31 May 2014

Tour of Tours

on the last week or so of living in tours, and views of the beautiful city.



boulevard béranger, our walk to get to school/downtown/anywhere, really.


my one complaint about typical french streets is that there's no green.












our last friday was an excursion to the historic side of town, into the fine arts museum (in the old tours château) and the tours cathedral next door.

musée des beaux-arts.








cathedrale de tours.


the cathedral was immense and impressive.





an old monastery within the grounds.

in our last week, we also had to stop by some favorite fast-food places.


naan nutella/naan fromage.

naan légume.

most are clustered around place plumereau:



or rue nationale, the main shopping drag (and also the site of our gym!)


in between the two was l'institut.



maddy faces off with andreas.

and i'll always love l'hôtel de ville de tours (the town hall) and the adjacent place jean jaurès.




our sweet host family's quirky house:



and a stroll through the neighborhood.




we were lucky to witness the advent of spring in this idyllic french town. everything got more colorful, vibrant, and vivid.








and more crowded!

pushing our way through to the gym (and not getting sidetracked by brioche dorée).

place plume, typical gorgeous-weather weekend lunch.

last saturday (last full day!) treat: WAFFLES WITH SPECULOOS ICE CREAM, enjoyed by the river. fully french heaven.



with a little argentina reppin'!


and there's always time for friends:







tours is a small place, and it can be sleepy. i wouldn't stay there forever.


but tours was good to us.

x, m

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