We thought that it might be fun to show one of the panels every now and then, with the timetable information for how one gets there from Tours today. The well preserved medieval/renaissance town of Loches is about an hour by train from Tours. These days the 'train' is mostly a replacement bus. From the station it's just a short walk to the Donjon. Cross the bridge over the Indre river then meander your way through the streets, remembering to look up and admire the architecture. The Donjon is at one end of the Cité Royal, accessible by entering the walled inner defensive perimeter which protected the Counts of Anjou, the Kings of England then the Valois Kings of France, via the Porte Royale.
The trains in Touraine are provoking; they serve as little as possible for excursions. If they convey you one way at the right hour, it is on the condition of bringing you back at the wrong; they either allow you far too little time to examine the castle or the ruin, or they leave you planted in front of it for periods that outlast curiosity. They are perverse, capricious, exasperating. It was a question of our having but an hour or two at Loches,...It has to be said the situation hasn't changed very much.
The photo of the ceramic panel above was taken a few weeks ago, and it appears to be covered with a semi-transparent film. To see what the panel looked like a few years ago, go to this post.