We chose to head down to Angers on Friday night rather than catch an early train on Saturday morning. The train ride was only 1h30 and the first train leaves 07h30 on Saturday morning so it is easy to get to from Paris on Saturday morning for a weekend or just a Saturday if you prefer.
We arrived mid-evening and our sandwiches on the TGV hadn't quite hit the spot, so we decided to go out and look at the town and get something to drink since it was a nice night. We saw a number of buildings, which we knew none of, and found the castle and the cathedral. The castle is one of the key sites of Angers, but I will save that till later to discuss (its amazing by the way). Eventually we found a nice 'place' (French courtyard between streets) - The Place Sainte-Croix- which is just behind the cathedral and is surrounded by medieval buildings. It was a nice place to relax on a warm summers evening before heading back to our hotel.
|Angers church at night|
|Angers castle at night|
|Another church in Angers|
For the middle of the afternoon we decided that we would rent some bikes and explore a little further outside of Paris and so we rented bikes and headed towards the park on the far side of the river (Parc de Balzac). I would recommend booking bikes in advance in Angers as it is a popular destination to rent bikes from.
|The view crossing the river|
|10th Century church in Savennieres|
|The castle from across the river|
For dinner, we first explored the main eating area - Place du Ralliement - but found the eating a little bland and uninteresting. There is a little side street called Rue des Deux (2) Haies which has some smaller and more interesting places to eat. We were tempted by a Cambodian restaurant. It was a really really good meal - like the great Indian meal we had in Switzerland, sometimes things surprise you.
Anyway, we were quite finished for the day, so we headed back to the hotel.
The next day we did not have very long to spend in Angers before we had to catch the train - basically just the morning. But it was time for the castle.
The castle is one of the big highlights of Angers. It has huge grey towering walls with uniquely rounded towers. The castle also has some great gardens in the dry moat.
|Gardens in the moat|
|Main entrance to the castle|
|Inside the castle - Gardens in front, chapel on the left, chateau on the right|
|Chateau inside the castle|
|Looking up to the chateau and the chapel|
|The chapel through the castle's vineyard|
|Photo of an aerial photo of the castle|
|One wall of the Apocalypse Tapestry|
|Part of the second wall|
|A last look at the Angers castle|