au revoir

“Move to a new country and you quickly see that visiting a place as a tourist, and actually moving there for good, are two very different things.” Someone more experienced than I said that, and although I’m sure they lived it to a fuller extent, I understand what they’re saying. Even though I’ve traveled in…

hitched

A year ago today, Daniel and I got married in North Carolina before we moved to Toulouse. We had a simple courthouse ceremony and afterwards went across the street to a bar with our two witness friends. A big ceremony/reception is planned for when we get back to the States later this year, so that…

toulouse haunts

Back when I was still new to the city, I made a post about some of my favorite Toulouse cafes. Now that we’re approaching our 10-month mark, I’ve had the chance to discover even more favorites.

carnaval

Last week, Toulouse held their version of carnival, a pre-Lent celebration of excess. Hordes of people took to the streets on Saturday to dance and follow the parade from St. Cyprien to Jean Jaures. I have to admit some naivety here, because I had no idea this level of carnival took place outside of South America…

beauty and the burger

I’ve had some of the best and mind-blowing food I’ve ever had in my life here in southern France and yet every now and then, it’s fun to have something from home. Case in point, some friends and I (another American included) had lunch at Le Vintage.

chateau life

One of my good friends I made while doing the TEFL course, Lucie, lives just outside Toulouse in a beautiful area called L’Isle-Jourdain. It’s a 45-minute train ride out of the city which makes for a nice weekend escape.

tfc vs. psg

On Saturday Jan. 16, the Toulouse Football Club hosted Paris Saint Germain at the newly renovated Stadium Municipal. This match was going to be especially fun for a few reasons; TFC had previously been demolished by Paris (5-0), but they were coming off a morale-boosting win against Reims and there was a, albeit miniscule, chance…

fuel

I’ve come to learn that la ville rose has an overwhelming number of charming cafés and brasseries. While walking around town, you’re never too far from a terrace or cozy booth in which to enjoy an espresso. Recently, I visited three that were especially delightful.

michel sarran

This Friday, Daniel and I had the most epic gastronomic journey. Courtesy of Daniel’s brother, we enjoyed a surprise menu at the 2-star Michelin rated restaurant, Michel Sarran. Located just outside the city center, this small and intimate dining room is home to some of the most creative food being made in Toulouse, perhaps even…

bonne année!

If last NYE, you had told me I would be ringing in the next year at a house party in France with a cat named Weed, I would have said “ok yea!” And thanks to a friend of Daniel’s, that is exactly what we did. He lives close by so we took the bus and…

diy

A benefit from taking the TEFL course here in Toulouse is that it introduced me to some new friends, one of which has become an almost daily partner in crime – Maaike! I love her enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to day drink. In between our teaching hours, we explore the city, concoct plans, and…

christmastime

*updated* 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…