We arrived in Chartres on Friday evening and booked into Camping Bords de L’Eure which is situated an easy 15 minute walk along the river from the centre of Chartres. Although a good location, the campsite facilities are in need of a good update (squatty loos!) and the staff could do with going on a customer service course but apart from that, the site was OK.
On Saturday, Liz arrived and we drove with her to the hotel she was staying for the night that was 50 metres from the Cathedral and originally a monastery. We walked to the covered market which was very busy and had some wonderful local produce for sale then carried on back to the Cathedral.
The Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site.
The Cathedral has 176 stained glass windows, all of which were removed in 1939 just before the Germans invaded France and then cleaned after the War and re-leaded before replacing.
After our visit to the Cathedral, we enjoyed a long lunch and then walked it off, following the tourist trail, a walking route that took you past the majority of sights in Chartres, including six more churches!
Liz had booked a very nice restaurant for the evening and after walking Liz back to her hotel, Tony and I walked off our second meal of the day by walking back to the campsite.
On Sunday, we left Chartres and drove to Calais through wind and rain to catch the ferry which looked like it was going to be a bit of a rough crossing and although the boat felt very stable crossing the channel, the Captain had to use his anchor and tug boats to moor safely in Dover Harbour.
We have been home a few days now and back to reality, work for Tony, washing and ironing for me and time to get planning for the next European Campervan Travels in September!
We have driven 2,847 miles and below is the route that we took.