Not to put too fine a point on it, but Tours, France, may just be the love of my life. I adore that town. Paris is absolutely beautiful, and I love it in its own way, but Tours? Tours feels like home. So when we arrived, it wasn't so much showing up at a destination as returning to a sacred place inside us. It was also especially poignant, because we don't know when or if we'll be back. Then again, we said that last October. And, well, you see how that turned out.
With that said, I really didn't do much all week. I did a little shopping, I made a (lengthy) trek out to one chateau, but mostly I just sat in cafés and read. Because let's be real - that's what I do when I'm at home.
Basically, this blog post is a list of restaurants. And bars. With a chateau thrown in for good measure. If you've followed this blog long enough, this really shouldn't be any kind of surprise to you. If you have the chance to go to France, by all means, spend a few days in Paris. But then, go to Tours. Go to Tours and soak up the slower pace, the sense of real French life, the authenticity. There, you just might find that missing piece of my heart.
E & B
where to stay
where to eat
Le Bistrot des Belles Caves // We stumbled upon this favorite last year after a 28-mile round-trip bike ride to the Chateau de Villandry. Super fine-dining at a crazy reasonable price, we were sold. Even the wine isn't too crazily priced. You always start off with a complimentary amuse bouche, and then go with a starter (this time I got salmon), then a main course (fish), and dessert (cafe gourmand, duhhhh). It was as amazing as ever. Definitely worth a stop.
La Chien Jaune // We'd never been here because this restaurant is near the train station - the clear other end of town from Place Plume and our old apartment. But a coworker of B's suggested it, and went to dinner with us and his boss, sooo...yeah. We started with a delicious charcuterie (meat) platter, followed by a divine three-course meal (capped off with a cafe gourmand, OBVS), and several glasses of wine. A very local vibe, quiet and chill, this is a great place and it was close to our hotel. Deifnitely worth a stop.
what to do
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