I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life. FERNANDO PESSOA

Monday, 22 September 2014

Day 19: Troyes (1)

Troyes is full of half-timbered, medieval buildings like these.

I’d been feeling tired for a couple of days. A blister had developed on my left foot and I’d been walking more slowly. It was time for some rest and recuperation. I decided to spend two nights in Brienne's hunting lodge and visit the medieval city of Troyes — which I’d heard so much about — on my free day. I went by bus there and back; the journey took only 50 minutes.

The Basilica of St Urbain.

Pilgrim.

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul.

Inside the cathedral.

Religious sculptures ranged from the old . . .

. . . to the modern.

The high Gothic arches . . . 

. . . and stained glass windows were simply magnificent.

5 comments:

Ruth Mowry said...

These old cathedrals, built over centuries, just boggle my mind. The windows, how did they even construct them, given the resources of those times (1200, for instance)?

Sounds like a nice excursion for resting up and nursing a blister.

pilgrimpace said...

I'm back from holiday and now able to comment properly. Thanks for sharing this Camino.
For me, rest days are such an essential and enjoyable part of a long walking pilgrimage. I love to find a place which is nourishing and to stay there for a bit.

Andy

George said...

Love the colorful, half-timbered houses, as well as the lovely shots of the cathedral. Nice on a long walk to take a rest day here and there and explore a lovely village.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I really rather fancy the whole pilgrimage on a dvd or something Robert, so that I could enjoy its continuity. The images are so very beautiful.

The Solitary Walker said...

Yes, what those medieval masons and workers in stained glass did is astonishing...

... and, indeed, it's good to stop a while rather than always rushing on.

Thanks Ruth, Andy, George and Pat for your continuing interest.