Checked out early and left our cases so we could get breakfast and make the most of our last day in lovely Toulouse. Much more expertise at ordering breakfast now! A walk to the Royal Gardens. What a sight! First you walk down a lovely avenue of huge trees with beautiful old buildings on either side, then you see the park. Two statues on either side - one of a dog guarding her litter of puppies and growling towards the other statue. That one is of a wolf who has just taken one of the puppies. A beautiful big fountain in the middle, with a large rotunda in the background. We went over a walkway and found ourselves in another large park. The first thing we spotted was a peacock. A lady rode up on her bike and started to feed it. Then we saw a red squirrel. A very short time later a chicken! Then, suddenly, another chicken starts running across the park, like a scene out of a cartoon. The bike lady was feeding some pigeons and the chicken was joining in. Then there were ducks and some geese behind a short fence. We followed the little stream, past a waterfall to a quaint children's playground where what looked to be a mothers group were set up. Gorgeous setting, like in a movie. Tried to get into the natural history museum which was on the side of the park but couldn't figure out where the entry was! Toulouse is a lovely town.
Back to get our cases and walk to the train station where our hire car would be waiting. Very scared at the thought of driving a car through France, especially at the bug towns we are staying at. Have bought 2 maps of where we need to go but the don't have detail when it comes to the town centres, only how to get there. After waiting for the staff to complete their lunch time siesta (2 hours in this part of France) we got our car. Went through carefully where it had already been dinted and scratched as had been stung 10 years ago with paying for damage that was not ours. Luckily the car hire lady did not leave the car park straight away as Mario needed a hand to work out how the car started! Some extra pedal to push. Then off we went! With a combination of the cottage instructions and some pre-printed google map instructions we made it about 1.5 hrs later to our cottage. We also managed to work out the ticket toll and payment system!
Our cottage is lovely. Part of an estate with a larger chateau where the owners with their 6 kids stay. Large pool, grassed area, big trampoline and swing through a gate. Our accommodation 2 bedrooms upstairs, along with bathroom. Downstairs another wc, lounge room, separate kitchen. Had a great first night. Only drawback was the bells from the church next door which did double peals throughout the night!