La Ville Rose, France


La ville rose. The pink city. Could any town have a more romantic nickname than Toulouse? Living in Toulouse from October to January of last year was an architecture dream with ancient houses, shops, and hotels side-by-side, their facades covered in pink-hued terracotta brick exteriors who catch the late-afternoon sun with such beauty, their rose hues offset by shutters in mediterranean blues and greens.

After a particularly destructive fire devastated the Medieval, wood-timbered city in the 15th century, its citizens were encouraged to use bricks, made from the red dirt of the Garonne River valley, to build their homes instead, and, here they stood ever since though many have undergone restorations after well-to-do citizens during the more recent centuries found the building material too provincial, choosing to whitewash the beautiful pink hues and cover them with lime to give their homes a more sophisticated look. Luckily, the citizens of Toulouse undertook to restore the bricks over the last century, once again allowing the city to be bathed in the rose hues of sunset.

Here are some scenes of the pink streets we walked each day during our time there. We hope you find the city as beautiful as we did.

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