As a part of NYU in France’s initiative to enrich our lives with culture and history, the staff treat us to at least one overnight excursion to an important city/region of France. With empty spots for the trip to the Eure-et-Loir region, I took advantage of the chance and signed myself up to visit the city of Chartres, which is over an hour (in terms of travel time) away of Paris.
To sum up the trip in short, we headed first to the town of Dreux, which was home to the Chapelle Royale de Dreux, followed by our main adventure to Chartres. A charming city with plenty of history, we were for once left with a lot of free time to explore the town on our own. It’s always refreshing to find food and drinks for much less than their Parisian counterparts, as well as take in a more traditional French town. With that said, there were of course more tours to be had in Chartres – one in the art of stain glass making and one of the Chartres cathedral, which is currently in midst of restoration. And on the way back to Paris, we stopped by Maintenon for a quick tour of the castle of Madame de Maintenon before returning home.