back at it again with another lil post about a day trip in occitanie! this time, we’re off to montauban! even though it’s one of the bigger towns in the area, i’d say you wouldn’t need longer than a few hours to roam around and do everything it has to offer.
our first stop was the farmers market. we were on our way to the jardin des plantes and happened to glimpse it in the nearby square but after wandering past a few of the stalls, we saw an incredible looking bakery stand where we just had to stop. we bought banana chocolate bread and chorizo bread, both of which were beyond incredible.
we had a little wander round between breakfast and lunch and stopped by the cathédrale notre dame de montauban as well as the place nationale.
we then crossed over the bridge to take the typical stock photos of montauban.
we had lunch at brasserie du nord au sud and i had the duck which was really nice but according to ernest, the lunch menu wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. so if you go, i’d probably suggest you pick from the regular menu.
we then went on over to the musée des jouets, which was surprisingly fun. the people who work there are all volunteers and you can tell they’re super enthusiastic about the toys on display. they were lovely and very knowledgeable and made what could have been a super dry museum very engaging and entertaining. at the end of the lil tour there’s a chill area where we spent some time on the pinball machine and playing table football. we also got super competitive and had a race over who could build a castle the fastest (i won btw).
we had then planned to go to the musée ingres but it’s currently under renovation so we found ourselves with time to kill. we decided to just hang out in crumble tea instead. i had the jardin de monet tea and we each got a plate of the gourmandises. it’s a super quaint café and i can imagine in the summer months, it’d be gorgeous to relax on one of the outside tables.
after we were done, it was time for dinner before our train back. since we were tight on time, we didn’t really want to wait for restaurants to open at 8pm so we just stopped in one of the local brasseries – garden ice café. i tried foie gras for the first time accompanied by bread and some sort of cranberry jam/sauce which was glorious. i actually cannot believe i’ve never had it before, what was i thinking???
and that’s all she wrote – short but sweet.
i’ll be back soon, though! i actually have so many travels to write up and now that i’m done with coursework i should be able to update a lot more frequently.
love ya lots!