"Should I Consider Going to Chartres?" Notre Dame de Paris Tip by hquittner

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Notre Dame in Chartres is the cathedral against which all Gothic Cathedrals are measured. I f you are in Paris long enough (over 3 days) you should consider a day-trip to Chartres. (There are Transportation Tips by many under Centre>Chartres). But if cathedrals are not your thing stay away, go to the Riviera next and forget about France. I recommend Chartres over Versailles (having spent 4 days in each over a 25 year period). It is a matter of real old France versus French royal luxury and what it can buy. There is more to Chartres than its Cathedral; there is a fine old town to wander through (with quite a bit of up and down, not like long flat Paris). Cathedral towns in France are an acquired taste that you may be born to like classical music, olives, wines. The more you study these tastes and expose yourself to them, the greater they become. Chartres is Notre Dame de Paris and Ste. Chapelle under one roof, and without long waiting lines or excessive crowds. If you go , first stop at the church shop and see if Malcolm Miller is still at work (I first encountered him 30 years ago and he is as old as I, almost). His scheduled guided tours are wonderful and famous. (Be sure to buy one of his books and a compatible DVD or VHS if he is not there). If it is open you can inquire about a visit to the crypt, a part of a church that is seldom seen.

Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004
Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame
Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10
Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/-English-

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2007
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