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Arrondissement de Châteaudun

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  • Day928

    Châteaudun, Centre-Val de Loire

    January 10 in France ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    We are sitting in the shadow of the impressive Château de Châteaudun (well, we would be if there were any sunshine). Its grey brick walls rise to a neck-craning height, just over the road from the parking de camping cars. It's lower sections are built into the rock and covered in green lichen. They have but a few small inlets guarded by rusting iron bars; the dungeons perhaps? Upper storeys are mostly free from growth and punctuated by tall rectangular windows, some framed in archways and decorated with demure carvings. Impressive as it is, it looks in need of a little TLC. Over the other side of our car park the brown River Loire runs through an artificial basin. A canoe clubhouse perches on the bank and slalom poles hang in place, ready for when the weather warms.

    Like its castle, Châteaudun appears slightly run down; plaster flaking from the sides of buildings. On the way in we passed several houses, originally built into the cliff but now dilapidated beyond habitation. We also drove by the entrance to the Grottes du Foulon; a cave system renowned for its geodes (hollow rocks containing crystalline formations). In the case of the Foulon caves, they contain quartz and chalcedony; a microcrystal such as onyx. If we'd have been staying longer we would have visited. We'll have to put it on the 'return to' list!

    With Vicky feeling weak, Will set off to explore Châteaudun on his own. It is split into a lower and an upper town. Both are inhabited but the lower is the more modern and busy, with garages and noisy traffic driving through its streets. The upper is more touristy, its main square offering charcuteries and chocolatiers, its old quarter a pocket of history, with characterful, timber framed buildings and high sided stone walls. Cars are absent from the cobbled lanes and a well signed 'circuit touristique' leads you past the domineering historical buildings of the château, a hotel, the old town hall and more. Being the kind hearted bloke he is, Will decided to pay a little back to Châteaudun by having a beer at its old town café - well done Will! 😂 Before leaving, Vicky managed to make it up the steep stone steps and take in some of the sights. The streets were quiet in the feeble light of early morning and a delicate drizzle added to the olde worlde atmosphere.
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  • Day7

    Chartres

    September 11, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A lovely relaxing day wandering around Chartres. No rain but the wind isn't letting up 🌬️🍃.

    The cathedral is awe-inspiring 🕍.  (Yes...the first one on a Europe trip usually is, I know. Check in with us in a couple of weeks 😉).  This one is known for its stained glass windows, statues and the veil Mary was to have worn at Jesus's birth.

    Cool art museum, many public squares, other churches, old stone walls and roadways, old ramparts.

    Chartres Luminieres at night - spectacular. Hard to catch on camera but you can see how the cathedral and bridges are transformed. The animation was excellent. Worth putting on your list next time you're dans le quartier
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  • Day1315

    Châteaudun, Château

    March 28 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Der Jakobsweg geht erst steil hinunter zum Loir und dann wieder steil hinauf in das Stadtzentrum. Dort laden Cafés zu einem Zwischenstop ein. Einen Pilgerstempel gibt es im Touristenbüro, dort ist auch ein Führer für den Jakobsweg "via Chartres" bis nach Châtellerault erhältlich (vorher trotz Nachfrage leider nicht).Read more

  • Day1315

    Montigny-le-Ganellon, Château

    March 28 in France ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Hoch über dem Loir-Tal thront das Schloss von Montmorency Laval; eine Besichtigung ist möglich. Den Pilgerstempel gibt es allerdings beim Bürgermeister. Im Ort finden sich einige Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten, jedoch keine Restaurant und kein Lebenmittelgeschäft.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement de Châteaudun, Arrondissement de Chateaudun

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