Tours, one of the major cities in the Centre province of France, is called "Le Jardin de la France" (The garden of France). There are several parks located within the city, as well as a cedar tree near the Cathedral planted by Napoleon. Tours is located between two rivers, the Loire on the north and the Cher on the south. The buildings of Tours are white with blue slate roofs which is common in the north of France.
Tours is the original home of the French language (I was even told this by my Belgian friend) and the "art de vivre", and the city is a place of harmony and proportion.
Today, Tours is a modern, lively and dynamic centre; with a thriving university, cultivating economic development, still young at heart with many cultural and sports activities, and definitely a European centre.
Strategically located near many of the chateaux of the Loire Valley, Tours makes a great "home base" when visiting the beautiful castles and renown wine makers of the region.