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Apr 19, 2014 - A Walk About Chartres

This is a wonderful town. I have really enjoyed Chartres. Every town I have been in in France I have absolutely loved. Each for a different reason. Bayeux, Giverny, Versailles and Chartres. All are different but all have such wonderful character! It always amazes me that I am walking around where people have been building for over 1000 years. Imagine being the Project Manager (they called them architects - Humph!) on the Bayeux Cathedral or the Chartres Cathedral. Imagine being the poor City Engineer of any of those cities now! Think of the...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Sculptures around the Choir Screen - the Life of Christ

At one time the choir section (in back of the altar area) was completely opened. In the 1500s it was walled off by the same architect that built the northern spire. Statues were designed to fill forty niches around this choir screen telling of the lives of Mary and Christ. The work was started in 1520 and finished as funds became available finally finishing in 1714. Some of the sculptures in these scenes were very good. The faces and the details were wonderful. It was dark and unless one of the windows across for the scene let in a lot of...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Chartres en lumieres - Chartres in lights

For the past 10 years Chartres has hosted a light show after dark illuminating some of its most important architectural features. At about 20 places around the center of the city and its "old town" light shows are shown against the backdrop of the structure. In a lot of cases the show's creators play off the architecture of the building. As best as I could figure there is a film loop that runs about every 15 minutes and is projected against the building. There appear to be several different interpretations of each building. Beginning at...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Chartres Cathedral and its Windows

Chartres' Notre-Dame Cathedral was built between 1134 and 1260. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most complete and well-preserved examples of a gothic cathedral. The main entrance of the cathedral (facing west) has kept the Royal Portal with its 3 large bays and the south steeple the same since the 12th century. The rose window in the Royal Portal dates to the 13th century. The flamboyant north steeple dates to the 16th century. There are two other Portals, each with three large bays, both built between 1220 and...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Lazy day Sunday

This morning we all slept in, Tom and I until 9:30. We all lounged in our PJ's until noon and finally we all cleaned up. It is cloudy and cool this morning but no rain. All the days we have been here have been very nice and comfortable light sweater/jacket weather. Tom and Ray have been working on finalizing their presentations for the school next week at the Vaux-de-Cernay Abby We are so jealous, because they were told, weather permitting some of the classes can be conducted outside by the pond! Sharon, her sister Rosanna (who is coming...

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Apr 12, 2014 - Chartres France

Today is Saturday the 12th of April! We have done so much already and I am getting behind on my posting and figuring out which day we did what!!! OH MY!! Tonight I am attempting to catch up and already I failed to include in my previous post, the Tapestry of Bayeux which was magnificent! I will attempt to edit and add at least one photo. Additionally I am only able to add 150 photos in a 30 day period, so I may not to post our entire trip including Germany! We had a person come and clean the apartment today so we figured we would venture...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Chartres and Paris

I'm writing these last three entries purely from memory. We've actually been home for a week now, but I wasn't ever able to update the blog from Paris since our hotel had no WiFi. And now that I'm blogging from my laptop, you can count on longer posts!!! And so, here we are, day 8. We left our hotel in Tours for a little-less-than-two-hour bus ride to Chartres. Almost everyone slept. When we got close to Chartres, you could see the cathedral way in the distance. It's really quite magnificent. Salvatore, our bus driver, got into a little...

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RHS/ZHS France 2013

Aug 25, 2012 - Chartres

After I left Vaux it was about a 2.5hr drive. The road out of Vaux for example is just wide enough for 2 cars, and its 90km\h. What the locals tend to do is drive right down the middle of the road, and they only move out of the way when it’s time to pass another vehicle. For my second day in Europe, it makes you extra cautious. This makes things nerve wracking, as I'm not used to the dimensions of the car, nor used to driving on the other side of the road, so I stay a bit below the speed limit, unless it's the motorway. Once I got onto the...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Vaux le Vicomte to Chartres

Today we woke up early (4.30am for Kirk, and 5am for me), and played on our laptops uploading pictures from the day before. We left the hotel by about 9am and started to head towards Vaux le Vicomte. Stopped off about halfway and grabbed a baguette from a service station (actually not bad. Freshly made that day onsite). Vaux le Vicomte was the inspiration behind Versailles and was instigated by a young (26 yr old) parliamentarian. He contracted the best architect, decorator, and landscaper for the design and construction of the chateau. It...

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May 3, 2012 - Day 4: Chartres

Today was the first day I spent outside Paris. Michael and I left before 08h30 for Gare Montparnasse but our journey through the metro took almost an hour and coincided with the peak hour rush. The trains were packed and stations such as Chatelet were swarming with thousands of people: running up and down stairs, hurtling along corridors, dragging along cases, and squeezing into carriages. Surprisingly everyone was quite polite. By the time we reached Montparnasse  the train had left and we had to wait for the next one at 10h09. The train...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Chartres Cathedral

Today we spent the day in church. We took the Metro to Gare Montparnasse, traded in our e-vouchers for actual tickets and managed to get on the correct train for the 70-minute trip to the City of Chartres and its absolutely magnificent gothic cathedral. We got to Chartres at 10:30 and caught the 4:30train back to Paris. In between we were awed by the grandeur of the cathedral. They are in the midst is a huge renovation, so we got to see the comparison between the smoke and soot covered walls, stained-glass windows, sculptures and...

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The Grand Tour 2011

Jul 17, 2011 - Monday morning, Paris to Chartres by train

Up early and had breakfast in the hotel. Ray now reads The International Herald Tribune faithfully. We are going to Chartres today. We read a book on Chartres and Gothic cathedrals in book club and we are both looking forward to our visit. One side note. We have not yet seen any dogs in restaurants, but we have seen several on the Metro! All small and quite well-behaved. Also, while they drive on the same side of the road as Americans do, Parisians are crazier drivers than New Yorkers. There don't seem to be any actual lanes, just...

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The Grand Tour 2011

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