Monday, July 27, 2020

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres - La restauration

The massive and painstaking restoration of this cathedral has created a storm of controversy. Many think that the cleaning has rendered the magnificent stained glass windows not nearly as effective when viewed against the centuries of grim and soot removed. Others celebrate seeing the incredible details uncovered. I will admit that seeing the restored portions against the darkened walls is startling. I will leave it up to each of you to decide which you prefer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres V - L'autel

 I have been fortunate to visit many churches in Paris and a few outside of Paris. Most of these beautiful old churches now have interesting contemporary altars. Chartres is no exception.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres IV

As we made our way around the church, I was drawn to this scene. A class of students were there sketching using the flashlights of their cell phones! I was careful not to intrude but I had to get a little closer to see what they were doing, of course. I often marvel at how fortunate French students are to be able to take a short field trip to such historic places.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartes III

One of the main reasons I have always wanted to visit this cathedral is to walk the labyrinth. For future visitors please note that on most days, the labyrinth is covered with chairs, but on Fridays they are moved aside. It's a large one so I walked it to the center, then quietly walked out of it. I"m sure the church members stationed in chairs on the perimeter gave me disapproving looks! The problem with a labyrinth obviously, is that it's almost impossible to photograph from ground level. This is the best I can offer. If you click HERE you can see an aerial view. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres II

The extensive restoration of exterior reveals the intricate carvings, making them even more beautiful.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres I

For the next week, we will be spending time in Chartres France. This past trip in March, I made my first trip there and I couldn't imagine why I had not gone sooner. I hope you will enjoy images not only of the cathedral itself but the area around the church and the charming town itself.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

City Daily Photo Theme Day - My Neighborhood

Since I sadly do not live in Paris, I'm sharing a photo from our window this last trip in early March. We were on an upper floor so I had the pleasure of photographing the rooftops in all times of day and weather. Rue des Entrepreneurs.

Today, the first of the month, I'm joining my fellow city daily photo bloggers around the world. Click HERE to see their neighborhoods.