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Liberation celebrations, Descartes, 1944


Here’s a fascinating photo of the liberation celebrations of Descartes in on a sunny autumn day in September 1944. The population of Descartes at the time was about 1,500 and it seems that up to a half of them were … Continue reading

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Les “Tambours tourangeaux” ~ playing in Descartes this Sunday!


Les “Tambours tourangeaux” will be playing in Descartes market on Sunday, 26th July from 10am to 12noon and then, from 3pm, starting from the Descartes Museum they will be leading a guided tour in the footsteps of René Descartes through … Continue reading

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Demarccation Line, Descartes, South Touraine


It seems that no matter how often you visit a place there’s always something new…something you’ve missed. Here’s the Demarcation Line marker at the very edge of the town, on the Avenue du Maréchal Leclerc.      

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So, you think you know Descartes?


So, the other day I walked around the centre of Descartes in the South Touraine….going up off-beat streets….and recording various images of interest. A prize of a bottle of wine to the person who can guess the location of each … Continue reading

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Amnesty Fundraising Concert, 6th October, St Remy~sur~Cruese (86)


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Events and fetes in the South Touraine ~ Summer 2012


Yesterday Sandra and I visited our excellent local market in Descartes and I took the opportunity to snap posters of some of the up-and-coming events in our area. There’s more info of the host of local summer activities at the … Continue reading

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The town of Descartes and the “gabelle” tax on salt


In France the word “gabelle” originally referred to general taxation, but from the 15th century onwards it was associated with the tax on salt. For administrative tax collection purposes the country was divided up into about 30 regions. Royalist officials … Continue reading

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Descartes: French Resistance and the Demarcation Line


When France signed L’Armistice on  June 22, 1940 the Germans set up a whole series of measure to limit the circulation of the people, goods and the postal traffic between two zones either side of the ‘Demarcation Line’ which separated … Continue reading

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Touraine Map c1608 ~ yours to explore and download


Here’s a cute map, c1608, of the area of South Touraine between La Haye (Descartes) to Azay. The early C17th spelling of place names is of interest as are the lack of details of roads but the significance of rivers … Continue reading

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Descartes Paper Mill during the First World War


The remarkable image below is a watercolour painted in 1916 by Gaston ADOUE who belonged to a group of German soldiers prisoner of war working in the Paper Mill of La Haye-Descartes (today named Descartes). This painting is of the … Continue reading

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