The old capital of Languedoc, Toulouse is nowadays France`s fourth-largest city. It is a city with a distinguished historical past, and also a city of the future and the high-tech center of the aerospace industry in France. It`s known as La Ville Rose (`The Pink City`) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot. Its small, 18-century Old Quarter is a maze of narrow lanes and plazas in which to get happily lost. Its River Garonne is peaceful by day and romantic by night, when the Pont Neuf is floodlit. Stumble across grand churches, fine art and handsome 16th-century mansions.
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