Toul

A sunflower in France

A sunflower in France

Each year after the coverage of the Tour de France ends I start missing my daily dose of the scenes from the French countryside. I’ve always watched the Tour in part for the race and in part for the aerial travelogue. Drama in a bike race occurs only periodically. The scenery fills in the dead spots.

The Tour’s broadcasts show places in France like commune of Toul. Surrounded by Vauban’s impressive fortifications and with a large gothic cathedral at its center, Toul, a town with 17,000 residents, is well worth a visit. Yet with all of the interesting things to see in France, Toul gets lost. Indeed, there are so many guidebook worthy places in France that Lonely Planet doesn’t even bother with an entry for this appealing town.

(Wanderlust reached Toul on the 23rd of July 2015 and stayed at Lorraine-Marine for eight nights before relocating to Toul’s main mooring, Port de France where she stayed for 5 nights. Lorraine-Marine is 47 kilometers, 27 locks, and two tunnels from Demange-aux-Eaux.)

The cloister of the cathedral in Toul

The cloister of the cathedral in Toul

Details of the stone work in Toul

Details of the stone work in Toul

Toul's cathedral seen over the top of the commune's extensive ramparts.

Toul’s cathedral seen over the top of the commune’s extensive ramparts.

Toul's cathedral is near the hôtel de ville.

Toul’s cathedral is near the hôtel de ville.

Street art

Street art

Inside the cloister of the cathedral

Inside the cloister of the cathedral

Wanderlust waits for company in a deep lock on the way to Toul.  With the water shortages, the VNF attempted to cluster pleasure boats for the lock cycles.

Wanderlust waits for company in a deep lock on the way to Toul. With the water shortages, the VNF attempted to cluster pleasure boats for the lock cycles.

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