How’s the summer at your place?
It was reported that the heat waves struck some places in Europe which made the temperature extremely high, reaching up to 45°C!
Meanwhile, in Japan, the extreme weather conditions due to the seasonal storms were occurred. I was lucky enough that my flight to Toulouse, France, departed just the day after the typhoon passed through Japan.
I went to Toulouse to attend an international conference called ICUC9 (International Conference on Urban Climate). It is considered to be the top-level conference among researchers in urban climatology study. I am so glad to be there as a young researcher because I can meet so~ many experts and students with the same passion and interest. I surely had a fruitful week there!
Anyway, I won’t talk much about the conference. ^^
The city of Toulouse impressed me so much and I would like to share the stories with you. Maybe, we can learn something from this city!
#1 the cityscape
Toulouse, is a the city located at the southern part of French. It is 6 hours by train from Paris and much closer to Barcelona, Spain, which only takes about 3 hours. It is inhabited by nearly 1,250,000 people that makes this city is the fourth largest city in French. It is also known as La Ville Rose, or The Pink City, because of the proliferation of redbrick buildings. I wonder whether the city already set the color code because even the newer buildings still maintain the city’s distinctive color.
#2 the transportation
The city has integrated bus system, metro underground, and tram. In addition to that, an extensive bike sharing system, called VeloToulouse, is also available in the city.
How to use the system?
The price of the ticket for bus, metro, and tram is €1.8. It can be purchased from the bus driver and the ticket machine at the station. After having the ticket, you can go everywhere in the city within the duration of one hour by using bus, metro, and tram.
For the bike sharing system, the renting price is €1.8/day and €5/week. We can purchase the ticket at most of the bike stations by using credit card. To be noted, we need to deposit €150 for the insurance fee. It would be fine if we don’t do anything bad to the bicycle. The bike stations are available at many locations so it is such a convenient way to explore the city.
Please choose the bike you like… 🙂
Another way to explore the city is to join the city bus tour program. The tour only takes 1.5 hours but you surely can discover the hidden beauty the city. The GPS based audio guide is available in 8 different languages. The audio guide is very informative and could give you a better understanding of the city which even the local people may not know. The cost for joining this tour is €14. More info click here.
#3 the food
I didn’t try any particular French food. I am a poor traveller. So poor… hahaha
But I enjoyed very much the Kebab! :9
#4 the people
I really enjoyed meeting people at the conference and also the people I met outside of the conference’s venue. Sadly, I have not so many pictures of them.
People are very ‘friendly and polite’…
Somehow they are too friendly until the point of asking for cigarettes and money with ease to the strangers, to be noted, they are not beggars.
They are also too polite to an extent when one guy I met at the riverside asked permission to pee next to me. Hahahaha
Next to me is Nisrina. It was found out that we belong to the same alma mater (i.e. ITB). I am so glad to meet Indonesian researcher that doing the same research like I do.
To conclude, Toulouse is such a nice city. I’ve heard many bad stories from the city like Paris. Those stories made me scared at first. But that bad image is not proven (or yet unproven?). At least, I didn’t face any trouble during my visit and every moments are so enjoyable!
Au revoir Toulouse! wish me could come again someday…