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January 2, 2013

France: Angers

Angers' castle

Angers’ castle

“Becky Angers France”

Is this a Le Monde headline after one of our many travel misdeeds?  Not this time.  We were back in France visiting the town of Angers (pronounced “ahn-zhey”– click to hear).   Situated in the Pays de la Loire region in western France Angers lies at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loir.  Angers is 190 miles to the west and south of Paris.

We stopped in Angers for a city break on the way by car from Spain to England.  The town has a pleasant core, a significant cathedral, a barge port, and an impressively large chateau that houses the Apocalypse Tapestry, the biggest medieval tapestry ensemble in the World.  It is a perfect place to explore on foot for a couple of days.

Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, Angers main church

Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d’Angers, Angers main church

Inside Angers' cathedral

Inside Angers’ cathedral

If you like margaritas you might be familiar with Angers’ most famous export, Cointreau.  This orange flavored a liqueur or triple sec has been produced in Angers since 1849.  Not that we had a chance to try any during our visit.

One thing we did sample in Angers is galettes.  More properly we ate Breton galettes, the savory variants of crêpesGalettes originate in Brittany, a neighboring region to the Pays de la Loire.  On our travels we’ve come to take galettes, accompanied by the local cider, as a comfort food.  Plates of Breton galettes made for a satisfying end to our agreeable uneventful stay in Angers.

River Maine splits flows through Angers

River Maine splits flows through Angers

Based on the plaques, Thomas Jefferson has seen more of France than we have.

Based on the plaques, Thomas Jefferson has seen more of France than we have.

A merry-go-round in Angers

A merry-go-round in Angers




  1. Nice!!! What lens did you use for shooting builds?

    Comment by GARY — January 2, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    • Nikon 16-85 mm VR f/3.5-5.6 mostly, occasionally 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5.

      Comment by anotherheader — January 2, 2013 @ 12:08 am

  2. great pics, oh yes!

    Comment by losflamingos — January 2, 2013 @ 1:03 am

  3. […] European tour it was cathedrals.  Our journey took us to impressive cathedrals in Bordeaux and Angers France.  In Spain, the cathedrals in León, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca, Oviedo, and Segovia […]

    Pingback by France: Amiens | Another Header — November 16, 2013 @ 6:08 am

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