Blogs from Angers, Pays-de-la-Loire, France, Europe


Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers June 2nd 2019

So, we're off again, and blogging again. This trip is mostly to the UK, for a family gathering which was supposed to be for my mum's 90th birthday. Sadly though, she decided she didn't fancy being 90 and gave it a miss. At the funeral last month (no blog for that trip) we all agreed we'd get together anyway. So we're heading (eventually) for Abergavenny. However, we'd head meanwhile that there's some good stuff going on in Normandy this week, so decided to head off early and take in some of that. So after morning service today, we had a quick lunch and finished loading the van, then set off. Today, we kept it to a couple of hours (or just over), and no toll roads, which brought us to the rather remote Aire near Chanzeaux, ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers May 20th 2019

Saturday 18th May This morning I got up early to go to Angers by train for the day. This was mainly in order to meet my French teacher from Gosford, who moved back to France this year. The train from Guipry-Messac was at 7:54, followed by a 51 minute wait in Rennes for the train to Angers – about twice as long as the train trip from Guipry to Rennes! I arrived at Angers at about 10:45. Angers immediately struck me as a vibrant city, very clean and well looked after, with people in all the public places. I made my way to the enormous and imposing château, built on a bluff overlooking the river Maine. The huge dry moat, walls and towers, and the sheer size of the castle are all remarkable. I went looking ... read more
The Apocalypse Tapestry
Looking Down the Steps from the Cathedral towards the River
Tiny Door on Medieval House

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers July 11th 2018

We’ve got the breakfast routine down pat. We have what I would call the perfect German breakfast. Cheeses, meats, bread, coffee and yes, soft-boiled eggs. Today’s agenda ... Chateaus. Bea requested seeing some Chateau’s before leaving us to be with the Jarrett’s. So last night after dinner, Kirsten put together an agenda that included three chateaus. We all pile in the car and make our way to Angers. I’ve got the Navi loaded. I have Google Maps loaded and I have Apple Maps as my backup. I’m barking instructions along with Helga (our Navi) telling Kirsten when and where to turn. Yes, I have made the transition to the digital maps. Now, if I can get Kirsten to listen to me. We pull into Angers and Helga puts us right into the center of town. The ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers June 14th 2016

Driven through some heavy showers today and the fields along the way are sodden and bear witness to the amount of rain that has fallen in the past few days. Occasionally there were breaks in the cloud and we spotted some blue patches but not much sun around. My weather map tells me the best place in France for guaranteed sunshine at the moment is Corsica. Trying not to dwell on that. As I sit here in the Tandy the rain is going pitter patter on the roof. The worse part of 'camping' when it rains is not being able to get towels dry. My swimming towel was unpleasantly damp again when I used it after my swim in the pool. I really could do with a heated airing cupboard. Hopefully it will soon dry off ... read more
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Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers June 4th 2014

Well now is the time to say goodbye - we are on our last few days of our holiday. Where have the last 31 disappeared to?. One minute we are planning and the next it is nearly over. We have given a lot of thought of what to do over the last few days and as always we have a few days left without any real thoughts about what to do with that time. On our last campsite I fell into conversation with a lady who had just arrived and was in the same dilemma. She and her husband had been to Italy and had used the train to travel down and back. She could only travel on a Saturday and found herself like us with a few days left but with nothing to fill it ... read more
Angers castle
Through the arched window

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers January 10th 2012

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 ... read more
Maine river
coble stone street
Angers Cathedral

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers January 10th 2012

I know bloggers usually blog about the present but I'm just starting this traveling blog now and I'm going to try to recall my travels as far back as 2005. This is kind of a new year's resolution, to start doing something that I love while still having the safety of my job. I have always been someone 'safe'. Staying close to home, which I call Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, which by the way is breath taking in its own right. My last year of university I had decided that I wasn't ready to be 'an adult' and walk into a full time job. I wanted to experience life! I decided to apply to go study aboard, study French of all things, which is my native tongue, but to do it in a foreign country, ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers November 20th 2011

One of the things that studying abroad has taught me is that a lot of things seem like a big deal in the moment, but aren’t in the grand scheme of things. Right now my biggest headache is trying to figure out whether or not I’ll get credit for my classes that I’m taking here. And like most times that I worry about the future, I hear this one sermon from Grace Center in my head telling me to not expect bad things to happen all the time. I keep preparing myself for the inevitable worst where some credits won’t transfer over and I have to drop down to a French minor in order to graduate in May. It would suck, but is it the end of the world? Am I ever, ever going to use ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers September 4th 2011

I would have written in this sooner, but we haven’t actually had a bit of internet the entire time we’ve been here. Some friends and I even tried to steal internet from McDonalds yesterday and were thwarted by the Gods of the Wifi world. It’s really interesting not having internet, and I kind of feel like this is the one really crucial time when we’d actually need it. The first week, that is, when we’re still meeting people and trying to make plans, do things, and just stay out of your own room at all costs in fear of actually missing home way too much. So far, so good. Until now that is, but so far, I feel fine! Other than the first day here, I wouldn’t actually call anything that we’ve done bad. I’ve had ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers August 19th 2011

After last night’s thunderstorm the day is looking clear and the temperature is rising. But before we leave for Angers and the Loire Valley we have one final visit to make – the centre of Rouen. From our reading prior to coming on the trip we discovered that Rouen has a beautiful cathedral that is in the long process of being cleaned and restored. With the car once again packed we drove down the hill to the city centre and found a very handy car park within easy walking distance of the sights we wanted to see. On our way to the cathedral we discovered a part of the city with very old restored buildings similar to the ones we saw yesterday in Gaillon. Again it was difficult to find a right angle anywhere. We wondered ... read more
Timbered houses, Rouen
Countryside south of Rouen
Le Mans

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