I feel very lucky to be in Toulouse around this time. Unlike passing tourists, just visiting for the weekend and experiencing a sliver of the city, we get to live here and see every side of Toulouse during every season.

Fall is definitely gone. The crisp, sunny days have been replaced with something markedly more overcast. In a way, I’m glad because I don’t feel

guilty for staying under the blankets all day lesson planning. But I’m also glad because the dreariness has been heavily offset by Christmas cheer all over the city.

Almost overnight, lighting has been hung, shops have been decorated, and mini Christmas trees line the streets.



snapped as I rode my bike across Pont Neuf

Like many European cities, Toulouse has a marché de NoëlThere are several throughout the city, but the largest is set up in Place du Capitole.

Here, there are at least 100 white tents selling vin chaud, pretzels, beer, spices, and gifts of all kinds. During the day, you have more of a chance to browse at your leisure, but come nightfall, the crowds are so intense that it’s better to just let them pull you down the aisles like a strong current.


roasting chestnuts


Besides vin chaud, something you must treat yourself to is aligot. Specific to southern France, this dish is made from mashed potatoes blended with butter, cream, crushed garlic, and melted cheese. It’s often served with sausage or roast pork and it’s also liquid gold.


After walking through the market last night, Daniel and I rode bikes over to Rue d’Alsace Lorraine, the large shopping thoroughfare where I had heard there were impressive Christmas lights. It was true!




I visited the Christmas market along Allées Jules-Guesde this afternoon after work. It’s smaller than the Capitole market, but with more locally made items.



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Joyeux Noël!





5 Comments Add yours

  1. Patti Jones says:

    I am jealous!!!! The Eastern Shore of North Carolina seems so boring after seeing your beautiful Toulouse!!!! So glad you two are enjoying this time of your life. Have a wonderful holiday.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aemabe says:

      Thank you, Patti! I miss that shore though. Enjoy your holiday as well! xo


  2. asmarsh says:

    Europe during the Holidays is so beautiful …

    Do you remember the Prague Christmas markets?


    1. aemabe says:

      Of course! 😀


  3. Enguels Morales says:

    Thanks for the pictures, France looks amazing.


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