Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone! As Vidock mentioned on Monday, we had a very exciting day on Sunday. In fact, it was so very exciting that we will cover it over two different posts this week and next. I will start this week with our late morning activities. You see, we were invited to be part of a Percheron honour guard at the exit of the great mass of the wine-growers at Chartres Cathedral. For those of you who might not be familiar with it, Chartres Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the most spectacular Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It is particularly well-known for its stained glass windows.
Vidock was ridden by Uncle E and I was ridden by Mr. JPD who worked with me last spring and is now working with Vidock. #1 says we both looked totally outstanding, so here are some photos for you. First, the cathedral itself:
The two of us:
Vidock facing the cathedral:
The rest of us were on both sides of the great doors:
There was a big procession of all the food-related guilds:
And then, the most amazing thing happened! The Bishop of Chartres came out in his white robes and as he went by, he stopped in front of only one horse and stretched out his hand. It was ME!!!!
I felt truly blessed!
As for Vidock, he was mobbed!
We took a souvenir photo with all the horses:
And then, we headed back.
Dear Friends, it was a truly amazing experience!