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There are a lot of towns designated as bastides in the southwest of France. What does that mean? It's a beautiful rich history!Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is a large village in the southwest of France. It has a gorgeous medieval city center, some great stories and a lot to do nearby. Perfect for slow travel and for those who are hoping to get to know the heart of France.Bruniquel is listed as one of France's most beautiful villages and is a great place to visit. Should you go? What do you need to plan on? What will you see?On this episode Elyse takes us on a lovely drive between Rabastens and L'Isle-sur-Tarn with stops along the way at several wineries. A great day-trip from Toulouse!Looking for places you can visit as a day-trip from Toulouse? We loved our visit to Castelnaudary. It is the world capital of Cassoulet, but it's also so charming! It is also a great place to start looking at Cathar chateaux.Lagrasse and Villerouge-Termenès are two wonderful towns in the Aude department. We love the area for its Cathar history, its gastronomy and Corbières winesLooking for a little mystery in a beautiful part of France? Rennes-le-Château and nearby Bugarach in Occitanie might be the ticket!When visiting the southwest of France, especially Carcassonne, you might want to add Limoux to your itinerary!If you're looking beyond the predictable visit to Paris, you really can't go wrong with Sarlat and Belcastel, beautiful places in the Dordogne and Aveyron!Are you coming to Toulouse for the first time? Not sure what do see and do? Let's find out with this Toulouse trip report!