Villages Hotel Angers
Centre d'activites du Pin, Beaucouze, Angers, 49070, France
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Tour Saint Aubin, Angers, France 2009
Inside the chapel at the Chateau d'Angers
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Travel Tips for Angers
Fireworks for the 14th July
July 14th is the French national day that commemorates the day of 1789 when the people took the Parisian prison of the Bastille and set the few prisoners free. That act marked the begin of the end of the ancien régime.
The national day is remembered every year with great celebrations and, when I was in Angers, I could see a firework performance called Patchwork européen. The fires were accompanied with music and colours referring to the different European countries. A very suggestive spectacle.
Chateau du Plessis-Bourre
15 km north of Angers near the small town of Ecuille is this 15th century, privately owned chateau. We had just missed one of the infrequent tours, but for 3 euro I was able to wander the grounds a bit on a rather rainy day [see the travelogue for proof!] -- even with that limited a view, it was worth the time and a nice foil to the more fortress-like Chateau d'Angers.
Chateau d'Angers is very different from the others Loire Valley chateaux. It looks like a real fortress, with heavily fortified defense walls, ditch around it.
Walking on the walls is the first thing you should do. From there you can see the inside, it's like a city inside the walls, with it's own church, garden, wineyard and other buildings.
The walls of the fortress chateau d'Angers (see picture 3) are the most impressive walls I saw. That is also because you can see the roads and houses of Angers and the Maine river.
Jardin du Mail - the wild part
This is the wild part of the jardin du Mail. It isn't so wild as a forest, but the high trees show that man hasn't interfered much with nature here. Also the flowerbeds are wilder and not so artistic as in the previous tip. Pity that the building on the second pics spoils this bucolic atmosphere!
Study the Facades of the House of Adam
The House of Adam is on Toussaint street opposite the North edge of the chevet of the cathedral. It is 15C, half-timbered and has walls faced with a diamond lattice-work pattern. The vertical beams are elaborately carved with figures. It is 4-stories high and has a corner turret. It is the showpiece of the old town.