Friday, January 18, 2008
The group landed in Toulouse on Friday morning (1/17) via a short flight from Paris. Our hotel is on one side of a large public square laid out in front of the provincial seat of government. The Place du Capitole (shown above) was built in the mid-1700s to the plans by local architect Guilaume Cammas. The Grand Hotel de l'Opera is off to the right of this image.
Here are two views of the hotel, first from the southeast corner of the Place du Capitole and then as you enter the courtyard.
Located in the southwest of France not far inland from the Mediterranean, Toulouse is the regional capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region. The Garonne is the river that runs through the city of around 600,000 inhabitants. The local red brick gives Toulouse its nickname, "La Ville Rose."