Student cafés, restaurants, brasseries and the Church of Notre Dame de la Daurade and École des Beaux Arts de Toulouse also face on to the Garonne.
On the left bank you'll find the green lawns and leafy shade of the Prairie des Filtres, where locals come to unwind or enjoy a concert. This is also the historic venue where the first rugby matches ever to be played in Occitania were held.
Next comes the amazing Château d’Eau photography gallery, and the Hôtel-Dieu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its role in the St James's Way pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. After that, the Garonne flows past the Venetian-style dome of La Grave Hospital, and on past the esplanade of the Abattoirs centre for modern and contemporary art, which overlooks the river.
Almost directly opposite, another esplanade, built of teak and belonging to the Espace EDF-Bazacle (a free exhibition venue), also overlooks the Garonne at the point where the boats turn around, next to the thundering weir known as the Chaussée du Bazacle.
One of the highlights of the trip is where the boat passes under the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), paradoxically the oldest in the city. Designed to withstand the strong currents of the Garonne, it was opened in 1661 by the future Louis XIV at the age of 14.