Category Archives: Tours

The largest city in the 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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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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The monks of St. Martin of Tours killed in their luxury


Below is a copy of “The monks of St. Martin of Tours killed in their luxury” from a French manuscript dated, c. 1451-1472. I’ve no idea what the story is behind this recorded event. There was a massacre of monks … Continue reading

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Image of St Martin of Tours, 1407


This image from a Book of Hours, dated 1407, shows St Martin of Tours. A Book of Hours was a devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It was a kind of prayer book alongside which were rich illustrations from … Continue reading

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The taking of Tours by Philippe Dieu-donné (1189).


This image below shows Philippe Dieu-donné, “the God-given”, Philip II of France (1165-1223), taking Tours in 1189. He was the French king who finally managed to break the power of the Angevin (Kings of England, Dukes of Normandy, Aquitaine, and … Continue reading

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Beautiful images of the Touraine ~ from Dawn Lincoln


Hi all There are some marvelous images of the Touraine Region on the blog of photographer, Dawn Lincoln. Do visit; Jardins de Villandry, Rocamadour/Tours/Toulouse and Touraine en Automne I know that Dawn’s a visitor to my blog, so, a big … Continue reading

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