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Well worth seeking out, for their novelty value if nothing else are the splendid wood carvings on the timber-framed Maison d’Adam at place Saint-Croix, a listed building that dates from the 16th century. Nearby, at 38 rue St-Laud, the frontage of Le Boléro, formerly a café and concert hall known as ‘Alcazar’ and dating from 1892, displays the effigies of two young ladies, the oldest examples of art nouveau in Angers. You can get a map from the tourist office that will suggest an historic route around the city centre, which extends on both sides of the river, and this is ideally to be planned over two or more days rather than in haste. But there is merit, too, in allowing serendipity and curiosity to be your guide. Above: street views of Angers old town; Right below, the oh so cool bar at Cointreau. There is also a fairly easy circuit, suited to visitors with children or less-abled people, and marked by bronze plaques inserted into the pavement. Slightly out on a limb, the Jardin du Mail was originally created in the 17th century, but later redesigned, in 1859, to be more typically a French garden. The Jardin des Plantes, however, still has the atmosphere of a small British park, with ponds and a little animal park as well as a children’s play area...a great place to have a family picnic in delightful surroundings. Angers has culture, heritage and architecture in considerable abundance, and is well worth making the journey to discover...
Further information Tourist information office, 7 place Kennedy, (near the chateau). angersloiretourisme CITY PASS: If you are planning on a few days, then consider buying a City Pass (€14 for 24 hours, up to €29 for 72 hours, available from the tourist office). Getting to Angers Car: Angers is accessible by car from the Caen ferry port at Ouistreham in around 3 hours of driving. Rail: Voyages-SNCF operate a rail service from Paris (Gare Montparnasse) to Angers in around 1hour 40 minutes uk.voyagessncf Air: British Airways fly direct to Angers from London City (www.ba.com) in little over 1 hour for less than £100 return fare. BritishAirways/Angers Somewhere to stay There are a number of excellent hotels in Angers, but the Best Western Hotel Anjou is ideally placed from which to explore the city as is the Mercure Foch Hotel. Somewhere to eat There's no lack of choice here but the restaurant Chez Remi is fabulous. Friendly, loved by the local and amazing desserts! 5 rue des 2 Haies Somewhere to drink There are plenty of bars but for something a little different, take a tour at thee Cointreau factory where they have a cool tasting bar (Carrefour Moliere, Bd des Bretonnieres.)
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