Rambling ’round France: Chartres Cathedral, a Gothic Wonder
Chartres makes for an easy, affordable weekend jaunt. There is no lack of things to do.
The Gothic cathedral is of course, the main thing to see, and you can spend 2 days just exploring that.
The cathedral itself, both inside and out, is truly one of the wonders of the world. The crypt includes a Romanesque church on top of which the cathedral was built, Roman ruins, an old Druid well, and a gallery that was probably used by the Druids to worship Bellissima, and later converted into a chapel dedicated to the Mother and Child of Chartres (it is said that the Druid goddess Bellissima also held a baby in her arms, although in a different position from the classic Christian manner).