Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tours in the Loire

We'd never been to Tours in previous trips to the Loire, we always had a car and drove to the Loire.
On this occasion we were just visiting friends for a few days with an overnight stop in Tours before picking up the car. We decided on taking the TGV to Tours, and picking up the car the following morning.

Catching the TGV from Paris seemed to be the easy way and by booking three months out from Melbourne, we were able to buy at heavily discounted prices - just one of the tricks Sue has learnt by experience.
Tours Station - our first view of the city.
We didn't realise though that the Tours TGV station is not in Tours and you have to transfer to this little dinky train that takes you into Tours proper. I love French stations, they ooze of historic architecture.
Tours has one of those stations.

As we walked from the station, we were confronted by one those beautify manicured squares that the French do so well. Across the road from the square was a concert hall and it welcomed us with a little bit of home. An Australia tribute Pink Floyd band were booked to play there after our departure. I'm a bit of a Pink Floyd fan and have met a car owned by the Drummer Nick Mason who has a marvelous stable of classic cars. His ERA has visited Australia, but I digress (again).
Aussie "Pink Floyd" tribute band playing at downtown Tours.
Our B&B for our overnight stay was nothing short of perfect and only a short walk to the historic part of Tours. Had we been a little more savvy, we would have picked up our rental car first instead of lugging our bags to the B&B first as the office was closer.

After picking up the car, we parked at the B&B before taking off for our discovery walk of Tours historic town - That comes next week in "Wednesdays in France".

Our B&B entrance - how could you not want to enter.
The B&B window ledge.
The breakfast room
Join us for our walk through Tours next Wednesday.


  1. Replies
    1. Gaynor,
      Maybe you will join us for lunch as well although I can't say that the same place will still be open - it was afterall two years ago.

    2. Can I come too? Could do with a change from the farm for a couple of hours, but I would have to be back by tea time!

    3. Vera,
      Not only can you come for the walk but join us for lunch along the way.

  2. Interesting to see Tours in the Spring as it was early Autumn when we were there.

    1. Each season has its delights Cheshire Wife - either sneezing thru the blossom or kicking the leaves out of the way - all good.
      Always wanted to ask - do you call yourself Cheshire Wife because you are always smiling????

  3. At last I am back to catch up on your adventures. I love the idea of train travel and would do more if it was not so expensive, you are right about the trick of booking months in advance to get good prices.

  4. Ooops missed this post, too busy...... We will be joining you I hope in 2014 for a walk through some of these places. Or maybe even on a bike.... have a good weekend D & N

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