We spent the weekend en famille under blue skies in Angers. We couldn’t believe our luck that the sun was showing her face again on Sunday morning so we left after breakfast to find a new touristique route back to Paris.
From Angers we headed to the Château du Plessis Bourré, a privately owned château which was built between 1468 & 1473. It’s a beautiful château nestled in the quiet countryside and what’s amazing is that it’s almost completely untouched since its beginning! The property is open for visits from February to November and you’ll find it a half an hour drive north from Angers.
We passed many hotels and town halls who are showing their support with ‘Je Suis Charlie’, such as this Hôtel de Ville displaying the sign ‘Nous n’avons pas peur’ (We are not scared).
We took the small roads from the château, passing quaint little villages until we reached the Château de Baugé, a restored 15th century castle that appears smack bang in the centre of the town. Visits are from February but you’re best to consulte the website as opening times are subject to change.
Along the road again, passing villages and admiring the unique church spires of this region. Known as ‘clocher tors’ or twisted spire, there are many folklores on this quirk but it’s also said it may have been styled like this when money during construction ran out and they wanted to finish the spire! There are a number spread across France and Europe with the highest concentration being in the Pays de la Loire région.
Main stop of the day : Château de Langeais in thé famous Loire Valley.
Many tours of the Châteaux de la Loire list this one under ‘Romantic Château’ and rightly so, it’s beautiful. Driving into the town we were wowed by its towering stature in between houses. It was originally built in 992 by Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou. Fulk owned the land but the area was under the control of Odo l, Count of Blois. Odo tried many time, without success, to attack the castle.
It was destroyed by the English during the Hundred Years’ War and only the stone keep remains from the original structure, which is said to be one of the earliest examples.
Around 1465 King Louis Xl rebuilt Château de Langeais into what we visit today. The Great Hall of the château is marked in history as the location of the marriage between Anne de Bretagne and King Charles VIII on the 6th of December 1491 which saw the permanent union of Brittany and France.
It’s a gorgeous drive along the Loire, you will see Châteaux left, right and centre!