And the 49ers of Cholet !

I need to update this post , very unique to me. Actually, hard to come up with titles, and as Cholet is dept 49 of Pays de la Loire region of my belle France...well I thought of the 49ers as in American football lol!!! Even not my favorite team there but very famous… okay so why talk about sports! Let me tell you what we have in this 49ers of Cholet!

Ok so in continuing the saga looking into new areas in my belle France, we decided today to visit Cholet in the département of the Maine-et-Loire no. 49 in the région of Pays de la Loire. This is a historical town of very much links to the Vendéen wars against the French revolution. In what was the Anjou area.  As usual , I passed by these departments and regions all the time but always lack the time to visit all. France is a mouvable feast!!!

As I said the history is huge here, and  my small contribution on this post is not enough.  And as usual, I went by car/auto; taken the N165 direction Nantes hooking up direct to the N844  direction Poitiers/Angers ,on exit sortie 44  linking with the N249 direction Poitiers  exit 38 into the D753 that takes you into Cholet Centre city  center. We parked in the limits of the city center at parking Turpault easy in and out for 40 cents!!!, a nice small garden with plenty of inexpensive parking fees and walk along rue Nationale to the center really less than 5 minutes.

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This is the lands of Foulque Nera Count of Anjou , and passing by one of his loyal soldiers who later passed it on to their sons until the family lineage is gone in the 13C.  Passing again by several hands until becoming part of the reign in 1343 due to the grand extensors of salt ,by 1463 the lands are even sold to the Duke of Brittany! However, nothing compare to what behold the town and area during the French revolution, especially during the battle of Cholet in 1793.  it goes to textile and shoes industries ups and down until today a revitalizing town on the move.

The first thing we did after parking the car is walk the town as we love to do. We saw a very modern and nice shopping center right in city center!  the  « Les Arcades Rougé »; something different to have one around the old town.  Anchor by a Super U supermarket and with plenty of stores of all kinds and Irish pubs as well ! Webpage: http://www.les-arcades-rouge.fr/le-centre/.

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There is a huge wonderful Place Travot, it seems the center of it all in town. There is an impressive building now hosting the Mercure hotel; and you can see the back of Notre Dame Church (see post).  You have nice winding old streets like the rue Bretonnaise or Breton street ,and the Grand Pharmacie in the place Travot , and the long and winding rue Nationale, actually cut in half by the Place Travot. All very nice..

However, as often happened here in our belle France; tradition calls for specific lunch hours , and even missing by a few minute and with half a restaurant empty the answer will always be, we are closed or food service is over!!! We arrive there to a place we have picked to eat at 14h06 that is 2:06PM and were told the routine answers. We tried others in the Place Travot and the answer was the same, and of course many were even closed. So we end up hungry as usual and settle for the all American chain Subway sandwiches !!! Part of the Arcades Rougé shopping center.The official Subway webpage with location Cholet: https://www.subway.com/fr-FR/FindAStore?zip=cholet

So we had a nice big 30 cm long BMT my all time favorite here from younger days, and my 7 Up along with a chocolate cookie ! neat and came out to 9.10€ per person; at least my wallet was in heaven! And we headed back home.

This was before the New Year 2018 (see post) and of course was on my way to change car tomorrow  for another Ford!! , my lifetime car/auto and never a problem. Until my next post, I want to wish you all a very very Happy New Year 2018!

The city of Cholet things to see: https://www.cholet.fr/welcome/tourisme.php

The tourist office for Cholet on its heritage: https://en.ot-cholet.fr/exploring/heritage-cholet.html

And there you go folks, a short post on a sort of introduction to wonderful historical Cholet. Plenty of posts in my blog on things to see there, worth the detour and to know the whole history of France. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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