“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.
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 crêpes. Galettes 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.