There was much left to do and see, but that’s all for another time.
For lunch we sat at a wonderful brasserie, filled with geriatric old ladies slowly enjoying their afternoon meal.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
Arguably the most well-known part of Chartres is the cathedral, seen by many as the pinnacle of Gothic architecture. It even gave the world a new colour, Chartres Blue, from the deep, intense blue found in much of the stained glass.
As we drove into Paris, Fédéric said, “Now we go see my mistress”. He lived there for 18 years, so he knows all the streets and landmarks. It was my only night in Paris, and a damp one at that. The pouring rain made it nearly impossible to operate my camera.
I lugged my huge tripod for the trip, and it was finally worth it to get these night shots.
At Galeries Lafayette, a huge department store, the window displays are all changed to animatronic puppets for the Christmas season.
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