Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Travels in France - Loire Valley


Travelling day, and we hope to spend a lot of the day in the ancient city of Tours. This is deep in the Loire valley, and definitely wine-drinking country (Saumur and Vouvray particularly).

Cathedral of St Gatien, Tours
Today was spent mostly in Tours, and we visited a number of the more interesting parts of Tours. Firstly we saw the imposing cathedral of St Gatien, and marvelled at some of the amazing stained glass windows. Many of the windows had stories to tell, including the lives of St Martin and St Nicholas.

A short walk across the city to the old town, which is now full of restaurants and boutiques. Lunch was essential, and we then followed that with a trip to see the Musée des Beaux Arts. Having settled into our new residence (which I discovered later had WiFi) we went to the village of Vouvray, which was blighted by a hailstorm in late spring and many of the vines were damaged for this year. Vouvray is tiny, so we looked at the church and bought some wine (Vouvray, of course). The evening meal was terrific at a local restaurant, and we shared a bottle of St Nicolas de Bourgueil [Note to self - I really like St Nicolas de Bourgueil]


Aaron Smith said...

France is one of the best country of Europe here we can visit to many places like Effil Tower.

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