La Mécanique des Fluides, Toulouse, France

After Bordeaux I jumped on the train for the two hour and eleven minute train ride through the French countryside to Toulouse.

I checked into my hotel mid afternoon and then decided to head out for some drinks and a feed. However, being a Saturday, I found my options around the hotel to be rather limited but I found a place that was open so headed out for a beer at a place called La Mécanique des Fluides.

The bar itself is quite small and they were setting up for a band so I had to head out to the small square out the front of the bar for a seat. On a summer’s afternoon this would be a really nice place to while away an afternoon, but today the weather had started to turn for the worse, so as the sun started to go down, the outside area got very cold.

I don’t remember too much about the selection of beers apart from the fact that the label on the tap of the beer I selected just said Saison. No other markings, no brand names, just Saison. Despite the no-name the beer was surprisingly good but I’ll never know if I have it again!

The fun started just as I was finishing my beer – the riot police marched up the street in their full regalia. I found out the next day that the Yellow Vests (the gilets jaunes) protest most Saturdays. No-one apart from the police seemed to care that much.

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