Early morning trip to Angers
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OK, history lesson before we dive into the day.... the Loire Valley is basically made up of 2 regions - Tourraine, the region around Tours which is known for its wine and Anjou in the lower Loire Valley of which Angers is the capital.
So with that said, apparently cribbing about the weather and cursing the weather Gods does help! I woke up on my final day in the Loire Valley to nice overcast skies and a cool breeze. I had a bit of a run-in with the moody sod hotel manager during b'fast (see my review of Hotel de Rosny), but that aside, I left for the 730am train to Angers. The bad news - it was about an hour's train ride. The good news - who cares? the weather was beautiful and the fields finally started looking good!
Once I arrived Angers and started walking towards the old town (away from the fancy hi-tech railway station), I kind of started liking it.
This Chateau, like Amboise is somewhat fortified. It's gorgeous. Or, was it the weather?
For one thing, I loved the gardens outside the towers but within the moat, very nice floral designs and nice choice of both flowers and complimentary colours. The chateau itself dates back from the 9th century, one of the older chateaus I've seen and at one time was the home of the notorious Black Falcon.
The travel books ask you to start off with the tapestries although I wasn't in a mood for that, and ended up touring around the fortress to see the excellent courtyard with the fancy garden, the windmills, tower, chapel and the royal apartments. My favourite bit here was walking along the walls - with the cloudy weather and all, it brought back nice memories of my visit to York, England back in 2006. I was also very amused at how self contained the place is - in addition to the manicured gardens, it has its own tiny vineyard growing on top, and I loved how you get to view the church from along the walls of the Chateau - again reminding me of the view of the York Minster from anywhere its walls.
Overall, I would say that my stay in Loire Valley may not have started on the right note what with the weather and the "is this it?!" feeling of the first lot of chateaus, but Angers did a fantastic job of redeeming the region in my eyes!