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January 20, 2020

Streets of Toulouse, part II

So did I say we walk on our trip to the pink city of Toulouse to start big 2020! yes we did walk a lot but that is usual for us on our trips. We go by car for convenience but once in town we let our feet do the walking and we love it.

I have written a previous post on our street walking in Toulouse back on Jan 9 2020. For some reason wordpress dated backward on my post sequence. You can see it.

One of the beauties here is to walk along the quays and the Garonne river and or Canal du Midi, and see the quant boats. Just a sublime sight and we love it. One of the emblematic sight is the boat boutique La Violette at Blvd Bonrepos near the train station Matabiau. For the record we had purchase here, web info:La Maison de la Violette Toulouse

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Moving into the city we come along several nice monuments posted on the avenues of Toulouse. One of these is the Monument to the combattants de la Haute Garonne, at the Allée Forain-François Verdier near the crossing with the rue de Metz.

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You can go on with wonderful monuments in different parts of the city of Toulouse such as the Monument to the Combattants de 1870 at the Allée Jules Guesde.

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One wonderful square we always crossed it on foot and by car and very lively is the Place Wilson or rather Place du Président Thomas Wilson. From here to heavens in Toulouse you have the Capitouls nearby.

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Of course these are not all , it will take me a book but these are nice ones that I have taken a picture so will show them.

And of course, there are monuments that had no time to go in and passed by them again or first time. This is the case of the Théatre Sorano created in 1694  on the former auditorium of the National History Museum of Toulouse. A grandiose area to see many nice things in the city and fantastic walking tour. For the record and my future visit, the webpage is here: Official Theatre Sorano of Toulouse

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There you go a nice place at the Allée Jules Guesde and near other museums and gardens of the pink city of Toulouse.

Of course, as said these are not all it will take you a book,but rather nice areas in which I have a picture. Toulouse is loaded , greatly underrated and worth a detour indeed. Enjoy Toulouse

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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January 20, 2020

Sports in Toulouse!

Ok ok this is hard. I grew up on football/soccer but have taken a lot of liking to Rugby in France. Having family from the Toulouse area you need to be into Rugby and especially the Stade Toulousain! However, never leave my football and the Toulouse FC! 1-2 punch in the pink city of Toulouse

First, my football/soccer Toulouse FC!

The Toulouse Football Club, abbreviated as Toulouse FC, is founded in 1970. The current Toulouse FC having in addition been founded in 1970 under the name of Union Sportive de Toulouse. The latter receives at its creation the support of the city/town hall, which offers it to play at the Municipal Stadium, and the French Football Federation, which integrates it among the clubs chosen to directly access the new Division 2 open to amateur clubs for the 1970-1971 season during the 1970 championship reform. In 1979, US Toulouse took the name of Toulouse FC and adopted professional status. It joined Division 1 in 1982 and finished three times in the first five places in the championship.

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Its history in French League 2 Championship Champion: 1982 and 2003, and Vice-champion: 1981 and 1997. In French League 1 Championship Third: 1987 and 2007.  Some of its famous coaches was the legendary Just Fontaine, also, Alain Giresse, and Antoine Kombouaré. Main players were Moussa Sissoko, Étienne Capoue, Franck Tabanou or Wissam Ben Yedder. It is also a springboard to the very highest level for other players like Jérémy Mathieu sold to FC Valence, Aymen Abdennour sold to AS Monaco or Serge Aurier sold to PSG.

The Toulouse Stadium, previously called the Municipal Stadium, is the largest sports arena in Toulouse. Its has 33,150 seats, and it is located on the Ramier Island, very close to the center of Toulouse. Its construction began in 1937 , and was finally completed in 1949, work having been interrupted by WWII.

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It welcomes the professional team of the Toulouse Football Club (TFC), as well as the big rugby matches of the Stade Toulousain in the European Cup or in the Top 14. It has hosted football world cup matches, the European championship football, and friendly matches of the French football team. It has also hosted rugby world cup matches, friendly matches of the French rugby union team, and major international matches and many finals of the French rugby league championship.

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The webpages for the Toulouse FC are

Official Toulouse FC football team

City of Toulouse football stadium

Tourist office on the Toulouse FC tour

And now the mighty Stade Toulousain rugby, which we follow as our team in France, and visit of course.

The Stade Toulousain is rugby union club founded in 1907 and based in Toulouse. Stade toulousain is domiciled at Stade Ernest-Wallon. The club has won the French rugby union championship twenty times, it is also a quadruple European champion, which makes it the most successful French and European club. Its philosophy of play “hand game, Toulousain game” is recognized by the world of rugby as close to total rugby practiced in particular by the All Blacks (New Zealand).

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Rugby Union made its appearance in Toulouse at the end of the 19C and the first clubs were formed in the 1890s. It was notably the students who practiced this sport, the existence of which in France was very recent c.1872. The Toulouse Student Stadium (SOET), created in 1897, and bringing together students from all disciplines, was soon split up since the Sports Union of the Veterinary School (USEV) created in 1899. These two clubs added the Toulousain Athletic Sport (SAT). In 1905, the USEV (gray color) and the SAT (yellow and black colors) merged to be called Toulouse Véto-Sport (gray jersey, black pants). In 1907, the merger of two Toulouse clubs (SOET and Véto-sport) gave birth to the Stade Olympien and Véto-sport Toulousain which for the sake of an essential shortcut will be called the Stade Toulousain.

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The Stade Toulousain traditionally play in red and black, the colors of SOET. These were the colors of the Capitouls, the former municipal councilors. The white jersey appeared later in the 1920s as an away jersey. Over the years, the gray jersey also appeared, certainly a tribute to Véto-sport. The only sprain to these colors is the pale pink jersey used throughout 2007, which to celebrate the club’s centenary, pays tribute to the pink city which is its cradle -Toulouse.

During WWI, many players from the Stade Toulousain served in the French army. About eighty died in the trenches during the battles of Verdun, Somme, etc. Many players were then champions of France in 1912, and were part of the team nicknamed “the Red Virgin”.

A Stade Toulousain manager, Lucien Cézéra, had the idea in the 1950s of creating a logo for the club. He found his inspiration in the Saint-Sernin Basilica of Toulouse where, in a chapel dedicated to Saint Thomas Aquinas which was created when his relics were provisionally deposited there, is a mosaic of an astonishing resemblance to the logo of the club Red and black. The club logo, worn on the jersey, consists of the letters “S” and “T” intertwined. It is the faithful copy of the acronym of Saint Thomas in the Saint-Sernin Basilica.

Indeed, since 1985, the Stade Toulousain has been one of the very best clubs in Europe. It has raised the Brennus Shield eleven times, including four consecutive from 1994 to 1997. It is also the first club to win the European Cup in 1996. With four continental titles, Stade Toulousain is the most successful club in the European Cup.  112 years after its creation, the Stade Toulousain has won 20 French champion titles, four European Cups, has a 19,500-seat stadium , about 250 partner companies, and 117 international players over its history. Important players for me are Thierry Dusautoir, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, Yannick Jauzon, Frédéric Michalak, Emile Ntamack, Clément Poitranaud, and Maxime Médard. As coach none other than Guy Novés.

The Stade Toulousain evolved during its creation in the Parc des Prairie des Filters. This place notably hosted the meetings of the Stade Olympien of Toulouse students. In 1907, Ernest Wallon, president of the club, decided to provide the club with a sports arena. Located in the heart of the Ponts-Jumeaux district, not far from the site of the old stadium of the Prairie des Filters , the club moves to the Ponts Jumeaux stadium. It was inaugurated on November 24, 1907. The Stade Toulousain is one of the rare French clubs, all sports combined, to have its own sports facilities. It therefore owns the stadium, Stade Ernest-Wallon, commonly known as the Sept Deniers stadium, near Blagnac. It is named after Ernest Wallon, president of the Stade Olympien des étudiants de Toulouse or Toulouse Olympic Stadium for Students (SOET) and law professor at the Faculty of Toulouse, at the beginning of the 20C, who participated in the creation of the Ponts Jumeaux stadium in Toulouse. The latter, opened in 1982, has been recently renovated and has a capacity of 19,500 seats. In 2019, the stadium lawn was completely changed to adopt a hybrid lawn. A new dining hall is built between the store and the entrance to the training center. The current main entrance to the changing rooms under the grandstand, the visitors changing rooms and the old canteen were then completely refurbished

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The webpages for the Stade Toulousain are

Official Stade Toulousain rugby

Official Stade Toulousain on the Ernest Wallon stadium

There you a lethal combination if in town, the pink city is Toulouse and football/rugby is it. Been a huge university town with over 100K students helps too. Enjoy the sports of Toulouse!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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January 20, 2020

Church of St Exupère, Toulouse

In my continuing walks with my boys we did a lot of walking and came by area that normally we would just bypass or briefly walk on them, this time we took more time. And as usually the case with time, we saw a lot more of the beautiful monuments this time of the pink city of Toulouse.

One of these monument in the off the beaten path way was the Church of St Exupère, and I like to tell you a bit on it ok

The Church of Saint-Exupère is of baroque style which is located in the old district of Saint-Michel on the right bank at Allées Jules Guesdes. Its small octagonal bell-tower shelters a carillon of 14 bells. Built from 1620 to serve as a chapel with the barefoot Carmelites, a religious order resulting from the reform of Carmel, it was inaugurated in 1623 under the name of Saint Joseph.

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Abandoned from the French revolution to the Concordat (1801), it was again worshiped and consecrated in 1807 under the new name of Saint Exupère, bishop of Toulouse in the 4C. The statue of Saint Joseph and the infant Jesus on the facade is from 1658.

The choir Christ behind the tabernacle and the wooden statues and, from Saint Rose of Lima, in the first half of the 17C. There is a nice Christ on the Cross. The choir, which originally had a fence, was transformed in 1807 also the pulpit. There is a nice chapelle des Pénitents by Jean-Baptiste Despax. The nave is decorated with plasterwork from the 17C, with paintings painted in the 17-18C. Among this set “La Transverbération de Sainte Thèrèse d’Avila” by the Italian painter Antonio Verrio who spent two years in Toulouse.

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In the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Salette chapel, there is an anonymous painting of Saint Teresa of Avila restored to the church after the French revolution. In the first chapel on the left, a 17C painting representing “The Virgin and Child Jesus appearing to a Carmelite monk”

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The current organ is remarkable. It was made in 1887 by the house Théodore Puget. Jacques-Pascal Virebent is the author of the grandstand with an organ column, with its four turrets, its three sideboards, its musician cherubs, its flower pots and its foliage friezes sculpted in the Baroque manner.

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There is only the parish site as not considered a tourist attraction in fact they showcase usually in Heritage days in France or Journée de Patrimoine.

Catholic Parish of Toulouse on Church St Exupère

There you go a nice place to visit in a wonderful area full of gardens and museums. Do not forget to enter this church. St Exupère was a wonderful discovery in my Toulouse

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

 

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