France '05

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The nave annd apse of Notre Dame de Chartres. Fortunately, it's straighter than it looks here.
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An ornate box of some sort in Notre Dame de Chartres. A confessional?.
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A stained glass window in Notre Dame de Chartres. Is this Chartres blue?
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A stained glass window in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Modern alter in Notre Dame de Chartres, looking toward the south.
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Choir screen in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Close-up of the choir screen in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Vaults, stained glass, and carvings in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Vault and stained glass at one end of a side aisle in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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A side chapel in Notre Dame de Chartres. In the reliquary is the Sancta Camisia, what is purported to be, basically, the Virgin Mary's chamise, worn while birthing Jesus.
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A side chapel in Notre Dame de Chartres. This is a very old carving of the Virgin Mary, heavilly dressed up, called Notre Dame du Pilier.
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Stained glass, vaulted ceiling, and organ pipes (which were playing) in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Blurry vaulted ceiling of a side aisle in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Altar in the "crossing"--between the transepts--of Notre Dame de Chartres. I gather it's unusual to put the altar here; it belongs in the apse. And no, the place wasn't falling over at the time.
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Stained glass in Notre Dame de Chartres.
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Cynthia watching the luggage outside Notre Dame de Chartres. We had a bit of an adventure finding the rental car place, so we were hauling our luggage all over Chartres and neighboring towns. Such fun on a hot day!
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Drove rental car from Chartres to Chinon. Got in late. Not many pix of Chinon. View out our hotel window in the medieval fortress town of Chinon.
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A view of part of Chinon from the hotel's rooftop patio. It's quite a cute town.
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Thursday, driving to Sarlat. But first we'll be heading to L'Ecole Nationale de Equitation, the French national riding school. The sort of cute, storybook building one comes across occasionally on the hillsides of the Loire Valley.
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Field and hillside in the Loire Valley. Three cute building and a windmill too.
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Field in the Loire Valley.
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Loire Valley countryside. The building across the wheat field is a saddlery shop near L'Ecole Nationale d'Equitation.
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Yup, it's wheat. Loire Valley wheat.
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Field and farmhouse in the Loire Valley.
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Loire Valley countryside.
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L'Ecole Nationale de Equitatoin, the French national riding school.
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The largest indoor riding arena in Europe, at L'Ecole Nationale de Equitation.
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The largest indoor riding arena in Europe, at L'Ecole Nationale de Equitatoin (~30 x 80 m).
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Driving to Sarlat, we stopped in Tours for lunch, but la centre ville was downright deserted and we starved. So we looked around a little instead. Nave and apse in a medieval church in Tours. We can't reconstruct what church this is. Maybe L'Eglise Etiene?
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Organ pipes in the west end of unidentified medieval church in Tours