Travel to the Canal de Garonne

Day 7 Cité de l´Espace

(in 119 km.) Cité de l´Espace: On this day we leave again the bicycle and we will visit this theme park. The Cité de l´Espace (City of Space) is a theme park focused on space and the conquest of space. It was opened in June 1997 and is located on the eastern outskirts of Toulouse. One can visit full scale models of the Ariane 5 rocket (55 metres or 180 feet), Mir space station, and Soyuz modules. A planetarium has 140 seats and other has 280 seats and presents shows throughout the day.

Cité de l’Espace

Cité de l´Espace

Cité de l´Espace also has numerous exhibits, often interactive; for example, a mock-up of a control room near the model of Ariane 5, allows visitors to prepare the launching of a rocket, help with its flight and then place a satellite in orbit. "Terradome" (a terrestrial half-sphere 25 metres or 82 feet in diameter) presents the history of space from the Big-bang to the solar system. Astralia building, abierto en 2005, which opened in 2005, includes: a new 280-seat planetarium, called the Stellarium, equipped with a hemispherical screen 600 square metres (6,458 sq ft) in area; a 300-seat IMAX cinema, which shows the film Hubble 3D (previously Space Station 3D, a 3D film made on board the International Space Station), and conference rooms.

Cité de l’Espace

Cité de l´Espace

Despite so much exhibition and so much technology one of the most enjoyed areas by our childrens was the leisure area of the mini astronauts, a playground. Some attractions, such as gravity simulator, has an excessive queue. It is recommended planning the visit of the different attractions to have enough time to visit the entire park in one day time. Some attractions are only in French.

Cité de l’Espace

Cité de l´Espace

On leaving the park, before returning to Agen, we had dinner at a popular fast food restaurant located a few blocks from the park exit.

(in 118 km.) Agen: We returned to our accommodation.