When I moved out of Paris, three months ago I was a little nervous about the new city I chose to live in. I wasn’t quite sure if I would love it as much as I told myself I would, and I wasn’t sure if we would fit here. Be we have and we did! Everyone here is so lovely and welcoming.
If I am going to be honest I would say that it has been a wonderful pleasure getting to know my new home and town. Learning about its past, where the town sees itself going, and how community-oriented this town really is makes transitioning here easier.
As you may know, I love everything about Oregon and I felt homesick about not being there anymore. However, moving to Chartres has been the best thing for me. The rich history around me has been enough to satisfy my need to know more about my French heritage. The green grass, full tress, and multiple walking parts have made me fall very hard in love with this little town.
Despite what you think there are a great deal of things to do when you are in this small adorable town. Not only can you rent a bike and take a sweet tour, or just enjoy the ride but you can also hop on a guided tour “train” to show you the sights.
If you are like me and love to just get exploring on your own, there is plenty for you to discover. Of course, the obvious discovery is the Notre Dame Cathedral Chartres. This beautiful cathedral was consecrated in the year 1260, and for those royalist fans, this is the very church where the coronation of Henry IV was held in 1594. Luckily during the French Revolution, this cathedral was saved from being destroyed with the caution of rubble being so much that the economy would fail. During World War II the stained glass was carefully packed up and shipped to the south of France. In 1944 the cathedral was in danger of being destroyed again when Americans entered Chartres. They believed snipers were hiding in the towers, but thankfully a brave soldier named Colonel Griffith decided to make sure there were no snipers before they started bombing this beloved church.
Oh and every night there is a light show that is beyond amazing!
Then there are the sights! So when you finish exploring the cathedral there is so much wonder around. You could easily do this by hopping on a bike, which you can rent either at the train station or at the local tourist center.
In the heart of the city, there are shops and of course restaurants. But what really gets me excited is the chocolate shops! The owners of these delicate chocolate shops have done so for who knows how long, and they make the most amazing chocolate treats you could find.
For me this little town is much more than a day trip or passing fancy, this is home. I love the quarks, the history and the ability to just breathe. Something I found hard to do in Paris.
Another breathtaking place you should definitely go and see is Maintenon. I will talk more about this wondrous place soon!