Category Archives: 20th Century

“A Pause in the Holocaust” ~ protection of jews during the Italian Occupation of SE France


Further to the interest in my recent postings on the Demarcation Line in the Touraine I thought readers might be interested in this English version of the short, French-made documentary “A Pause in the Holocaust” on the Italian Occupation of … Continue reading

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The WW2 Demarcation Line ~ Ligueil, South Touraine


This map comes from the Resistance in the Touraine’s web site – further details here. Do view my previous blogs on the local Demarcation Line here and here. Double click on the map for a larger image.

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Touraine and Berry Regions of France; promotional materials from the past


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Le Chatelier – two images from early 20th century and today


  Some friends in the village of Le Chatelier, South Touraine recently sent me a few old images of the hamlet. Here are two with approximate modern day shots ~ the question is: how many people can you spot in … Continue reading

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The Dark Lady of the Touraine ~ she’s finger lickin’ good!


French gourmets adore the taste of the little black hen, The Dark Lady or Géline Touraine. whose white meat is said to have a particularly delicate flavour. But there has been terrific variation in its popularity over the past 150 … Continue reading

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Le Chatelier, South Touraine, Loire Valley


Sometimes, just sometimes of an morning when the sun is rising, the white walls of the château of Le Chatelier turn a stunning pink.

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Le Chatelier, South Touraine ~ postcard of the ford crossing of the Brignon river


Here’s a lovely postcard image (c1920s) of the old ford crossing of the River Brignon at the village of Le Chatelier in the South Touraine. The metal bridge and embankments which are now in place were only constucted after the … Continue reading

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