8 Bis Place De La Visitation, Angers, 49100, France
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Travel Tips for Angers
Two kisses or four?
As it happens in other regions of France, neither in Angers does a rule exist on how many kisses on the cheeks people should exchange when they do the bise.
It can be two kisses or four, but not one or three. I've realized that people kiss mostly twice, especially when they greet people they often meet, but four kisses are not to be excluded. If you don't want to get wrong, wait and see.
Bouvet Ladubay makes sparkling wine in the Loire region. They have red, white and rose varieties. The same day we visited Rochemenier and Fontevraud Abbey we came here to tour their eight kilometers of underground caves and taste their sparkling wines. The wines were excellent and the tour intriguing. I remember seeing huge crates where they held several bottles, but these crates were not still, they were on motorized pedestals that rotated them automatically after a few days so that the sediment never settled. I suppose this makes a better wine. Bouvet Ladubay is located near Angers in a town called St-Hilaire St-Florent and is close enough for a day trip by bus.
La Cathédrale St-Maurice
St.Maurice Cathedral is the next most obvious attraction after the chateau for tourists. It's around 900 years old and towers over the river and the town, gothically menacing the centreville and quarter of La Doutre below. In 2002 it received a major facelift, restoring the glory of the ornate relief sculptures on the outside. The rear of the cathedral is pocked with the odd bullet hole, presumably from WW2.
Look At the Tour St.-Aubin
As you walk in the old town and pass the Beaux Arts Museum you see this tower. It is the 12C belfry of the Benedictine monastery just beyond it, which is worth visiting. It takes only a few minutes to look in and see the fine Romanesque Arcade (our picture is lost).
Galerie David d'Angers
This collection of sculptor David d'Angers' works is housed in the restored Toussaint Abbey on rue Toussaint. I never got a chance to go and see them but it's 3 EUR for adults and free for children, between Oct. 3 through June 5, it's open every day except Mondays 10am-12pm, and 2pm to 6pm. From June 6 to Oct. 2 it's opened 10am to 7pm every day of the week but it stays open until 9pm on Fridays. Go check it out.