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Toulouse, France
04 October 2002

I successfully made it to the starting point last night at 23:30. I suppose that my journal should start yesterday but I arrived at 23:30 and walked down the street looking for a hotel. Just outside the train station is the Canal du Midi which is how I would have entered the town had I walked from Arles. Technically, I walked perhaps 1 kilometer on the Chemin!

Today I began the day back at the train station hoping to find some tourist information and a map and go siteseeing. What I found surprised me. Walking along was an older woman with a backpack adorned with a scallop shell - another pilgrim! I managed to tell her that I was also a pilgrim and she took me to the tourist desk where I got a map. Certainly a wonderful introduction to France.

With my map, I began my walking tour of old Toulouse. Just a short walk away, I found myself at the grand Romanesque cathedral from which I took the Rue du Taur (named thus because a bishop was dragged to his death behind a bull along it), past the martyred bishops church, to the governmental center where in a restored donjon another tourist office supplied me with more information. Additional cloisters, monesteries, and churches were visited before retiring to my hotel.

I probably walked another couple kilometers of the Chemin today but much of it I had to backtrack back to the hotel.

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