It’s been a great pace so far. No plans, no schedule, no goals, no stress. I didn’t want to cram a bunch of activities on this trip; I’d much rather take it easy and enjoy myself, so I can absorb as much of the culture as possible.
People would ask me if I was excited to come here, and I couldn’t say that I was, probably because there wasn’t anything specific I felt compelled to see. Sure, I’ll probably end up visiting some of the touristy, must-see sites in Paris, but more importantly, I want to live the life, to be a local for a while.
The definitive image of France: a young girl dressed smartly in chapeau and tights waves to the baker, who comes from around the counter to hold the door for her as she leaves the store. Of uncorrupted innocence, simple rituals, and fresh bread.
Entertaining. When you don’t know how many people are going to show up, you put out a lot of teacups.
Atelier Lisouire, a crafts store that covers almost any craft you can think of, from scrapbooking to fine art to calligraphy. Un étage pour les loisirs-créatifs, la jonglerie et les cerf-volants de sport.
Stale baguettes are cut into cubes and used for salads or soups.
A family moseys down a street. The market in Chartres is almost dead on Sundays until around noon, and it’s the perfect time to go out without having to deal with the crush of people and cars.
The narrow roads are often a patchwork of different materials, and sometimes even different stones.
Even on a cold and rainy day, the flower market is thriving.
La Vieille Maison, a restaurant in a 14th century house. Seen at the end of the alley is the Chartres Cathedral.
Menu for La Vielle Maison.
Europe 2010 travel diaries
- France: Arrival
- France: Day 3, Chartres
- The Partisan
- France: Day 5, Chartres
- Baby Scary Party
- France: Day 6, Paris
- Call me McNgangus
- France: Day 7, Rochefort-en-Terre
- France: Day 8, La Roche-Bernard
- France: Day 9, Rochefort-en-Terre
- UK Detour: Day 10, Chartres to London
- UK Detour: Day 11, London
- A passenger in London
- UK Detour: Day 12, London
- UK Detour: Day 13, London to Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 14, Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 15, Ullapool
- UK Detour: Day 16, Ullapool
- France: Day 18, Paris
- France: Day 19, Chartres + Paris