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Angers, Massive Medieval Castle and Cute Bakeries

Like many French adventures, it started at the train station. Unlike many French adventures, it didn’t involve some weird train story—strike, ghost train, missed connection or other typical public transportation drama.

In fact, the day trip was suspiciously easy and straightforward. Okay, it was incredibly hot until a sudden 5 p.m. thunderstorm but everything else was perfect, for a change.

Going to France this year was quite a leap of faith and every side trip feels like a small victory—we’re fine, we’re safe, we’re not doing anything crazy, the world is still turning!

Sure, we’ve been to Angers before but it’s an enjoyable destination with plenty of sights, starting with the massive medieval castle. The city is also very walkable and it still has dozens of small shops which are most interesting than franchises and chain stores.

My mom, Mark and I visited the castle again, then we wandered around for a few hours. Even though Angers is only a 45-minute train trip from Nantes, it’s a different département and culture—a medieval city centre in Angers versus an 18th-century French Atlantic slave trade centre, the Maine River versus the Loire River, pâté aux prunes (plum pie) versus kouign-aman (Breton cake, layers of butter and sugar folded in). Even street names sound exotic and different coming from Brittany.

Nantes' train station, 11:47 a.m.
Nantes’ train station, 11:47 a.m.
Boulevard du Roi René, Angers
Boulevard du Roi René, Angers
Ma petite boulangerie, 55 Rue Toussaint, 49100 Angers
Ma petite boulangerie, 55 Rue Toussaint, 49100 Angers
Ma petite boulangerie, 55 Rue Toussaint, 49100 Angers
Ma petite boulangerie, 55 Rue Toussaint, 49100 Angers
Rue des Filles Dieu, Angers
Rue des Filles Dieu, Angers
Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers
Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d’Angers
Place Sainte-Croix, Angers
Place Sainte-Croix, Angers
Berge de Maine, Angers
Berge de Maine, Angers
Pont de la Haute-Chaîne, Angers
Pont des Arts et Métiers, Angers
Quai Monge, Angers
Quai Monge, Angers
Quai Monge, Angers
Quai Monge, Angers
Angers
Angers
Angers
Angers
Angers
Angers
Boulangerie des Carmes, Angers
Boulangerie des Carmes, Angers
Boulangerie des Carmes, Angers
Boulangerie des Carmes, Angers
Pont de la Basse Chaîne, Angers
Pont de la Basse Chaîne, Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Berge  de Maine, Angers
Berge de Maine, Angers
Place du Ralliement, Angers
Place du Ralliement, Angers
Place du Ralliement, Angers
Place du Ralliement, Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Angers from the castle's ramparts
Angers from the castle’s ramparts
Angers from the castle's ramparts
Angers from the castle’s ramparts
On the castle's ramparts
On the castle’s ramparts
Angers from the castle's ramparts
Angers from the castle’s ramparts
On the castle's ramparts
On the castle’s ramparts
The courtyard from the ramparts
The courtyard from the ramparts
On the castle's ramparts
On the castle’s ramparts
Angers from the castle's ramparts
Angers from the castle’s ramparts
Chapelle Saint Jean-Baptiste, Château d'Angers
Chapelle Saint Jean-Baptiste, Château d’Angers
Chapelle Saint Jean-Baptiste, Château d'Angers
Chapelle Saint Jean-Baptiste, Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d'Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d’Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d'Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d’Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d'Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d’Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d'Angers
The Apocalypse Tapestry, Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
The city from the Château d’Angers
Angers from the castle
Angers from the castle
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Château d'Angers
Château d’Angers
Rue Lenepveu, Angers
Rue Lenepveu, Angers
L' Irlandais Pub, 25 Rue des Poeliers, Angers
L’ Irlandais Pub, 25 Rue des Poeliers, Angers
Impasse Fourmi, Angers
Impasse Fourmi, Angers
Rue de la Roë, Angers
Rue de la Roë, Angers
Rue de la Roë, Angers
Rue de la Roë, Angers
Galeries Lafayette Angers
Galeries Lafayette Angers
Gare d'Angers Saint-Laud, Esplanade de la Gare, Angers
Gare d’Angers Saint-Laud, Esplanade de la Gare, Angers

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