Shortly after Christmas, I took a trip to Southern France, and stayed in Toulouse and Marseille. Toulouse is in many ways the birthplace of the Dominican Order. It is not far from there that St. Dominic gathered the first nuns together in the convent of in Prouille. It was in Toulouse that St. Dominic began his work of founding an order of men dedicated to the 'Holy Preaching'. Below are some pictures of Toulouse and some of the 'Dominican Country' around it.