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Sep 19, 2018 - Tours - gone cycling

Tours is a delightful city and situated in the middle of the Loire valley provides so many opportunities to get out into the French countryside, drink good wine, eat gourmet French food and meet real French people who are slightly more friendly and a whole lot less abrasive than their Parisian neighbours. Yesterday was a ‘best’ day. I got up early and wondered down to the local market, which is so pretty, on an island between to roads and bordered by massive trees, to pick up some fresh fruit. I love seeing a city in the early morning...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Tours - authentically French

Ahhhh Tours, what a delightful French City, now it really feels like I am in France amongst French people and living the lifestyle of a French Madam. Paris was great, Paris was fun, I would love to pop into Paris again next time I am in Europe, but really Paris is ‘Paris’ , busy lots of tourists, lots to see and do. Tours is totally different, however let me record my last night in Paris to ensure that I will remember to savour a great memory. A few of the Intrepid group I am travelling with went out together at about 6.30 pm for a wander...

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May 20, 2018 - Cheverny, Blois, and Chenonceaux

Yesterday in Brasseaux, we walked first to see the Saturday market. We expected to find fruits and vegetables. Instead we found antiques and pseudo-antiques. We walked through, saw some interesting old furniture, asked about a carving tool and left. It was good timing. We arrived at Cheverny, the smallest of the Chateaux we saw, just as it opened. With pre-bought tickets, we were able to get our pics without people. It was neat in that it has been opened to the public since 1922...one of the first to do so. It is furnished in 17th century...

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Feb 15, 2018 - On Through France

Another good day up into France. Changed our ferry booking to 6am on Saturday morning so only a day late overall returning to the UK. Did use a couple of French toll roads to speed things up around Biarritz & Bordeaux. Mileage today - 383 Mileage to date - 5,015

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Aug 11, 2016 - Chenonceau and the countryside

We have now made our way back to the Loire Valley as we fly back to London from Tours. Ryanair has sent us a reminder to print out our boarding passes or they will charge 45 Euro or 45 Pounds to do it! With so many chateaus and so little time left to explore we decided to revisited the very impressive Chenonceau on the River Cher. We'd been here back in 2006. Along the way we passed many picturesque villages with medieval churches, towers and buildings. Oh and lots of sunflowers. The Château of Chenonceau is located in the Centre Val de...

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Jul 27, 2016 - England to France

We had an early morning flight on Ryanair from London Stansted so we decided to spend the night at a pub not too far from the airport. It was appropriately named The Jolly Brewer. We didn't have an alarm clock so the publican kindly set up and lent us her mobile phone for the night. Obviously she was a very trusting person or we look that innocent! The airport was very crowded as it was the beginning of the summer school holidays, very chaotic and to add to all this after queuing up to go through security both our boarding pass bar codes...

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Jul 20, 2016 - Train ride to Loire Valley - Tours

Our bags were picked up by Phillipe our bus driver at 9.30 and he had the long journey in the bus by himself to Tours which took 6 hours. We however had free time in the morning and could book out of hotel at noon. We then had to catch the fast train to Tours. We were bussed to the train station by a Scenic bus which was at Bordeaux at the time. Our train left at 2.20 but you are only told 10 minutes before the train leaves which platform you have to get onto. We had a train guide who was able to tell us beforehand and take us all to the...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Driving Day

Nothing interesting, spent most of the day driving to Tours. Decided to take the toll road, 36 euros later OUCH!!! What the.... we drove the whole length of Italy for about 12 euros. Stopped off at Tourquant supposed to be a highlight on one of the trips in a guide book I have. If that was a trip hilight hate to see the rest of the trip. They were home to trogladites. Only got honked at twice today. Slowly making the adjustment. :-)

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May 31, 2015 - Gardens and Chateaux of the Loire

Next stop on the Tour de France, the Loire Valley, which saw us based in Noyant, about 45 mins. North of the Loire. Along the way we made a sobering visit to the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. In 1944 a group of SS soldiers on the way to the Western Front rounded up over 600 townspeople, including more than 200 babies and children, holding them in the local barns and church. They were all later shot and the buildings were set on fire. The homes, shops and streets of the village have been largely retained as they were on that day as a...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Tours

Hi We spent the morning in Amboise, to see Da Vinci's house & gardens - it was fantastic, what a legacy Da Vinci left, felt humbled as an engineer seeing what he had invented and dreamed up, apart from his paintings. He invented many things we take for granted today, opening bridge, hydraulic turbine, parachute, Archimedes screw pump, pile driving hammer, even a life buoy. Many of these were used 100's of years after his death 1519. From a brochure it is told "that he wept on his death bed for having offended the Creator & the people of...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Jun 19, 2013 - Loire Valley

Oh man, today did not turn out as expected! We started out in Tours, where Eric gave us a nice walking tour. Only bad thing was the rain. The tour was kind of boring to me actually, but I did like being able to get a good feel for the city. It seems like most French cities I visit, I can tell right away whether or not I love it. Today I felt like I love it. I think Tours is a place I could spend a very long time. The clouds and rain made it seem a little boring, but I think with a little bit of sunshine it would be fantastic! For lunchl...

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RHS/ZHS France 2013

Jul 5, 2012 - The Tour Arrives in Tours

All kinds of weather today; started fairly nice, and when the sun came through it was gorgeous, but it started raining about two hours from Tours, and we had to don our rain gear. But after we arrived in Tours and started to shop for better rain gear, the sun came out and the shopping expedition ended. We discovered today why Al’s saddlebags are so heavy – about 25 pounds of tools (now on Lorne’s bike) and enough clothes for at least three different costume changes during a 6 hour ride – including a Tour de France do –rag and black...

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