A Private Wine Cellar
Fondest memory: I was given a tour of the yard. The had so many fruit trees on what I considered a small bit of land. One advantage to this was that they didn't need helpers or any type of machines to harvest the fruit, so it was perfect for a couple to manage on their own.
The next stop was to the family root cellar, which not only held root vegetables. Off to one side I was shown the precious store of homemade wines.
The fruit trees in their yard supplied the juice and the neighbor across the way made the wine--a fine partnership and the wine was very strong!
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A Gracious Hostess
Fondest memory: Visiting my friend's family home in Noyant where he grew up was a interesting experience. They lived in small town, Noyant, in what might be considered a farm house. I'm not sure though. The farms and ranches that I'm used to are on hundreds or thousands of acres and no other home can be seen from the property. Here, there was a dairy farm just across the road.
After a tour of the house and the property I was served a lovely lunch, which looked more like a holiday meal and offered their homemade liquor. We had a grand time around the table and that was only the first day.
Especially I remember being treated like a VIP. Special meals were prepared for me every day.
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This is Not a Dream!!
Fondest memory: My friend didn't have a place to live in at the time of my visit so he borrowed a friend's flat--his friend only used the flat on weekends.
The thought of staying at a stranger's home while they were away was a bit unnerving. The decor was "early hippie"--by American standards--and I loved it.
The view out the window was of an identical window to the one I stood at. As I looked out, I marveled at the fact that I was in France, in this typical French flat, looking out a window as I have only seen in movies and I marveled at the fact that if the truck parked across the street were not half way on the sidewalk, another car could not pass by! So, to remember the moment I snapped this photo.
I wish for you many such moments.
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Countryside and Windfarms
Fondest memory: This photo was taken from the TGV, enroute to Tours, as we flashed through what appeared to be wheatfields. Coming from Australia, where ongoing droughts have left much of the country very brown, it was fascinating to see how insanely green was the French countryside.
Equally as interesting was to see the rows of wind generators, quietly generating electricity in their Quixotic way. I found myself wondering if these also had generated as much debate and discussion as happens in Australia whenever there is a proposal to erect a windfarm!
Favorite thing: The abundance and diversity of the cultural activities represent one of the characteristics of Tours.
The architectural heritage, the museums, theatres and cultural events fully justify the reputation of Tours as the culture centre of this region of France.
Favorite thing: In Tours, every step you take, you see a restaurant!
There are so many restaurants, you can try them all!
Anyway, you'll surely find something you like.
In the first time, pay attention the dishes are very big! I had problems to eat so much!
Very nice restaurants in Rue Colbert.
Favorite thing: In Tours there's a big university with many subjects.
It's in front of the Loire river, and it's well connected to the city center by a main street if you travel by car, or a a bridge if you want to go there by walking.
say hello to the Old Chap...
Favorite thing: say hello to the Old Chap Leonard of Vinci.
Fondest memory: Both artist and engineer, Leonard of Vinci was the first specialist of science fiction. He had some ideas in advance on his time : the car, the plane, the helicopter, the tanks.
stay a moment at the WAX...
Favorite thing: stay a moment at the WAX MUSEUM (Historial de Touraine)
Fondest memory: Joan of Arc heard voices before the invention of the mini tape recorders. You know certainly the story : she came from Lorrain, obtained an Army from Charles 7th, delivered Orleans besieged by English soldiers, made possible the coronation of Charles 7th, was wounded in front of Paris, was made prisonner, considered as a witch and burned, not by the English but by the Burgundians.
visit the WAX MUSEUM. It...
Favorite thing: visit the WAX MUSEUM. It shows the contribution of Tours and its area to the France History.
Fondest memory: The Charles 7th 's nickname is 'Le Bien Servi' (The Well Served)because he owes Joan of Arc his crown and Agnès Sorel the love. He was ugly and not cunning but he was lucky.
Tours is surrounded by...
Favorite thing: Tours is surrounded by Chateaux. Unless you plan on spending lots of time and money there to see them, I suggest little trips. Get as close as you can by train, and then figure it out from there. I rented a bike in Blois (after visiting that Chateau) then biked 40 km (20 miles) to and from Chambord (it was tough, but worth it!). We made it back for a train by the end of the day. Great day trip, fun story to tell, great pictures (not developed yet!)
If you can only see one...
Favorite thing: If you can only see one chateau, see Chenonceaux for its stunning setting on the river and its colorful history. Also: Blois has history (think Queen Margot); Chambord is imposing; Azay-le-Rideau is charming; Cheverny is a little gem, and still inhabited; Chinon is fortresslike; and Saumur has a lovely little town, is somewhat off the beaten path, but offers a lively sound and light show. Also: Fontevraud is a lovely abbey (but transportation connections were weirdly French when I was there--I seem to remember buses only on certain days of the week at odd hours)...
tour the inside chambers of le...
Favorite thing: tour the inside chambers of le Château de Chambord. The photo here is of the King's bed. Apparently the King and Queen had seperate bedrooms, but ironically enough, they had a secret door connecting the two!
Favorite thing: There are also a lot of bars, where you can drink a beer or (better) a wine of Loire valley!
Many persons everywhere!
Favorite thing: In Tours, there are a lot of shops. You'll find everything you need. And the prices are good (quite cheaper than Milan!).
From La Fayette store to little shops!
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