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The largest city in the Touraine.

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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Jim McNeill’s Touraine honeymoon – 1888


Now, here’s a thing you may not have known. James McNeill Whistler (the American artist of “Whistler’s Grandmother” fame) came to the Touraine when on honeymoon with his English wife, the recently widowed Beatrix (née Birnie Philip) in the summer … Continue reading

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C17th Marmoustier Abbey at Tours and C17th maps of the Loire at Marmoustier and Montlouis


For further images and the history of Marmoustier Abbey visit my earlier post. For further C17th images of maps of the Loire at Tours just click here to visit an older posting.

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More Touraine photographs from the library of the Neurdein brothers c.1880


Further to my recent post of photographs of Chateaux of the Loire Valley below are further images by the Neurdein Brothers of Paris. The images can be found on the website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France – where you … Continue reading

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Views of Châteaux of the Touraine ~ by Louis-Antonin Neurdein, c1890


Further to my previous post, here are further views of the Châteaux of the Touraine. This time they are sepia photographs from the 1911 book, In Château Land, by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. It is available for you to download from The … Continue reading

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Sketches of the chateaux, churches and street scenes along the Loire, c1910


The images below, mostly vignettes based on paintings done during research for the book, come from the book The Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Valley. This guide to the region is Francis Miltoun and was published … 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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