Following my visit to the musée des Augustins, I continued to explore the rest of Toulouse during my first day in town after the New Year. It was sometime in the late afternoon by then, and I wanted to stay in the center until the sun set to capture the gorgeous views of the pont Neuf and the Capitole lit up; it wouldn’t get dark until half past 17:00, so with that, I wandered around town in the meantime.
If my time in Paris after New Years had been the “apéritif” of my month-long travels in January, then Toulouse was my “appetizer.” If anything, the two French cities were just starters as I would discover afterwards, but I’m getting ahead of myself…any case, I spent four nights in Toulouse with a friend, and from there I visited the city proper and made day trips to explore more of what the southwest region of France had to offer.
Whilst visiting Paris after the New Year, I also decided to make a day trip to Amiens. Located in the Picardie region of France, this city is home to the tallest, completed cathedral in France and was the home of science-fiction writer Jules Verne. That said, I thought I would dedicate a day to seeing what the city (and region) was all about.
After my visits to the Belleville district, the Palais Garnier, and the Palais Royal, I continued my first full day in Paris this past New Year with a nice lunch out in town. I don’t usually go out to restaurants while travelling (albeit one nice meal out of the entire trip), since I am on a budget, but with Paris, there are many more options to try out than anywhere else in France that I didn’t mind shelling out a few bucks to treat myself.
Couple of days after New Year’s, I headed out to Paris for a few nights. Even though I had barely five days of recovery between getting back from Italy and Spain with my family and Paris, I still went anyway. Considering that I hadn’t been to Paris since returning to France in August, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go back.