The trams are coming! The trams are coming!


So, the first stage of the tram system has opened in Tours (August, 2014) and how gorgeous it looks; stylish, futuristic, silent and dreamy car-free sweeps of open roadways…..yes, I love them trams!

Here are some pics Sandra and I took when we visited our regional capital last November. Enjoy…..

Trams passing on the Nationale, Tours

Trams passing on the Nationale, Tours

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Futuristic....how cool is that?

Futuristic….how cool is that?

Tram4 Tram Power

....and not a car in sight....bliss!

….and not a car in sight….bliss!

Not a car in sight.....bliss

Not a car in sight…..bliss

Love this view! Love this vista!

OK...they are not trams....but a great wintry pic, yes?

OK…they are not trams….but a great wintry pic, yes?

Map of the Tram Way (1st Stage) opened in August 2014 and for a length of almost 15K

Map of the Tram Way (1st Stage) opened in August 2014 and for a length of almost 15K

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Demarccation Line, Descartes, South Touraine


Aug 8 029It seems that no matter how often you visit a place there’s always something new…something you’ve missed. Here’s the Demarcation Line marker at the very edge of the town, on the Avenue du Maréchal Leclerc.

 

 

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So, you think you know Descartes?


So, the other day I walked around the centre of Descartes in the South Touraine….going up off-beat streets….and recording various images of interest.

A prize of a bottle of wine to the person who can guess the location of each image in central Descartes. This competition closes at the end of August, 2013. So what are you waiting for? Get walking/cycling around the town!

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

Descartes, South Touraine

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8 Faux-Pas French people should avoid in the British labour market


8 Faux-Pas French people should avoid in the British labour market

1.      “With my Master’s degree there’s no way I’m going to start at such a low position”

2.      “It is out of the question for me to work at weekends”

3.      “Job security is essential for me”

4.      “My school is ranked second in France, so by rights that job is mine”

5.      “Where’s my payslip?

6.      “How long can I take for lunch?”

7.      “I see my colleagues all day at work, I do not want to see them in the evening too”

 8.      “Good morning, Mr Company Director”

 

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Festival of Gardens at Chaumont~sur~Loire, 2013 – a sneek at what’s in store


festNear neighbours of ours are the Garden Design Academy, Chabris (36210).

Recently they had an opportunity to attend a preview of the magnificently innovative, annual International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. There are images and a great description on their blog, just click here.

The Chaumont International Garden Festival runs from 6th April to 11th November, 2013.  If you have a love of gardens, design festival-2or life then do visit the Festival; you’ll not be disappointed. ~ official web site.

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The three sequoia trees of the beautiful city of Loches, Touraine


No matter how often I visit the beautiful city of Loches, I still manage to spot something new and interesting. For example, recently, when walking though the city’s public park, I viewed….well, for once, I’ll be quiet….I think the images below say it all…

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Spring Programme ‘Le Petit Theatre de Balcons’


Here’s the Spring Programme for the marvellous ‘Le Petit Theatre de Balcons’ at Férrier Larçon in the South Touraine. Do support this local venue…it’s a delight! Contact Patrice Arnould 02 47 59 10 97  or petittheatredesbalcons@gmail.com

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