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Oct 20, 2010 - Chartres

19 Octobre. Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, just west of Paris. We got the last room in the city, it seems! - in the youth hostel of this famous cathedral town. Sometimes we truly are Lucky. The hotels are full up; I had conflicting information about whether a YH even exists in this town; but we learned from a kind woman in the bus depot that there is and we got the last room! Yay! Tomorrow we'll visit the cathedral and admire the famous stained glass windows and gather ourselves for the next step... making our way down the Loire valley (hoping...

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Oct 12, 2010 - Chartres, France

On the way to Chartres, the next day we found out that October 12th was a National strike day for something? We were caught in two strike marches, one in a small town and the other in Chartres. We were able to get around the delays, otherwise we may still be there.The Cathedral in Chartres was built extremely large to accommodate pilgrims during the 12th century.The original church was built in the 4th century and the current was completed with its famous stained-glass windows around year 1230.

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Sep 26, 2010 - Chartres

We do the proverbial around and around sleepy Paris on a Sunday morning trying to find our way out of the city and finally we are on the right road to Chartes. If you have ever driven in Paris, you’ll know what we mean. Chartes gothic cathedral has been described as “…the mind of the Middle Ages manifest…” There is a labyrinth, featured in most medieval cathedrals – as penance, pilgrims would follow the tortuous route on their knees. Built around 1062, the stained glass window collection (28,000 sq. ft.) was dismantled and removed, piece by...

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May 24, 2009 - Vendome to Chartres

Today we drove to Chartres. This is where we are going to drop off our hire car before catching the train to Paris which is only about an hour away. After checking in to our hotel we went to fill up the car with petrol. This wasn't as easy as we thought. Being Sunday not too much open. Then the first station we stopped at didn't have 95 unleaded which is what we needed. Then drove on to another station. This one had the fuel but was an unmanned station and you need to use a credit card, except it wouldn't accept foreign cards. Then our luck...

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Jul 27, 2008 - France (Camping Municipal Des Bords De L’Eure - Chartres)

he handout from the camp reception told us that the walk into town was about 3 kilometres. It did not seem like it (or were we just getting fit from all of the walking that we have thus far done?) and it did not seem to take much effort at all. Either way the walk was along a track that meandered along the L’Eure River and through some damn beautiful scenic places. We wandered passed runners and cyclists, a large number of people walking their dogs and a few fishermen. We were treated to one of the latter almost landing a little silver...

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Blue and JGs OE

Jul 26, 2008 - France (Camping Municipal Bayeux – Bayeux to Camping Municipal Des Bords De L’Eure - Chartres)

Leaving Bayeux was the easy part. Even travelling to Chartres was relatively easy, only having to 360 a couple of traffic islands. And we found a Lidl with good parking along the way. And it was cheap. We even found some frozen minced meat that was quite cheap (but that part of the story is for later). The drive to Chartres was via both good, duel carriageways (as the Pommes call them) and narrow back country roads through the odd (million) village. We travelled on passing the huge wheat fields that dominate the country side for miles in...

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Blue and JGs OE

Jun 19, 2008 - En-route Chartres

Once again we were up, showered, dressed, breakfasted and were ready to go by 9.00am. Our first stop for the day was Fontevraud Abbey. This was one stop that Barb was particularly looking forward to as it is the final resting place of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their son Richard I (known as Lionheart – the King of Robin Hood fame for those who don’t know their English History) and Isabella of Angoulême, wife of their youngest son (King John, of Magna Carta fame). The Abbey was founded in 1105 and it is quite...

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Apr 4, 2008 - Chartres

On Friday, April 4th we had a mandatory FLC field trip to the Cathedral of Chartres. We boarded the bus in the morning and it took about an hour to get there. The town of Chartres has a population of just over 40,000 people. Chartres was built on the left back of the Eure River. To the south-east stretches the fruitful plain of Beauce, the "granary of France", of which the town is the commercial center. The Cathedral crowns the hill that Chartres sits upon. Driving up you could see the spires of the Cathedral from quite aways away. Since...

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Mar 8, 2008 - I Want To Be Proposed To In Dead Grass.

Day 59. Saturday 3/8. Paris and Chartres, France. It was an early morning, but well worth the lack of sleep. Laine and I caught a train to Chartres! This is an adorable, quaint little town about an hour from Paris. We got there a little after 10 and stayed until half past 2. Being away from the city really was relaxing. We lucked out with good weather too! We walked up to the beautiful gothic church passing through some outdoor clothes market. We spent a long time at the church and walking around by it. There were really cool gardens behind...

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La Dolce Vita!

Jul 27, 2006 - Chartres - Cloyes-sur-Le Loir

Het is helemaal bewolkt en de temperatuur is flink gedaald tot naar schatting 25 graden. Heerlijk fietsweer. De hellingen zijn niet overdreven steil, dus we schieten lekker op. In Bonneval hebben we onze middagpauze. Twee heren uit Zuidlaren fietsen in twee weken naar Tours. Langer willen zij hun vrouwen niet alleen thuis laten. We rijden door naar Chateaudun. Daar staat een indrukwekkend kasteel met daarnaast een uit de 12de-eeuw daterende 30 meter hoge Donjon (een verdedegingstoren). In het centrum zitten de twee vrienden uit Zuidlaren...

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Jul 26, 2006 - Maintenon - Chartres

Het aquaduct van Maintenon was ooit bedoeld om over een afstand van 110 km de tuinen en fonteinen van het Chateau van Versailles van water te voorzien. Het werd nooit afgebouwd. Wij maken foto's van de ruïnes en fietsen om 11.00 uur uit Maintenon weg. In Changé fietsen wij langs de lokale hunnebedden en in Saint Piat drinken wij koffie. In Saint Prest kruisen wij de Eure. Vissen proberen stroomopwaarts te zwemmen maar komen bijna niet vooruit. Als wij Champhol naderen lijkt het alsof er een kathedraal midden in het landschap staat. Een...

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Aug 12, 2005 - Nina Has A Birthday

I have over 300 photos but it takes so much time to upload them. perhaps later today if alex takes a nap. We are back from Paris, so wonderful there. Disney had long long lines, not sure it made much of an impression on the kids at all to be honest.!!! Loved the Eurostar train, that was a wonderful way to travel. So today we are celebrating ninas bday all day long. So far we had a trip to the dollar store (called POUND WISE, how funny) and blew 37 lbs on junk, bought a bigger suitcase so we can lug all this ashia back home, and ate...

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