Last month a friend and I took a day trip to Chartres, which is only an hour and fifteen minute train ride from Paris. It was a bit rainy and cold when we arrived in the early afternoon, but we took a walk around and ducked in some shops. We meant to stop by the tourist office for a map but never actually made it there.
We had a long leisurely lunch during which I looked out the window and noticed this amusing street sign. Translated to English, it would mean “Perfect Christmas.” Apparently Monsieur Noël Parfait was a writer and politician born in Chartres.
The famous Chartres Cathedral was quite pretty by evening and night. We spent some time wandering around the interior, which was under renovation.We got to the Centre international du vitrail (International Center of Stained Glass) about an hour before closing time, just as a wave of people were coming out. It turns out that their departure left us as practically the only visitors, much to my delight. One hour in the small building turned out to be a sufficient amount of time.
I absolutely loved the underground temporary exhibit Les peintres et le vitrail, which featured stained glass by contemporary artists. The ground floor contained works from the Renaissance. This is a part of a depiction of the slaves escaping Egypt. The drama in motion is present.The Centre international du vitrail is a former barn. I am always interested in places that used to be other places.When we left the center, the sky had cleared up, and we joined the people out and about for a stroll down the cute streets dotted with boutiques and lights.