When Notre Dame in Paris caught on fire, Peter and I decided that even the stone cathedrals are not invulnerable and that if we wanted to see Chartres, we should do it on this trip. We purposely got a hotel room that was close and also had a view and so we spent some of our time just sitting in the chair looking out of the window at the Cathedral it really was quite spectacular!
Chartres Cathedral is partly known for a labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth is a meditative and reflective activity. Over the years, I have walked several of them and I had decided that I would go to Chartres Cathedral would walk the labyrinth each day of the few days that we were there. We got there and we couldn’t find it. We knew it had to be here because it is so famous. So, Peter sat down in a chair and I started walking around this huge cathedral looking for the labyrinth. I asked somebody where it was and they said “it’s over there” and they gave a rather vague hand gesture. So, I went back to sit next to Peter and told him that I couldn’t find it and he said it is actually under our feet. It turns out that there were about 100 chairs over this labyrinth so of course one can’t walk the labyrinth as a result. There’s nothing like going halfway around the world to walk a labyrinth that has chairs on top of it – oh wow! We call that a cosmic joke.
We thought, of course it is always possible that they might move the chairs and we might return, and walk the labyrinth the next day, that didn’t happen.
But I did light a candle for a friend.