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Oh, cool -- they've finally finished construction in the main square. When we were there a few years ago, I was still trying to dodge "major construction" views in the background of every other photo I was taking there ...

I like Orléans, though. Hope you'll have some time to explore ... what luck to be arriving today of all days!

Mike Finn 2 years ago
The main square now looks as if it was built yesterday. The city shines. The work on restoring the Cathedral is still in progress but seeing the new stone in the old shapes shows how light and fantastical the original flying buttresses must have seemed.They've almost finished the new walkways and cycleways along the river, shaded by avenues of huge old trees.Definitely worth a visit.
Oh wow, that sounds wonderful. And yes, cathedral restoration is a process that can literally take decades ... I was working 5 minutes from Cologne Cathedral for 10 years until about 1 1/2 years ago, so I had a pretty good opportunity to observe just what a slow and painstaking process it is. In Cologne, the earliest parts that were restored are already growing dark again, and they haven't even completed their first round of work on the whole cathedral yet! (Nor are they likely to, anytime soon.) But yes, it does give you an idea just how magnificently the stone / masonry work must have looked like way back in the Middle Ages.

And I loved the walkways along the river, too -- we were traveling by car, like you, when we visited Orléans and the Loire Valley, but it's no wonder it's such a great favorite with cyclists as well. The scenery is beautiful, and they're really doing a lot to make cyclists feel welcome.
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Person Of Interest 2 years ago
Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
Mike Finn 2 years ago
Thank you
Hol 2 years ago
Wow. Looks gorgeous.