Category Archives: Transport ~ roal. rail, water

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 … Continue reading

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Maillé and Luynes in the Touraine ~ C17th images by Louis Boudan


The commune of Maillé in the Touraine is burned into the minds of many as the place of the Second World War massacre. But, of course, the small town and its surrounding district has more history than that single tragic … Continue reading

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More railway posters of the Touraine – 1896-1910


Following my recent posting: Train excursion to the Touraine ~ poster by Gustave Fraipont, 1893, below is a further selection of Touraine Region railway posters dated between 1896-1910. Here’s a little background on identified  artists: Hugo “d’” Alési (1849-1906). Had a … Continue reading

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Train excursion to the Touraine ~ poster by Gustave Fraipont, 1893


This beautiful poster was published by Fraipont et Moreau, 95 rue de Vaugirard, Paris in 1893. Its original size was 139 x 100cm. The illustration and design was the work of Gustave Fraipont (1849-1923) and is one of numerous designs … Continue reading

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L’Avenue Grammont, Tours: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose


Here’s an early 20th Century postcard image of L’Avenue Grammont; the wide avenue in front of the City Hall of Tours in the Touraine. What I love about it is that it shows electric trams side by side and busily … 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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Touraine railway posters c1920/1930s


I thought, dear readers, you’d be intersted in the selection of images below of old railway posters of the Touraine Region ~ they are available to buy at a number of web sites on-line.

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