Tag Archives: Toulouse

In The Frame: All aboard the Violet Barge

For this episode “In The Frame” we bring you La Maison de la Violette”. In July 2000, Helen Vié opened “La Maison de la Violette” on board a barge anchored on the Canal du Midi, to celebrate the delicate flower that … Continue reading

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5 of the best visits…

As we come to the end of a year full of exciting new travel stories, it is time that we shared 5 of our best experiences… On a recent press trip to Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées where violet is the emblem, Alexandra was given … Continue reading

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TravelFacts#7: Secrets of the colour blue

In the ancient world, the search for the colour blue was one steeped in mystery and enigma. It was in the Middle Ages, however, that the colour producing properties of woad or pastel were discovered, and this priceless pigment became … Continue reading

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TravelFacts#5: The A380

For number five in the TravelFacts series, I have 15 fun and fast facts about the airborne Goliath that is the Airbus A380. 1. Like me you may have thought that the A380 is the largest plane in the world. It … Continue reading

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Travel Facts#4: The Toulouse Violet Barge

There is a legend that circulates among the growers of violets. The legend says that a young market gardener, a soldier of the Empire, returned from Italy with a handful of violets. He offered the plants to his lovely lady … Continue reading

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Dreaming of The Tarn

When my colleague headed off to The Tarn in Midi-Pyrénées, France, with a media group, I decided to revisit the highlights of my own visit last year. First up, Cordes-sur-Ciel – the medieval bastide that is located so high up, on … Continue reading

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On top of the world in Cordes-sur-Ciel

When invited to visit a city in the clouds in the Tarn department of Midi-Pyrénées, it was as if my childhood fantasies were revisited – a medieval stronghold or bastide so high up, on occasion, it is hidden from view among … Continue reading

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