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.
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.
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.
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.
He had to get passed this Policewoman first!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
See you in Part 2.