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  Apse of Le Mans Cathedral (in rain)
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  • Apse of Le Mans Cathedral (in rain) - Pays de la Loire
      Apse of Le Mans Cathedral (in rain)
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  • South Porch of Le Mans Cathedral (statues inside) - Pays de la Loire
      South Porch of Le Mans Cathedral (statues inside)
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Favorite thing: Until now , over 85% of the Tips under Pays de la Loire have been about places and things not in this Region. The name was adopted by the 5 departments: Maine-et-Loire(#49)(with Angers, 143K pop.), Loire-Atlantique(#44) (with Nantes, 265K pop.), Sarthe (#72) (with Le Mans, 155K pop.) plus Vendee (#85)(with the Alantic coast) and Mayenne (#53). The duchy of Anjou, the ancient English Plantagenet royal home overlies Angers and the Maine-et-Loire department and beyond. There are great ancient castles (chateaux) in Nantes, Angers and Saumur and a nice "newer" one at Serrant 17 km from Angers (1 km from St. Georges); all are "must see". The lower Loire river runs through the Pays to the Atlantic. Completely different is the Le Mans Cathedral of St. Julian which is both Romanesque and Gothic, built 11-13C, with a famous flying buttressed apse and a South porch with statues contemporary with the earliest ones at Chartres. We saw our first dolmen in the Pays (see Warning Tip).

Fondest memory: Our three night stay (later repeated) at the Chateau de Plessis (see our Hotels Tip) in La Jaille-Yvon just North of Angers. Here we first experienced true French life and hospitality plus gourmet cooking and accompanying wines.

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  • Written Jun 19, 2007
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