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Tours


Tours is a city in the Indre-et-Loire département of France. As of 2006, Tours had an estimated population of 142,000.


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Here are some facts about Tours:
  1. Tours is a city in the Indre-et-Loire département of France.

  2. As of 2006, Tours had an estimated population of 142,000.

  3. People from Tours are known as Les Tourangeaux.

  4. Les Tourangeaux are known for speaking the "purest" form of French in the whole of France. Their pronunciation has been traditionally regarded as the most standard, non-accented, pronunciation of the French language.

  5. In Gallic, pre-Roman times, Tours was an important crossing point of the River Loire, and was known as Turones.

  6. After the Roman conquest, the city was initially known as Caesarodunum ("the hill of Caesar"), but later Civitas Turonum, which eventually evolved into the modern name, Tours.

  7. In the Merovingian and Carolingan periods, Tours remained at important city. In 732, the Franks led by Charles Martel famously defeated an invading Muslim army from Spain, in the vicinity of the city, in the Battle of Tours (also known as the Battle of Poitiers.

  8. In the time of King Louis XI (1423 to 1483; King of France from 1461 to 1483), the silk industry was introduced to Tours - an industry which survives in the city to the present day.

  9. After a period of long and slow decline lasting several centuries, the city's fortunes were restored in the mid 19th century with the arrival of the railway. The city became an important railway node, as well as attracting new service industries.

  10. Tours was profoundly affected by both World Wars:

    • In World War I, Tours became an important garrison, mainly used by the Americans. This past is recalled today by the Woodrow Wilson bridge over the River Loire (Woodrow Wilson was the US President from 1913 to 1921).

    • In World War II, the city was bombed by both the Germans and Allies at various times. A huge fire caused by German incendiary bombs destroyed parts of the city center in 1940. Later, Allied air raids in 1944, destroyed the area around the railway station, and killed several hundred citizens.

  11. After World War II, the downtown area of Tours was extensively redeveloped. The old town was however preserved by the establishment of one of the first Conservation Areas, and the city was extended to the South. Additionally, the François Rabelais University was established in 1970. Under Jean



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Rick Steves Pocket London

By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Included in Rick Steves Pocket London:

Sights: the National Portrait Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bankside Walk

Walks and Tours: the Westminster Walk, Westminster Abbey Tour, National Gallery Tour, West End Walk, British Museum Tour, British Library Tour, The City Walk, St. Paul's Cathedral Tour, and Tower of London Tour

Rick Steves Pocket Rome

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Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Included in Rick Steves Pocket Rome:

Sights: the National Museum, Palatine Hill, Trajan's Column, Market, and Imperial Forums, Baths of Diocletian, Appian Way, St. Peter-in-Chains, Pilgrim's Tour of Rome, Jewish Ghetto, and Capitoline Museums

Walks and Tours: Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum Tour, Night Walk Across Rome, Pantheon Tour, Vatican Museum Tour, St. Peter's Basilica Tour, and Borghese Gallery


 
 
 

 
 
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