Category Archives: 19th Century Touraine

The Touraine: host to the world’s first solar powered home…..in1864!


The next time you are in the city of Tours take a trip along the rue Bernard Palissy and stop outside of number 4. There you will see an old stone plaque on the facade of a house: “A. Mouchot … Continue reading

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Pigeon Post from Tours? The siege of Paris and the use of microdots!


France declared war on Prussia in July of 1870 and so began the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71 (1).  The south German states, allied with Prussia and the superior organisation and Krupp manufactured artillery pieces of the Prussian and German armies made … Continue reading

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Cosette FRÉVAL ~ weaver of hemp, linen and wool ~ Saint Rémy-sur-Creuse (86)


A few days ago Sandra and I had the pleasure of meeting  with a local artisan weaver and fabric designer, Cosette FRÉVAL. Cosette has been interested in weaving since she was 18 years of age. She, with her husband, Guy,  … Continue reading

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More on bonnets of the Touraine


Hi all, image from an old postcard I recently bought at a brocante in the area.

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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 … Continue reading

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James McNeill Whistler in the Touraine and yet more Museums go viral


Hi,  one  post that gets the most hits on my blog is the link to the World’s Art Museums who have started to digitalise their collections (click here to see previous post).  Well I’ve just re-visited the site and discovered … Continue reading

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Château de Comacre, lost château of the Touraine


To the north of St Maure de Touraine and near Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois once stood the Château de Comacre. Built in 1845 in neo-Gothic English (or Tudor) by the Marquis de Lussac to plans by Sylvain Chateigner, it was destroyed by fire in … Continue reading

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