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We're flying into Toulouse en route to Dordogne in September. Wondering if we ought to spend a day or two there, and if so, what's to see and where to stay...

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There's no place not worth exploring, but it's mostly a university and aerospace city.

The architecture is pretty standard for southern France, but the city is huge, so there's a lot of newer stuff as well. The Saint-Sernin basilica and the cathedral (Saint-Etinne?) are worth a look.

Personally, I wouldn't give it a lot of time if I were headed into the Dordogne.

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We found Toulouse a pretty and agreeable place to de–Jet Lag, but I agree with Ed's assessment if you are pressed for time.

Highlights for us included the area around the old Romanesque cathedral, a stroll along the canal, and Basque food.

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Between Toulouse and the Dordogne is Cahors and the Lot Valley. Find a B&B due west of Cahors, along the Lot river, and spend a quiet couple of days chilling in this area. Look into the village of Albas, as a base. You will be in the middle of vineyards... and a day trip to the Grotte de Pech-Merle is easily done from there.