La vue d'ici (la voo D.C. = the view from here)
Orléans. It's a city very attached to its Joan of Arc heritage.
Noted for having delivered the beseiged city, a statue of the heroine graces the town's main square and every year at the end of April people gather from far and near to commemorate the event. A just and chaste girl is chosen from the community every year to incarnate the role of Jean d'Arc, lead the procession, and add a touch of realism to the affair.
This is the northern, less photographed, face of the Cathedral of Orléans.
The cathedral was rebuilt several times, a victim of the holy wars, but boasts some of the oldest vestiges of a IV century basilica in its crypt.
It's main façade.
With your back to the cathedral you see the main street that is currently undergoing
works as a new tram line will run just in front of the city's main attraction.
During the Joan of Arc festival, massive flags adorn the entire street.
It's a beautiful sight.
The esplanade seen at the forefront is a favorite of young skateboarders as the cathedral steps lend themselves to the sport.