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Cholet town guide

Cholet

Visitors will be tempted to visit a town which is known as the handkerchief capital of France. The town is centred around the Carrefour des Toiles, which is square reserved for pedestrians that has been a meeting place for over a thousand years. Sit here and have a coffee while you decide what to do. You can see the two main churches of the town Eglise Saint Pierre and Eglise Notre Dame. The fact that there are two such large churches not forgetting the later Eglise Sacre Couer shows that this town has had periods of extreme wealth.

The development of the town is best discovered through a visit to the beautiful modern building which houses the Musee d'Art et Histoire. This was opened in 1993 and is divided into two sections, that which looks at history and that which houses the art collection. The latter includes work by some of the best known artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The textile mill also attracts visitors and has a well developed centre. You can, of course buy the odd "mouchoire", handkerchief or two to take home.

Just outside Cholet, a short drive by hire car, is Le Puy de Fon which is a theme park where you can immerse yourself in Medieval Life. They have jousting displays, falconry displays, a Norman Fort and a mock eighteenth century village. The most spectacular offering is a Son et Lumiere, sound and light show which involves over a thousand local actors and has been described as the best in Europe. Make sure that you book in advance if you want to see this. The tourist office in Cholet will be able to help with this.

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