•Haute-Garonne (31000) • Population: 447,340
Toulouse, called the Ville Rose because of the beautiful red-brick buildings, is France's 4th-largest city. Sitting astride the Garonne river, Toulouse has a busy airport and is a base of the European aerospace industry.
The heart of Toulouse is the Place du Capitole, in front of the University of Toulouse and serving as the the town's main market place.
Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi passes through the center of Toulouse.
From the north, the canal due south into town to a turning basin and locks at the Ponts Jumeaux (2 km northwest of the Place du Capitole); the canal is beside an autoroute, but there is a cycling path along this north-south stretch.
From the Ponts Jumeaux, the Canal du Midi makes a loop around the east side of the center of Toulouse. The canal heads south from the city just east of the Grand Rond, at the circular Square du Boulingrin (1.2 km south-southeast of the Place du Capitole).