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Things to Do When You Travel and Go to Tours France

Updated on August 29, 2014

Things to Do When You Travel to Tours France

Travel to Tours France. France is a beautiful country known for its great cultural heritage, museums, chateaus, villas, nice architectures, cathedral-basilicas and many religious plus sacred places, foods and the people themselves. If you are visiting France, the capital city is Paris and  you will arrived at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris if you choose to do so by plane. You can also travel from London by the  Eurostar -- which  is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris via the Channel Tunnel or the TGV train system. Tours, France is one hour away from Paris, France. Tours is accessible through TGV.

I have the privilege to visit Tours, France free board and lodging plus accommodations because I was chosen to present a research paper. The international gathering is funded by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population :: Tours, France, 2005 Conference. I extended my stay up to three weeks in Tours, France so I can visit the area.

The place of the conference which I attended was the Vinci Centre across from a railway station and it was surrounded by a trees and a park beside the building. The building -- its architecture is very nice as the roof is overhanging and with glazing, and at night it illuminates like the Pont Wilson.  See the image of Pont Wilson below.

Things to Do When You Travel to Tours France

Transport System in France:

  • The TGV train is a nice train system when you travel in France and it has a terminal in Tours, then you can also go and visit the nearby chateaus and Loire Valley (Tours is a point to embark when you go to Loire Valley - a tourist destination)
  • Plus you can also go to Bordeaux via Tours, and the Mediterranean coast, and from there you can go in Spain -- Barcelona
  • From Tours you can also go to Corsica and Marseille.
  • Tours has two main stations, a central station and St Pierre Des Corps, which is just outside the center, and is the station which is used by trains that do not terminate in Tours.
  • The airport at Tours, Loire valley has a flight to London and Ireland through Irish Airline -- Ryan air.
  • Within Tours, there is an efficient bus system which you can use

Experience TGV train to Tours, France From Paris

From the Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France, I rode the bus and went to the train station, TGV train station and then I verified my ticket to and fro Tours, France. The airport is pretty modern and it is a busy airport. I spend one hour and thirty minutes riding the train and arriving at Tours, France. Like any new to the area, I was little bit apprehensive because I don't know if there are many people there who I can ask, my French language ability is minimal. I was blessed because the hotel I am going to stay is just near the TGV train station, my luggage was heavy, bigger than me.

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Town Hall and Place Jean Jaurs -- TOURS, FRANCE
Town Hall and Place Jean Jaurs -- TOURS, FRANCE

Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours can also be called Tours Cathedral

Tours Cathedral: 15th century Flamboyant Gothic west front with Renaissance pinnacles, completed 1547.
Tours Cathedral: 15th century Flamboyant Gothic west front with Renaissance pinnacles, completed 1547.

La Basilique Saint Martin de Tours

Battle of Tours 732 AD

Battle of Tours in 732 AD  image courtesy of Charles de Steuben's Bataille de Poitiers
Battle of Tours in 732 AD image courtesy of Charles de Steuben's Bataille de Poitiers

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Location of Tours, France :

  • Tours is a city in the central part of France and the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department. It is at the foothill of the river Loire, between Orleans and the coast of the Atlantic. Plus Tours is located between two rivers, the Loire to the north and the Cher to the south. Largest city in the region (central)

What is Tours, France known for?

  • France in general is known for the beautiful and magnificent architectural buildings and cathedrals all over France. The Cathedral like the Tours Cathedral which was built in 1547 with the flamboyant Gothic west front with Renaissance pinnacles. The Cathedral de Tours is dedicated to St. Gatien -- its canonized first bishop. Another basilica is the La Basilique Saint Martin de Tours see the image here.
  • The region around it is Touraine is famous for its vineyard and wines
  • There are various parks located in the Tours city
  • Famous for the perfection of their local language ---The inhabitants of Tours (Les Tourangeaux) are renowned for speaking the "purest" form of French in the entire country-- The pronunciation of Touraine is widely regarded as the most standard pronunciation of the language French.
  • Famous for the Batte of Tours in 732-- According to different sources "The battle is against Frankish and the Burgundian forces under Austrasian Mayor Charles Matel against an army of the Umayyad -- which was led by their leader Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi".
  • Historians are debating the importance of this battle -- — for saving Christianity and halting the conquest of Europe by Islam". "There is little dispute that the battle helped lay the foundations of the Carolingian Empire and Frankish domination of Europe for the next century; most historians agree that "the establishment of Frankish power in western Europe shaped that continent's destiny and the Battle of Tours confirmed that power.--

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Tours is also known for some Catholic devotees and Holy Man of Tours venerable Leo Dupont.

Tours is a special place for Catholic devotees.It was in 1843 when a Carmelite nun saw a vision which started a vision of the "Holy Face of Jesus" in the event of Jesus many sufferings and passion. The "Golden Arrow Prayer" was first made public by her in Tours. It is also a site for many Catholic pilgrimage.

In the early 19th century, the Venerable Leo Dupont also lived in Tours, France It has been said that "he he started the nightly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Tours -- 1849. The Oratory of the Holy face on Rue St. Etienne in Tours receives many pilgrims every year. Pope Pius XII formally declared the " Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus as Shrove Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday) for all Roman Catholics".

I don't know if this will push through but the at present time according to different sources  "there is also an attempt by the local and international Muslim community to build one of the largest mosques in Europe, in Tours, adjacent to the site marking Europe's historic victory over Islam". This came to my attention now as in NY, USA there is an attempt to build a mosque near the Ground Zero where many died in 2001.

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Pont Wilson
Pont Wilson

Things to Do When You Travel to Tours France

Pont Wilson

This is a beautiful sight at night specifically when viewed from afar as it illuminates on the river and there is a reflection of the water and the lights combined make It for a perfect tourist attraction or a place to go. Even at daytime the structure is also beautiful

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Ginkgo biloba in the Jardin Botanique de Tours
Ginkgo biloba in the Jardin Botanique de Tours

Things to Do When You Travel to Tours France

The Jardin Botanique de Tours, France

The Jardin Botanique de Tours which is approximately is a municipal arboretum and botanical garden (almost 5 kms wide). It is free when you want to go, plus it is open daily. It is said to be the oldest garden in the city. The collection of medical and plants which are exotic began with a 2,000 different kinds of it which contains orchard, plants and the garden proper. This is a beautiful place to go on Tours. The garden also contains an orangery, exhibition greenhouses, and a small space for animals.

Things to Do When You Travel to Tours France

Rene Descartes Statue at Tours, France

Many thanks to Eusebius -- Guillaume Piolle -- photographer in wikipedia commons who posted this work of art
Many thanks to Eusebius -- Guillaume Piolle -- photographer in wikipedia commons who posted this work of art

Statue of Rene Descartes in Tours, France

The statue of Rene Descartes in Tours, France.

The famous Latin sentence COGITO ERGO SUMwhich means I think, therefore I am was engraved in the statue. This was made in 1848 by Alfred Emile O'Hara which was a count of Nieuwerkerke, and was installed in Tours in 1852. This it said "is a marble copy of a bronze statue made in 1846 for the city of "The Hague, Netherlands".

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      That is indeed a fascinating city! My only entrance into France was when we crossed the Channel from Dover to Boulogne by Hovercraft 12 years ago. Even that small bit of the country was charming. I'd love to visit some of these places you're introducing! Lovely work, Maita!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      This country is on my short to do list. Your article make me want to go sooner rather than later. I enjoyed your article, and I like your selection of pictures and video.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're quite a travel agent, too!

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Gifted and entertaining thats our girl Maita...step aside energizer bunny Maita=a is in town...awesome hub as always.

      Blessings and a few extra Hugs

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      how beautiful! I would love to travel here one day. thanks for sharing and including the video! hope you feel better, Maita!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Another good travel hub, Maita.

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      samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

      Oh how I would love to go to France. By the time I am able to get there I will be to old to remember why I came.

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      suny51 6 years ago

      beautifully done,Maita.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita sweetie, you should be working in the travel and tourism industry, you could travel for free to all of these places and get paid for doing so as you write about each place visited.

      KUYA Dave.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      A great and fascinating hub with beautiful pictures. Thank you for the trip.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks hello, it is always a pleasure to see you here, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you suny, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Kuya Dave, that was years ago, now I am happy beign a mom, I cant travel that much but I am happy, always benn happy, thank you, Take care, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Samboiam, you can still travel, it is not that much the memories will be great, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Sandy, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Ms rebekahelle for your concern, and for reading this hub, Take care, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Quill, Bless, you made me blush, take care, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you habee, I am second only to you, hehe, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks cool, go there and experience it, you can email me anytime if you want some help, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Mam Nellieanna, Maita

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      You are becoming a master travel writer-you're giving us every piece of info a traveler needs.I always worry about transportation when I visit a new place.thanks Maita :)

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Lovely hub. Thank you.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Andromida, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      hey breakfast nice to see you here, Bless, Maita

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      rprcarz50 6 years ago

      Another great and beautiful tour ! Thank you for painting such a wonderfull picture of France . I sure would like to trip there . The photos are just awesome !

      Thanks Again

      Ron

      as always also a2z50

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Maita as always the beautiful gardens and churches in French cities

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Billy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      France is beautiful Ron, Maita

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Miata, It sounds fantastic. Great tout hub for France.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      I am not far from Tours, I love to go there because it is such a vibrant city, I love its terraces and restaurants. For me the best time to visit is sales time as Tours has some of the big shops that you only find in Paris.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      oh yes Princessa, the shopping areas are nice too, Can remember that now, thank you Mam, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Pam, Maita

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      revervoyages 4 years ago

      Great post, I will definitely check out some of those destinations. I am particularily curious about the Jardin Botanique!

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      travelholidays 3 years ago from India

      Great Information every one should visit this page before coming to France, well said :)

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      ShaamCA 3 years ago from India

      Useful info about 'Transport System in France' . Great news about France and its travel tips

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