It's a wonderful feature of Toulouse - a big paved area with buildings on all four sides. On one side the Capitole. This houses the opera, and some municipal offices. It might be the Town Hall, though I'm a bit fuzzy on that. The other three sides have a variety of commercial buildings - shops, restaurants and offices. The Alliance Francaise where we are taking classes is in one of these buildings, which puts us in the heart of the city.
There are frequent small, peaceful demonstrations there. Yesterday a group of people were protesting funding cuts to a television station. There is a market some days. And there are lots of exhibits and activities happening there. It's a really wonderful place and you can see it in real time from the webcam above the Alliance Francaise.