The Rains of Angers (Saumur to Angers)

Slightly longer but straightforward day today, under 60km straight down the river to Angers.

Any thoughts of leisurely sightseeing along the Loire were drowned in the rain that started about an hour outside of Saumur, however. It wasn’t really heavy, but it was constant and saturating. We stuck to the main road and pretty much powered straight through to Angers, getting there around one.

Our lodgings at Angers are another Catholic setup, right over the river from the centre of town. Double rooms with ensuite, much better than average food, very quiet, all the hallmarks of Catholic hospitality we’ve come to expect from previous stays in Catholic places, all here too. More actual nuns, too.

The rain stopped mid-afternoon so we headed into the centre of town for a look around. The chateau has a spectacular medieval castle at one end, and the cathedral has two striking rose windows and some nice tapestries. Nice modern trams in the streets too, which is nice. Incidentally, it’s pronounced something like “Ann-jers”, with a soft g sound.

Off to Varades tomorrow for our last night on the road before we arrive in Nantes!

By Brian Burger

Started this site way, way back in November 1998, when the web was young. It's still here, and so am I.

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