film festivals are regularly held.

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