Lily of the Valley is the traditional flower of May Day. Going about Paris you can find many vendors selling small bouquets of them. As we rode Vélib’ bikes up to Père Lachaise Cemetery, in the sopping rain (what an adventure!), I couldn’t help but pull over to get my own little bouquet. With the delicate flowers in hand, we headed into the cemetery where notables such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Chopin are buried.
Next, we headed out to Chartres, a charming town far from the hustle and bustle of Paris. After spending some time digging through old postcards at a local shop, we went to the Chartres Cathedral, a massive medieval cathedral that towers over the small town. In the evening we returned to enjoy Chartres en lumières, a beautiful light show that takes over the façade of the church and other buildings in the town with amazing light stories.
Here’s a video of the show (fortunately because of the holiday and weather, we nearly had the whole place to ourselves):
Friday, I’ll be skipping the workshop again so I have a chance to take in some museums before the trip ends. Some shopping may be happening as well!