Islands of the Western Mediterranean travel blog

Chartres Cathedral

Restored statues - John the Baptist baptising Jesus

Some of the magnificent stained glass

Figure at the base of an apostle

Well today was a journey discovering how French women keep slim. I had booked my train tickets to Chartres as I have heard so much about the cathedral there.

Left the nearest station "Villers" on Line three, changed at St Lazarre to Line 12 to Bienvenue Montparnasse which involved much walking up and down stairs and along corridors and then had to get to Gare Montparnesse which involved what seemed like never ending redirections not made any easier by the renovations going on.

Very pleasant trip and arriving at Chartrescould immediately see the towers of the cathedral. Also saw a number of armed soldiers in the area; not sure what they were guarding or if they were on a security alert. Had seen the same in the Montparnesse station- a group of four patrolling with weapons at the ready, none looking much more than 16.

In the cathedral took a 90 minute talk/ tour with Malcolm Campbell who has been researching and lecturing on the cathedral for many years. Very interesting linking of OT and NT in the stained glass windows which are magnificent. Bought his book to read more.

Wandered around the cathedral inside and out and then had a late lunch of a buckwheat pancake before heading back to the station and repeating the journey in reverse.

After a rest went over the road to a little local bistro where I was seated next to a group of Australians who are actually staying in the same hotel. They're on a different tour and finish up with a day around Paris tomorrow. Had quite a chat with them and wil probably meet up again at breakfast.

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