Bordeaux is one of the biggest wine regions in France and if you like red wine it’s a great place for visiting vineyards and doing some wine tasting. I’ve been to that part of France many times but on a recent trip we headed further south to Toulouse where we did some wine tasting in one of the local bars.
We tried some nice French reds from the region and from Bordeaux but as I prefer white wine I focused more on the food at the wine bar. Chicken, salad and a dried fruit jelly type thing was probably not the best choice considering the wine we were drinking but I liked it anyway.
Later in the trip we stopped by Le Paradis Goumand which has a huge selection of biscuits, chocolate, marshmallow and all kinds of other sweet things.
I picked up a few things to make as a gift basket for my friend’s birthday and of course we got a few things for ourselves too. I’d recommend the raspberry chocolate if you get a chance to stop by.
Toulouse is quite well known for their Salon du The where people typically meet up for tea or coffee and cake in the afternoon. Tarts seem to be the specialty of the city and we tried a couple of places just off the Place du Capitole. The white chocolate cake and lemon meringue pie at Flowers Cafe was delicious.
Another popular place for snacks and dessert is the Italian style gelateria on Place du Capitole. We stopped for hot chocolate and waffles with cream and didn’t really need to eat for the rest of the day. Waffles aren’t exactly a specialty of the region but they are definitely welcome on a cold winter’s day.
Toulouse isn’t one of the more popular tourist destinations in France but it is a nice place to stop for a couple of days or even to base yourself to do some days trips. You can visit medieval Carcassonne to the south or visit the nearby town of Albi for its cathedral or to visit the Toulouse Lautrec museum.