Alencon town guide
In a hire car drivers will find Alencon three quarters of an hour from Le Mans and about an hour and a half from Caen, it is on the A28 Autoroute that goes from Paris to Bayonne. Situated, as it is, in the South of Normandy the occupation during the Second World War affected the town and its people greatly. Taken over by the Germans in June 1940 it was the first town to be liberated by French troops on the twelfth of August 1944.
War and occupation played a part in the town's early history too; it was occupied by the English for seventy years or so during the twelfth century and the citizens of Alencon played their part in The French Revolution. Up until the nineteenth century this was a prosperous town but when it was decided to route the railway from Paris through nearby Le Mans, Alencon began to decline.
Walk down the Grande Rue and get a feel of the wealth of former times, visit the Musee Leclerc and find out about Alencon in World War Two, it was General Leclerc who led the liberating troops into town. Go to the Musee des Beaux Arts et la Dentelle and find out about the local lace.
If you have time afterwards, get into your hire car and visit Saint Ceneri-le-Gerei which is said to be one of the prettiest villages in France.