The Pink City Dec 08, 2011
Toulouse is definitely a surprise hit for me. Apart from knowing that
it has some involvement with the Airbus industry and the people here
are fanatical with their rugby, I know nothing else about this city.
And what a city it is. Here, I'm surrounded by terracotta buildings,
which I deem to be more masculine than Bordeaux's lime-white elegant
buildings. When people told me that in general, people call it here
the "pink city", I thought that it may have something to do with
people's sexual orientation, only to be corrected later that it's got
to do with the shimmering pink colour of the city especially during
summer time. It's been said that sunset is the best time to take a
stroll around the City Centre & if possible, look beyond the gates of
inner mansions where they conceal fine gardens. Perhaps, this is to
illustrate the sophistication of the people here, where they convey
their advance lifestyle in what they do rather than what they wear.
There's a buzz to the city centre. It's not what u call gritty-like
like as in NYC but that the shop fronts show a certain kind of finesse
& flair that I haven't seen for quite some time. Perhaps, we r closer
to the South of France & there's definitely a Mediterranean feel to
the place where people in general r more olive skinned & that
conversations r more animated complemented by ocassional shrug of
shoulders & hand languages. Perhaps, it's a hybrid of Spanish,
Italian, French all merged into one huge melting pot. The
transportation system here is superb, well serviced by train, subway,
bus. The food served at the Hall is homely, filling & unpretentious.
I would have this more than a Michelin restaurant where I would be
given a plate the size of a moon but food the size of a grain of sand.
Remember that song, that's the way I like, I like....IT....Yes, with
Toulouse, it's a brief fling indeed, one day's worth of it but
somehow, everything exceeded my expectation. It simply brings me a
great feeling to be in the midst of it & just before Arnie parted in
his Terminator's franchise, he proclaimed, I'll Be Back & that's what
I will do. Let's meet again one day~Toulouse.
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