Tours (pronounced: [tuʁ]) is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.
It stands on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, St. Martin from Tours and the Battle of Tours in 732.
In 732 AD, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi and a large army of Muslim horsemen from Al-Andalus advanced 500 kilometres deep into France, and were stopped at Tours by Charles Martel and his infantry igniting the Battle of Tours. The outcome was defeat for the Muslims, preventing France from Islamic conquest.
The inhabitants of Tours (Les Tourangeaux) are renowned for speaking the "purest" form of French in the entire country. The pronunciation of Touraine is traditionally regarded as the most standard pronunciation of the French language, supposedly devoid of any perceived accent (unlike that of most other regions of France, including Paris). Gregory of Tours wrote in the 6th century that some people in this area could still speak Gaulish.
As I do not speak any French :(, I could not appreciate it.
There are many beautiful half-timbered houses in Tours, Specially La Place Plumereau is famous for them. But like in many places, in summer all the square is full of tables and umbrellas so it is difficult to make a photo. There are nice houses also on the Colbert Street. At n° 41, the sign À la Pucelle armée on a half-timbered house is a reminder that in 1429, Joanne of Arc had here armour made here. This house was a few meters farther but I found this one from n° 25 more attractive.
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jjcordier (76860) 2014-03-26 2:23
Belle maison à pans avec de superbes piliers sculptés. Je crois que je me serais amusé avec les reflets sur le capot de la voiture au premier plan :)
Royaldevon (30267) 2014-03-26 2:42
I can see that you had trouble with parked cars but, despite that, you have given us a splendid view of these timber framed houses. They have surprisingly different appearances just by their colours and the fact that one is still revealing its brickwork. How lovely that they are sill providing services or produce, in the form of shops.
I just love the carved details; I wonder if you got a close up of them!
Fine details and good, natural colours.
Have a lovely day,
snunney (84971) 2014-03-26 3:23
It is a real pity for the cars, but as you say a fact of life and you really have done very well here. I like the presence of the man and his dog, who bring the scene to life, plus the inclusion of the shops below, which are all part of the character of the place. The colours and detail in the delightful architecture are very well rendered under a sympathetic light.
saxo042 (37578) 2014-03-26 3:58
There seems to be an abundance of half-timbered houses in this city. You have certainly found some good examples here. I have "travelled" along the streets here with help of the yellow man from Google. There are many view like this one. A fine picture from an obviously interesting place.
Sergiom (61210) 2014-03-26 4:53
Un plan classique mais aussi efficace. Un très beau quartier de Tours avec de belles maisons à colombages qui sont tellement attirantes pour les photographes.
photographer_sg (4402) 2014-03-26 8:53
That is a finely composed picture of the houses with so many charming details. I really liked the warm tones provided by the woodwork that make them so warm and inviting. The details are intricate and you have displayed them with fine clarity. Thanks for sharing and have a great evening.
rychem (24048) 2014-03-26 9:39
To jest to, co bardzo lubie: szachulcowe domy, super graficzne zdjecie, swietnie pokazana struktura tych konstrukcji
PS. Te rozowe drzewka to jakies ozdobne, ale nie migdalowce
macjake (57074) 2014-03-26 14:15
i can honestly say i've never heard of this place before in France :)
so much to discover on this blue marble of a planet :)
the subject on the left reminds me so much of JJ most recent photo - same type of building and colors.
as Bev pointed out, its a shame the bloody car got in the way, but what can you do?
I like the finer details, the wood carvings on the panels beside the doors, and the way the buildings are clearly not 100% level :)
see you around
carlo62 (33835) 2014-03-26 14:50
sono sempre molto belle e attraenti queste case a graticcio.
Molto particolare quel riflesso sull'auto, come la presenza dell'uomo con il cane, rendono il luogo vivo.
jcpix (13688) 2014-03-26 20:10
Whatever the circumstance for finding a clear shot, you have a solid one here, and although there's a bit of a car in the foreground, the reflections it produces actually work in your favor. :) Not only that, but the gentleman walking his dog is quintessential French, this is a wonderful result if you ask me. This has so much of that old world charm with the timbered facades, rustic and picturesque...I'd have a hard time leaving some of these places...but then again, I love France to begin with. :) Super depiction of the towns architecture and style. Have a great new day. All the best.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-26 20:50
La façade de cette maison à colombages est très attrayante. J'aime beaucoup les colonnes du rez-de-chaussée avec leurs sculptures décoratives. Bien fait.
Fis2 (86333) 2014-03-27 2:54
Piekna elewacja i tyle ciekawych okienek ;)
Ladny kadr i kolory.
mcmtanyel (14133) 2014-03-27 20:34
I love those patterns on the facades. Well seen and rendered. The colors are deep and rich, too.
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-03-28 0:21
piekna ta fasada,szachulec w jak najlepszym wydaniu,super scenka,pozdrawiam