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January 22, 2020

Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse!

Ok once again the walking always reveal interesting places that before you just cruise by either by car, public transport or even walking. This time with the boys we were, I guess, more curious. We dwell into an area full of gardens, museums and monuments that was great to walked it and we came upon a dandy that needs more time for a next trip to my pink city of Toulouse.

Let me tell you a bit now on the Quai des Savoirs venture in Toulouse. I translated it from the city page.

The Quai des Savoirs is located at 39, allées Jules-Guesde, in the heart of the city, in place of the old science faculty, just opposite the brand new Welcom desk at the Federal University of Toulouse. The project combines architecture, heritage and modernity. In front, the largely restored building lets glimpse this sublime heritage of bricks, white stones and sculptures. It is dedicated to scientific, technical and industrial culture and is innovative in its uses as in its vocation.


This project builds on the strength of several breeding grounds in Toulouse and its metropolis: research, education, as well as cutting-edge companies and industries or the digital galaxy. Inside, you will find the “Passage” between the Federal University of Toulouse at 41 and the Quai des Savoirs at 39 ,and will put the visitor in the mood, with its two glass “Signal Boxes” which will display works of art. digital art.


The Quay includes three levels on a total surface of 3500 m2. On the ground floor where the general public activities take place, you will find: the reception hall, science cafe, the “Great Hall” of exhibition, all white with its trompe l’oeil windows, dedicated to events, the Quai des petits, where free discoveries will be offered for children who are not readers, workshop rooms … The “Hall des Manips” will offer free access to various fun and interactive experiences.

The Quai des Savoirs is a place open to all, part of which will be accessible free of charge and open to the general public. The place dedicates each of its floors to specific uses and audiences: the ground floor is open to everyone; the first and second floors are reserved for professionals: offices of Quai teams, companies, laboratories, academics, researchers, engineers, associations, etc. A whole area is entirely devoted to the digital economy (La Cantine, etc.)

In the Great Hall will be organized not only interactive and participative exhibitions on scientific themes (the city of the future, the great mysteries of science, robots …), but also major events: European Night of Researchers, Festival of Science, Futurapolis … Workshops, internships, training, and even a thematic leisure center, to build your robot or discover the medicine of the future, make a rocket, are also in the pipeline.  Also to discover, interactive installations and augmented reality without forgetting knowledge cafes to listen to conferences over a drink.

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Quai des Savoirs in English

City of Toulouse on the urban projet Quai des Savoirs in French

Tourist office of Toulouse on the Quai des Savoirs in English

It seems an interesting place to know more about it for our next trip to Toulouse. It is full of contemporary innovation worth a look. Hope you enjoy this primer on the Quai des Savoirs of Toulouse

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

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January 22, 2020

Jardin des Plantes of Toulouse!

Well if you walk, then gardens are a must, and they are all beautiful! Often overlook by visitors because they want to see monuments but here are a wonderful part of any city and gorgeous statues fountains etc as well. A great way to rest amongst this beauty after a long city walk.
Toulouse has some that I like and will tell you here on one historical at least. I like to tell you now about the Jardin des Plantes!

The Jardin des Plantes is a public garden in Toulouse; formerly it was a garden of plants and it has retained its name but not its status. It is part, with the Boulingrin and the Jardin Royal garden, of a set of three gardens located southeast of city center/downtown Toulouse. It extends over seven hectares between Allée Jules-Guesde, Allée Serge Ravanel, Rue Alfred-Duméril and Rue Lamarck.


The first Toulouse Jardin des Plantes was created in 1730 by the Toulouse Science Society. But it was not at its current location, it was in the Saint-Sernin district, not far from Porte Matabiau.   As the quality of the soil was not satisfactory, the collection had to be moved in 1756 to rue de la Sénéchaussée (current rue des Fleurs). It is in 1794 by the will of Philippe Picot de Lapeyrouse, naturalist, that the Capitouls decreed that the Jardin des Plantes will be located in an enclosure almost identical to that which it occupies today. It takes up part of the old enclosure of the Barefoot Carmelites. With a collection of 1,300 species, local or acclimatizing, the Jardin des Plantes became a large botanical garden but also a place where the poor can collect medicinal plants. By decree of July 27, 1808, Napoleon I   gave the city the land and the buildings of the garden. During the Battle of Toulouse (April 10, 1814), the garden was used as an artillery point from one of its mounds.


In 1817, a pond was created, fed by the nearby Canal du Midi. The garden was transformed for the coming of the international exhibition of 1887: it became a public garden. Seals, bears, monkeys, etc. populated the garden until 1976, then there are only water hens , ducks, geese, swans, and peacocks. The current Jardin des Plantes is located southwest of the city center, in the Busca district near the Pont des Demoiselles district, towards the Canal du Midi.



When it was moved to this location, it was outside the city walls, now it is right in the center in a very dense residential area mixing old buildings and newer buildings. It is bordered by the School of Medicine, the Museum of Natural History, the Daniel-Sorano Theater and the Saint-Exupère Church. It is very close to Boulingrin (Grand Pond garden) but a wide avenue separates it. However, a metal walkway allows pedestrians to join these two public parks. Several entrances serve it. The oldest is the Toulouse Capitol gate, dating from 1555, which was moved from the Capitol compound to the eastern side of the garden. The most common is the so-called Virebent entrance at the Allées Jules Guesde . It is connected to it by the allée des justes des Nations street. The Jardin des Plantes garden brings together several vestiges, old or renovated buildings. Among these, the Museum dates from the end of the 16C. The east entrance gate to the garden is a reconstruction dating from 1886 of one of the gates of the old Capitol. The North gate overlooking rue Ozenne is there since March 6, 1805.


Indeed a wonderful place and as you can read full of interesting things to see in lovely Toulouse. The tourist office has more on it here: Tourist office of Toulouse on the Jardin des Plantes

And the city of Toulouse on gardens has a bit more in French: City of Toulouse on its gardens

There you go another wonderful place to be full of culture all around you. Enjoy this walkable area of the pink city of Toulouse. The Jardin des Plantes is small today but nice for a visit.

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

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