Arriving in Toulouse was terrifying. My hosts had told me what train I needed to catch but the station is big and super busy and I wasn’t sure where to go. So I went to the information desk to find out…the lady didn’t speak English :/ I managed to indicate what station I needed to go to (Saint Jory). She gave me a time table. I looked at it and realised that the next train going to that station left at 6.25pm…it was 11am. So much for my plans to put my luggage in my room! So to find a baggage storage room…I found a guy who spoke English and he told me where to go. At the baggage place the men working there didn’t speak one ANY english at all. So that was interesting but we figured it all out in the end and so I left my suitcase there and off I went to face my next challenge: figuring out the metro! The metro ended up being the easiest thing of all, I quickly figured it out and in two stops I was in the centre of Toulouse.
Was feeling a bit shaky after the morning’s ordeal so sat on a park bench to recover. A french man came and spoke to me, asking about getting to a museum but I told him I had only just arrived 20 minutes ago! We sat and talked for a bit….he showed me where the tourist office was and off I trotted to get a map.
From there I spent the next 6 hours wandering around the city taking photos. One of the first things I noticed about Toulouse is the buildings are much more Spanish looking than Bordeaux and Paris. I really love this city, I was really excited to be here. I’ve liked the other places I’ve visited but Toulouse invoked real excitement for me 🙂
Time came for me to go to my new home…I got on the right train however I ended up missing my stop because the train was old school and I couldnt figure out how to open the door!!! A lady on the train helped me out by speaking with the train person, he told me to get off at the next stop and then I would have to wait til 9.45pm for the next train!! I was freaking out slightly….well my panic increased when I saw the station I would have to sit at for the next three hours. It was tiny and completely deserted! I was sure this was the start of a horror movie haha. 2 young guys got off as well and I asked if I could borrow their phone so I could call my hosts. The guys were really nice and spoke English well…my hosts didn’t answer so I was like ohhhhkkk then, what now. I was on the verge of a massive melt down but I told myself to treat this as part of the adventure ha.
About half hour later a lady came to the station. And thank goodness she spoke really good english so I could explain my problem! She called my hosts but no answer so she left a voicemail and text message for me. Then she told me to get on the next train with her which would take us back to Toulouse. Then she spoke to the train conductor for me and he told me what train to catch next which would take me to Saint Jory…so I had to wait an hour for the next train. So thankful for such helpful people!
I arrived at my house completely exhausted. My hosts, Veronique and Sylvain are sooo sweet! I am their first Airbnb boarder. They have been really helpful, printing off the train timetable and highlighting the times for me, providing me with breakfast. I really like them 🙂
Going down to the Metro
Today I left the house to catch the 11am train. I only just made it! I was buying my ticket as the train pulled up. I was jumping up and down telling the machine to hurry up, I grabbed my ticket and bolted for the train just as it was about to leave! I didn’t go up the steps to the train I took a flying leap and jumped into the train haha. A man at the station was sitting there laughing at me 😛
I had a good day in Toulouse 🙂 I wandered into heaps of stores, explored streets, bought a couple things, ate lunch by the river and attempted to use the city bikes! I kinda failed at the bike thing….I haven’t ridden a bike for years so I was really unsteady and kept nearly falling off. Then I kept going down the street the wrong way and nearly getting run over! In the end I gave up and returned the bike and went back to walking. I bought myself an ice cream to make myself feel better after failing at basic bike riding 😛
I was planning on bike riding out of the city and along the river but it was 32 degrees in Toulouse today. It felt like an Australian summer! Too hot ha…but the nice thing is that as soon as you step into the shade you cool down. In Australia the shade is just as hot as being in the sun haha. The sun was hot but the air still quite cool…if that makes sense? ha
I came back to my house around 6pm as I needed to buy my ticket for Nice and I wanted to find things to do while there. I also painted my nails! Actually that reminds me, I will do a beauty post in the next couple days to show you what beauty products I’ve bought. Not a lot but still.
This came to be my favourite spot. I really enjoyed sitting in the shade, watching the kids play in the water, people watching, and using the free wifi. I was really relaxed sitting here. Whenever I started feeling too hot and bothered I would walk back here to cool down.
I only had a short stay in Toulouse but I really enjoyed it…minus the moments of terror I went through 😛 I think that Toulouse is my favourite place so far. I felt truly excited to be here and to be exploring the city. If/when I come back to France I will definitely come back to Toulouse and go bike riding out into the country side. There is a forest I would have liked to bike to but the temperature was too hot, really didn’t want to ride for hours in 32 degree heat.
Tomorrow morning I leave for Nice!! My train leaves Toulouse at 8.52 and I arrive in Nice at 4pm, a 7 hour trip. Good thing I bought a book. I can spend the trip trying to translate it.
I hope I am not boring you with all my travelling posts!! Sorry if I am hehe. Don’t worry, only a week to go 😛