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Sean Coughlan's delightful account "Day return to Chartres, please" (TES, July 18) shows how easy it can be to make something out of nothing, finances permitting.

I enjoyed reading the article because I like rail travel, I like visiting France, and there was a magnificent piece of architecture accompanying the account, namely Chartres cathedral. Being something of a musician, I would have enjoyed the sound of the music coming from the organ loft had I been a visitor.

My only complaint is that Mr Coughlan did not include any costs for his day out. This would have been very helpful for anyone of a like mind.

For those of us who live in the provinces, it would probably necessitate having to stay overnight in London on two nights making the total cost prohibitive, unfortunately.

ALAN WILLIAMS

14 Rhodfa Eden Prestatyn North Wales

* Fares for a return journey by train from Waterloo International, London to Chartres begin at Pounds 89. Further details are available from Eurostar on 0345 303030.

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