Martine, one of the French tutors at Alliance Française in Bristol, is taking a group of students, taking French lessons with her, to Toulouse.
They'll be leaving from Bristol airport on Friday afternoon. The hotel has been booked for months and is conveniently situated near the tourist office ( l'office du tourisme). Its premises are in the old donjon near la place du Capitole with its cafés where they'll have un apéritif before having their first meal at the restaurant called Les Terrasses St Rome. The owner ( le patron) has promised Martine that they will not have un temps anglais so he is reserving a table à la terrasse!
On Saturday they'll be discovering the old town with its churches, particularly la basilique St Sernin, and the 17th century hôtels particuliers. Martine has prepared a list of museums for students to choose from but also they all want to enjoy walking ( faire des balades) along la Garonne and le canal du Midi. And make the most of the cafés and restaurants to soak up the atmosphere, to make it all come to life, after studying about Toulouse in the French lessons from books and from the Internet.
The group is travelling back the following Monday: during those four days, they will speak French the whole time ( Martine will make sure of that!) so quite an immersion in the French language, South west accent included!
Look out for photos on our website in the next few weeks, for more info...