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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
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North France 25 July 2005

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25 July 2005 Chartres

The promised rain came and we continued on our journey south arriving late in Chartres Much of the city was under reconstruction which made it difficult to navigate the search for a hotel. We found a third rate hotel in the shadow of the cathedral. Our first priority and we were obliged to walk out of the first restaurant due to dispute about smoking. Mrs Monk is sensitive about such matters and her attempts to be seated  as she wished were treated with disdain and arrogance by the waitress.

Thus we changed venue to a small place the other side of the cathedral and in due course we were treated to a fine meal washed down by fine wine, served by a charming gentleman who reminded us to check out the illuminations which had started just as we finished our meal.

We took a walk about the cathedral which was transformed by a remarkable light show that seem to be put on just for us. Excellent.

Chartres 25 July 2005

Le Pichet Restaurant recommended

Restaurant NOT recommended YUK YUK YUK