Le Mans, in the Sarthe!

And why not continue this wonderful nostalgic saga of updating my earlier posts in my blog. It has been awesome, and thanks to you for following along with me! Let me tell you about a wonderful city of Le Mans in the Sarthe dept 72 of the region of Pays de la Loire!

Ok so, after passing by it and briefly stopping there on several times, decided it was time to bring the family over for more closer look to this old fortified city of Le Mans. It was awesome!

I came by car, and it was about 3 hrs from me avoiding tolls which do not like if can avoided, why paid more taxes ::) We took off on the N24 towards Rennes and there connected with the N157 passing Vitré, then at Laval, gettting around the D900, briefly on the N162, and then theh D57 towards Le Mans that becomes the D357 and into the city by the place du pré and the free parking next to Church Notre Dame du Pré, that was closed for renovations. From here we walked all over the city.

We cross the Sarthe river, and turn right straight for city center, we walk along the river to see the Sol de la Place or arch of place St Hilaire, saw the Church Saint Benoit(12C) , and continue on to rue Gambetta towards place de la République.

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We saw the rénovations on the Chapelle de la Visitation (or church from 1634) , and all the wonderful stores there from a Monoprix, to a Galeries Lafayette,and a shopping passage du Commerce and to the side the mall or shopping center of Centre Jacobins with a C&A and FNAC stores amongst many. We continue visiting the Church Notre Dame de la Couture near the prefecture govt building and walk all the way to the train station that I have used on several ocassions but never time to venture out of it.

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We went to the Cinema Pathé , and the théatre des Quinconces, imposing buildings.

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It was time to eat, after passing several we finally decided to take on something new even for me, so we tried Le Capitole, rue des jacobins (see post).  It was ok just the service was a bit slow, we undertand as there was only one waiter for two floors. Otherwise all very good pizzas and ceasars salads, and tagliattoni pasta with cafe gourmand (with sweets) and a bottle of Chinon red  Domaine de la Perreire, excellent all for 21€ per person.

We passed by the Collégiale Saint Pierre la Cour, wonderful church originally here since 865, and renovated until 1834, now its a site of concerts and expositions, and events organise by the city, just to the left of the Cathedral.

We ,then, visited the jewel of the city the Cathedral Saint Julien, this is big and beautiful, so many wonderful chapels and the back of the altar is gorgeous, I am terrible of descriptions, rather give you the hint to visit ,its a must, fantastic Church, deserves more fame. Inside either the left or right nave has gorgeous chapels as well. The stained glass is wonderful and look up the Christ in wood arms raise at the altar, the chapel of the Virgin and musiciens angels, are gorgeous. A must to see if only reason to visit Le Mans.

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Not to mention the cité Plantagénet with its old wooden houses and quaint old Streets, and the ramparts well preserve.  After getting some goods supplies in breads and chocolates and terrine du mans. And we took the road from there to get back home in 3h15 hours. You can see a lot if well planned, and of course, we will be back, so much to see so little time. Having spent my college and thereafter marriage in Daytona Beach FL USA and the 24 hrs of Daytona ,Le Mans! has more in store and we did came back, see other posts in my blog!

The tourist office for Le Mans: https://www.lemans-tourisme.com/en/

The city of Le Mans on things to do and see ideas in French: https://www.lemans.fr/dynamique/des-idees-de-visite/

And there you go , hoping you enjoy the brief instroduction to Le Mans here as more elsewhere in my blog, especially the main monuments and museums. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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