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Post by diamondlil » Mon February 16th, 2009, 7:31 pm

I went to Chartres on Christmas mornig and it was just lovely!
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Post by enelya » Thu February 19th, 2009, 10:23 am

That must have been a magical experience, to see the cathedral in the yuletime...If I could I would go again this weekend, it is a very special place.

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Post by JMJacobsen » Thu February 19th, 2009, 3:13 pm

[quote=""ellenjane""]I took a side trip to Chartres while I was in Paris. I don't know what book I would have read about it in - probably one of Sharon Kay Penman's first. It does tend to pop up now and then. The trip was well worth it![/quote]

I haven't been there since the late 1980's and they were doing work on it at the time so the entire face of the cathedral was buried under scaffolding. I remember being quite disappointed at the time....I'd love to return someday.

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Post by princess garnet » Thu February 19th, 2009, 5:33 pm

When I went in July 2004, there was netting underneath the rose window because stuff was falling from the ceiling. Scaffolding with on the east side of the building. Quite a magnificant place!

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Post by annis » Thu February 19th, 2009, 6:46 pm

We've been discussing medieval glass on the "Needle in the Blood" thread and I put this link to detailed info about Chartres' windows there, but thought it might be of interest here as well, though regrettably I'm never likely myself to see them in person.
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Post by Leyland » Thu February 19th, 2009, 9:02 pm

Several places I've always wanted to visit are because of Mary Stewart's brilliantly described diverse settings for her romantic suspense novels, which also happen to be of historic interest.

Isle of Skye (Wildfire at Midnight)
Crete Greece (The Moonspinners)
Delphi Greece (My Brother Michael)
Corfu Greece (This Rough Magic)
Les Baux (Madam, Will You Talk?)
Hadrian's Wall (The Ivy Tree)
The Pyrenees (Thunder on the Right)

I'd love to design a whole tour around MS's novels.
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