|Cafe in Chartres|
|Outside Chartres Cathredral|
|Anneliese Payne, faculty, enjoying the sunshine|
|Chartres Cathedral - side|
Unfortunately, there was confusion in the tour company's schedule for the start time, so we arrived late to the mass. The mass was interesting, with several in attendance, and rather dimly lit, making it all seem even more mystical! Aspects of paintings on the walls could still be viewed. Following the mass, we were able to perform for the Alum Tour participants, and Michael Boswell gave them the unusual opportunity to choose which songs they would like to hear from the choir. "Steal Away" was a request from Sr. Denise Wilkinson (General Superior of the SPs in U.S.), and later "La Providence". In addition, the choir sang "Viderunt Omnes" (written originally for Notre Dame Cathedral-Paris) and "Medieval Gloria" which was well-suited to the space in which we were standing. Someone on the alum tour said he came down because he had heard the voices of the choir all the way in the gift shop upstairs.
|Singing in the Crypt/Catacombs of Chartres|
|One of many stained glass windows in Chartres|
Following lunch, we had a tour through (and around) Chartres Cathedral with our Tour Guide Extraordinaire, Etienne. He described many of the Stained Glass windows, including the Rose windows. We learned that you "read" stained glass window stories by starting at the lower left hand corner and moving up. Fascinating! He described the many of many of the entrance carvings, we viewed the Labryinth, and many other aspects of this awesome structure. The colors and beauty of the glass is difficult to describe and no camera can do them justice. We all had a little time to visit some shops (or in the case of some, to have some "glace", or ice cream) before heading back on to the bus.
|Above main entrance|
|"The good life" - Annette Gigliotti-Wieg|
|candles lit in Chartres Cathredral|
Then, we were off to Paris!
The quick bus trip through main parts of Paris were overwhelming as Etienne spouted so much historical information in such a short time. We are in awe of his vast knowledge base including art history, architecture, history (dates, people, etc.) and details. We went right near the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, the Rodin Museum, and much more. We even drove near the square where so many were guillotined, including Marie Antoinette. We checked into our hotel and were left on our own to find dinner in the very active city. Even now the sounds of the city are wafting in the window. Many of us even enjoyed a cafe-au-lait or a cappuccino after dinner, and yet, we'll likely all sleep soundly as we prepare for a full day tomorrow.
|Dominique, Bus Driver "Fantastique"!|