| by Flemming Funch|
Americans in Toulouse are frequently arranging these historical walking tours lead by Gilbert. I've been on a few and it is is always interesting, even if it is on the local cemetary, or just looking at some old houses. Gilbert is a historian who knows his stuff, like the dates and names of apparently everything and everyone who was reasonably important within the last 1000 years or so in Toulouse. Where most people just walk down the street without thinking much about it, he seems to have a lot to say about every other house. Here he dragged us into a backyard of a house where a well-known manufacturer of statues was living. The morning was spent in the St.Cyprien quarter, close to where we live. Since it is on the left bank of the river, away from the rest of the city, that is where they first placed a hospital, so they could drag people over there who were suffering from the plague. And it was cheap land for an assortment of different monasteries and convents.