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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Friends! Since you were all so helpful the last time I asked for travel advice (re: Copenhagen), I feel I must call upon you again, now that I'm going to another new city.
I will be traveling to Toulouse in late October for work. I probably won't have all that much time to myself, but with the few moments I'm able to steal, what should I see? Any museum recommendations? Where should I eat? Tell me!
Oh, do I have a restaurant recommendation for you ... at the moment I can't remember what it is, but I will find out! The restaurant known for its duck in the city known for its duck in the region of France known for its duck (Hope you like duck!).
And the chocolate shop - chocolates to die for. Really. You remember the scene in Charlie and the Chocolate factory with the candy that was an entire meal in series. Yeah, they sell chocolate that does that to you (but you don't turn into a blueberry at the end and the flavors just touch your tongue and tickle it in just the right way, one after the other.) And candied lavender (the actual flower). This is the chocolate shop that before they were _willing_ to sell us chocolate, asked if we would be flying and made us promise to hand carry it since it would get bruised in our luggage.
Oh, how I miss Toulouse. Most consistently best food I've had in any town I've ever been in. (Hint, in France, even the lowliest of restaurants that cater to French people (instead of tourists) will have cloth napkins. Heed this.)
I make it a point to eat as much duck as possible, because ducks are evil
. I will have cassoulet every night if necessary.
It looks like there are several chocolate shops in Toulouse. I may have to experiment a bit to find the one you're talking about. Oh, what a shame.
Your point about the cloth napkins is taken, thank you!
This may be too far (especially by European driving standards - don't scare us Yanks too much though), but about 100 miles away is Les Pres d'Eugenie
, which was fantastic. We stayed and ate there last Thanksgiving, and had the most amazing turkey dish we'd ever had (by special request, so we could have a private Thanksgiving dinner in Europe!), among other incredible fare.
Or if you really want to go nuts (driving-wise), there are some places in Bordeaux and San Sebastian I'd very highly recommend!Edited at 2010-09-16 01:40 am (UTC)
I don't think I'll have any time to take trips that long, but thanks for the suggestion anyway!
Hey - not about Toulouse - are you around tr weekend of October 16th/ 17th? It's my birthday on the Sunday and want to have a dinner of some kind on the Saturday evening - would be lovely if you (and bloke) could make it.
Yep, we should both be available for dinner that weekend, with the proviso that that is during term time and we're both teaching so cancellation is possible. Will put it on the calendar. :D