…the weather has to be truly horrible not to get a rush of pleasure at the sight of the waterfront, the pont pierre, the stunning miroir d’eau on the quais in front of la place de la Bourse and so much else that makes up my adopted city.
Though I should think that the tourism office of Toulouse might be a little teed off at the music to this video – Toulouse is known as the Ville Rose because of the pinkish brick of many of its houses. Perhaps there is no such thing as honour amongst tourist departments.
Super city, and what a lovely version of Law Vie en Rose. Any idea who’s singing it?
None at all, I’m afraid.
I’ve never been to Bordeaux (except past it on the train and once to the airport, which don’t count). We will really have to go, especially as it’s only about 2.5 hours’ drive from here.
Nice version but Piaf is peerless!
(P.S. feeling wonderfully relaxed this Sunday!)
Meant to add that Toulouse, Albi and Montauban – all pinker than Bordeaux, I think – would all be a bit cheesed off by Bordeaux’s choice of theme music!
Bordeaux isn’t pink at all, it’s built of limestone so mostly cream (where it’s been cleaned) which makes the theme song even cheekier.
Helen Devries said:
Bordeaux was so dingy in my time…absolutely lovely to see how it has been cleaned up.
Toulouse was always referred to as violet by my friends…
I remember from when my daughter lived in Toulouse that there were violets everywhere, including being combined with food and drink in combinations that people wouldn’t normally think of.
Hello! Nice video from the Office de Tourisme of my home town, thanks for sharing as I have never seen it before.
The song is a medley from
– Piaf’s ‘La Vie en Rose’ (1:24mn) and
– Nat King Cole’s ‘L-O-V-E’ (1:25-2:50)
where obviously lyrics have been changed to match the “theme”
The band ‘Bande à part” is named at 2:51 on the video.
I see your point about “pink” but “voir la vie en rose” is a much used french expression (to look through rose tinted glasses?), and the song is a classic so I don’t think anybody in Toulouse will take offense.
Yes, Toulouse is called la Ville Rose, the reference to violet is true but it’s the flower, not the colour, as Toulouse is famous for producing this flower known as “la violette de Toulouse”.
There is also a candy with the same name.
PS it is not le pont pierre but le pont de pierre (the stone bridge).