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April 26, 2008
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Great place to visit!
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Chapelle Saint Michel on Rue des Ursulines. This church is of unknown vintage and is just outside what appears to have been the original Roman town site


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Just along Rue des Ursuline is this ex-church which presumably has been deconsecrated and now appears to be used as a cinema


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Another possibly deconsecrated church 50 yards further on. This one now appear to be under the auspices of the Conservatoire Regionale de Musique


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A little further east is this section of wall that survives from the original Roman city. The cathedral towers can be seen in the background. Several other Roman excavations exist around town


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Still close to the original Roman city site there are numerous old buildings


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An unusual sight here indicates that a building has been completely removed with, at present, no evidence of pending replacement


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Tours is built on a 1-1/2 mile wide strip of land between the River Loire and the River Cher. The Cher is a Loire tributary. The Loire contains numerous islands which, as shown here, are prone to flooding


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This bland looking edifice is the Cateau de Tours. It is close to the river and, it seems, no one is very proud of it


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In front of the chateau - even more dull than the rear - are some more Roman exavations


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A more impressive building is the cathedral Saint Gatien. Crafted by unhurried French hands, this spectacular church was 300 years in the making


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The interior is fairly unremarkable, brightened only by the medieval stained glass windows


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View into nave from the apse showing the unusual altar. Notice the lavish windows even at the west end of the church


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The windows are designed as picture stories...


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...depicting actual and imagined events


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The side ailses are especially peaceful...


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... as are the several chapels


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The quality and presentation of the carvings are markedly better than the effigies seen in many churches


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Here is a rich wooden carving slightly less than life size


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Finally, I could not resist the dust laden pulpit


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Back in the real world, this is the main east-west pedestrianized street, the Rue Colbert


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Glad to see that Guinness has snuck into this chauvanistic land


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Saint Julien, built in the 13th century on the site of a 6th century chirch, has joined the ranks of the unemployed


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It is curently up for sale and has probably been deconsecrated. Elsewhere in town, a former church is now a yuppie cafe


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Place Plumereau is the "in" place in Tours and, apparently, people like to be seen here


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It never ceased to amaze us how many people eat out - literally - even when the temperature warrents top coats and gloves


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Of course the surroundings are often considerably more attractive than the defunct gas stations, Dollar Stores and fast food joints that haunt many American down town areas


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Lunch, of course, is also typically a two hour break and tends therefore to be quite unhurried


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More pedestrian area with a dense array of buildings from various periods. The tall chimneys must have produced vigorous fires when they were lit


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At the west end of town is this remnant, known as the Tower of Charlemagne, of a colossal of a basilica built to Saint Martin. The building was destroyed at the end of the 18th century - more than 200 years ago


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This clock tower was part of the same church but is so far down the street one would never make the connection. A residential district was built among the ruins in the early 1800s


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The "clock" side of the clock tower. The Charlemagne Tower is back up the street on the other side


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Much later, in the 19th century, this relatively tiny Saint Martin basilica was built and now houses the relics of Saint Martin. The Charlemagne tower of the previous church (about the sixth one since the 4th century) is to the left.


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Hooray for tourism! Like Everytown France, the "Petit Trains" chug around all day long hauling tourists hther and thither


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On the way back to Heidi, we passed by the main railroad station where this fountain gurgles away in the park like square out front


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"Gare de Tours", the handsome railroad station. Exciting, isn't it?


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After we left tours, we continued down the Loire valley, eager to get to a campsite. Just by chance, we happened to pass the Chateau Rigney-Usse, sometimes referred to as the Fairy Tale Chateau
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