Visiting rue Bayard, Toulouse, France: ornate frontages with elegant balconies

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Buildings in rue Bayard, Toulouse
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Buildings in rue Bayard, Toulouse
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Traffic in rue Bayard, Toulouse, in 1972
Traffic in rue Bayard, Toulouse, in 1972 | Source
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Map location of Toulouse, France | Source

Elegance added by wrought iron balconies

Rue Bayard , Toulouse, France, is a street which, as the proverbial crow flies, leads directly to the Downtown area of Toulouse from Matabiau station (1).

Various 19th century properties along rue Bayard are notably ornate at their frontages; typically 3 or 4 storeys high, with typical wrought iron balconies adding their elegance (2).

I have included a 'library photo' of rue Bayard from over 40 years ago (see opposite). From this it will be evident, in comparison with the main photos, just how little has changed over a number of decades, but also how — subsequently — brick-cleaning efforts (and possibly environmental measures, too) have succeeded in rendering the ornate frontages of properties a condition approximating their original, 19th century state.

Rue Bayard would be described as 'typical' rather than 'unique', and to American visitors cognizant of the even more ornate iron galleries of New Orleans's French Quarter, the street will seem to provide familiar-seeming surroundings.

The street also given its name to a suburb of the city (French: Quartier Bayard ).

I have stayed on rue Bayard on many occasions; various small hotels are situated in the street. The Downtown area of the city is within easy walking distance.

January 5, 2013

Note

(1) However, much of the private and commercial vehicle traffic between Matabiau station and the Downtown area customarily takes the much wider Allée Jean-Jaurès , nearby (along which striking properties with ornate balconies may also be seen).

(2) Interestingly, North American visitors to France will observe that wrought iron working on the frontages of mature houses is a more familiar sight that in England; during World War Two, many wrought iron workings and railings were requisitioned and melted down, as part of the war effort.

Also worth seeing

In Toulouse itself, the ornate Matabiau raliroad station is situated a few metres the other side of the Canal du Midi from the end of rue Bayard . Other attractions for visitors include the Saint-Sernin Basilica and the Capitole, which houses the City Hall.

Cahors (distance: 113 kilometres); its architectural gems include the imposing, 14th century Valentré bridge.

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How to get there: United Airlines flies from New York Newark to Paris (Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle ), where car rental is available; there are also domestic air services between Paris and Toulouse-Blagnac airport (Aéroport de Toulouse - Blagnac ), where car rental is also available. The French railroad company SNCF maintains services from Paris to Toulouse . (Paris-Toulouse: distance: 677 kilometres.) Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. For up to date information, please check with the airline or your travel agent.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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