Cote Loire Auberge Ligerienne
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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 ...
... see photo) and is surrounded by a cloister of lime trees. Each winter, the 1,015 lime trees on the estate take a team of four gardeners three months to prune. 115,000 flowers and vegetables are planted out each year. What was really lovely was that the plants were labelled which made it so much more interesting. We did think of our friends Deb and George J and nephew Tim as we wandered through the gardens.
We then made our way ...
... History (for anyone considering it, don't bother). I was in and out having looked at everything within 25 minutes! The set up was aimed more at children with little interactive games and display and surprisingly (not) it was all in French which made it even less appealing.
The views around Blois and the Loire River are beautiful and I imagine even more so when its not raining!
The next stop on my adventure is Porto, Portugal.