We felt like a mooch yesterday, so drove off to Angouleme and had a lovely afternoon walking round the town centre.
Angouleme is called the cartoon capital of France and there are lots of little pictures
Love the space-age angel
This is in the underground car-park - it's for charging up your electric car - never seen that before.
These 'sheep' were outside a shop - great way of stopping cars parking outside and a great eye-catcher - when did you last see sheep in a city centre?
The Palais de Justice, or Law Courts,built in 1830s - I thought it was a serpent wrapping itself round the clock, but it was a ribbon...how very French...
This is a 'message tree' where you can scribble notes and clip them to the 'leaves' which are actually bronzed artists' paletts.
A Renaissance building from 1550 which is now a gallery.
The term 'Hotel Renaissance' doesn't mean it is a hotel in the modern sense, just a large building.
One of the most famous cartoons is of course Tintin - and here is a bust of Hergés, who although Belgian and lived most of his life in Belgium, the French have acknowledged his work with this rather large bust in the shopping area.
An advert above a shop - in mosiac tiles.
Nicely elegant buildings, as the sun began to set.
Some roof tops - Angouleme is set high up, with fabulous views round the Charente countryside, but for the ancient French, it was for defence, not the skyline.
Only about ten minutes separate these photos...and then the sun sank down and went off to eat - at the Chinese buffet, where the only concession to French cuisine is the availability of frogs legs and sliced baguette.