Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region sits on the banks of the Garonne River , near the Spanish border. Often referred to as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terracotta bricks used in many of its buildings, most notably the Capitol de Toulouse, Toulouse is a city of colour with bustling food markets, salons de thé bars and clubs and lively jazz, techno and rock scenes. Architecturally, the city is home to some of the region’s most impressive romanesque architecture. The 17th-century Canal du Midi passes through Toulouse linking the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and is a popular tourist experience that can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot. Toulouse is a 2 hour drive from Le Belvedere.