FRANCE 2013 – ANGOULEME


Captain Haddock: I thought you were an optimist.
Tintin: You were wrong, weren’t you? I’m a realist.
Captain Haddock: Ah, it’s just another name for a quitter.
Tintin: You can call me what you like. Don’t you get it? We failed.
Captain Haddock: Failed. There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don’t you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There’s something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.

Angouleme the municipal capital of the Charente is famous for many things including its stunning architecture and winding cobblestone streets, but it’s most famous for its annual cartoon and animation festival. Each year up to 200,000 visitors from all over the world descend upon this sleepy city and turn it into a wonderland of art and animation. The French government apparently even offers tax incentives to artists who work or study in Angouleme.

Excitement over the creator of Tintin

Excitement over the creator of Tintin

Taking pride of place in the main thoroughfare is a bust of Herge the creator of Tintin and children from all over the world who find themselves in Angouleme are introduced to the man who involved generations in high adventure.

As you would expect the street art is of a very higher standard.

As you would expect the street art is of a very high standard.

Footnote: all these restaurants and we still chose to grab a burger in Quick Burger! The Long Bacon Burger was delicious and probably explains why the burger chain rivals McDonalds in France.

Even the vending machines pay homage to the comic festival

Even the vending machines pay homage to the comic festival

More pics in my France 2013 album HERE

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