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Béhuard -an island village that is a delight to explore on foot or by bicycle

Béhuard is a treasure hidden in plain view! This little village is home to La Chapelle Notre-Dame sur la Loire, a pilgrimage site. Not only that, but it is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is listed as one of France’s Ville Fleurie. This later designation means beautiful architecture, flowers and landscaping are a ...

tour de france 2016

Tour de France 2016, recapping Stages 1-9

Recapping the Tour de France 2016 – what have we seen thus far in this 103rd Tour de France? It’s been an exciting week! A favorite rider withdrew and there have been several photo finishes. Today is a rest day so it’s a good day to take a look back at a few of the highlights. [caption id="attachment_4352" ...

Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou was one of the main excursions our French immersion class from Angers participated in. Puy du Fou is a theme park in the Vendée Department of western France. There are historical shows in the evening and by day you can visit three separate areas: a medieval city, 18th century village and a 1900s town square. Puy ...

Half Timbered Houses & other Historical Architecture

Half timbered houses constitute a large part of the architectural interest in Angers for me. Let’s take a tour of Angers and its historical architecture which will also include some nice art deco carvings. The first thing to remember when you see something categorized as a hôtel (or l’hôtel) is that it is not someplace ...

Angers Abbeys

You will find five Angers abbeys/abbayes which date as early as the 6th century A.D. St Aubin and St Serge originate in this Merovingian period of the 6th and 7th centuries. In the 11th and 12th centuries the Angers Abbey of St Nicolas and the Abbey of Our Lady of Charity which is now Ronceray Abbey were built. All Saints ...

Angers Château

The Angers Château is positioned at the western edge of the Loire Valley. This French castle, the Château d’Angers, is located at Place Kennedy in Angers France. It is the most visited monument in the Anjou Region. In my opinion that would undoubtedly be due to the Apocalypse Tapestry. However, there are many other not ...

Angers Cathedral

Angers Cathedral, St Maurice, was dedicated in 1025. Romanesque in style, it is noted for its furnishings, tombstones, and frescoes. The collection of Cathedral tapestries numbers 200 with the oldest on display at the Angers Château. It is not difficult to spend an entire afternoon here examining the tapestries and stained ...