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Toulouse earned the nickname Ville Rose, the Pink City, due to the colour of the brickwork used to create many of its buildings. Stroll through the centre and you'll find many beautiful structures, including the Capitole building, home to Toulouse's city hall, a theatre company and a symphony orchestra. Be sure to take in the magnificent churches of Notre Dame de la Daurade, Saint-Pierre des Cuisines and the Saint-Sernin basilica.
You can find out more about Toulouse's links with the aerospace industry at the Aeroscopica museum, or perhaps organise a tour of the actual Airbus factory, located to the north of the city centre. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was the natural dye created from woad plants that helped to support the city's economy. The Hôtel d'Assézat, built for a rich woad merchant in 1555 is open to the public and houses a fantastic collection of paintings and bronzes.
The commercial centre of Toulouse is compact and easy to explore on foot. You'll find plenty of fashion boutiques here as the city is the birthplace of a number of designer labels, including The Kooples and Marchand Drapier.
Head to the Saint-Étienne Cathedral quarter to find antique shops and second-hand furniture stores. If you're interested in finding a bargain or perhaps something a little more unusual to take home, try the flea market that springs up around Place Saint-Sernin on Sunday mornings.
When you're relaxing with a cool drink at a pavement café, watching the sun go down over the Place du Capitole, it's difficult not to fall head over heels for the city of Toulouse. Enjoy a bite to eat here, or make for the city's Old Quarter, where you'll find plenty of intriguing narrow streets and picturesque squares filled with an excellent selection of restaurants.