The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

from Richelieu towards the Atlantic

The little stream, the Mable, flows round the cité idéale of Richelieu.  In a few kilometres to the north it is subsumed into the bigger (but still little) river Veude.  This river in turn flows into the big river, the IndreTouraine - the hinterland of the city of Tours - is in the départément of Indre-et-Loire (number 37).  The Indre flows into the Loire west of Chinon.  The long and mighty Loire, the only unregulated river of central France, flows into the Atlantic ocean past Nantes to the west.

These pictures show the Indre at Rivière (sic!), where the Veude flows into the Indre. Wide views of sandy banks, bodies of trees, traditional flat-bottomed fishing boats.

A tiny street arrives at the river so suddenly that it has an unusual road sign that requires little explanation or translation to a tourist from any country!

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