Friday, March 5, 2010

A Cold Day In Chartres

Last week we went on a day trip to Chartres with the students to check out the famous Chartres Cathedral. It was rainy, cold, and even colder in the cathedral due to the renovation work they are doing which requires that it stays open to the outside ALL THE TIME. Seriously, I think it was about 10 degrees colder inside than outside, and it was far from warm out there.


But it was a bit surreal to be inside the very cathederal I studied back in my Architecture 101 class oh so many years ago. And it was nice to be out of the city for a while and enjoy the charming, laid back pace of the countryside. And I think the boys had fun too!


The boys loved this little maze we found in the gardens around the church.

Some serious stained glass.

Prayer candles.

My favorite part of Chartres was the carved stone scenes of the life of Christ around the chapel. It was very dark and creepy in this area on the day we visited, which only added to the experience.

Jack loved this row of funny little faces and wanted to be sure we got a picture.

The view from above.

Chelsea and Shaina, two of the students, on one of the towers of the cathedral.

I never get tired of views like this.