Always dreamed of visiting a French medieval city? Do it in June 2020! Join the Austin-Angers Sister Cities Committee for an unforgettable trip to France.
Admire the impressive sights, stay in charming hotels and indulge in the French cuisine that is offered on this seven-day tour. Angers is the capital of Anjou, the garden of France, and the third producer of wine in France with some famous vintages such as the Cremant de Loire, Vouvray, Coteau du Layon and more.
Discover the large medieval tapestries known as the “Apocalypse Tapestry”, commissioned by Louis I (Duke of Anjou), that is on display at the Chateau d’Angers. Find yourself on a journey to Saumur, or witness the location of the calvary training centre where the French military is trained in reconnaissance and armoured warfare.
The large Abbey of Fontevraud is where the queen consort of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine, resided after the death of her husband, the Duke of Normandy Henry II, and she remains entombed beside him. You can also admire the reclining effigy of their son Richard the Lionheart. Today Fontevraud has morphed into a fabulous contemporary arts museum and cultural center.
A little history on the partnership
Angers and Austin have been sister cities for more than 10 years (since 2011). It started when Austin’s St. Edward University opened a campus in Angers; this then encouraged the international sister-city connection between the locations.
Angers is an hour from the Atlantic Ocean and only 90 minutes from Paris by high-speed train. Angers developed at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loir, all coming from the north and flowing south to the Loire. Their confluence, just north of Angers, creates the Maine, a short but wide river that flows into the Loire several kilometers south.
Angers has earned a reputation as a leader in promoting environmentally responsible industrial production that preserves the Anjou region’s excellent quality of life. The region is home to more than 70 multinational firms. Tourist destinations include historic monuments, châteaux and manor houses.
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