Toulouse

In June I took a trip of a lifetime. The first part of this trip starts with me in Toulouse, France.  IMG_6796 Day One

I arrived in Toulouse in the morning and boarded a bus with my bags and a throbbing headache. Pounding headaches tend to eliminate simple map reading and deductive reasoning… Naturally, I hopped off the bus a stop too soon and wondered the streets a bit until I found a little hotel that could maybe help direct me to where I’d be staying.

Loving the sights along the way, I eventually was able to find my way using the little map the hotel provided.

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This fountain was at the end of my building and would become an important landmark in the coming days.

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Found it! See the red banner? Hotel Des Arts. A sweet little boutique hotel. I loved the lively square behind it and how close it was to sights, shopping and more without being on the main roads.

I was able to check my bags but my room would not be ready for a few hours so I set out to explore. Headache and all.

My first stop, just around the corner from my hotel, Musee’ des Augustins. The lovely courtyard had a garden with fruit trees, vines, and vegetables being tended by a gal. There were children’s art projects on display within the greenery as well. The area around the courtyard had some beachy chairs where you could sit and enjoy a gentle breeze. I sat for a moment to enjoy said breeze and had a bit of a snooze. I was so tired I didn’t care who saw me. I spent time exploring the exhibits including sculptures and paintings.

Feeling the effects of my impending migraine, I left the museum hopeful I could find a spot to rest but not feeling hungry or thirsty enough to sit in a cafe I returned to the square behind my hotel. There were many people hanging out at cafes and below the trees in the shade. I sat on a raised area for a bit and it wasn’t long until I tossed my pack onto the grass and used it as a pillow under the trees enjoying the warm breeze.  I dozed on and off. Finally, at 2, I went into the hotel, up the narrow winding stairs and pleaded to be let into a room early. They kindly scrambled and got me into my room an hour later. I plopped into my bed and slept. I slept for 5 hours.

Hotel staff directed me to a place on the square for a solo dinner. Mother nature was kind to me after my headachy day. The rain finally came and managed to only fall while I was eating dinner. I enjoyed really great music coming from a near by pub making my solo dinner much more enjoyable. I plan to get back to bed and prep for a full day of exploring tomorrow.

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