"THE WEALTH OF TOULOUSE." Top 5 Page for this destination Toulouse by breughel

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During the 15th and 16th century Toulouse experienced a surge of prosperity. The mild climate and moderate soil proved a perfect combination for the growing of pastel - a plant called Isatis Tinctoria (Woad) from which a rich blue dye was produced.
Once harvested and crushed, pastel provided a paste that was shaped into small balls called "coques” or "cocagnes" From this derived the "le pays de Cocagne" or "the Land of Plenty"
The “pastel” was immensely successful in all the courts of Europe. Enormous fortunes were made in a few years. The newly rich used their wealth, which came from blue, to buy things pink. Toulouse has over 30 pink beautiful Renaissance town mansions that were built by the families that controlled the pastel business.

But an end came to that Golden Age: Indigo, a much less expensive dye, arrived from central and south America, wiping out the pastel trade.

Surprising with blue is that for centuries blue was a colour to be avoided. The ancient Romans associated it with the Barbarians who coloured their bodies blue before they went into battle.
In the 15th century blue began to show up in the stained glass windows of important churches. Statues and paintings of the Virgin Mary that had usually been in red started coming in blue.

Nowadays, the prosperity of Toulouse is coming from the aeronautic industry.


Depuis l'origine de VT votre bonne ville de Toulouse est sans "Tip group editor" c'est à dire le volontaire qui groupe les "tips" par sujet d'intérêt pour leur assurer une meilleure visibilité.
J'ai posé ma candidature avec l'approbation d'un authentique Toulousain Claude "Klod5" qui a beaucoup écrit sur ce site. Comme j'étais le seul candidat, VT m'a pris et j'ai commencé à créer des groupes et rassembler vos "tips" par sujet.
AUCUN RATING NE SERA PERDU dans cette opération.

J'ai constaté une chose remarquable sur ce site VT de Toulouse: c'est un des très rares sites bilingues anglais/français et c'est bien sympa!

Since several years a nice town like Toulouse has no editor (the guy who groups your tips according to their subject).
I started this job and hope to improve the visibility of your tips by opening a number of specific groups.

Best regards,
Breughel new tip group editor.

  • Last visit to Toulouse: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Toulouse looks and sounds like a wonderful city. I'm sure my friend will enjoy it here!

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Sep 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Grand merci for visiting my Toulouse pages, my start on VT. Special with this destination is the fact that top nr 1 Klod5 wrote in French and English and I continued something exceptional on the unilingual VT.
      A week ago I started a discussion on the MAG forum comparing the overwhelming success of the multilingual TA compared to VT.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    I know several singers who have performed at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (one of them is there this month singing in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito), but I have never attended a performance there myself. Maybe next year.

  • Nov 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    this year we passed by the city in airport shuttle and saw the city through bus window only but next we should get a stop here, so many interesting places

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    You took some wonderful pictures of the city and its sites-in an organized fashion. Especially the picture of the pillars is very nice.

  • Elisabcn's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Nice page and tips about a city I'd like to visit soon. J'ai apprécié ton point de vue et réflexions concernant l'art et l'architecture. Oh! another black virgin here, very interesting!! Merci

  • hquittner's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    We have finally arrived (virtually) at Toulouse and are visiting the fabulous St.-Sernin's Basilica. You have set this up the right way.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    I to like Cities where rivers run through = enjoyed your updated tips!

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Toulouse est l'une des villes qui me donnent le goût de retourner en France! En attendant de pouvoir y aller moi-même, merci de me la faire découvrir grâce à vos excellents tips!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2008 at 7:04 AM

    Encore un joli travail, fameusement réussi: le souci du détail, la précision des présentation et la qualité des photos donnent a l'humble lecteur que je suis d'aller voir de plus près toutes ces jolies choses

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2008 at 4:19 AM

    I very much enjoyed your excellent page on Toulouse, especially your beautiful photos! And I agree: historic cities located by a grande river are simply stunning. Greetings from the desert / Jess in Dubai :-)


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