The pilgrimage to France in 2013 was very memorable because it was my first time to really explore France to that extent.  One of the really cool stops of the journey was Tours, France, know for the annual biking competition that made a certain Mr. Armstrong very famous, and then notorious.  But Tours is so much more than the biking event.


Tours has a beautiful cathedral that looked like a sentinel in the midst of the city.  And I was impressed how the building would turn bluish in the dusk.  The interior is unmistakably gothic, and the corners are very dark.  I spent some time praying in one of the side chapels, and lit a few colored candles.  It was so peaceful.  


Another beautiful church destination in Tours is the basilica of Saint Martin of… yes, you got it… Tours.  It is a beautiful building and the interior is like a palace hall.  These two churches are special landmarks of the city, and they are truly must-see items in a tourist checklist.  


Tours also has a very beautiful City Hall with a well landscaped plaza in front.  in front of the building, it says “Hotel de Ville” but it’s not a hotel like most of the world think of a hotel.  In the evening, this building is so well lit, and so elegant, it makes you want to go in there and sleep.  Haha.


Tours is surrounded by all kinds of posh towns.  Not very far from Tours is the Loire Valley with all the beautiful chateaus by the river Cher.  But within the city itself, there is so much to see, and one can easily appreciate the lifestyle of the french people outside of Paris.  Food is always phenomenal and the desserts always seem to have just come out of the oven.


And so i post these pictures today with gratitude for what I have experienced, and for the hope of going back again someday.  I thank God for the opportunity to see beautiful places like Tours… Happy Thanksgiving!


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