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Oct 12, 2018 - Charting a Course to Chartres

We found our way to Gare Montparnasse this morning on the #4 Metro from a new stop nearby, Chateau Rouge. Once we arrived at our final metro stop it felt liked we walked at least a mlle to the train station itself. We located our platform and boarded the 11:06am train for Chartres. Once in Chartres we headed to the Cathedral to check out our options for the day. On Fridays they remove the chairs from the labyrinth so people can walk on it. I took the opportunity to do my contemplative walk before we went to lunch; it has been awhile since...

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Oct 28, 2017 - Chartres Cathedral

Today we departed St. Malo for Paris. Along the way we stopped at Chartres to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chartres Cathedral. Since the majority of its construction in the late twelfth century, the cathedral has remained largely unscathed by the ravages of time, nature, the French Revolution and World War II. We walked around its boundary; 3 sides have the flying butresses, rose windows, beautiful doors and statues. The fourth side drops off down the side of a steep hill. Inside, we saw the 150 stained glass windows. Our local...

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Apr 27, 2017 - Chartres: a study in stained glass

Today we spent the day in Chartres; wandering rambling narrow medieval streets with names reflective of their function in the Middle Age, like Milk street, Cheese street, Fish street, even Frog Street (really an entire street for frog sellers???) The Cathedral is beautiful, filled with mostly original twelfth century stained glass windows, featuring a lovely cobalt blue unique to here called Chartres blue. The windows tell stories from the bible, designed for a mostly illiterate people. Of course, they must have had REALLY good eyesight to...

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Apr 26, 2017 - Versailles to Chartres: Tom's drving adventures

We left Paris today and took the train to Versailles; where we wandered among the rooms of the fabulous and clearly egocentric Louis XIV. Every room included some glorifying portrait or reference to his wonderfulness. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of the statues and room furnishings are reproductions, as most of this splendor was destroyed during the Revolution. Sometimes it seems that the more things change, the more they remain the same. It was a blustery, showery day, but we persevered again, even challenging ourselves with an intrepid...

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Sep 20, 2016 - Heading toward Paris

September 19-20 Normandy and Onward Monday morning breakfast was different—only three of us at the big table. The others were a Canadian couple who are kind of reversing my drive; the started in Belgium. They are going by map and not GPS. I wish them luck! Even with what seems like some strange meanderings, I can’t imagine doing the trip without it. Also, it is unfailingly patient when I miss a turn off a roundabout, but can be snarky in suggesting ‘when possible make a u-turn’. Today was planned to visit Rouen on my way to Chartres. I...

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France Road Trip Two

Apr 27, 2015 - Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral is located about 45 minutes south of Paris. The location of this Cathedral is on the site of the first known Christian church. It was errected in 4th century, and rebuilt four times. The consruction of this current cathedral was started about 1194. As we all know in the 1200s the people who built these cathedrals worked practicaĺly by hand. It was not uncommon for a person to work their entire life on one project. I have learned from the mythology books written by Joseph Campbell, who stated that the Christian religion...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Chartres

We woke this morning quite early due to the jet-lag, about 6am. There wasn't much to do, but fall back asleep. Both of us were very disappointed at having missed out on the illuminations, and more disappointed that the rain was still coming down, only what appeared to be quite heavily now. We eventually got ourselves moving about 9am, and loaded up the car with luggage, before we went out site seeing. We had a magnificent view of the cathedral, but neither of us decided to take a picture before checking out, so we weren't off to the best of...

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May 5, 2014 - Chartres

May 5 Sunshine, birds singing, fairly good sleep...it's going to be a glorious day! Nice conversation at breakfast with Jim and Colleen and Olivia. Jim and Colleen look early 60's and have been everywhere in the world!! He's a retired engineer. Interesting how many of the guys on a trip are/ were engineers. Our local guide at the Chartres Cathedral, Malcolm Miller, has guided there for 50+ years!! He is in his 80's! He has dedicated his life to studying this cathedral...even written an illustrated book. He gave us a feel for the history and...

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May 4, 2014 - Chartres

May 4, 2014 Everyone slept marginally well last night. Second night is usually the worst for that nasty jet lag. Leisurely breakfast, book reading, Words with Friends, and laundry. Then off to 11:00 mass at the cathedral. It was a beautiful ceremony all in French...except they re-read the gospel in English. We think it was because there were some donor guests?? Returned to Le Serpente for lunch...soup and panninis. Wander around the town again until we felt we had earned a sweet and a coffee! Then back to the hotel to rest a bit before...

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May 3, 2014 - Chartres

May 3, 2014 Everyone was able to get at least 10 hours of drug-induced sleep!! What a way to start the day! And the sky is blue! Met a fellow traveler last night...Pat from Boston, recently widowed, nurse. She joined us for coffee this morning. Great European breakfast...dried and fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, amazing breads, eggs, meats, cheeses...just okay coffee. Instant Nescafé in the room...shades of Turkey! Wandered through town...stained glass museum, cathedral, flea market (got Kendall something pink and sparkly), cute lunch spot...

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May 2, 2014 - Chartres

May 1, 2014 Our travel adventure is starting off well. Somehow we have been "chosen" for TSA Pre...no coats off, no shoes off, no line...1 minute through security! And an exit row seat, on time departure, and wifi for $10...life is good! Didn't sleep much last night, though...oh, well. Little bit late leaving Chicago but extra leg room, smooth flying (mostly) good wine (not free!!) and okay dinner...life is good! Maybe some sleep after the movie is over...don't know the name of it but it takes place in Paris and it's a good story. No sleep...

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Apr 19, 2014 - My hotel and Food - for Sharon and Jim & Brigitte

Most of these pictures are totally self explanatory. The past three hotels I have been in are still using keys rather than keycards. The one I am currently in has a pass number to get in the front door after midnight. The previous one had someone at the desk 24/7. Angela asked about my mesh packing bags and how those were working out for me. I really like them. I have beach stuff in one that I won't use for another two weeks so no sense shuffling through that every time I look for something. I have socks and underwear in another one. Tank...

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