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Guidebook for Auverse

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Guidebook for Auverse

Food Scene
Bar/Restau de la gare - superb value traditional week-day lunches and keep an eye out for their 'Moules Frites' evenings.
Linières-Bouton
Bar/Restau de la gare - superb value traditional week-day lunches and keep an eye out for their 'Moules Frites' evenings.
Le Vulcano - everything from pizza to traditional French fare - open on Sunday evenings when most French restaurants are closed. Good for all the family but allow plenty of time for the meal and you need to book to be sure of getting in on a Sunday. See www.levulcano.com.
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Le Lude
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Le Vulcano - everything from pizza to traditional French fare - open on Sunday evenings when most French restaurants are closed. Good for all the family but allow plenty of time for the meal and you need to book to be sure of getting in on a Sunday. See www.levulcano.com.
Le Pelican. Traditional French lunch and dinner with an international twist. Best to book. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays. See: www.le-pelican.fr.
Vernantes
Le Pelican. Traditional French lunch and dinner with an international twist. Best to book. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays. See: www.le-pelican.fr.
Lion d'Or: good value, traditional French dinner with straightforward options for children such as Steak haché - similar to a burger, but pure beef. Not good for very little ones. Closed Sundays and Mondays. See: www.leliondor-noyant.fr.
Noyant
Lion d'Or: good value, traditional French dinner with straightforward options for children such as Steak haché - similar to a burger, but pure beef. Not good for very little ones. Closed Sundays and Mondays. See: www.leliondor-noyant.fr.
Le Mail: This charming tea room/café also serves excellent value light lunches.
Baugé-en-Anjou
Le Mail: This charming tea room/café also serves excellent value light lunches.
Le Siècle d'Or - our favourite Chinese restaurant - good for groups.
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Saumur
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Le Siècle d'Or - our favourite Chinese restaurant - good for groups.
Essentials
The Super-U has an excellent range and is the best local value for wine unless you buy direct from the vineyards. There is also an excellent service that allows you to order special meals that you can finish off yourself. A great option if you want a dinner that you wouldn't want to have to prepare yourself but don't want to drive - so that you can relax and not worry about drink and driving. 4 days notice needed. We provide a brochure for you to see what's available. Also excellent bakery and fresh meat and fish sections.
Vernoil-le-Fourrier
The Super-U has an excellent range and is the best local value for wine unless you buy direct from the vineyards. There is also an excellent service that allows you to order special meals that you can finish off yourself. A great option if you want a dinner that you wouldn't want to have to prepare yourself but don't want to drive - so that you can relax and not worry about drink and driving. 4 days notice needed. We provide a brochure for you to see what's available. Also excellent bakery and fresh meat and fish sections.
Entertainment & Activities
A great favourite with our family - Parcours Aventure 49. An adventure park, paintball and also a picnic area. Grown-up 'children' love it too! There are overnight activities too... See: www.parcoursaventure49.fr
Brion
A great favourite with our family - Parcours Aventure 49. An adventure park, paintball and also a picnic area. Grown-up 'children' love it too! There are overnight activities too... See: www.parcoursaventure49.fr
The waterpark is great for all those needing to use up some energy!
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Angers
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The waterpark is great for all those needing to use up some energy!
The bioparc is set in ancient Tuffeau stone mines and really is unique - another of our family's favourites. Allow a good long time for this and take a picnic. Your ticket allows you to go in and out during your visit. We often combine this with a visit to local Troglodyte (Cave) dwellings and restaurants... See: www.bioparc-zoo.fr and www.troglodyte.fr.
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Ντουέ-λα-Φονταίν
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The bioparc is set in ancient Tuffeau stone mines and really is unique - another of our family's favourites. Allow a good long time for this and take a picnic. Your ticket allows you to go in and out during your visit. We often combine this with a visit to local Troglodyte (Cave) dwellings and restaurants... See: www.bioparc-zoo.fr and www.troglodyte.fr.
Angers Loire Airport - Aviation museum. Not far at all from us, this small museum traces the history of flight with imaginative exhibits. See: www.angersloireaeroport.fr//musee-de-laviation.
Marcé
Angers Loire Airport - Aviation museum. Not far at all from us, this small museum traces the history of flight with imaginative exhibits. See: www.angersloireaeroport.fr//musee-de-laviation.
The race circuit - bikes and cars (plus Le Mans is big city which is also worth a visit). See: www.lemansrace.com.
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Le Mans
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The race circuit - bikes and cars (plus Le Mans is big city which is also worth a visit). See: www.lemansrace.com.
Parks & Nature
Feeling the need to paddle and make sandcastles? The lakeside beach at La Flèche is where we go. You can find it on Google.
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La Flèche
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Feeling the need to paddle and make sandcastles? The lakeside beach at La Flèche is where we go. You can find it on Google.
Another family favourite for wandering, bird watching and generally relaxing. Older children enjoy the restored steam train that used to transport local stone and runs around the lake. See: www.ot-saumur.fr/train-a-vapeur-du-lac-de-rille_a17226.html.
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Rillé
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Another family favourite for wandering, bird watching and generally relaxing. Older children enjoy the restored steam train that used to transport local stone and runs around the lake. See: www.ot-saumur.fr/train-a-vapeur-du-lac-de-rille_a17226.html.
The gardens are glorious and there's a good café and excellent icecream!
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Château de Villandry
3 Rue Principale
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The gardens are glorious and there's a good café and excellent icecream!
Shopping
Traditional French market on Tuesdays - our favourite. Don't miss the covered part that is open at the same time. There are lots of cafés and places for ice cream too for taking a welcome break.
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Bourgueil
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Traditional French market on Tuesdays - our favourite. Don't miss the covered part that is open at the same time. There are lots of cafés and places for ice cream too for taking a welcome break.
Not just shopping though - a terrific city with everything you would expect from an international centre. Unless you're going to buying loads of stuff, leave the car at Saumur and travel to Tours by train, avoiding having to deal with parking. Tours is also the gateway to many other places by train, including Paris (1h 50 on the TGV).
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Tours
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Not just shopping though - a terrific city with everything you would expect from an international centre. Unless you're going to buying loads of stuff, leave the car at Saumur and travel to Tours by train, avoiding having to deal with parking. Tours is also the gateway to many other places by train, including Paris (1h 50 on the TGV).
Sightseeing
There is great rivalry between this chateau and that of Langeais - both claim to have been the source of inspiration for the castle in 'The Sleeping Beauty' but parking is easier at Ussé and you can also picnic by the river here. See: www.chateaudussy.fr
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Château d'Ussé
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There is great rivalry between this chateau and that of Langeais - both claim to have been the source of inspiration for the castle in 'The Sleeping Beauty' but parking is easier at Ussé and you can also picnic by the river here. See: www.chateaudussy.fr
Arts & Culture
If you are interested in the links between French and English history this is the place to go - also the burial place of several Plantagenet kings. Still a functioning abby, beautiful too. Restaurant on site. See: www.fontevraud.fr.
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Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
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If you are interested in the links between French and English history this is the place to go - also the burial place of several Plantagenet kings. Still a functioning abby, beautiful too. Restaurant on site. See: www.fontevraud.fr.