Tag Archives: Tours

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 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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1590 map of France & the Loire Valley


1590 map of France along with an extract showing the Touraine/Loire Valley Region. To see enlarged versions just right-click on either image and chose to ‘open link in new window’ or ‘open link in a new tab’. From the French … 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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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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