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We begin our day with a city tour of the city of Tours - once the capital of France. There is a University here, and a youthful vibe mixed with well-restored antiquities (of the architectural sort). Our leisurely ramble through town concludes at the City Hall, and a lovely lunch at Cafe L'Univers just across the street.
Our original afternoon schedule called for a short bike trip along the Loire River, but half of the group is not interested ...
... visited the castle many times, and even organized celebrations of special events here. In his will he specified that he wanted to be buried in a chapel on these grounds, and it is easy to understand this desire given the beautiful views of the Loire Valley from this promontory.
After our tour of the Castle we return to the hotel and have a look at the spacious rooms occupied by ...
We bid Adieu to Paris today, with the entire group together for the first time aboard a high speed train (TGV) to the town of Tours in the Loire Valley. We are in first class, of course, and traverse about 235 km in a little more than an hour! Why can't we have trains like this in the US?
We meet Catherine at the Tours train station. She is from the area, and will be our guide for the next six days. She takes charge right away, and is ...
... spectacular and beautiful as befitting a king. Our favourite (sad) royal story was about Charles VIII who died in 1498 at 28 years of age without an heir.... He was in the palace grounds, on his way to watch a real tennis match; hit his head on a door lintel, and died a few hours later. Another example of sport being bad for you. We had Saturday night in a bar in town watching the Wallabies thrash England (I ...
... least it's nice and clean, and we have wifi. We had a walk around the town, bought some bakki for the kids, the sun is shining but the wind is cold. Took Jan and Wally their English shopping and had a lovely chat and drink with them. The lake is fishing very well at the moment, let's hope it's still like that for Dave in two weeks ...