Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres - September 25 2016
A couple of days in France is good for the European spirit, as is then a day in Germany. I will be back in London tomorrow.
I had not been to Chartres for 60 years and to all outward appearances it has not changed, a sleepy small town apparently caught in a welcome time warp, and overlooked benignly by its cathedral, one of the great masterpieces of ecclesiastical architecture. And I managed to coincide with a splendid mass for the vendange. So there was much ceremony by winemakers in their splendid garb - and thanks to our maker for another great vintage. Altogether an excellent affair...
I am now on my way to Dresden where I have been more recently than 60 years ago. The first time was in 1966 when it was still a tragic bomb site - and only a handful of times since. What a pleasure it will be to be in the Semperoper again and in this really well restored beautiful old city.