During our recent visit to France, we spent an afternoon at Chartres Cathedral. This sleepy little village was our first taste of the French countryside and it did not disappoint!
The village surrounds the cathedral and is very quaint and has a medieval feel to it. The streets are narrow and crooked and are built onto the steep hillside, at the top of which is the cathedral. It felt very quiet as we walked to the top of the hill. Once there, we had, in my mind, one of the best lunches of the entire trip. I had a sandwich made entirely of Camembert and French bread. I will remember it for the rest of my life. It was surreal. (Sadly, I did not take a picture of the sandwich or the restaurant. Worth noting, is that the restaurant featured an interesting collection of teapots. It was full of them.)
The interior of the Cathedral was breathtaking. The soaring ceilings and stained glass windows were spectacular. The exterior of the cathedral looked like it was due for a cleaning, as some of the more elaborate details were masked by a layer of black…
(Please excuse the dorky picture, it was the only one I had close enough to see the covered in black soot.)
The front of the cathedral was also surrounded by beautiful flowers and gardens…
Finally, the highlight (apart from the excellent sandwich) was the French cat we discovered enjoying the flower garden behind the cathedral.
On a rainy weekday, remembering this visit has been fantastic. I wish you all a happy day and safe travels (hopefully with frequent cat sightings!)