Yesterday morning we headed off by train to the Medieval city of Chartes; where we are staying in a converted monastery. Chartes is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site Cathedral. Art students flock to Chartes Cathedral to study/sketch/paint the intricate facades and flamboyant spire (377 ft--of course we climbed it!) Built between 1194 and 1250, the majority of the original stain glass windows are intact. They were removed during WWII and reassembled.
As if the cathedral isn't enough, Chartes en Lumieres provides a light show from ten until one in the morning 210 days a year. This isn't a few lights plopped up on the cathedral. This is an extensive walking tour throughout the town where historical after historical venue is creatively lit. Fuelled by a delicious meal from a local creperie we walked for over two hours! The experience is somewhat surreal--especially on the bridges. What is real? What is light? What is reflection?
Traveller Lesson of the Day: When you buy prepaid non-refundable train tickets on line because they are cheaper--then miss your train because someone (read Dad) read the schedule wrong--see a ticket agent. Our wonderful new friend stamped the tickets approved for the next train and off we went with no additional cost.
Living and Loving the City of Chartes en Lumieres. You are Always in my Prayers. Love Mom.