Saturday, August 20, 2011
Even hotter in Toulouse
On the way back to the hotel for a break I stopped in an English-language bookshop. Not that I need any books on this trip, but the prices alone would have stopped me!
After lunch and a short rest, I hit the road again, this time aiming for the Augustins museum, specifically to see the Toulouse Lautrec paintings they have. But when I got there, a sign was posted that said because of the heat, the rooms with the paintings were closed this afternoon. I don't blame them, of course, but it was a disappointment. I'll try again in the morning. So then, melting a little myself at this point, I wandered around some more. I found the Cathedral St. Etienne, which is another ancient church, this one built in a hodge podge of styles.
More wandering through narrow streets, passing ancient mansions--this one from the 17th Century, the next from the 16th--and eventually worked my way back close to the hotel, where I acquired some ice cream to eat in the park. But it was just too hot, and so here I am! It's after 6pm now, and I'm hopeful that things have cooled off a degree or two . . .