The weekend was solely devoted to fun - museums, cafes, croissants, churches, and a supercool jazz club in an oubliette. It was back to business on Monday, when we spent all day in the Louvre for class. By the end my legs were exhausted but it was a nice experience, especially getting to meet our professor's PhD students and finish the day with a genial group dinner.
Chartres, a quaintly beautiful medieval town with a lovely AirBnB home to stay in (especially nice after five nights in a hostel dorm). Sadly there was a rather invasive restoration job going on in the cathedral.
Mont Saint Michel was gorgeous and impressive, especially in the moody, windy weather. The abbey and cloister were totally worth the out-of-the-way stop. We also got to spend the evening in Bolbec with Bre, who was a fantastic host!
Rouen was a quick stop, a neat and modern town with several large churches and a tiny Christmas market. We made it to Amiens that evening to see the coolest light show and best reconstruction/presentation of all the cathedrals we visited. Having no idea what we were in for it was a total surprise to see the façade lit as it would have been painted. It made me rethink my conception of medieval polychromy and our stark modern image of Gothic cathedrals.
We drove to Reims on our last morning, then to Paris to return the car and train it back to London. It was a wonderful whirlwind adventure, made even more so by the fact that we weren't all sick of each other by the end of it.