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    Church of Notre Dame, Cholet

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    In the eleventh century this church was part of a priory founded by the monks of St Michel-en-l'Herm. During the French Revolution it was used as a stable and as a prison.

    Parts of the church you can see today are rather more modern. The nave was completed in 1813.

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    by SallyM Written Aug 21, 2010

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    Like Paris, Cholet has a gothic-style Notre Dame church and a Sacre Coeur basilica.

    This Sacre Coeur is not at all like the Parisian one though, as it is in the Byzantine style and is therefore more like Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. Despite the style, it is actually a relatively modern building, designed by local architect M. Laurentin. It was built using materials from the local area. The first stone was laid in 1937 and the building was blessed in 1941.

    When we were in Cholet, it was open to visitors in the afternoons between 3 and 6 p.m.

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    The other thing for which Cholet is famous is handkerchief production, although this no longer occurs on a commercial basis.

    The Textile Museum, which celebrates this aspect of Cholet's past, is located in a former canvas bleaching factory (built in 1881). There are rooms dealing with the various stages of textile production: spinning, bleaching, weaving etc. and information about the Cholet handkerchief industry. The museum has revived handkerchief production in Cholet, and I understand that visitors can watch this taking place but the machines were not operating when we visited (on a Saturday).

    The surrounding grounds are now a garden containing plants connected to the textile industry, such as flax, and marigolds which were used for for dyes.

    Open Wednesday to Sunday 10-12 and 2-6 (also open on Tuesdays in July and August). We had a combined entrance ticket with the Art and History Museum (3.50 euro).

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    by SallyM Updated Aug 21, 2010

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    This restaurant is outside Cholet, at Ribou lake (a reservoir that supplies drinking water to the surrounding area). We sat outside in the sun and had an excellent three course set meal for 17 euro per head.

    I had a salad of grilled goat's cheese on toast, followed by a succulent pork dish and chocolate mousse for dessert. My other half had steak and chips followed by panna cotta.

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Cholet Transportation

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    by SallyM Written Aug 21, 2010

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    EasyJet fly to Nantes Atlantique airport, about 30 miles from Cholet. You can take a bus from the airport to Nantes station (costing 7 euro). From there you can take a train (11 euro) or bus to Cholet. The train takes around an hour and a half - make sure you validate your ticket.

    A taxi from Cholet to the airport cost us 100 euros (it was a bit early in the morning to get the train!).

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Cholet Shopping

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    by SallyM Written Aug 21, 2010

    On Saturdays there is a market in front of the market hall, at Place du 8 May.

    What to buy: Lots of fresh produce, honey, oysters and mussels. Also clothing, bags and soft toys. I even spotted an antique furniture restorer.

    Inside the permanent market hall can be found dairy products, meat (including Cholet chickens) and patisserie.

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