Lifestyle & Parenting


April 3, 2008

Known as La Ville Rose for its pink-hued buildings, the
southern French city of Toulouse has far more to offer than just


Youll find only the best Euro designers at chic boutique Hall 2. Covet
the cotton shift dresses from cult label Les Prairies de Paris, the
Golden Goose chemises, and its original selection of lovely chausseurs
including a darling pair of black patent leather Mary Janes with grey
suede heels by Avril
. Sometimes credit limits are there to be tested. Hall 2, 32, rue
des Marchands, Toulouse, +33 5 61 52 92 04.

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We have a bit of a thing for foreign pharmacies and Toulouse has some of
the quaintest in France. Pay a visit to Pharmacy Ozenne (circa 1775)
because theres nothing quite like buying shampoo in a neo-medieval
building. Pharmacie Ozenne, 3, rue Ozenne, Toulouse, +33 5 61 52 70 51.


Built in the 1850s, Le
clos des potiers
is an elegant boutique hotel with its own private
garden. We loved the Philippe Starck ghost chairs set amongst the French
antiques and hardwood floors. Be sure to ask for a Junior Suite
overlooking the historical centre. Rooms from 100, rue Potiers,
Toulouse, +33 5 61 47 15 15,


Sweet or savory, Toulousains adore their tartines. Stop for lunch at
LAutre Salon de Thé in the quartier Saint-Georges. With 64 blends of tea
and dozens of cakes, you may want to skip the savory and go straight for
dessert. Try a bite of its famous Banofi cake sinfully made from banana,
toffee, double cream, vanilla and chocolate (3.50). LAutre Salon de Thé,
45, rue Tourneurs, Toulouse, +33 5 61 22 11 63.


This city is best explored by bike and there are 2400 available for rent
at various VélôToulouse
sites around town. Be sure to peddle along the banks of the Garonne
River and across the lovely arched Pont-Neuf. 2/per rental plus 1/hour.



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