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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Address: Chartres, France

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Fun place to walk with river and hillsides

As an American, I don't often get to see pre-modern cities. I love the European old towns and this is a nice one with a river and a park on the hill and windy streets. It's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

As an American, I don't often get to see pre-modern cities. I love the European old towns and this is a nice one with a river and a park on the hill and windy streets. It's worth taking the time to walk around after you've seen the cathedral and think of what the people who lived there then would have... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Very nice village and don't miss to visit the small stone bridges on its rivers. It is a very calm village specially in winter time . Don't forget to try " le Cochin de Chartres and pâté of Chartres" .

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Well worth a stroll around the area, with a lot of shops and restaurants after visiting the cathedral. Pedestrianised area.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Chartres old town is a pleasure to explore. As a day trip from Paris you can easily run out of time if you spend too long in the Cathedral. The Cathedral is the obvious place to start, but around it are a network of confusingly narrow streets. It is best to get a guide book or hop on the touristy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We got a map at the tourist information center and headed out. Well, many of the streets are not marked and the streets wind in all sorts of directions. It's a lovely spot for getting lost. We eventually made it back to where we needed to be, but we aware that you'll need to pay closer attention that you might... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I saw several signs that indicated there is a walk you can follow but found the signs dried up at critical points. However it's not a huge place and with the various leaflets and pamphlets given to us by the hotel (Hotellerie Saint Yves) we found our way to most things. It is lovely, very old and felt safe.

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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

yep, as in any ancient European village/town, wear comfy shoes. The shopping area is replete with shops to buy anything. Find a small café & order coffee or wine/beer & enjoy people watching. Reminder...take coins to use the toilets. There are no freebies unless you are at a restaurant.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

After you have done the obligatory cathedral visit the best part of visiting Chartres, in our humble opinion, was the walk along the river to view the medieval lower town with its half-timbered houses. As it was a Monday not much was open, and there is not many restaurants open other days of the week either, however it is a... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I found Chartres a surprisingly attractive town - having checked it out on Google maps before going I was expecting it to look rather drab and uninspiring but I could not have been more wrong. Certainly some sunny weather helped as it is not the most colourful of places - many of the buildings are a grey / beige colour.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Walking around Chartres is delightful, with its attractive shops and restaurants. The historic area is filled with attractive houses, gardens, walls and streets. Everything one could want in a manageable, relaxed French town.

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