European Road Trip
Updated: Jan 11, 2020
The drive from Barcelona to Toulouse included a stop at the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.
Driving in Barcelona can be crazy with hundreds of taxis zooming past on all sides and countless motor scooters competing for every square inch of road space.
But driving in Toulouse can be a life changing experience, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Crossing the Pyrénées we saw several castles on mountain tops and views of the Costa Brava.
Toulouse was the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom in the 5th century and the capital of the province of Languedoc in the late Middle Ages and early modern period making it the unofficial capital of the cultural region of Southern France.
It is now the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, the largest region in France.
A city with unique architecture made of pinkish terra cotta bricks, which earned it the nickname la Ville Rose "the Pink City".
Markets in France are outstanding as any market we have shopped at anywhere in Europe.
Leaving Toulouse behind we head for the two thousand year old walled city of Carcassonne.
Occupied since the Neolithic, its strategic importance was quickly recognized by the Romans who occupied its hilltop until the demise of the Western Roman Empire and was later taken over by the Visigoths in the fifth century who founded the city.