Tours is very pretty

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

1ST JULY 2010 - We head off Tours, France.  The trip took 4 hours.  We arrive in Tours and went to the hotel where the drop off point is and forgot we weren’t actually staying there.  We are staying Hotel Trianon which was a fair walk away, about 15-20 minutes away when you are carrying heavy backpacks.  Well Mary wants to ditch the backpack and buy a soft pack with wheels.  Using the backpack is fine but its a killer when you have to walk long distance and the backpack is really heavy, short distances is ok.  I will try to get rid of some stuff but its really hard when you have winter clothes as well. 

We checked into our Hotel Trianon and its gorgeous, thank god.  Its really cute with lots of old fashioned furniture.  Its really hot here and wish we had airconditioning but we don’t. From what we have seen walking to our hotel Tours looks nice.  We relaxed for a while out of the heat, boy its hot. We both had showers but still sweating, arrr! 

We went for a walk across the road to the supermarket to grab some drinks. As we were walking down the street a guy on a push bike waved to me.  I thought why is he waving at us? then realised its the guy at our hotel, nice guy.  

We kept walking down the street and we saw a girl giving her two pet ferrets that she had on a leash a drink, yes she was walking her pet ferrets.  Oh yeah forgot to mention we saw a guy in Madrid who had his pet rabbit on a leash, mmmmm!  

Anyway we sat down at one restaurant and waited and waited to be served.  The customer service in Europe is absolutely crap especially in restaurants, cafes and department stores. When I tried to get the attention of a waiter his reaction was like we pissed him off “wait a bloody minute” attitude, my god it wasn’t like it was packed.  So we got up and left.  Seriously, customer service in Europe is shocking.  We Aussies should teach them a thing or two.  So many times in Europe we would sit somewhere waiting to be served and seriously they just ignore you, they will walk past you several times, sometimes look at you and sometimes not take any notice. If you don’t try and get some attention chances are you will be waiting for a very long time.  We know that we have to be more patient here in Europe because things are done here sooooo much slower than home.  So I think DON”T complain about good customer service at home, majority of the time we do a much better job and things are done so much quicker than here.  I really thought we would just get used to it but no its just so frustrating and a real test of patience.  Europeans just have no idea on good customer service.  We were in a department store one day buying a memory card and I went up to them to see ask if they sell the cover for the cards and two girls were talking and the look on their face was like I interrupted their conversation, naughty me!  They will never come up to you and ask if you need help but are really good at standing around talking to each other.   OK enough of my whingeing.  

We sat down at another restaurant in the same street and yeah the guy was great.  He spoke some English and was helpful in translating what a few things were. We had a great meal, Mary had a salad with salmon, prawns, chips, grated carrots, orange, lettuce, tomato.  I opened a satchel and when the mayo sauce wouldn’t come out I then realised oooops its not sauce its a wet towel, it was funny.  Troy had a fixed price 3 course meal,  terrain, steak and chips and creme caramel for 13 euro. We went home and relaxed.  Its so hot here tonight.  We look forward to our tour to a chateau tomorrow.  

2 JULY 2010 - Last night Mary had 9 cold showers (yes that many) to try and cool down and sleep but it never happened but Troy was fast asleep.  It felt like the temperature last night never fell and was very very hot and muggy.  The hotel has no airconditioning and the heat is a killer. Well nothing I tried to do worked, the loud snoring and heat was unbearable and when I had the 8th shower I burst into tears. So today I am so tired and so cranky and so don’t want to do anything but we are booked on a tour today.  

Before we left our hotel I asked the lovely guy at the reception if he had a fan.  He said he will give us one and agreed it was a very hot night.  Hopefully this may help a bit.  

We went to the tourist office and at 9.15am we got into our mini van and headed off to the Loire Valley to visit Villandry Chateau.  It was beautiful and had gorgeous gardens.  We stayed for 1 hr and then moved on to the next one.  We went to Azay-le-Rideau Chateau which was gorgeous as well.  

We arrived back at the tourist office at about 12.30pm and then went to have lunch.  We followed the tour guide that was taking a couple to a bakery.  Before we walked into this bakery we admired the massive meringues in the window.  Everything here from baguettes to quiches to sweets were big.  We bought lunch and I said to Troy we had to get one of those huge meringues because I know he like them.  Seriously they are the biggest meringues we have ever seen for 3.30 euro (see the photo). Troy had a yummy quiche with spinach and salmon and Mary had a baguette with ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce which was yummy too.  We bought the meringue and a few other sweets but we haven’t eaten them yet.

We walked around town and Troy went shopping and bought three new t-shirts.  Lucky him because it is so hard to find clothes for me because they are all small sizes. Seriously, an XL top for women in Europe looks like a size 8 at home. Its so hard and so depressing and wasn’t expecting it to be so difficult.  I’m getting very sick of wearing the same clothes and would like something new but cannot find anything. Once our trip is over I will be throwing everything out.

We walked around the old city of Tours which is absolutely gorgeous.  We think its just better to visit the old parts of each city we go to in Europe as they are just so gorgeous and have lots of character.  This area has a lot of buildings that are very old and lean and reminds us of York.  It’s just so pretty and this is a great place to explore.  We had an icecream, mmmm not as good like in Italy.  We kept searching for some clothes for me but I had enough and said lets go home, its too upsetting.  

We relaxed for a while in our room and then went across the road to buy some dinner.  We had baguette with ham, brie cheese and tomato.  We opened the brie and thought it was off, it was really smelly.  I assumed it was suppose to be like that but when weren’t quite sure so Troy went and asked the guy at the reception.  He said its fine but boy it was smelly.  We had our baguettes and our naughty sweets.  We couldn’t eat the huge meringue so we will keep that for tomorrow. 
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