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    • Day2

      Von Vesul über Chartres nach Fourgeres

      September 24, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Heute morgen um 5 Uhr 30 saß Rita bereits am Steuer, und es ging zügig in Richtung Chartres. Dort angekommen, besuchten wir die beeindruckende Kathedrale. Zurück am Parkplatz entdeckten wir am Klärchen einen Platten hinten rechts. Und dann wurde es spannend. ADAC Gott sei dank!!Wir wurden abgeschleppt und nach 2 Stunden ging die Fahrt mit 2 neuen Sommerreifen weiter.Wir beschlossen heute noch bis nach Fougeres zu fahren, einen Ort mit einer der größten mittelalterlichen Burganlage.Wir werden Sie morgen früh besichtigen. Wir sind in der Ostbretagne angekommen und lassen den Tag mit Tee und einsetzendem Regen ausklingen.Read more

      Traveler

      Hui, das ging ja schon abenteuerlich los! Gute Zeit euch und liebe Grüße von uns Beiden!

      9/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Möge dies die einzige Panne bleiben. Alles Gute und Liebe. Gisela

      9/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Gute Reise ihr zwei 🍀🍀

      9/25/22Reply
       
    • Day335

      A taste of blue

      September 27, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      On the inside one is struck by the mainly blue stained glass windows which have survived since the 12thC.
      Also by the clean-up of the soot coated limestone, which can be seen in the before shot of the clerestory and the after shot on the other side.
      There is a clear hole in one of the windows. Light is supposed to enter on June 21st and hit a nail buried in the floor - ie a solar calender that we have seen in several other churches. Only that they got it wrong. Not only does the facade receive little sunlight but also when it does it doesn't hit the spot on the right date!
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      Tony Hammond

      Indeed a bluetiful window even if it is holey rather than holy....

      10/4/19Reply

      I believe in holy socks

      10/21/19Reply
       
    • Day46

      Vatan to Chartres

      November 21, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      We woke up this morning at 7:30am to a toasty warm Wanda. I left the electric fire on all night on low so the temperature never dropped below 16°c and at 5am I woke up and turned the thermostat up a little so it was nice and warm when we woke up.
      I put the hot water back on as soon as I woke up and then made coffee. Ellie wanted to wash her hair and once that was done we were ready to leave and at 8:30am we refilled the fresh water and left our quiet little airè in Vatan.
      We had 114 miles to cover today, the rain was due to arrive at lunchtime and strong winds are expected tomorrow so I wanted to push further up and try and outrun the worst of it over the next couple of days.
      Just after lunchtime we arrived in Chartres our first stop was decathlon to get some winter riding gloves but they didn’t have any so it was a waisted journey and when we came out the rain had started and within 5 minutes of getting back on the road it was helling it down and the road spray was unbelievable. Torrents of water were running down the roads. Luckily we only had 5 miles to get to our park up and when we arrived it was still chucking it down.
      Our parking spot was on the outskirts of the city by a park and there was a greenway path and cycle lane that ran from the airè all the way into the city. It’s just a gravel car park by a road but the road seems quiet enough and Chartres is a quiet city compared to others we’ve stayed in.
      We’ve been to Chartres before when we did our truck and rooftent adventure and it’s a nice city with a huge cathedral that has 2 spires. 1 gothic and 1 medieval. There are also 2 other huge churches in the city and lots of historic buildings and historic roads.
      As it was raining we had no plans to go and visit the city again and this was just going to be a stop for the night but by 3:30pm after sitting around for a couple of hours we were getting itchy feet.
      By 4pm the rain had stopped and it had brightened up a little so I mapped a route out on Komoot and we set off down the Chartres greenway into the city centre.
      It was a beautiful walk and within 2 minutes we were well away from the roads and walking through a park next to the river. The old buildings on the riverside were amazing with there ancient wooden low balconies almost touching the river.
      Within 20 minutes we were in the city centre walking down ancient cobbled roads and passing houses that looked more suited to the set of Harry Potter than a city. The sun was setting now and the old lamps were turning on street by street and it was lovely to see everything lit up at night.
      We passed the ancient church of Saint-Pierre and the door was open so we went inside. Unfortunately non of the interior lights were on except for very dim LED lights and we couldn’t really see much or take photos but the inside of the church was one huge building with rows and rows of pews running upto a huge altar. Even though we couldn’t see much it was impressive.
      From there we headed down more ancient cobbled narrow streets, some were just wide enough for us to walk side by side and when we popped out Chartres Cathedral was right in front of us.
      It is a huge feat of architectural engineering dating back to the 13th century. It’s archway doors are so big they actually hurt your neck when your looking at them. And the stonework statues surrounding the doors are are unbelievably intricate. Unfortunately you can’t view the outside beauty of this building when your right on top of it. You really need to be atleast a mile away on hill to actually admire it but that’s where Chartres Cathedral has it’s own unique draw for you to want to be inside it.
      Inside is a unique piece of stonework that runs around the entire centre of the church. It is divided into sections and each section has intricate characters from the bible and history inlayed into it. Then inbetween each section is an intricate carving of one of the church spires . This whole structure is around 150ft in length and it creates a room at the centre where prayer and mass are held. It is the most impressive church we have ever been in and even more beautiful than Notre Damme before it burnt down.
      On leaving the Cathedral we saw a sign that said something about Chartres Luminaries where famous historic buildings would have projections on them after 6:30pm. It was now 6pm so we wandered the streets and looked in the shops for 30 minutes and brought some Christmas bits and then started back towards Wanda.
      The Cathedral was now illuminated with projections that covered all of the doors, windows and stone work and bit by bit it built a picture of stained glass windows with a clock at the centre of it. It was very twinkly and beautiful.
      Next we passed back by the Church of Saint Pierre and that also had projections covering the whole building and it was also twinkly and beautiful. Then we were back into the park where the historic riverside buildings were lit up and reflected in the river below.
      We finally got back to Wanda at 7:30pm. For dinner we had a new recipe we had just thought of as we couldn’t get any burgers and put our Cordon Bleurs into burger buns calling them Cordon Bleugers. They were quite tasty.
      Then at 8:30pm it was time to wash up and settle in for the night. It was getting cold outside already with the temperature at just 6°c so we put the fire on and watched tv until bedtime.
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    • Day9

      Camping!

      July 16, 2020 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Aangekomen in Chartres👌🏼 En het leek mij wel leuk om te laten zien hoe ik de tent opzet. Nog geen 10min en hij staat al. Even omkleden en dan ga ik maar eens opzoek naar de kathedraal. Als het goed is, is het nog geen 3km wandelen. Let's go! 😝Read more

      Traveler

      Hoppa, je wordt er handig in hè, elke dag opzetten en afbreken. Lekker genieten nu van je wandeling en een fijne avond voor straks😘

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Razend snel.

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      hoppa

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Jij kan dat:-D

      7/16/20Reply
       
    • Day9

      En we zijn weer op de camping!

      July 16, 2020 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Na bijna 5 uur rondgedwaald te hebben in het grote mooie Chartres, heb ik de camping weer teruggevonden. Wat een fantastische onvergetelijke dag! Ik duik vast m'n tentje in. Morgen weer een nieuwe dag👌🏼Read more

      Traveler

      Slaaplekker, meis!😘

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Lekker slapen😘

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Je bent een topper!

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Goedemorgen alvast.

      7/16/20Reply
       
    • Day335

      Cowspiracy?

      September 27, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      The trend nowadays is to vegetarianism and an up-to-date town council doesn't declare itself to be a 'Nuclear Free Zone' but a 'Beef Free Zone'.
      Or maybe its just that this has been and continues to be a major sheep farming area.

      Churches everywhere in Normandy. St Leonards (built 1520-1540) at La Pyle is one such example. Note to campers: there is a tap in the yard which actually works so you can fill your water bottles.
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      Tony Hammond

      Enough to make anyone feel sheepish....

      10/4/19Reply
       
    • Day335

      Chartres

      September 27, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Named after a Celtic tribe, the Carnutes, who made it their principal Druidic centre, Chartres is 88km from Paris in the Eure-et-Loir region, and directly on the route back to England where I must go to get the van tested / taxed and insured.
      After a very wet day, the Chartrain and Chartraine, (for that is how the locals call themselves,) are not to be found on the streets; but the rain stopped for long enough for me to wander around another medievil city.
      The dolls hospital was the only unusual sight.
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      Tony Hammond

      Did King Carnute ever visit it?

      10/4/19Reply
       
    • Day335

      Twin towers still standing

      September 27, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      OK so there is one other reason to visit Chartres: Notre-Dame de Chartres. The cathedral is UNESCO World Heritage listed rightly because it is a well preserved example of High Gothic style building.
      It was built following a fire that destroyed most of the previous Merovingian church in 1194, the new choir being complete by 1221 and the whole building consecrated in 1260.
      Everyone takes the same photo of the West façade built around the middle of the 12th century and its 2 asymmetric towers, but I couldn't resist yet another copy.
      A taste of the rest is provided, but judging by the half a dozen photo-tourists following me around to take the same shots from exactly the spot where I took mine, I suspect that they are no more unique than the tower shot.
      Like the priests house - you would expect no les for a Bishop.
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      Tony Hammond

      Indeed a towering achievement....

      10/4/19Reply
       
    • Day10

      Chartres Cathedral

      September 21, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      As cathedrals go this one rates pretty well on the Douglas' cathedral rating scheme. It was free (big one), they provided a bit of interesting background (but not too much), beautiful windows not too crowded and some interesting restoration work in progress. We happily mosied about finding interesting odds and sods for quite a while.Read more

    • Day9

      Bon Appétit!

      July 16, 2020 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Bon Appétit! Kaartjes schrijven en uiteten op een terras vlakbij de prachtige kathedraal. Aan de ene kant heel apart om hier alleen te zitten. Aan de andere kant heb ik het gevoel dat ik de hele wereld aan kan haha! Eet smakelijk🤗Read more

      Traveler

      Grote meid als je dit allemaal op kan!!😉

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Zoooo dat ziet er lekker uit!!! Eet smakelijk 😘😘

      7/16/20Reply
      Traveler

      Lekker !! 🍟🍔🥤geniet ervan. 😘😘

      7/16/20Reply
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