June 10th, 2011 – Chartres Cathedral
The main stop of the day was the historic Chartres Cathedral, where the choir sang our final concert of the year. We drove for what seemed like quite a while from Honfleur to Chartres … I have no pictures of the ride, so it must not have been that exciting. The only significant thing I remember was listening to Julian’s iPod and being fairly impressed with his band from high school – fun times were had, indeed (what sarcasm?).
Chartres was gorgeous of course! We had very little time to get some food before having to go into the cathedral. Luckily, I had saved some food from breakfast, so I got a chance for some quick souvenir shopping, which ended up being some postcards and a rosary. J
|Outside of the cathedral - flying buttresses!|
|Some architecture close up ... amazing.|
|Hey! That's us! "Friday the 10th of June at 5pm ... Free entry"|
We were given a tour by a very old man who I think is one of the leading historians of the cathedral – he has his own book!
|Our guide and expert on all things Chartres.|
|One of their famous rose windows. All of the glass in the cathedral was removed by hand during WWII to save it. The cathedral itself, suspected of being a Nazi meeting point, was almost the victim of a bombing by the Allies.|
|Over one of the side doors, representing the coming of the Lord.|
|One of the walls that has been restored. Someday the entire building will be white like this, as it was many, many years ago - absolutely stunning.|
|The relic, behind gates.|
|People walking the labyrinth, taken before I had done so.|
Dinner was at a restaurant in Chartres. We overcrowded it a bit, and half of us were sent upstairs to a rooftop room … the 5 flights of stairs were worth the light and great view ... that I didn't take a picture of. The only Steph food scare of the entire trip happened here (of course). Fortunately, it was minor and nothing happened, but she felt too uncomfortable to eat after it. Of course, it happened during the appetizer. :/ <3
Finally, another long drive back to another Paris hotel, the Novotel, was spent listening to more of Julian’s iPod. It was probably only an hour or so, but it seemed like forever.
|A beautiful sunset accompanied our drive back to Paris. :)|