Aquarium of Turen (cont)
The square of an exposition - 4500 meters, volume of water in aquariums - about 4000 tons, about 10 thousand fishes in 38 aquariums.
Numerous fishes have a little distracted us from the medieval impressions which have filled us in castles.
Tours is blessed with some very pleasant parks. In this tip I shall give details on three of them, though there are others.
Right outside the Gare de Tours station, you will find Place de Général Leclerc. A pleasant enough spot, but surrounded by busy roads. Not necessarily the place to sit and relax. For my money, the best place for somewhere to sit, relax, and enjoy the sunshine, is the park (and I could not find a name for it) alongside the Centre de Congrès Vinci and directly across the road from Place de Général Leclerc. That is the park you see in the first photo, and it is a true oasis in the city. To find it easily, with your back to the station and the tourist office on your right, it is just to the left of the large modern building ahead of you (the Centre de Congrès).
If you walk continue along Boulevard Heurteloup to the left of the station from that park, you will come to the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), with the Place Jean Jaurès across from you. (Photo 2) The main bus terminal is adjacent to it.
At this stage, the pedestrianised Rue Nationale is on your right and will lead you to the old town. Up in that area, along Rue Colbert, I found a pleasant little fountain in what may have been Pl de Coeur Navre. (Photo 3)
Basilique St. Martin
Yes, I found that internet cafe. Yes, I was online for about 90 mins. Yes, I was informed about some unpleasant situation. No, I wasn't upset. I was enjoying my trip in a wonderful city.
Onward to explore the city as soon as the sky brightened up. I chanced upon the Basilique St. Martin. I'm not fanatical about churches or cathedrals but I like to explore. So, I went in to take a look. As I have said, the least I could do is to say a prayer of thanks whenever I'm in a place of worship.
I sat down... & I started to pray...
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Tours, where the French believe the "purest" (least accented) French is spoken, is a natural base for exploring the Loire Valley. The city has a few charms of its own, though, including a cathedral...