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February 17, 2022

Champtocé-sur-Loire !!!

And on my last wheel home, we came by the road D723 to avoid tolls and surprise another dandy in Champtocé-sur-Loire, and its former castle. I like to tell you about this again new find in my road warrior tours of the regions of Centre Val de Loire and Pays de la Loire or the Loire Valley!all together. Let me tell you a bit more about it ok.

The town of Champtocé-sur-Loire is located in the department of Maine-et-Loire, dept 49 in the Pays de la Loire region.

A bit of history tell us of the discovery of Carolingian sarcophagi that seems to prove the presence of a castle in the town from the 9C, while the first traces of the church date back to the 11C, Gilles de Montmorency Laval better known as Gilles de Rais was born in castle in 1404, He was educated there in 1415 as an orphan by his grandfather Jean de Craon.

The medieval castle, says of Gilles de Rais, was a knight and lord of Brittany, Anjou, Poitou, Maine and Angoumois. Active during the second phase of the Hundred Years’ War which mixed conflict against the Kingdom of England and civil war between the Armagnacs and the Burgundians, he joined the camp of King Charles VII and ended up sealing an alliance with his influential cousin, Grand Chamberlain Georges I de La Trémoille. Gilles de Rais is thus led to fight the English alongside Joan of Arc. He accompanied Joan of Arc from Blois to Paris, and promoted to Marshal after the Battle of Orléans in 1429. He was arrested in 1440 and judge to be hanged in Nantes on the same year, for alchemie (or Chemistry of the Middle Ages, which, instead of having for its object the study of the composition of bodies, sought the universal panacea and the transmutation of metals. Alchemy was the preparation of real chemistry.)!

Champtose sur Loire castle ruins tower feb22

Champtoce sur Loire

The Château de Champtocé was a castle of medieval origin located in Champtocé-sur-Loire. It is known to have been one of the places of residence of Gilles de Rais. In the Middle Ages, the castle was the first stronghold of Anjou on the right bank of the Loire, the first line of defense against the Duchy of Brittany and above all, a very important toll. It was not until the 13C that the fortress of Champtocé took on its current form. The castle as it is known today consists of a châtelet, entry system, oriented towards the village. This consists of two doors, one cart, the other pedestrian. It was accessed after taking a fixed bridge, doubled as a drawbridge. The entrance is defended by a system of gunboats, and could be closed by a portcullis. The enclosure of the fortress consisted of eleven towers, of which only one, gutted, remains and rises facing the road. To the east, a postern, defended by deadlocks, provides access to the interior of underground rooms.

Champtose sur Loire castle ruins tower out feb22

Champtose sur Loire castle ruins tower wall feb22

Even thus the castle is mostly in ruins it was imposing to see while passing by on the road D723, there it was and needed to stop to see it and read the panel of information there. One of the wonders of my belle France.

The town of Champtocé sur Loire on its heritage : https://www.champtoce.fr/d%C3%A9couvrir-champtoc%C3%A9-sur-loire/patrimoine/

From here full steam ahead to home in just a bit over 2 hours passing by Nantes towards Vannes, and then home. A wonderful road warrior trip that takes its end with this post for now. Champtocé sur Loire was a pleasant surprise indeed. Hope you have enjoyed them as I. Always looking forward for more, and there is a lot more in my belle France; I am working on it!!

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

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February 17, 2022

Angers, a memorable town!!!

Once again , in my road warrior tour of the region and on our way back home, decided to stop by Angers for lunch and a memorable spot. Of course, have several posts in my blog on this memorable town. This is again on Angers , a wonderful city in the dept 49 of Maine et Loire and in the Pays de la Loire region of my belle France.

angers rue Voltaire feb22

 At place du Ralliement, we had lunch before in the superb  Le Pub du Ralliement , and we hit it again for another wonderful time with the boys and Dad, and remembering those who came here and not this time as my dear late wife Martine.

Angers pl du Ralliement pub du ralliement front feb22

The place du Ralliement,we hit it right on for lunch in the Le Pub du Ralliement.  Its location on the central square and its continuous service make this pub a must-see night and day. The square has beautiful architecture buildings, an underground parking Ralliement and plenty of shops and restos all around it. The Le Pub du Ralliement sits just over the tramway lanes and across from the Grand Théâtre.  Its wooded, subdued interior, which is spread over two levels, is as comfortable as it is warm. A cozy interior, and easy access for people with reduced mobility, including the toilets (through the door located on the right rue Cordelle).We used this door for my Dad, very helpful folks and easy in and out for him on wheelchair.

Angers pl du Ralliement theater feb22

Angers pl du Ralliement parking out feb22

The restaurant guru webpage good info and reviews on the Pub du Ralliementhttps://restaurantguru.com/Pub-du-Ralliement-Angers

This time we started with a Kir, Cosmopolitan, Cuba Libre, and coca cola for Dad. We follow up with steak and egg, 2-carbonade Flamande, and a Club Canard for me. All went down for me with a Triple Karmeliet 8.4% beer and the other Guinness and more coca cola. We finish dessert with 2 scoops of ice cream for Dad, and Coupe Angevin, and 2 banana splits. all for about 32€ per person, nice for the spot. All very good with the usual great service and friendly help. We will be back!!!

Angers pl du Ralliement pub du ralliement bar feb22

Angers pl du Ralliement pub du ralliement entr feb22

I leave you with the city of Angers and the Grand Théâtre which is across the square Ralliement! https://www.angers.fr/vivre-a-angers/culture/patrimoine/angers-patrimoines/ressources/fiches-patrimoine/laissez-vous-conter-le-grand-theatre/index.html

And the Angers tourist office on its gastronomy: https://www.tourisme.destination-angers.com/en/best-things-to-see-do/explore-the-loire-valley-s-wine-routes/angers-a-key-food-destination

And of course, going home out of Angers we took the D523 and saw a glimpse of the Château fortress of Angers,enjoy it!

Angers castle passing D523 feb22

There you go folks, a nice walk to have some wonderful food with a great view of the city, wonderful architectural stunning building in pretty Angers. Enjoy the lunch as I in  Angers

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

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