Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 10 Disembarkation! On to the Loire Valley! Tours, France-First Stop

all our luggage on the gang plank

the lobby of the ship

Today we disembarked our ship in Bordeaux, said our goodbyes to the crew and staff, and traveled by TGV High Speed Train to Tours, France. This charming medieval city is in the heart of the Loire Valley. It offers the best of French lifestyle with medieval streets teeming with art, history, ancient buildings and tasty cuisine. We had time to stop at a lively restaurant for lunch on our own and then enjoyed a walking tour.


some of our close buddies on the cruise

this is just my food-both pics-they all helped me it

serenading guests (for money, although he didn't ask)

my wine with lunch-rosé all day

We were eating lunch in Tours admiring the old buildings surrounding the square where we were.

Tours has a lot to offer though much of it was bombed in WWII. The attractive half-timbered medieval quarter around Place Plumereau (the square with busy pubs and restaurants offering open-air seating-where we ate) has been carefully restored, and Tour's grand Saint Gatien cathedral ranks among France's finest.

Saint Martin de Tours

written in Latin I'm sure

we found shopping all along the streets-the more modern area

Tours has a distinct energy, thanks to the university students who make up one fourth of its population and help to fill the many cafés, bars, and eateries in the pedestrian-only Vieile Ville.

Afterwards we continued by bus to our hotel in Amboise to check in for the evening.