Monthly Archives: April 2016

Canal Tripping

For 15 years, starting in 1667, nearly 12,000 workers worked on the construction of the Canal du Midi. Using shovels and pickaxes, men and women between 20 and 50 years of age, dug a 150-mile network of navigable waterways linking … Continue reading

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Oer the Ramparts We Waved

Hopped on a train to Carcassonne this morning and rode back in time to the Middle Ages. Visiting the château and ramparts of Carassonne was like a Renaissance Festival on steroids. You enter the medieval city through the Porte Narbonnaise. … Continue reading

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Atlanta’s Sister City

Toulouse has been Atlanta’s sister city since 1974. Like all sisters, the two share some similarities, but each is distinctly itself. Native Toulousains and Atlantans are southerners as both cities reside in the lower half of their respective countries. Like … Continue reading

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Ode to Brick

Toulouse. They built this city on brick. Lots of it. That’s why Toulouse is nicknamed la Ville Rose (the Pink City). All the terracotta bricks in this city of 460,000 people make for a unique architecture, particularly in France where … Continue reading

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Bain de Soleil vs. Coppertone

When my girls were younger, our favorite vacation spot was the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Florida. For a few years, the resort ran a marketing campaign with this slogan: “It’s a beautiful day in Sandestin!” Sunny skies filled … Continue reading

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Climb Every Mountain

When I wore a younger woman’s clothes — almost two decades ago now — I tried my hand at rock climbing. Not just the clambering over boulders variety, but the dangle from a rope on the side of a cliff … Continue reading

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The Walking Tour

There’s one in every city you’ll ever visit. The Walking Tour. They typically come in two varieties: guided or self-guided. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Most of the time, we prefer to go it alone. Rambling up and down … Continue reading

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