Ibis Gare Matabiau
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Breakfast Available
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Non-smoking hotel
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We spent the morning with Delphine and the baby and we walked around the lake in Balma after our breakfast of brioche, crepes, and croissants. It was lovely to be on the receiving side of the foreign exchange. We went to the gare (train station) in Toulouse at 2pm for our Eurorail trip to Barcelona which lasted 3 1/2 hours.....we had a supply of …
... multiple jet fighters (Jaguars, Migs, Mirage and Straighter to name a few), an Airbus A300B, and the Airbus Super Gupy heavy cargo plane which is wider than it is long. Not only are there aircraft to view but a number of interactive exhibitions such as flight simulators, design your own aircraft, and movies.
We are glad we went when we did as there were no crowds with only about 15 ...
... museum, Kate and Roy decided they just had to go and play in the nearby park. At a beautiful 2 degrees, why not! The kids had a fun time trying out all the play equipment with the highlight being a standing see-saw as well as dragging mum and dad into relay races over logs burried end up on the ground. We were not the only ones at the park and it seemed quite a popular spot for families even in the middle of winter.
And another adventure begins. A seamless early morning journey to the airport courtesy of West End Lane cars and the Heathrow Express (door to air side in 1 hour 15 mins!) where a welcome breakfast panino and an unfeasibly large container of Cappuccino helped my reach the stage of conversation. Here were Marie, our host, culinary expert, blogger and friend along with two regular companions from the wilds of Wimbledon and Budapest ...
... however this bridge is actually one of the oldest in Toulouse with construction starting around 1544, but I guess it was new once.
From Pont Neuf we were able to see Pont Saint-Michel, this bridge has an interesting history as there is a small island under it that was used to execute witches by tying them to trees as the river was rising and they would drown.
After an afternoon of exploring it was time for ...