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The château du Roi René is a 13-century fortress with beautiful gardens. It was erected under Blanca of Castilla, Louis IX's regent, in 1228-38. It has a shape of irregular pentagone with 17 towers. Inside, you can see the famous Apocalypse tapestry.It took its name from Duke René d'Anjou, aka René of Naples (1409-1480).For information about prices...more
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...more
Cathedral Saint Maurice d'Angers is a Romanesque and Gothic cathedral - 75 meters tall - built in the 12th and 13th centuries.In my opinion the facade is very interesting because it not very complicated, you can see the four main building stages plus the fifth that is the towers. It is very slick, white, with fine details.The inside is famous also...more
We stayed at the Hotel Continental in Angers for 3 nights in July 2011, as a home base for touring...more
I stayed in this hotel for a night on arrival in Angers, and a few of my friends stayed there while...more
When we visited Angers, we decided to stay outside of the city, so as to have access to the rest of...more
This is a small place across the street from Papa Tino's and right next to la petit chouia. The lady who was working here was real nice (tres sympa) and wanted to practice her English on us so badly. It's a great place to stop and grab a quick bite to take with you on a walk or a picnic.more
The list of great international food hotspots continues with this rarity. The only cuban restaurant here and a very high quality. Seating is limited, they have a big section of their dining area in the building's basement. A unique feature of the decor which is quintessentially latin, is that the walls are studded with 1, 2 and 5 centime coins. The...more
Another place that was good for takeout food. We actually sat down here to eat and I remember it was one of the first places we ate in Angers, because it was so close to our dorm and the train station. They have an extensive list of specialty pizzas as well as toppings for making your own pie. Plenty of seating indoors and even some outside. We...more
The main theatre in Angers was rebuilt after a fire in 1869, in the grand style affected by Haussman. It stopped having a resident company in 1972. Now several fine local & regional groups perform there including le Théâtre musical, le Nouveau théâtre d'Angers, le Centre national de danse contemporaine, le Théâtre régional des Pays de la Loire, le...more
The cozy little Irish pub is as authentic as it gets, right down to the Irish barman. A little hard to find unless you know where it is. Great mix of locals and internationals. Brand new beer garden for the smokers with plenty of seating and heaters. Back of the bar has a dart board where a lot of euros have been lost on bets! Televisions with all...more
The trend for 'Irish' themed bars has very much reached Angers. You will find a selection of them in various parts of the city.On Boulevard Foch, there is Matt Murphy's, which is impossible to miss with its green painted front, situated beside Casa de Cuba. I have to be honest, not much is Irish about this pub (although they make a good effort by...more
The Buses in Angers are pretty efficient and the stops are plentiful enough to cover the whole city. It's a great way to get around and see the greater Angers area. You may need to hop on the bus if you want to see the cointreau distillery, for example. There are several different bus lines and some of them share stops. Each stop has a pretty...more
Every Wednesday they would have an open air market on one of the city streets...I really wish I could tell you where to look for this place. I didn't have any of my bearings straight when we visited this place early in the trip so I have no idea where it was set up and we never went back...but it was great. We saw everything there, sharks on...more
You can buy anything you need at this place, from toiletries to food and drinks, to dishes, to small appliances, and you can find these stores in most French cities and towns. This one that we went to often was located near the University de Belle Beille and outside of the centre ville so it was convenient for us to stop here after class before we...more
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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...more
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...more
Every summer on June 21st in every city in Europe (plus various others on almost every continent, including in the US in NYC, LA and of all places Carrboro, NC...right down the road from me) there is an evening of free music known as la fete de la musique... at least in France it is. I wrote my paper and did my 5 minute presentation for my French...more
Angers is generally a pretty safe town. The only down side is that you have to be vigilant of drunks creeping around at night. Should go without saying that at night the back alleys are loaded with the loaded. It's unfortunately quite common for people to get harrassed by these drunks too, so at night be sure to stay alert and don't walk alone.
There's not much to fool you about this tacky little attraction. It's just a pretend little choo-choo that putts around the streets of Angers, unsubtly screaming out to every one of the locals in the outdoor cafés: "hey everyone! look at me! I'm a shameless tourist!" The horribly tacky PA speakers blurt out a French-only recorded commentary, so if you don't understand French then take earplugs or a good sense of humour!
Unique Suggestions: This may be a good option if it's raining, or for people travelling with small children, or anyone for whom walking is a problem, ie: you're disabled, rushed, or just want to have a lazy day out. The train tour will at least show you the main parts of Angers in a one hour whistle-stop tour (despite the public shame!).
Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to simply take your time and grab one of the excellent free maps from the tourist information office (near the chateau). You can take this map, and the info provided by the helpful staff, to go on your own (more fun) walking tour. Otherwise Angers also has an excellent bus system ('COTRA') with an easy-to-follow route plan for getting around. It's 1 euro for a one hour transfer, or you can buy daily, weekly, monthly passes. Again, tourist info will steer you straight!
Walking shoes. Most of the things to be seen can be reached on foot and it's a pleasant town to walk around in generally speaking.
Miscellaneous: Pack a Sense of Adventure and Exploration, this town has a lot to offer in the way of things to do and see.
This is a picture of a tiled wall outside the Musée Jean Lurcat, which gives only a small idea of how amazing the tapestries of Le Chant du Monde are. These tapestries were created with the support of the city of Angers in 1957 as modern response to the Apocalypse Tapestry in the chateau. The museum is housed in the Hopital St-Jean, founded in 1174...more
The Galerie David d'Angers, located in a deconsacrated church, shows scupltures by the Angevin artist David d'Angers (1788-1856). Although they are very beautiful, the author simply copied them from originals. These photos depict:1) Johann Gänsfleisch, better known as Gutenberg (circa 1390-1468), the inventor of movable pressing types;2) a scene...more
Wall hangings in tents("double-layering") must have been discovered in prehistoric times as a way to diminish cold (and heat?), prevent wind entry and diminish dust. At first hides and other animal skin products were used; woven materials were rare. The quality of the pelts and hanging objects gave rise to interior decoration and indicated wealth...more