I’m afraid that we have seen the last of sunny, warm days here in Toulouse. So in homage to the last of my days wandering around a garden in the sun, here are pictures of a beautiful succession of gardens on the south-eastern side of Toulouse: Allée Francois Verdier, Jardin du Grand Rond, Jardin Royal, and Jardin des Plantes.
Allée Francois Verdier is named after Francois Verdier, a member of the French Resistance in Toulouse. He was arrested, tortured, and killed by the Gestapo in 1944.
At the end of the allée, you reach the entrance to the Grand Rond.
The statues at the entry are very…unique. There appears to be a dog protecting her puppies from a wolf, who sadly has already stolen one of the puppies. There must be a story behind this.
The Jardin Royal is dedicated to Déodat de Séverac, a French composer from Toulouse who, despite studying in Paris, remained deeply attached to and influenced by the Languedoc region his whole life. This sculpture by Toulousan sculptor Auguste Guénot announces the dedication of the garden to de Séverac.
On another note, I know who bought all of the cows from the Cow Parade. They were everywhere!