French road trip part 5: Orleans

The location of the chateau, the base of our stay for this part of our trip, being very rural, we chose to go out and about the next morning and visit Orleans.

As we arrived at an underground car park, I spotted this metalwork horse perched on one of the beams and couldn’t resist attempting to take a photo of it as we drove past!

After finding somewhere to park the car, we wandered through this little garden, complete with painted animal ornaments!

With benches dotted around, it was a tranquil little space.

Eager to explore more, we walked into the centre of town, where we found more greenery and stone benches, perfect for catching some shade under the hot sun.

The Place du Martroi is home to a selection of restaurants and bars, a fountain display and an imposing statue of Joan of Arc.

I took a photo of the fountains as they were at full height and looking much more impressive, but someone decided to walk in front of the camera just at the wrong time!

Wandering through a narrow street full of old timbered buildings, we emerged back onto the main street and headed towards the cathedral.

We took a slight detour to the right of the cathedral to take a closer look at a water feature.

The Cathedrale Sainte-Croix is a hugely impressive building.

The intrinsic detail throughout the front of the building was breathtaking.

I wasn’t sure if I was particularly interested in going inside, but I’m so glad I did.

The inside was just as impressive as the outside. The sheer scale was surprising to me – it felt absolutely huge. There were so many things to look at and read about, with plaques and information boards providing historical facts.

I didn’t take many photos because it just didn’t feel right to somehow – it felt too sacred and spiritual. I think I may have got goosebumps walking round there. It would be a perfect place to sit and reflect and to express gratitude for the amazing things we have in our lives.

It certainly gave me an unquestionable feeling of there being something bigger than us out there. Yet another amazing experience on this road trip.

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