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Touraine

(to͞orĕn`), region and former province (until the French Revolution), W central France, centering around Tours (the historic capital) and drained by the Loire, Cher, and Vienne rivers. Roughly coextensive with Indre-et-Loire dept., Touraine, with its fertile valleys, orchards, and vineyards, is known as the "garden of France." Its numerous châteaus (see ChinonChinon
, town (1993 est. pop. 8,961), Indre-et-Loire dept., W central France, in Touraine, on the Vienne River. Chinon was an important medieval town and many buildings (notably three churches) from that period are preserved.
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, Azay-le-RideauAzay-le-Rideau
, village (1993 est. pop. 3,116), Indre-et-Loire dept., N central France, in Touraine. It is the center of a wine-producing area and has a canning industry.
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, ChambordChambord,
château, park, and village (1993 est. pop. 200), all owned by the state, in Loir-et-Cher dept., N central France. The huge Renaissance château, built by Francis I and set in an immense park and forest (c.
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, AmboiseAmboise
, town (1991 pop. 10,972), Indre-et-Loire dept., N central France, in Touraine, on the Loire. It is a wine and wool market, and its manufactures include sporting goods, pharmaceuticals, and film and radio equipment.
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), built mainly in the 15th and 16th cent., are noted tourist attractions. Descartes, Rabelais, and Balzac were born in Touraine, and the latter two celebrated their birthplace in their writings. Originally the county of Tours, Touraine passed (10th cent.) to the counts of Blois, who ceded it (11th cent.) to the counts of Anjou. Touraine then passed (1152) under English domination and was retaken (1204) by Philip II of France and united with the French crown.

Touraine

 

a historic province in western France, situated in the Loire River basin. Most of Touraine is now part of the Indreet-Loire Department. The capital was Tours.

Touraine

a former province of NW central France: at its height in the 16th century as an area of royal residences, esp along the Loire. Chief town: Tours
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They had every right to be excited, as Duke Of Touraine traded at a low of 1.
The boys, the girls, the presenters, the cameramen and the rest of us cheer loudly as Duke Of Touraine seems sure to beat Charlie Crab, but then doesn't.
Riguez Dancer has experience on his side, while Duke Of Touraine is a juvenile who could take advantage of the weight for age he receives, but he will have to perform well against some experienced handicappers.
He's got a good attitude, which is so important" - Anne Haslam, extolling one of the virtues of juvenile hurdler Duke Of Touraine, who won without breaking sweat
If he schools well next week, his next run will be in a juvenile hurdle," - Ben Haslam, son of Patrick, after Duke Of Touraine had gained his second course win in just over a week
THERE is Pertemps Network at Southwell, Duke Of Touraine at Beverley and King's Fable at the thoroughly congenial Great Leighs, but today's Flat fare just has to be pushed to one side when there is jumps action of the calibre provided at Punchestown and Perth.
Soul Sista won the second division of the 5f maiden for John Spearing and Liam Jones, while Patrick Donaghy gained a decisive success in the 7f handicap on Duke Of Touraine for his boss, Patrick Haslam.
Verdict: You have to concede that Duke Of Touraine is the best horse on all known form, but I'm keen to go against him as I fear he may be regressing.
The bet was last won on December 6 and the two successful punters, Lawrence Ireland and Ray Stubbs, went agonisingly close seven days later to adding pounds 1,639,547 to their pounds 256,718 payout when Charlie Crab narrowly foiled Duke Of Touraine in the bonus race at Doncaster.
Mr Stubbs, 63, said watching Duke of Touraine lose the race was like being "put on a pedestal and then bashed over the head".