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Travel Guide: Canal du Midi in Toulouse, France #travel

Canal du Midi

Toulouse, France

This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art.

Map of Canal du Midi

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Coronavirus in Toulouse

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Toulouse

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in France. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to France.

Money in Toulouse

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.18 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.92 £

Tipping: Neither required nor expected. Should you decide to tip, it is customary to round up to the next Euro.

Corruption: France has a corruption score of 28 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through France, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, France is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

France is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.89 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Toulouse

Language(s): French
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Oui
  • No = Non
  • Thank You = Merci
  • Hello = Bonjour
  • Do you speak English? = Parlez vous anglais?
  • Please = S'il vous plaît
  • Bye = Au revoir
  • Excuse Me = Pardon
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Où se trouvent les toilettes?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Quel est votre nom? (Mon nom est)

Food & Drinks in Toulouse

7 National dishes: Crêpe, Pot-au-feu, Macarons, Croissant, Coq Au Vin, Cassoulet & Bouillabaisse.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Toulouse is 18.

Religion in Toulouse

France is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 30% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Toulouse

Age of Consent: 15 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in France since 2013.

France scores a 8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Toulouse

Timezone: UTC-10:00 to UTC+12:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E

Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 17.8 and 21°C (64 and 69.8°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 11.81 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to France.

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