SFO to Toulouse

by Chip (aka Mark) Graham on May 23, 2015

We left SFO on the British Airways flight that leaves at 4:40 PM arriving in London’s Heathrow at 11 AM the next day. Luckily we manage to maintain some status on the One World Alliance which lets us visit the various airline lounges. The BA lounge in SFO is pretty nice and you get to board the plane directly from the lounge, which is a bonus. We are American Advantage members and usually fly American, but if traveling overseas we always check out the partner carriers too. They have better options in coach, and we are cheap! BA has what they call World Traveler Plus, which is a step above coach but not quite business. The seats are bigger and recline and the meals and drinks are much better than in the regular economy section. Once we arrived in London, the status helped again as we get to zip through the Fast Track lanes for passport control and security recheck, which usually makes a huge difference in the amount of time you have to spend in line. Then we got to go to the BA Galleries First lounge which is quite nice. Free food (good food!) and free wines, champagne and spirits, along with some nice seating areas. This time it was packed, sToulouse Hotel Roomo not quite as fun, but still a good place to recover from a long flight and be away from the crowds for the two and half hours we had between flights. The flight to Toulouse was uneventful which is good. The airport in Toulouse is quite modern and very efficient. There are several options to get into town, we opted for the bus which was eight euros per person and took at about 15 minutes to get to the downtown train station. Our hotel was across the street.

We stayed at the IBIS Styles Toulouse Gare Centre.  Ibis Styles is a great chain if you want to travel in Europe on a budget but have nice, big, modern rooms. Breakfast and wifi are included in the price. I highly recommend t20150523_205031his chain, it always works for us.

The first day we kind of just decompressed and rested then headed out for a nice evening walk before dinner.  We wandered down the Rue de Bayard until we reached Boulevard de Strasbourg.  Here you will find endless dining options, most with outdoor seating along the boulevard.

We opted for Pere et Fils which is somewhat of a brewery/restaurant which features Aubrac beef.  The Aubrac is a very old breed of used for beef. Of course, we had beef! The food was quite good. The service was very nice, not rushed, but attentive. Check it out if you are in Toulouse!

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Mary June 11, 2015 at 4:23 am

Interesting info on travel tips and Toulouse! Mary

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