Chartres

Centre

 

Heading for Chartes, I stayed too long on the N12 road and found myself at Verneuil-sur-Avre. We went to a supermarket just off the road and bought the makings of a picnic: bread, butter, ham. Then, driving the most direct road to Chartes, we just happened upon the village of Brezolles, where we ate our picnic on the grassy banks of an old mill pond next to the church.

 

Sheer serendipity......

 

In Chartres, we stayed at the Hôtel de la Poste. We have lost the photo of the hotel, but it was opposite this very elaborate post office.

 

Just across the square was this memorial to Jean Moulin, one of the martyrs of the French Resistance in WW2.

 

The main reason for visiting Chartres is the cathedral. This is its west (main) front.

 

And this is the east front.

 

Carving over the west front door.

 

Sundial on the outside of the cathedral.

 

The glory of this cathedral is its medieval stained glass.

 

 

 

Chartres also has a very attractive old town, with half-timbered houses.

 

 

 

 

From Chartres, we headed back into Paris again.

 

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