Located on the banks of the Charente River, Angoulême was renowned for centuries for it’s paper industry. However in the 21st century, the town has become the world capital of image, colour and cartoon.
The comic strip has become so intrinsic to the the fabric of Angoulême, that the art form is celebrated at the annual comic festival organised by the The Cartoon Museum. Scenes from comic strips adorn the houses in this picturesques French town. These towering works of art can be seen on the cartoon trail that takes you past each of the 20 painted wall.
In the middle ages Angoulême was highly coveted and raided many times over the centuries by their neighbours. Overcome with the constant barrage, the town erected ramparts. These walls became part of the part of the Grand Prix season from 1947 to 1951, hosting events where famous drivers could be seen, such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Maurice Trintignant, Raymond Sommer, Robert Manzon and André Simon. Nowadays, Angoulême invites those who enjoy their cars a little more classic, the pace a little less frenetic to visit in September for the Circuit des Remparts.
Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn
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