I had time for a little trip into Toulouse yesterday afternoon.Having had an incidental trip on the Metro at the weekend, I decided to go to the Park and Ride and go in the environmentally friendly way...
I arrived, underground, and walked up into the city via this charming exit.
Out into a main square of the city...
... where this sculpture by a famous Toulouse artist has central place.
I don't think the photo above did it justice - here she is again.
A quick walk through the Capitole building led me into the very central square.
My first goal was to get some school stationery and some presents in this bookshop.
After the practical stuff, I had a quick look in secondhand clothes shops,
and vintage shops...
The door at the top of the post belonged to this beautiful shop which seems to sell vintage-style stationery, but was unfortunately shut both times I went past! One to remember...
I bought two presents for Son 2's friend, with whom he's spending a Birthday Weekend (starting tonight). Inside the wrappings are a bug catching and observation kit, and a book about nature for older children. I hope his mum is OK about bugs!
In the bookshop I bought these presents for Son 1's manga-obsessed friend - the party is tomorrow afternoon.
I enjoyed the trip, and hope I make the effort to get into the city centre more often - it's hardly difficult but somehow I seldom do it!
Have a great weekend - I have no idea how much time I'll have for blogging, so I may not 'see' you all until Monday!
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