Friends often ask me, when is the best time to visit France? The obvious response is any time will do, better come at a “bad” time than not at all! Circumstances often dictate what we’re able to do, and if that’s the case for you, don’t worry about it, you can make any time work.
But let’s imagine that you do have a choice. What are some considerations you should keep in mind when making your choice? This is where we get into the weeds of what it’s like being in France at a particular time of the year, and yes, we have to admit it: not every week is created equal in France. We know this because we live here year-round and we get to experience France every day. And the reality is that some days are more conducive to a great vacation than others.
Originally Elyse wasn’t scheduled to appear in this episode, but Annie took the opportunity of another recording to “ambush” her and ask her to share her thoughts on this, and, of course, we have diverging opinions, just to keep it interesting!
Here are some things you should consider in making your decision:
Great fresh food in season
French people in a great mood
High chances for perfect weather
Great opportunities for cultural activities
Every venue you might want to visit open to the public
Most Beautiful “Places” in Toulouse , Southwest France Podcast
On today’s show Elyse and Annie talk about home and share their thoughts on the most beautiful places in Toulouse, Southwest France. And when we say “places” we mean the French meaning of the word: plazas, squares, esplanades. The places where people gather for a coffee or a celebration.
The Place du Capitole in Toulouse is always included in lists of the most wonderful plazas in Southwest France, but there are many more in Toulouse alone. So on today’s show we get beyond the “10 Best” list and get to know France how it really is, with its famous and not-so-famous public squares.
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Today Elyse tells us about two wonderful museums in Toulouse, the Augustin and the Abattoir Museums in Toulouse. These are two buildings that were re-purposed to be museums but they started out as a convent and a slaughter-house respectively. The Augustins was declared an art museum in 1793, which makes it the first museum open to the public anywhere in France, yes, even before the Louvre! How about that for a provincial city in the south-west of France? And, as a side benefit, it is also one the rare places in France where you can pet a gargoyle. We know you’ve always wanted to do that! The Abattoirs has a gruesome past, but it has been transformed into a peaceful place with a lovely garden near the Garonne River.
As you know, both Elyse and I live in Toulouse, so it’s a place that’s special to our hearts. If you’ve never seen Paris you must visit. But once you’ve seen Paris you really need to see Toulouse and go on a tour with Elyse!
Places mentioned on the show this week: Musée des Augustins in Toulouse and Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse.
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