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Castelnaudary. Boat trips around the Grand Bassin and along the canal du midi are a very popular excursion from the town, with excursions typically lasting one - two hours.
Toulouse: Explore the red bricked building which houses the city hall as well as the famous Opera House. Inside the town hall, a grand marble staircase leads up to the Salle des Illustres, a sumptuous Baroque hall, its walls and vaulted ceilings covered with elaborate paintings and frescoes.
Tour AirBus, Toulouse
Seeing the biggest passenger airplane in the world, the A380, under construction in its vast hanger makes this visit a thrill for young and old. The tour begins in the darkened Telemetry Room where a video shows the inaugural flight in 2005 and you can even hear the pilots’ cockpit conversations. Your guide will explain the exhaustive testing the 850-seat plane has undergone to ensure it’s safe and the company filled an A380 with staff posing as passengers and locked half the exit doors then ordered an evacuation. Within minutes, everyone was out.
The two-storey plane has an 80-metre wingspan and is fitted with 500 kilometres of electric cables and were all constructed in the giant hanger below the viewing window. The United Arab Emirates alone ordered 90 of them as well as other airlines around the world. Part of the tour entails a visit to the mock-up cabin interior and here’s where the purchaser gets to customize the interior of their new baby, choosing the colours, upholstery and even the configuration of the seats. Singapore Airlines ordered for their first class passenger’s mini suites with king size beds while Emirates’ best customers will have private showers, Air France is building an in-flight art gallery and Korean Air is building onboard duty-free shops.
Cahors: Pont de Valentré. This beautiful medieval masterpiece is the towns hallmark and said to be one of the most photographed sights in France. In the Middle Ages it was part of the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela and is still used for the purpose today. This 14th Century architecture was supposedly built with the aid of the devil as legend goes. The story goes like this.... It took a long time to construct the bridge and the architect began to get a bit impatient, he even feared he might never live to see it finished. So he enlisted the assistance of the devil. The devil promised to help, in exchange, for the architect’s soul. However as the project neared completion the architect began to have second thoughts and tried to back out of his obligations. The devil therefore took his revenge by sitting on the central tower, and as the masons laid the last stone on the final day, the devil removed it at night. It happened over and over again! The devil is still there today, carved in stone and clinging to the tower.
Cahors: The Musee de Vin is worth a visit to find out about the famous Cahors wine.
Landes de Gascogne Park covers at least 315,000 hectares and includes the impressive Gascon Landes forest, the most extensive maritime Pine forest in Europe. The locals say that the forest does not open its heart to those who rush through it, so ensure a few day trips of cycling, walking and lengthy picnics in this magical natural environment.
There are many opportunities to see the making and producing of the prided Armagnac. Many of the Chateaux throughout Gascony show the process and hold tasting tours you can book whilst on holiday here. Just like the sweet brandy, Gascony is said to be famous for its 'douceur de vivre' (sweetness of life).