Beautiful provincial city, pleasant French spoken here!
None obvious, maybe ‘too quiet’ for some
Tours, the Centre of the Loire Valley
I arrived at the train station in Tours and was met by Thierry. His plan was to take me to visit his childhood home in Noyant and along the way, he took me for a drive of the area around the Vallee du Loir. First we stopped at the castle in Saumur. The landscape on the route he took was beautiful and the Saumur Castle was the first I had ever...more
Place Plumereau is the central square of Tours. It is the most picturesque and busiest place in Tours. Restaurants here are affordable, contrary to the habit of raising the price like hell in central squares. Therefore my advice is to take a table and enjoy a meal, a wine the view and the buzz.more
Amateurs of the architecture of the end of the XIX century cannot pass by the extravagant pseudo-Byzantian basils. Sacred Martin's relics is based in a crypt. A legend tells us that he was a soldier of the Roman army who went in christianity when met a beggar in Amiens. You can watch my 3 min 15 sec Video Tours out of my Youtube channel.more
The building of the museum is the former archbishop palace in Tours. One of France best provincial museum, it houses wide range collections of painting and rugs from the great houses of Touraine during the Revolution, supplemented by loans from the Musée du Louvre and the French state, gifts, bequests and acquisitions. The collection of paintings...more
Loire - the river of the French kings. The history of France was managed on coasts of this small but very important river. Earlier it was navigable within all the year. Now its channel is essentially narrowed. I did not see any big ship during the travel. The quay had rather thrown and neglected appearance. Walk on the quay had not delivered me a...more
I arrived at the train station in Tours and was met by Thierry. His plan was to take me to visit his childhood home in Noyant and along the way, he took me for a drive of the area around the Vallee du Loir. First we stopped at the castle in Saumur. The landscape on the route he took was beautiful and the Saumur Castle was the first I had ever seen...more
Well so far so good I guess. We just arrived last night and we have not had a chance to head into...more
comfortable room at 4th floor (with elevator). good breakfast and parking it's near located in the...more
Average Price: My guess is $$-$$$ Our entire group of 30 stayed at the Hotel Ibis in Tours. There...more
This small restaruant is on the old town square of Tours. It is not far from the Language University and the clientele seemed to be "regulars" and mainly from the academic community. Entering, my friend seemed to have serveral friends seated at some of the tables and we stopped to say, "Hello!" This caused me to feel a bit intimidated as it seemed...more
Classical, you can see Ludovic and his fellow chefs cooking from the restaraunt, spotlessly clean. Light and airy wth classical greek coloumns inside and out.Although set in the middle of a group of very cheap overnight hotels this place has class. Spotless table linen, all staff in black and whte, it is excellent. First night, husband had...more
Blere has a gourmet restaurant called Le Cheval Blanc tel 02 47 30 30 14 which serves marvellous food and of course the local Val de Loire wines. Last meal there was two menus at 30 euros each and a bottle of Chenonceaux rouge at 20 euros.......... nice wine!!!! Well worth visiting.I am afraid I don't have any pictures, I bought my digital after I...more
This is a small cafe/bar in a town square near a language university. So, as you might expect, a lively nightlife is centred here at Place Plumereau. This area is known as, "le Vieux Tours" and with the view of the medieval half timbered buildings it's a perfect place for students of French history and language to hang out.We stopped here for a...more
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The SNCF's intercity train is more cheaper than the TGV from Paris to Tours though a bit slower, took about 2 hours to reach Tours whereas the other one is less than 2. For the big difference in price I opted for the slower intercity that start from Gare D'Austerlitz. TGV on the other hand is from Montparnasse.I bought the ticket online SNCF...more
Today, with its extensive rail (including TGV) and autoroute links to the rest of the country, Tours is a jumping off point for tourist visits to the Loire Valley and the chateaux of the kings.Tours is on one of the main lines of the TGV. You can travel down the Western coast to Bordeaux in two hours and a half, or to the Mediterranean coast via...more
I gather that Tours is quite proud of its railway station and, given the stylish façade, I could agree with them – though it must be said that the ‘operational’ part covering the platforms owes more to function than to style! Part of the reason for the local pride is that the station was designed by a ‘local boy’, Victor Laloux, who is somewhat...more
I'm currently living in Amboise as an english assistant and so have visited Tours several times. My main warning is regarding a night club called Wake Up! Now it is free to get in which is brilliant; however if you do go be extra viligant about bags, purses, phones etc. My purse was stolen from there and when I reported to the police he said it was...more
I may be totally off base but I was first directed to an internet place in Tours that just really gave me a bad vibe. I don't even know that it had a specific name but I remember very specifically where it is. At the northwest corner of Avenue de Grammont and Boulevard Thiers. As you're walking down from Place Jean-Juares, it would be on the right...more
The Usse castle.
I decided to put this one in the 'Tourist Trap' category because it is overly commercial. It is they claim, the castle that inspire the story of the Sleeping Beauty (Belle aux bois dormant). That is the pretext to selling bunch of crap and charge a bundle for the castle visit.
I didn't visit but was told that the castle is beautiful anyway (pictures and postcards would confirm this).
Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Tours.
Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Châteaux of the Loire Valley. 1995, 128 pages.
France. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1999, 64 pages.
France. Polyglott Verlag GmbH, Munchen, 1993, 96 pages.
Around the World. France. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 544 pages. 79 cities, 168 museums, 300 churches and cathedrals, 22 Castles, 50 maps, 200 illustrations.
I would have to admit that it's quite a while since I studied French at high school. One of our books was called 'La Belle France' and one of the few things I can recall from it was a photo of Chenonceau. I'm not sure if it was the lilting name or the fairy-tale appearance, but for some reason it stuck with me over the years. In early February...more
Aquarium of Turen is the biggest in Europe aquarium of fresh-water fishes. I visited such a big aquarium for the first time. To tell the truth I chosed an excursion to this aquarium because castles of Loire by this moment had already a little bothered... It was necessary to distract a little from historical and architectural sights. The aquarium...more
Visit Noyant if you want to experience small town living. I think it was considered a market town and though it was small, it was charming in a countryside way. A slower, quiet living type of community from what I saw.It took about a half hour to drive from Tours, so would make a nice daytrip. The castle at Saumur is along the way and I was...more
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...more
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...more
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...more