Category Archives: Cher

Wine-making in the Touraine during World War II: a story of Resistance and Resilliance


Over the past 4-5 weeks I’ve been talking with Florence Rowland a researcher for the London-based TV/Film company, Jura Productions. Jura make programmes about wine and were interested in finding out more about wine-making in the Loire Valley during the … Continue reading

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Notes on Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, in the city of Tours ~ fresh veg, Yankie shoes and union strikes


Saint-Pierre-des-Corps is on the site of an ancient Bronze Age settlement and it was on its current boundaries that the Romans once burned their dead. From the Middle Ages to the 20th Century it was an area for market gardening … Continue reading

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Tours, City of the Touraine ~ 1657


Here is a beautiful representation of the Touraine city of Tours, by the cartographer  Matthäus Merian, published in 1657. Just click on the image for a larger view.

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18th Century Map of Bléré and La Croix on the River Cher, Touraine Region of France


Below are maps of the small towns of Bléré and La Criox, the River Cher and surrounding communities in the South Touraine, c1750-80.   They come from the wonderful online collection of maps, images and documents at the French Ministry of … Continue reading

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18th Century Map of Montrichard on the Cher River, Touraine Region, France


Below is a map of Montrichard on the Cher River and its surrounding communities in the Touraine, c1750-80.   They come from the wonderful online collection of maps, images and documents at the French Ministry of Culture’s web site. I think … Continue reading

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18th Century Maps, the City of Tours, Touraine Region, France


Below are maps dating c1750-80 of the university and main commercial city of the Touraine, the city of Tours on the Loire.   They are part of a series of such 18th Century maps I’m posting from the French Ministry of … Continue reading

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