At The Capitole (Part 1)

On telling some people I was going to Toulouse, they asked “What are you going there for?” and “What’s in Toulouse?” Well, it is a beautiful City, with so much going on, and you can get almost everywhere on foot. I hope after reading the following posts they will see why we visited, and so will you.


The Place du Capitole is at the heart of Toulouse. Eight streets lead straight into it, we found ourselves returning to it, from wherever we visited in Toulouse. Our hotel was only a 2 minute walk away.

No Spare Seats
No Spare Seats

I saw these kids sitting on the stone bench at the front of the Capitole and thought isn’t it amazing how they will sit on top of each other instead of utilising the spare bench to the side. They seem to want to be inside each others skin. That will change as they grow older, when they will want their own bench each. The woman on the left seems to be sitting as far away from them as possible.


This man seems quite content to sit on his own alone, or is it that nobody wants to sit next to him as he is smoking a cigar. The two women made me smile as they cuddled up together walking across the square.

Enjoying his cigar
Enjoying his cigar

The following shot of the Police that guard the entrance to the Capitole wasn’t candid. I did ask permission as those batons don’t half look as if they would hurt, and the guns were loaded. The policeman tried getting out of it, telling me to only take a shot of the policewoman, but we cajoled him into it.

The Police are on guard all the time it is open and question people and search their bags. I understand it is the City Hall, and we saw plenty of wedding groups going in and out whilst we were there.

On Guard
On Guard

When they were changing shifts, a Peugeot Partner used to pull up and two new police would get out, have a chat to the other two who were on guard duty at the Capitole, then take over while the two leaving would get into the Peugeot and be driven off.

Nothing odd about that you would think. But what came into my mind was that Esther had just returned from London and had photographed the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and they didn’t use a Peugeot Partner there!


I shot this man as he approached the entrance to the Capitole, and was asking to enter.

Trying to gain entry
Trying to gain entry

He had to get passed this Policewoman first!

The Protector
The Protector

I always smile when I see people taking the Teddy out of their rucksack to get a shot of it in front of places they visit. It takes commitment to keep it up, taking the Teddy with you everywhere you go. I followed “Jimmy” by Jackie Meredith for a long while on Flickr, following him on his travels and escapades, and the ideas that were thought up to place him. Even down to getting a girlfriend for him. Sadly as with so many things this photography blogging takes up so much time so just pop in now and again to see what he has been up to, and to my surprise he has got married and had his honeymoon in Barbados. I love this weird imaginative thinking.

Shooting the Teddy
Shooting the Teddy

There was always something happening on the large square, even if it was only people walking across it. If you sat directly opposite from the Capitole it was like being at a Tennis Match as you watched people crossing, whether it be on foot or bicycles. It never seemed to stop.

Passing the Tourists
Passing the Tourists

You see Guided Tours throughout the City, with the Guide holding up a flag or umbrella or whatever so that people can follow. I love watching them like sheep following the leader and abruptly stopping. You always have a few who straggle and the others have to wait for them to catch up, like the two on the right who look like they have passed interest.

What is also funny is when they are in the smaller streets. They are usually walking faster than others in the street, and the guide stops at something interesting, so the group does too, and they all bump into each other, spread out and block the street, much to the annoyance of other pedestrians. Even funnier when it’s a bike behind them.

The Guided Tour
The Guided Tour

This lady looks like she’s on a walk of her own. I always associate those sticks with skiers, or ramblers to keep themselves steady on uneven ground, and somehow keep up the pace. They must have helped this lady keep going. She seemed so jolly her smile was infectious.

The Jolly Walker
The Jolly Walker

This couple just stolled along and stopped. They didn’t seem in any rush or having much interest in their surroundings. Maybe they weren’t tourists but will be in another country doing the tourist thing, judging by her brochure.

Thoughts of overseas
Thoughts of overseas

Yep, they’re all there doing their selfies, and taking their photos in front of the Capitole, but striking up a pose, for the man who was with her, I couldn’t miss this one!

Strike the Pose
Strike the Pose

See you in Part 2.

5 thoughts on “At The Capitole (Part 1)

  1. Place du Capitole was a very good spot for you.
    You made me laugh so much with the “Toulouse changing of the guard” !! Right, I did’nt see a peugeot partner in London. That’s why it is so fun to see cities with a tourist eye.
    The Teddy story was a good idea, but now everyone try to do that…
    Someone I know by a blog use his winter hat, it is funny : https://bonnetvoyageur.wordpress.com/identi-t/ (and he write both english and french).
    I like how you describe the groups with a guide, so funny too. I remember that I stayed a long time watching them in Roma, I did many shots…
    I thing my favorite in this post is “thoughts of overseas”, for the compo. It needs to zoom on it to really appreciate it.
    Good job, I’m sure you’ll make people want to visit Toulouse.

  2. oups, sorry for my mistakes, I wrote too fast ! you can edit them if you want

  3. No need to correct any mistakes Esther. You know your English is perfect compared to my French. I will be relying on you to point out any errors throughout these Toulouse posts.

    It is true of all the shots that they look so much better when clicked on, and with some clicking the enlarge when it opens to see it larger again.

    Thank you for your comments Esther I always look forward to your feedback.

  4. I like the woman on the left in “No Spare Seats”. That’s actually me in the picture. 😛

    That’s a funny story about the teddy bear because I remember going out with my cousin, about 10 years ago, and she was doing the same thing whenever we went anywhere. It was because she promised the kids in her class (she’s a teacher) that she would photograph her time in NYC.

    • A lot of people do it now Tina, with different items, but it was fun following Jimmy.

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