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Toulouse tours, restaurants, and activity recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for walking tours, day trips, activities and restaurants in Toulouse.

My parents got married there many years ago, but my mom hasn't been back since and I'm looking for things she would enjoy during their anniversary visit in a few weeks. They are staying in the center.

She likes art history, animals (we visited a donkey rescue in Spain that she loved), food (but not wine), Jewish history, cultural experiences, etc. She'd probably enjoy more family friendly or educationally focused experiences rather than "romantic" type activities.

Has anyone taken tours from a guide they liked? Are there good vegetable focused restaurants you could recommend (she's not a vegetarian, but loves salads and veggies)? Local experiences? Day trips? I want a few planned activities to take the pressure off my dad.

Merci!

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We spent three days in Toulouse on our Road Scholar tour last fall. Our guide for the tour was Tom Thal-Jantzen. He was absolutely awesome - funny, informative, easygoing. He’s one of my favorite guides ever. He lives near Toulouse and he does private tours. You cannot go wrong with him. Here’s his email: [email protected]>

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I enjoyed a day trip to Albi. The Toulouse-Lautrec Museum is very good, and it's in a medieval palace with formal gardens. The cathedral (Ste-Catherine) has some lovely carvings. St-Salvy has a very nice cloister (13th century). Folks who like walking around, absorbing the atmosphere, will need extra time for that.

Carcassonne would also be possible; I haven't been there. The usual advise is to spend the night in Carcassonne, though, so your entire experience is not as part of the mob of day-trippers.

Toulouse itself is lovely and lively.