The sunny but cold weather continued. The trees and fields were covered in frost which the sun was not able to melt completely as the day passed. We saw about eight deer in one field. The trip to Tours takes about an hour and pretty soon we came out of the tunnel, past the village of Vouvray and crossed the wide river Loire which signalled our approach to St. Pierre des Corps. Tours is a stub end station so most trains call at St. Pierre des Corps and passengers have to change into another train to get to Tours. There was some confusion as three trains were going to Tours but two of them were running late. The third one due turned out to be the second to arrive at Tours.
|The SNCF use these puddle jumpers to shuttle between St. Pierre des Corps and Tours.|
|Even though the temperature was hovering around 0C all the water fountains were running in the city. It probably makes sense to keep the water flowing rather than risk freezing in the pipes. This fountain is in the Bishops Garden.|
|The very impressive Lebanese Cedar|
|The tramway crosses the river Loire on the historic bridge using the ground pick up system|
|The trams pass the mairie|
|Rillons are a meatier type of pork scratchings without the crackling|
|The mairie is an impressive building|
|The station is also impressive but difficult to photograph because of the many obstructions.|
|There is a tram stop close to the railway station which is only a stones throw from the bus station.|
We arrived back at Montparnasse just a couple of minutes down, thankful that we had chosen to go today because tomorrow the trains will be disrupted by union action. The SNCF calls it a strike while the unions call it "un jour de travail".
In tours Mary entered a patisserie and bought a couple of pastries on impulse. These came neatly packaged in paper but she had to carry them level because one was a tarte au citron. She carried it like this through Tours, on the train, where it survived the grasps of the little boy, and in the metro.
This marzipan and custard creation was called "figue".
|This was very lemony indeed|
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