Saturday, June 10, 2017

France, Loire Valley - Tours

Tours is a city located in the west-central part of France. 
It is the administrative centre of the Indre-et-Loire department and the largest city in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France 
(although it is not the capital, which is the region's second-largest city, Orléans). 

Tours stands between Orléans and the Atlantic coast, and between two rivers, the Loire to the north and the Cher to the south, 
and it's famous for its many bridges crossing the river Loire. 

The city is called "Le Jardin de la France" ("The Garden of France"). 

The buildings of Tours are white with blue slate (called Ardoise) roofs; 
this style is common in the north of France, while most buildings in the south of France have terracotta roofs.

Tours is also the end-point of the annual Paris–Tours cycle race.

The surrounding district, the traditional province of Touraine, 
is known for its wines, for the alleged perfection of its local spoken French, and for the Battle of Tours (732). 

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