Day Three — Chartres

Ever since I took a humanities course during my senior in high school, I have been a little fascinated with the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Chartres.  On Friday we took the train to visit the cathedral. If you wonder what’s the big deal, do a Google search and check it out. It is sufficient to say that it may be the pinnacle of Gothic cathedral architecture. And it was built in the 13th century.

We met up with BIL and SIL’s friends Cindy and Hal at the train station with relatively little, but some, confusion. The train trip was very pleasant.

The cathedral was impressive. All it was cracked up to be.

We met up with the famous tour guide, Malcolm Miller, for one of his tours. $13 well spent. (10 euros)

We had lunch at a cafe there in Chartres. Their specialty was crepes…like 50 different varieties. A years, and I don’t remember eating a crepe. Now it’s been crepes for lunch two days in a row. Don’t see that as a trend when we get back home. Here are some pics.


The cathedral


Mrs P and me


Some detail


zMore detail



SIL, Mrs Poolman and BIL right after lunch


All of us

4 responses to “Day Three — Chartres

  1. Looks like you are having a wonderful trip. Looking forward to details when you return.

  2. Great photos! I especially like the pic of the stained glass.

    • More to come. Thanks. All is good. Today waa a hodge podge. Arc de triomph. Champs elysees. Musee orangerie, pantheon and St Entienne du Mont. That is where the steps fom Midnight in Paris are. We waited, but no 1920s cab came along. Sigh.

      Tomorrow is Versailles.

  3. I’m jealous of the crepes and Chartres. I’d really like to see Rouen Cathedral and then race back to the Musee d’Orsay and see Monet’s paintings of it, too.

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