The weather was the warmest yet today. 64 degrees and sunny. We only logged 10,023 steps today, but then we did spend more than two hours on the Metro and trains to and from Chartres.
We were out of the apartment by 11:00 this morning and stopped at a Boulangerie close by for a pastry for breakfast since we ran out of Milk. Then we headed to the Metro to take us to Gare Montparnasse to catch the train to Chartres. We did stop to listen to some muscians inside the Metro tunnels along the way.
Russian folk music we think.
The round trip to Chartres cost us Euro 21.50 and that’s the over 60 rate. After you buy your ticket, you validate it by inserting it into this machine which stamps the date and time on it. Otherwise the ticket is good for two months. We expected the conductor to collect the ticket or at least ask to see it, but no one ever did.
It took visits to two different information booths to find someone who could at least understand enough English to figure out what time and platform to board on.
Platform 24 12:33 pm. This is our train. And here is where we sat, upstairs, Second class section.
The trip took about an hour and was very nice. We arrived in Chartres and headed up the hill to Old Town, not far. We started with lunch at Creperie du Cygne, on the left with the burgundy awning in the pic below.
I had the Gallette Jambon et Fromage which is a buckwheat crepe filled with ham and Emmental cheese and K had a salad. I didn’t remember to take the picture until after I’d started eating.
Very good but not too filling so of course we had crepes for desert. So here is Le Grandiose, one for each of us. A chocolate filled warm crepe with bananas and chantilly cream on top. Delicious.
And off we went to visit the cathedral, one of if not the oldest Cathedral in France. At least 900 years old. Amazing.
They are in the middle of some restoration and cleaning the stone on the inside. The white part in the pic below has already been cleaned. What a difference.
After walking all through the cathedral, we walked through the old town popping into the shops. I even found a Singer sewing machine dealer that sold yarn, and a quilt and knitting shop that sold Elna and Bernina sewing machines. The quilt shop had mostly American fabric for only Euro 20 per meter. Exactly the same as what I can get for $11 per yard at home. A meter is just slightly more than a yard. No wonder EU quilters order online from the US and pay for International shipping.
Here’s a glimpse of Old Town Chartres and a great mural on the side of one of the buildings.
By now it’s after 5:00 pm and time for a glass of wine before heading back to the train station.
On our way back down the hill, what do we run into but a Foot Locker, Claires Accessories, MacDonalds, and of course an Apple Store.
Haven’t even seen one of those in Paris yet, although I know they must be here. One thing I see this trip that wasn’t here last time is a Starbucks on almost every main street block. I’m sure they were in Paris two years ago just not so prominently.
We ended the day with a simple dinner of a cheeseburger and fries at Breakfast in America. It was great.
Tomorrow is a free for all day where we will each do our own thing and meet at 5:00 for a drink at the top of the Center Pompidou. I’ve got my afternoon already planned out. Stay tuned…