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Garonne

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Garonne

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Historical Walking Tour of Toulouse

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Spend the morning or afternoon on a historical journey through Toulouse’s past. Explore the city’s landmarks, architecture, and monuments on a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour with a historian guide. Visit the Romanesque style Basilica of Saint-Sernin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, see the Capitole of Toulouse, with its impressive marble façade, and stop at many other sites to learn about the city's fascinating history and significance in France.
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Philippe B wrote a review Nov 2020
Toulouse, France5,698 contributions82,070 helpful votes
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The Garonne river in Toulouse offers nice walks along the banks with amazing views on brick-made historical buildings both at night and during daytime. It’s also an opportunity to learn a lot about the history of the city that was organized around the river.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Michael B wrote a review Jul 2020
Bellflower, California15,908 contributions401 helpful votes
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There are three major bridges over the river Garonne in Toulouse, two of stone and one of steel. The first one we passed was the Pont Neuf, (French for New Bridge), this lovely old 16th-century stone bridge over the River Garonne, took over a hundred years to complete, and replaced the Pont Daurade bridge which had linking the old pilgrim hospital of Saint-Marie de la Daurade, to the Benedictine monastery on the other side of the river. The stone arches of the bridge are not all the same size, and when we were passing by, local students had placed a red devil on one of the bridge’s buttresses for fun. Overlooking the River Garonne dock, is 9th century Benedictine priory, the Basillique Notre Dame de La Daurada. Converted to a tobacco factory during the French Revolution in 1794, the dock used to unload goods from the river. Today it’s a boarding place for tourists to see the river, or stroll along the Henri Martin promenade. The next bridge over the river Garonne is the Pont Saint-Pierre, connecting the place Saint-Pierre on one side to the red brick hospice la Grave on the other. The first bridge was opened in 1852, but during the rivers great flood in 1875 it collapsed. Rebuilt in 1877 as a pedestrian bridge, and again in 1987 of steel-concrete composite, the old lampposts from the bridge were used on Pont des Catalans bridge. Between Pont Saint Pierre and the Pont des Catalans bridge on the right side of the river is the entrance to St. Peter's lock and Canal de Brienne, which allows boats not only to by-passes the Bazacle (River Garonne Weir), by two locks, to join the canals Midi and Lateral at the River Garonne downstream, but made the city center accessible by water. Next on the river bank is the Espace EDF Bazacle an interesting Weir and Hydroelectric building. There had been a ford here from Roman times. In 1190 a dam was built to control the river and turn mill water wheels to grind corn, in 1890 a hydroelectric power station was built, and sold electricity to the city, after WWII it was nationalized. There is also a fish ladder in the river Garonne weir that allowing fish to swim up river. The last bridge over the River Garonne is the Pont des Catalans originally called the Pont Amidonniers, but changed in 1907 after a visit by the mayor of Barcelona and to celebrate the two citys friendship. The five arched bridge built in double masonry to looking like a basket handle, was inspired by ring design of the Pony Neuf bridge up stream. It connects the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art at former abattoir, with the district of Amidonniers. Due to the River Garonne shallow water here, offten debris collets and forms small islands. It is nice to stand on one of the bridges at night and look at all the light down the River Garonne. TIP: If you have time take a tour on one of the River Garonne cruise boats.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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507tonyp wrote a review Feb 2020
Helston, United Kingdom26 contributions
Went to the river bank with a small picnic and just soaked in the peacefulness. Beautiful setting in a bustling city
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Date of experience: February 2020
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ChipTravel wrote a review Oct 2019
Denver, Colorado394 contributions50 helpful votes
We stumbled onto this spot in the early evening at sunset on a Friday and it was great. Tons of people sitting, strolling and just enjoying the sunset at the edge of the city. Very picturesque, with bridges and streetlights and the river. Good place to bring a bottle of wine and hang out!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Archaeobuff wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia1,669 contributions406 helpful votes
Beautiful day in Toulouse. It was very festive in Toulouse with loads of people on the streets and then when I wandered down to the river - have a look at what I saw. it was the Fiesta Garonna with water jousting as they call it. Two very strange motorised boats with an amplified drummer and trumpeter on each. It looked pretty colourful and musical and suddenly it is all action with a guy in the water. What a treat to see it again by accident. The crowd loved it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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