Where to start?!

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January 10th 2012
Published: January 11th 2012
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My dilema here is where to start as the title says. I will admit that I didn't see ALL of Angers but I have seen some of it, and I've also seen it grow each time I return. I have visited the chateau, which I will admit, doesn't have anything on the other Chateaux de la Loire (which I will cover eventually), I have visited the cathedral, the little bistros, visited la maison d'Adam, walked through les Jardins du mail and a small park by Rue Jean de la Fountaine where I would go do work or just people watch on a Sunday. I have been very intrigued since my days in France of their 'joy de vivre', their easy going lifestyles and just their nonchalent way of going about things.

Let's start with le Chateau d'Angers which lines the Maine river. The chateau is a fortress style chateau with a museum inside. There is beautiful tapestry inside which is a must is you decide to go that depicts the Apocalypse. You should walk around the ramparts to get great views of Angers. The day I was there, it was a little foggy so I didn't get much of a view. The gardens outside are very well kept and are quite beautiful.

The cathedral is just a couple of steps away from the Chateau d'Angers and is worth going to see. The current cathedral was build in the early 1000s when the orginal burnt down. If you're motivated, go down the steps to have a look at the cathedral from down below. Walking along the Maine is quite nice while you watch the French have picnics or just enjoy the afternoon sun.

There are many nice boutiques to visit while in the city. Walking through the coble stone streets is very quaint and gives you a feeling of small village. If you have a chance to be there for the Christmas market, be sure to take advantage of the local artists or even sip on mulled wine. Being in France, you might not be interested in having Italian but for a good pizza, be sure to stop by at La Pizzeria Napoli on rue Toussaint. There are also les Quernons d'ardoise which is a caramel nougat covered with blue chocolate to immulate the slate roofs that are very well known in the area. Une petite douceur angevine.

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