Tours is such a Beautiful Place
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On the 2nd day in France, I took the TGV and visited Tours.. which is one of the oldest and most historic town in France..
Upon arrival in Tours at 9pm, I was delighted that the air was fresh and the sun was still up.. Guillaume's mother came by and fetched us by car to their home.. And it was a lovely apartment with bloomed flowers in the gardens.. plus a cute fat cat named Squadra. Late and hungry, Guillaume cooked some pasta, French style, and we spent the night just catching up on what we've missed in each other's lives over the past months.. Having someone to speak English is a great thing in France :)
The next day, we went to the city area in Tours, along with Franck the man... Franck's Guigui's best friend, and he is the most talkative thing I've known for years.
In the afternoon, we took a drive down to Vouvray to visit some vineyards. The drive was excellent, as we passed the scenic Loire Valley. Along the way, we sneakily stopped at some Relais & Chateux properties and checked out the Michelin-starred menus.
After awhile, we decided to visit the Marc Bredif winery, that makes great sparkling wines, Vouvrays, and an absoulutely delightful sweet wine in the Nectar series. The tour in the caves were wonderful, as we got to go to the secret room that stored all the best vintages of the vineyard. Only negative point, the corks were so musky and mouldy! After the tour, we did a little of wine tasting before purchasing more wine for a home-cooked meal back home. Guigui's a chef and we have to utilise his qualities :p
After a dinner of great mussels, cote-de-bouef, and lots of baguette, we chilled over more champagnes and I was so full that I had to puke to feel good. I had an early night to prepare for an early morning back to Paris..
Overall, I loved the streets in Tours, the great weather, the hospitality of Guigui's family, as well as my virgin visit to a vineyard. I'm sure there would be a lot more to go!