Le Saint Georges
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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 ...
... have upgraded to deluxe rooms and junior suites. All are spectacular, and some have views of the castle, and others have views of the Loire River.
A quick run into town for purchases of scarves and chocolate, plus a needed shot of caffeine. This evening we celebrate the birthday of one of our tour members. Not likely that Tom will ever forget this celebration in this special place!
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 ...
... fishing equipment in display cases in the corners, and canned aceitunas (olives) in a goal machine kind of thing. We ordered fish and watched a bit of the game and hoped to get our dish fast so that we could leave quickly after that. Our food took over 45 minutes to arrive, and within 10 minutes we had eaten, used the bathroom, paid the bill and left. We planned to drive to the French part of Switzerland and find a hotel there, but we didn't take into consideration ...
... of the king. We saw Leonardo's bedroom, the fireplace in the kitchen where he would sit and warm himself in winter, the room that was his studio and his magnificent gardens, which surely must have inspired him to great creativity, and he finished one of his greatest works in Clos Luce, namely the painting of Saint John the Baptist. In the basement there is a fascinating collection of models made from Leonardo's sketches, and ...