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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Round up of local news mainly in eastern Touraine

New cycle taxi service (le cylotaxi) is to be launched in Tours on 31st March. The cycles, which will take two adults and a child of less than 6, have an electric motor and the fare will be 1.50€ a kilometre. Details in the NR.


New shops and restaurant@Saint-Georges-sur-Cher
The constructions of the new parade of shops in the square behind the church is now finished. The bakers has already moved in and today Le Delice des Mets, a new restaurant, will open. Menus at 11.50€ (weekday lunch), 21€, 27€, 32€ and a kids menu@8€. I understand it is run by someone who used to be a caterer with Super U. Lunch today is already fully booked.

Bookings on

Saint Georges' long established butcher, Philippe Goulet, is moving into new premises on the square and will open on Wednesday 1st April – special offer on Les Poissons d'Avril perhaps? The old shop is now closed.


Francueil: new roundabout on D976
Very good to see that there is now a new roundabout on the D976 (old N176) at the junction with the road (D80) from Francueil to Chisseaux. This used to be a very dangerous junction because of poor visibility and the speed of traffic on the D976.


Le Château de la Celle-Guenard changes hands
Two English guys have bought this château in Touraine Sud. La Renaissance Lochoise (25.3-31.3) reports that it changed hands on 12th December 2008. The new proprietors, Steve Palluel and Mickael Carrington, plan to open gités and chambres d'hôtes here as well as holding music festivals etc. They plan to open in May.

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