Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I wanted to see the cathedral (which, like the famous Parisian cathedral, is called Notre Dame) because it’s particularly well-preserved. The building that’s there today has survived virtually unchanged since the year 1250. The majority of the stained-glass windows are the original, 13th-century ones — meaning that Chartres has more of its original stained glass than any other medieval cathedral in the world.
Other buildings in town are also well-preserved. We got to look at them when we hopped on a little tourist train for a 35-minute ride around the cathedral’s surroundings. I told MrB that my policy in life is: “If you see a little train, get on it.” Especially on days that are cold, rainy and windy! June felt more like October that day.
The tour let us peek at quaint cobblestone streets and timbered 15th- and 16th-century buildings.
I noticed that quite a few buildings had cheerfully painted shutters.
The trip to and from Chartes (on a big train) only took about an hour and 15 minutes. We got back to Paris in time to take a late-cruise on the Seine on one of the Bateaux Mouches. We’ve done this so many times that we don’t listen to any of the commentary on the sights anymore. We just enjoy hanging out on the river. A mini bottle of Champagne and plastic flutes made sitting outside in the chilly weather more bearable.
When a downpour started, we had to flee to the boat’s indoor seats, but I ran back out to get a good shot of the Eiffel Tower.
There is no such thing as too many photos of the Eiffel Tower!