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Rome - Part 3

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I am really glad so many of you have been enjoying my blogs about Rome! I am now back in Paris but still remembering with delight the few hours I had to walk around the Eternal City.



I haven’t shown you many ‘touristy’ places as such, because I had seen these during my previous visits to Rome – and they are rarely the places I find the most atmospheric! But I did see some of the main attractions of Rome, although many were covered with scaffoldings. Ugh. A bit sad.



Ah well, Saint Peter wasn’t, it was gorgeous. And this is where I left some of my colleagues who were going to visit the Vatican. I headed to the Castel Sant’Angelo (the big round castle below), and crossed the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge with all the wonderful angels. They all hold a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus, such as a cross, a crown of thorns, a whip, etc.







(It was a gorgeous day. You’ll see it looks very grey on some of the pictures, and that is because some were taken a couple of days before, when it was raining!)
I headed to Piazza Navona, which I had last seen almost 30 years ago, under the snow and completely empty. Well, it was crowded to say the least!!! Very touristy, but still gorgeous.



It is well known for its oval shape (it used to be a Roman stadium, built in 86 BC) and its 3 Renaissance fountains.











From Piazza Navona, the Pantheon was very close (well, let’s be honest, everything is close in Rome… no need to use the underground nor the bus if you don’t have an appointment in the next 30 minutes!). The Pantheon was built 1,800 years ago. Its name refers to the building's original function as a temple for all the gods.



This is one of the things that make Rome truly unique: because the ancient temples were transformed into churches, like the Pantheon, they weren’t destroyed. So you can still admire them today!



You know, Rome is amazing. And this comes from a Parisian! :) There is so much to look at… Every building seems interesting, every street has something special. It is incredible.











I wanted to see Fontena di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) on the way, but there was nothing to look at… covered with scaffoldings! Argh. So instead let me show you this lovely nearby Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus painting, framed with wooden angels.



What do you think? :)

I was disappointed when I reached Piazza di Spagna as well (the Spanish Steps), because the church was also covered with scaffoldings! : ( And what wasn’t covered with scaffoldings was covered with tourists, haha.





It was about time I reached my destination: the villa Borghese gardens. I needed some peace and quiet. Next time I’ll visit Rome, I’ll aim to spend much more time in the villa Borghese gardens. It is such a beautiful place! And I would have liked to visit its museums too, especially the Modern Art one, but there was no time: late afternoon, I had to meet my colleagues near the Coliseum.







I walked and walked and finally found what I had been looking for: the lake and the precious little Aesculapius Temple.





In the nearby little café, I bought a tiramisu and pistachio ice-cream. Hmmm!!! I didn’t have much time to enjoy the gardens afterwards though, I had to walk fast to the Coliseum if I didn’t want the coach to leave without me!



Just a quick stop on Piazza Venezia…





And I finally reached the Forum. No time to visit it again this time, but believe me it isn’t to be missed! I visited it twice in the past and want to see it again in the future. Just imagine… an ancient city coming back to life under your feet!







And then finally, the Coliseum! It was completed in 80 AD and is the biggest amphitheater in the world: it could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.



And here ends the last one of my blogs on Rome! I have been so encouraged by all your comments, thank you so much again! On Wednesday, I am off to visit some of our projects in the Gulf, and so I hope I'll be able to post a few pictures of Bahrain, Kuwait or Dubai.

But for now, ciao! Have a wonderful Sunday dear Sparkfriends!



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TREYONE 9/22/2014 10:54PM

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 9/20/2014 1:04AM

    I love your blogs. Gorgeous photos and wonderful tours of places I'll never see in person. Thank you for these wonderful travels.

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    Another amazing post. Thank you so mush for sharing with us. emoticon

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ROMANTILLY 9/17/2014 8:42PM

    Well I must tell you how jealous I am. I lived in Italy for a few years over 25 years ago and loved every moment. I didn't want to return to the states. I have been back a couple of times on vacation, but not since marrying and having children. My current husband and I would love to go, but with young children still at home, it is definitely something that will have to be delayed for a little while. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs. They make me "home" sick, but I so enjoyed seeing them and remembering all of the places I used to visit. Amazingly, it still looks the same today as it did back then for the most part. I guess that is why it is called "The Eternal City".

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CAROLJ35 9/17/2014 7:13PM

    Once again, thanks so much for the excellent tour of the ancient city. You do such a great job in both the photographic and verbal descriptions.
Have fun on your next trip! (My nephew who lives in China loves to go to Dubai, so I will be anxious to see your photos.)

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ROCKYCPA 9/16/2014 8:51PM

    Beautiful pictures

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/16/2014 3:14AM

  Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Your tour of Rome was sensational. You have given me a virtual vacation this summer. Thank you so much, Claire, for taking the time to send us the pictures and your lovely descriptions so many beautiful sights.
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MADAMES 9/15/2014 9:30PM

    Amazing! I am so glad that you found the time to do so much walking! It has been many years since I last visited Rome, and you have brought back many memories for me. Your photos and your commentary are just outstanding! I have enjoyed my mini vacation through your eyes.

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LINDAKAY228 9/15/2014 4:17PM

    I just loved seeing the old buildings, the statues, the fountains, and the picture (oh and the lake too). And the garden looked heavenly. It's too bad that so many places you wanted to see had the scaffoldings though. Maybe next time you'll get to see them. And share them with us!

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WENDYANNE61 9/15/2014 2:22PM

    Ah, that was truly heavenly, Claire! I told my hubby a bit about my last visit to Rome and now we are counting our pennies - hope we can go there next year! Hope you have an interesting time at the projects in the Middle East and get home safely soon! I have just devoured a little bowl of figs picked here in our garden in North Kurdistan - now the bats and the stars are coming out - sleep well!

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RENATA144 9/15/2014 11:53AM

  Bongiorno Claire !!! You have outdone yourself !!! Your photos / images are Spectacular !!!! Thank you for the emoticon History lessons as well.
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MISSG180 9/15/2014 10:44AM

    We stayed in the Piazza di Spagna neighborhood. I was disappointed by the amount of stuff covered in scaffolding, but also glad to see it being maintained!

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AJB121299 9/15/2014 7:44AM

    Beautiful

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TENNISJIM 9/15/2014 6:12AM

    Beautiful photos -- thank you for sharing

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MILPAM3 9/15/2014 6:01AM

  At least the scaffolds mean the beautiful buildings are being maintained.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/15/2014 5:15AM

    Thank you for taking us along with you on your trip to Rome. It's beautiful!
I love seeing the pictures and reading about it in your words.




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SUSIEMT 9/14/2014 7:07PM

    I had a wonderful visit to Rome! Thank you Claire!

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NAN041 9/14/2014 4:31PM

    Claire,

Truly a lovely adventure..

Many thanks, you always
top your last blog, Nan

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LINDAK25 9/14/2014 4:30PM

    What a spectacular city! You really do see angels in the architecture everywhere you look. Hopefully, once the scaffolding comes down, all will be beautifully restored. Love the photos, especially the Aesculapius Temple and the couple in the rowboat (how sweet). The fountains are wonderful, even if you do have to fight off the tourists (and the pigeons) to get a picture.

Thanks for taking us with you!

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JAXMOMMY 9/14/2014 2:24PM

    I don't know what your job is, but it sounds wonderful despite all the meetings! Just to be able to travel the world and see such wonderful places and learn about the history and enjoy the beauty of this great big world.... Well, can you tell? I'm breathless just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing and I agree wit hthe other person who said you would make a fabulous tour guide! But, alas! You would have to endure tourists! Hahaha!

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IDICEM 9/14/2014 12:49PM

  Love this look at Rome! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

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MSTWOMOONS002 9/14/2014 12:18PM

    Wonderful blog you are a terrific tour guide, safe travels Bon Voyage emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/14/2014 12:05PM

    Gorgeous Claire! Another beautiful blog! emoticon

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INGMARIE 9/14/2014 11:14AM

    Beautiful, thank you.
I remember well both the scaffolds and tourists .
I just love the windows, almost all of them have flowers hanging. Looks great.
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POLSKARENIA 9/14/2014 10:39AM

    Another great blog, adorned with the usual beautiful photos of a beautiful city.
You'll be hardpushed to match these when you blog from the Middle East, but I look forward to those blopgs too!

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KALEWINE 9/14/2014 9:39AM

    So beautiful! I look forward to your pictures from your trip to the Gulf.

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DJSHIP46 9/14/2014 9:18AM

    Fabulous... Thank you!!!

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LOVENHWOODS 9/14/2014 8:50AM

    So very beautiful!! You brought your trip to Rome alive for all of us!! Thanks ever so!! Eager to see and read about your trip to the Gulf! Be safe!
OH!! The second picture taken of the Renaissance fountains with the pigeon perched on it’s head...made me laugh!! Funny!!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 9/14/2014 8:10AM

    Thanks for the trip to Rome! I so enjoy travelling with you. You have a gift for finding the little things we often overlook. Be safe!

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JDELI10533 9/14/2014 5:59AM

    So beautiful! Thank you for taking us with you.

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GOANNA2 9/14/2014 5:56AM

    Ciao Bella! Mille grazie. So much for my Italian. I just
look forward to all your blogs and seeing Rome again
brought back so many memories. It feels as though
I really am walking right beside you. A wonderful way
to spend my Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much.
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123ELAINE456 9/14/2014 3:05AM

  Thank You for the Wonderful Tours of Pome. And the many very Beautiful that you have posted of the Tours. Rome is a very Beautiful City. Glad that you was able to get out and enjoy it like you did away from your work. God Blessings Always and Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!Take Care. Try to get rested up from your trip.

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JAMER123 9/14/2014 12:24AM

    I thank you very much for such a wonderful tour of Rome. As I have never been there and probably won't get to go there, you gave me a wonderful view as we walked together through the city! Awesome architecture!!

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HOLLYM48 9/13/2014 10:49PM

    Thank you so much for taking me back to Rome! I loved seeing it through your eyes and camera! Beautiful and you are right that everything is so close really, we got so much walking in while in Rome because there was so much to see and do. I am so sorry that you did not get to see the Trevi fountain as that was my most favorite part of my trip. Next time I hope it will be done with the renovations. I am so glad you are getting some time in to visit your mom before your next trip. Rest well and safe travels to the Gulf!
Big hugs to you!

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WOOFERCOALBOY 9/13/2014 10:39PM

   
Grazie for this tour.

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ALIHIKES 9/13/2014 10:38PM

    WOW. What an amazing city, and what great photos and descriptions. I really enjoyed your blog!
Alison

p.s. I was lucky that Rome was not under scaffolding when I visited last year. But it IS very hard to appreciate the architecture when it is covered by a metal cage!

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KOHINOOR2 9/13/2014 10:27PM

    Fantastic tour. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/13/2014 10:16PM

    I did not breathe while I was reading your blog. So absolutely gorgeous. Such beauty is food for the soul! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 9/13/2014 10:10PM

    Beautiful!! I'veso enjoyed this last trip of yours, and now I am curious about your trip to Dubai!!

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DARLENEK04 9/13/2014 10:07PM

  Claire, I love the photos of Rome, places I will never be able to see is just awesome,
and with someone who can describe them with zest and polish of words is wonderful.
You would be the best tour guide in the world...

I also enjoy the pictures of the French countryside and the lovely cottages and of course
castles as well as the churches. YOU make them all come alive, and the tours of the
countryside are very appreciated.

It always makes me want to travel in the same tracks as you have, only on a good gaited
saddlehorse so I can stop and go at will...

It is a joy to see a new email from you. Hope your mother continues to do well..
DarleneK
Alabama USA

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QUILTINGB52 9/13/2014 9:48PM

    While I've enjoyed ALL your tours.....I enjoy the quiet walks in the country-side the best. Although the flowers hanging over the balcony at the Piazza were rather wonderful.

Thanks for the quick tour through Rome - now I don't have to fight the crowds and see it for myself.



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SYLPHINPROGRESS 9/13/2014 9:34PM

    Every view, stone and corner turned is overwhelming. And the humor will revive vaudeville: "And what wasn’t covered with scaffoldings was covered with tourists, haha." Haha, indeed, young lady.


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WALLAHALLA 9/13/2014 9:30PM

    So much beauty! I s-o-o-o want to visit there. Can't wait to read more of your blogs!

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GINA180847 9/13/2014 9:29PM

    Wonderful blog but not a surprise as the ones before were fantastic too. Woohoo, Bahrain and Dubai next

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DR1939 9/13/2014 9:20PM

    Last time we were in Rome the fountain in the Plaza Navona was behind scaffolding. I'll never forget my grandson's first view of the Coliseum. He was speechless. We stayed about two blocks from it that time. We could hardly go anywhere without stopping to see the ruins.

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NASFKAB 9/13/2014 9:07PM

  thanks for sharing those lovely pictures

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TERMITEMOM 9/13/2014 9:02PM

    Vraiment magnifique Claire! Un grand merci pour ce partage de photos extraordinaires. Et j'aime beaucoup vos commentaires aussi!

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Rome – Part 2

Sunday, September 07, 2014

In my previous blog about Rome, I mentioned the little street where I stayed (I am still in Italy but now outside Rome attending meetings): via dei Chiavari. The picture below is of a little square right next to it, called ‘Largo dei Librari’.



I liked it, and it was surprisingly quiet in a very busy area (at least quiet at day time!). This is in the Campo dei Fiori area, for those of you who know Rome a little.



Campo dei Fiori is a square (which used to be a field of flowers centuries ago, hence its name!). At its centre is the statue of philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burnt on this square (long story! you can find all about it on the Internet!).



Now, every morning, it is the location of one of Rome’s well known market. It was a bit too touristy for my taste, but there were still some lovely fresh products.















I really liked all the area around Campo dei Fiori actually, all the little streets and shops…

















As I was walking around the area, looking at my map and stopping to take pictures, I suddenly saw the French embassy, the Farnese Palace, ahead of me, and a stream of memories came rushing. My mother and I stayed in a little hotel (or hostel? not sure how you would call it!) that was run by nuns on Piazza Farnese, many years ago.



I was a teenager back then and it was one of the very rare occasions when it snowed in Rome. It was magical. I had completely forgotten we stayed on Piazza Farnese until I saw the embassy and remembered it was very near. I didn’t remember which building it was though.



Piazza Farnese is only a few minutes’ walk from the Jewish Ghetto (established in 1555, and controlled until 1870), an area of Rome I had never visited and wanted to see, away from the crowds. It was a bit touristy, but not too much, and very pleasant, with its medieval buildings.









Difficult to think that it used to be one of the poorest quarters of the city (here a 19th century view of the Ghetto I found on the Internet).



Like all parts of Rome, the Jewish Ghetto has lots of Ancient buildings as well. Here you can see a small part of the Teatro di Marcello (Theatre of Marcellus, inaugurated in 12 BC!) on the left, with the Synagogue in the background.



More of Teatro di Marcello…



Sadly, the Porticus of Octavia, which I really wanted to see, was covered with scaffolding. Here is the only part I could see!



Ah well, I’ll have to go to Rome again soon I guess! :) At least I was glad to see the Turtle Fountain again. I think it is my favourite in Rome!





Nearby, I didn’t want to miss the amazing courtyard of Palazzo Mattei. It is a strange place, covered with statues. I loved it because it is so unusual and there is so much to look at!









And here ends my visit to the Jewish Ghetto and my second blog about Rome!

Thank you so much for following through the Eternal City’s little streets! I am struggling with difficult meetings and very poor Internet connection here in Italy, but will post my last blog about Rome later this week!



Ciao!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 9/20/2014 12:59AM

    Lovely photos. Thank you so much!

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MRSRIGS1 9/17/2014 7:34PM

    Brilliant! Such beautiful architecture !

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STANSANGEL 9/16/2014 7:44PM

    emoticon Brings back lovely memories of DH and my Visit to Rome in 2007

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MADAMES 9/15/2014 9:23PM

    I love the photos of the shutters, the doors, the streets and of course the produce at the market! I love that fountain with the turtles...how fun.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 9/15/2014 7:59PM

    You really have an eye for pictures and your journal makes one feel as if they are with you on the trip. Brava!

I loved Italy and the small side streets, but my trip was to the touristy areas such as Florence, Rome, Capri, Piza, Vatican, etc.

My son and sister, on the other hand, spent more than a month in Sicily and visited Amalfi etc. in the non-tourist areas. They loved it.

Thanks for sharing.

barbara

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 9/15/2014 2:49PM

    You brought back awesome memories for me! Thank you!

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ALIHIKES 9/13/2014 10:19PM

    Claire I really enjoyed your photos of Rome. The produce at the market at the Campo di Fiori were works of art! and the photos of the buildings and shops captured the essence of Rome. We did not visit the Jewish ghetto, and I enjoy seeing the photos and learning a bit about the area.

I hope your meetings are productive and useful, even if they are difficult!
Hugs from
Alison

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KAREN91 9/13/2014 7:31PM

    Claire, I love all your blogs! I have seen the world because of your beautiful pictures. I'm doing good just very busy! emoticon

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KSNANA2 9/13/2014 10:48AM

    You are so talented! Thank you for sharing. I really enjoy your blogs. emoticon

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KIPSTER52 9/12/2014 10:56PM

    thanks for sharing

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JUNEAU2010 9/11/2014 11:19PM

    The turtle fountain is my favorite! I LOVE turtles!

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KILIKI 9/11/2014 2:21PM

    I love your pictures! Thank you for taking us to Rome with you! It's so nice to see the pics with their captions. Nice little get away and escape! emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 9/10/2014 9:23PM

    Great photos! I appreciated being on your journey!

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BELLAMARIPOSA16 9/10/2014 10:32AM

  HI CLAIRE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR POSTING THE BEAUTY YOU FOUND IN ROME. I SO ENJOYED YOUR PHOTOS, IT GAVE ME A MUCH NEEDED LIFT TO MY SPIRITS. BRINGING BACK MANY BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS THAT I ENJOYED OF MY TRAVELS TO ITALY. OH TO JUST THINK OF IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. THANK YOU AND KEEP POSTING. LOVED THE OPEN MARKET PHOTOS REMINDING ME OF THE TASTE OF THE FRESH PRODUCE. WOW, WHAT INGREDIENTS TO ENJOY SIMPLY AND DELICIOUSLY. ENJOY LA DOLCE VITA. :)

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RENATA144 9/9/2014 10:31PM

  Bongiorno Claire !!! You have Outdone yourself !!! You have a second career as a travelogue writer. I can never get enough of your wonderful photos & the great descriptions that go along with them.
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WALNUTT1961 9/9/2014 8:28PM

    Lovely! Thank you!

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EGMINGA 9/9/2014 8:11PM

    emoticon thank you once again for sharing I love your blogs and pictures of the places you have been

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LYNNES6 9/9/2014 6:16PM

    Lovely photos and words. Thank you for the mini-vacation.

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MILPAM3 9/9/2014 3:16PM

  Brilliant work. You should sell your photographs to calendar publishers.

Loved the market place. Isn't the diversity of nature magnificent. What an imagination God has.

Thank you for letting us use your eyes and camera.

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BEWELL48 9/9/2014 11:35AM

    Your pictures are simply amazing! Thank you! My husband and I will be in Rome in November ....trip is booked!

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REGILIEH 9/9/2014 8:03AM

    Oh dear, dear Claire! Just another fabulous blog for all to enjoy and learn from and maybe have memories return from being in Rome. I love Rome. I so look forward to you next blog, and I am for you returning to Rome again, real soon.

One of my trips to Rome I took my mother, I do think it is special to be with your mother and daughter in Rome.

Another one of my trips I took my daughter, another very special time.

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WENDYANNE61 9/9/2014 7:24AM

    So much to look at again, Claire - thank you very much! I have´nt been to Rome for about 25 years, but it is on the list of places I want to show my hubs.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/9/2014 6:08AM

    Thank you for sharing more of Rome with us.
Beautiful pictures!


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PHEBESS 9/9/2014 2:59AM

    Gorgeous blog as always!!!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 9/9/2014 1:48AM

    I love your blogs so much! I feel like I've traveled with you! Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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    I love reading about the places you go! Thanks! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 9/9/2014 12:12AM

    Loved the second half of Rome such beauty and style! I miss going to market and getting fresh flowers~

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MARYJEANSL 9/9/2014 12:01AM

  Wonderful pictures!

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AMBER461 9/8/2014 11:40PM

  Very nice pictures, thanks for posting this blog and for sharing .

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NELLIEH1 9/8/2014 11:06PM

    Grazie mille!

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BONIFIANT 9/8/2014 11:00PM

    Travel and meetings are so tiring! Thank you again for taking us along for a virtual tour. What a wonderful memory of the time you shared there with your mother. How wonderful! I can hardly wait for the next blog.

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ROCKYCPA 9/8/2014 10:41PM

    Beautiful pics - thanks for sharing!

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KHALIA2 9/8/2014 9:22PM

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DIANNEMT 9/8/2014 9:22PM

    Lovely--thanks!

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CAROL3SAN 9/8/2014 9:13PM

    Very well done... emoticon

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CAROLJ35 9/8/2014 8:29PM

    Once again, we got to enjoy your visit with words and photos. thank you very much!
Just learned our granddaughter flies into Rome in January and will tour several European countries as she tours with a college group. Wish I could go, too.

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SHAWFAN 9/8/2014 7:47PM

    Lovely. I hope to visit there someday. Thank you for sharing.

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EABL81 9/8/2014 7:45PM

    What lovely pictures. Thank you for posting this blog.

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    Beautiful, Claire... loved this! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 9/8/2014 5:56PM

  Hi Claire........
A former college roommate and her husband are going to Italy shortly after Christmas and I am going to show her your blogs when they are here in October.
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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 4:55PM

    Thank you for the tour! I hope to make it to Rome one day. until then, I will enjoy reading about it and live vicariously through your blogs!

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LINDAKAY228 9/8/2014 4:29PM

    This is such a beautiful trip and I'm so glad you got to go back and also that you remembered the trip you took with your mom! Thanks for sharing it!

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    You are my number one travel guide, excellent narrative and pictures. Loved it! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/8/2014 3:50PM

  I totally loved seeing this trip with you. The first third of it touched me to feel choked up because it is so gorgeous, and I lived seeing it.

I didn't see the turtle fountain, how charming.

I would go back to this beautiful country in a heartbeat, but because of the expense, I don't know if it will happen.

It has ben 5 years that we took our trip.

It was so thrilling to see these places in actual real life after seeing stuff in books for so very long.

It also was interesting to see some biblical places , and so much historical areas.

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Rome – Part 1

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I arrived in Rome yesterday afternoon. I left my luggage at the hotel and headed straight to the Trastevere, South West of Rome, across the river Tiber. It is one of the most well known and loved areas of Rome nowadays, but it was hardly ever visited not so long ago!



So, after a quick detour to a nearby ‘gelateria’ where I enjoyed a wonderful ginger and sage/raspberry ice-cream, I crossed the 15th century-Ponte Sisto…





… and headed straight to the top of the Gianicolo hill above the Trastevere, to see the view on Rome.



I thought it would make a good ‘introduction’: although I came to Rome twice in the past, that was a long time ago!





I wasn’t the only one to have had that idea, but it wasn’t madly crowded either. It is fun to see the diversity of tourists in a big city like Rome!







This picture below shoes the area where I am staying, near Campo di Fiori (this is the area with the colourful buildings, just above the trees at the bottom).



Then I walked down Via Garibaldi…



… and headed to the Trastevere’s little streets and piazzas. I am pretty sure I hadn’t been before, or if I had I didn’t see much of it. This medieval area of the city is quite charming.





Logically, I ended up on the Trastevere’s most well known piazza: Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.



Its church is breath-taking, and apparently it was the first church where mass was ever celebrated, around 221-227 (although it was rebuilt a couple of times since). Look at the mosaics on the façade!



And inside!





I told you it was breath-taking!





On the way out, I stopped to look at some pretty ‘signs’ the church’s porch was covered with (ex voti? I am not sure, it was all written in Latin and my Latin is very rusty!).







And suddenly, I was starving! I had had breakfast at 9am at the airport, then the ice-cream, but now I wanted a proper meal! It was about 5.45pm. I didn’t go very far and stayed in Trastevere. I found just what I wanted…



… pasta with clams, fresh tomatoes and parsley, with a fruity Italian wine. Life is good. The view from where I was sitting was nice too.



After some more walking in the Trastevere...









... I crossed the bridge back to the other side of the River…



… and decided to stop at the lovely pasticceria right next to my hotel on via dei Chiavari for some dessert.



The cakes and pastries are so different from French ones, I was surprised! I chose a ricotta and cherries little pie, which was a good choice.





And I climbed on my hotel’s roof (many roofs are like terraces in Rome) to enjoy both the view and my little pie!



Ahhhhhh… Bliss…



But wait, it became even better, when it reached the perfect ‘golden hour’, and the nearby Sant'Andrea della Valle Church seemed to be just glowing... What a privilege!



Honestly being able to travel to such beautiful places is worth all the lllllong meetings in the world! :) I hope you enjoyed this first blog about the Eternal City. If I am not too busy, I’ll try and post another one tomorrow evening to show you what I saw this afternoon. There will probably be a couple more blogs as I am staying in Italy for over a week!!!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 9/20/2014 12:57AM

    Wonderful! Loved the beautiful photos. Thank you!

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  Amazing what seven hills can hold!

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ALIHIKES 9/13/2014 10:12PM

    Thank you Claire for sharing your trip to Rome. You saw so many sights! I LOVED the photo of the church lit up by golden light. And I enjoyed the diversity of the buildings, AND the wonderful food. The pasta looked delightful!
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    Claire, It is so kind of you to share your travels with us. Through your pictures I feel like I have traveled so many places. emoticon emoticon

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    Thank you again for sharing your travels with us. I love the old buildings and that awesome cathedral. So different from Canada where everything is comparatively new. emoticon

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    I am Italian and I have been many times to Rome, yet your pictures are great - you really captured the soul and the beauty of this wonderful city! emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 9/9/2014 1:34AM

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful photos!

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MYAKAYAH 9/9/2014 12:08AM

    Rome is a beautiful place, just wonderful. Thanks for sharing~

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VIVICHAMPERS 9/8/2014 6:29PM

    It's been 3 years since I was last in Rome and your blog makes me want to jump on a plane asap!

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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 4:50PM

    Bliss indeed! Thanks for sharing! What wonderful food, walks and views! Thank you again for sharing! As a blind person, I so enjoy reading your blogs and feeling as if I am in Rome with you!

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IAM_HIS 9/8/2014 2:10PM

    Oh you have such gorgeous photos and truly show Rome's beauty....I could actually taste the food when I saw that photo. I so love Italy and am very grateful for your blog....it is magnificent!! You are very talented. I am so grateful to you, you brought me much joy today!

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LORNE67 9/8/2014 2:09PM

    Thank you for sharing the breathtaking pictures. I have never been to Rome but it looks so beautiful.

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IDLETYME 9/8/2014 6:53AM

    Thank you for sharing your lovely trip with us. Enjoy!

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  Thank you so much for the pictures! I have been to Rome and this brought back wonderful memories. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/7/2014 8:30PM

    Totally gorgeous pics! Now I really want to visit there!

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NSCARNEY 9/7/2014 7:25PM

    Beautiful pictures Claire! I'd go hiking with you any day!!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/7/2014 6:36PM

    Gorgeous Claire! Just gorgeous, you are very lucky. Thank you for sharing with us.

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COOLRAIN 9/7/2014 4:58PM

    I love your blog so much; it's so sad when I come to the end of a post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/7/2014 12:47PM

    Loved the pictorial ......... and agree; the church is breathtaking! .......... Always loved the old cathedral places to worship ...... thanks much!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 9/7/2014 10:51AM

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing!
Look forward to more travel blogs.

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  I love traveling with you!

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MARYINFL2000 9/6/2014 10:03PM

  Claire, I love seing the world through your "eyes"! You have a way with words and the camera. Thank you for sharing with us!

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DMEYER4 9/6/2014 7:40PM

  the pictures are breathtaking thank you for sharing and enjoy your trip

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LOVINGKATE 9/6/2014 3:53PM

  Thank you so much for sharing another glorious walk. So beautiful Rome is. Love the photo of the church. I was told they have beautiful churches. The area you are in is very beautiful. Will wait patiently for next blog of Rome. Thanks so much show so much of what the country looks like as I will not be traveling that far any more. I love visiting them with you.

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MILLEDGE2 9/6/2014 8:08AM

    Thanks for taking me along on your walk! It's like getting a free trip to the best spots of Rome!

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NIKKIJ55 9/5/2014 11:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. I was there about 7 years ago and would love to visit again some day

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    Thanks for sharing.

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WALNUTT1961 9/5/2014 9:51PM

    So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

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MCFITZ2 9/5/2014 8:43PM

    How lovely. Thank you for taking us along. It looks like the streets are very clean.
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ARMATTHAEI 9/5/2014 8:25PM

    Thanks for sharing. I got to travel today through your blog.

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JUNEAU2010 9/5/2014 8:17PM

    Breathless indeed! Speechless, too!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/5/2014 5:27PM

    Another awesome hike. I so love your photos!

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LOVENHWOODS 9/5/2014 2:00PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for taking all of us along with you to Rome!

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    emoticon thanks for sharing your travels I will have to add Rome to my bucket list. emoticon

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DNRAE1 9/5/2014 1:17PM

    Wow, that was wonderful, Claire! I'm going to refer back to it whenever I get the chance to get to Rome! Lovely.

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BEWELL48 9/5/2014 8:30AM

    Thank you for posting! I just booked a trip for my husband and I to go to Italy in November! Will be in Rome, Florence and Venice. So excited! Was in Rome once in
2001 when our son went for a semester abroad. My husband has longed to go back ever since. Your pictures remind me of how special it is!

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CAROLCRC 9/5/2014 8:16AM

    Beautiful! That last picture could be a postcard. How did I miss this part of the city in 2 visits to Rome!

Sigh... now I'll have to go back again!

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LISALGB 9/5/2014 7:19AM

    You are so very fortunate to be able to travel to such exquisite places. Thank you for always sharing your adventures with the rest of us.
I looked at these photos over and over as they are so beautiful. What a breathtaking city it is. I can't wait to see more. Have a great week.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/5/2014 6:48AM

    Beautiful!
I can't wait for the next blog.

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WENDYANNE61 9/5/2014 4:55AM

    Amazing take on a beautiful part of Rome, Claire! The glowing golden church at the end is a wonderful photo! Thank you and hope you the meetings are slightly shorter than usual too!

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    How wonderful to get to take that trip! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Around my favourite village

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gerberoy is on the list of France’s Most Beautiful Villages. And rightly so in my opinion…





Even without the roses that Gerberoy is well-known for and which had been mostly destroyed by the awfully wet summer we have been having!



This medieval village is simply charming, and if you have been reading my blogs for a while, you have already heard plenty about it! But not this year! I thought it was about time I went for a visit. : ) I did this 3-hour hike 1.5 year ago in the snow and for me it remains one of my most unforgettable ones! Here is the blog about it if you are interested:
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It was great also by this sunny late summer afternoon.



I started in Songeons, a village North of Gerberoy...



... and made my way through the countryside. The area, called the ‘Pays de Bray’, is in my view the perfect countryside! Let me show you where it is on the map, compared to Paris.



It is hilly, very green, with shady little paths and all kinds of fields…











There were benches by the side of the path in a few places. Very nice to spend time enjoying the view!





As always, I didn’t meet many people (not even in Gerberoy, which was rather quiet after what I understood had been a crazy day with a reunion of Mercedes cars lovers… very glad I avoided the crowds!)…



… but saw plenty of cows (even cute little calves!) and horses too.





Oh and some sheep as I entered Gerberoy! I love how the church seems to be coming from underneath!



But the first sign of Gerberoy, as in many French villages, had been the cross on the side of the road.



And then I passed the little pond with the waterlilies and gold fish…



… and entered Gerberoy…







The blue shutters house, probably the most famous, was as pretty as ever, despite the almost complete lack of roses…



Good bye for now Gerberoy, I’ll try and come back in a few months!



After a short part in the countryside, stopping on the way to eat blackberries and hazelnuts (hmmmm delicious!!!)…





… and admiring the wild cherries (which I didn’t taste as they are usually bitter here)…



... the last part of the hike was through the woods…



I remembered this plant (below) from previous walks in the area, but I think I never managed to find its name. If you know it, please share! :)



Then there was this colourful moth… I don’t think I had ever seen any like this!











I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike! I’ll try and fit another one in on Sunday, but not sure yet… I have lots to do to go back to work on Monday as I am off to Rome, Italy, on Tuesday morning for over a week! Packing again! (Although I went twice in the past, I am really excited to go back, despite the endless meetings that will fill most of my days there!)



Have a beautiful weekend! Thank you for reading!

  
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    Beautiful scenery

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  Ever Lovely !!!

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CICELY360 9/14/2014 12:04AM

  nice pictures

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    These are just gorgeous!

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MILPAM3 9/10/2014 4:07PM

  How nice to have a cross announce entry into a city. In the U.S. there are far too many who would like to take them all down.

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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 4:43PM

    Thanks for writing such descriptive blogs. I feel as I am walking beside you and you are telling me what you see. I can't tell from my own poor French pronunciation and my "iffY computer pronunciation, but is this one of the gardens that Monet painted? Everything sounds so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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WALLAHALLA 9/7/2014 8:41PM

    I am definitely hooked on your blogs! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your world with us.

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COOLRAIN 9/7/2014 6:10PM

    My DH and I love your blog posts. Once again, we're transported to France on a walk with you. Thank you so much for sharing. I always look forward to your blogs. Hopefully, one day we'll get to France. Would so love to share a walk with you then.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/5/2014 5:24PM

    I felt like I was walking with you. Thank you!

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RENATA144 9/4/2014 11:56PM

  Bon jour Cher Claire !!! I Love Every one of your Divine photos !!!
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ILOVEROSES 9/4/2014 10:01AM

    Enjoyed your hike through Gerberoy with the beautiful photos. Thank you Claire for another lovely blog. emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/3/2014 9:31PM

  Claire, you are such a treasure. emoticon I love escaping with your treks through the beautiful countryside in France. Someday I would like to take my own tour through the lovely hills and charming villages which you have so wonderfully captured in pictures emoticon for us.
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PYNETREE 9/3/2014 8:42AM

    How I love walking along with you! Seeing the sights!

Thank you for sharing emoticon and walks with us!

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ROCKYCPA 9/2/2014 11:35PM

    Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing!

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CAROLJ35 9/2/2014 1:21PM

    Another wonderful account of your hike accompanied by beautiful photographs.
You truly appreciate all the great things you see in the countryside and we are grateful for your sharing.
Have a safe and productive trip to Italy!

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MAYBER 9/2/2014 1:13PM

    Have said it before so much enjoy your blogs and pictures
Is somewhere will never travel to so thank you for sharing
Great adventures One day at a time
Love prayers peace God Bless
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DSHONEYC 9/2/2014 12:44PM

    emoticon I even went back to January to revisit the trip in the snow.

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WORDWOMAN7 9/2/2014 12:32PM

    Bonjour, Claire! It's nice to see that you're still writing. (I've been away from SP for a while and have the pounds to prove it.) Thank you for the beautiful photos, and - I must add - you look fantastic!

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WILDASTER 9/2/2014 10:04AM

    Thank you for the tour, it truly is a wonderful town and the trees and fields are very refreshing. I'm so glad you had a wonderful day to travel!

Have a good time in Rome, if you see the Pope wave for me!! emoticon

Today is our first day of school and Bella went off with a smile and a joy filled heart. Patrick was also happy to go, but it's not so new to him.

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    Gorgeous pics!

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    Beautiful photos

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    Thank you for sharing your hike. Just lovely.

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ONESPOTLEFT 9/1/2014 11:30PM

    your bogs are great

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  Bon jour Claire !!! You've done it again !!! Thank you for these Exquisite images & narration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KENANDLER 9/1/2014 10:57PM

  That was very beautiful. Thank you!

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    Beautiful as always. emoticon

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    Awesome. You are a wonderful photographer. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon Unintentionally added this twice but yes, I am that enthusiastic!!

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SKIRUNNER 9/1/2014 9:16PM

    Awesome. You are a wonderful photographer. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 9/1/2014 8:17PM

    What a lovely village, and a beautiful walk. I loved the photos of the countryside, and the church steeple rising behind the low hill. Gerberoy is charming, like a storybook village. Thank you for sharing your photos and your walk with us. And have a wonderful time in Rome!

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AJB121299 9/1/2014 4:26PM

    beautiful

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VAINVT 9/1/2014 4:11PM

  Beautiful village.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 9/1/2014 3:47PM

    came across your blog ...#lovetoread it. Perhaps because I am European. :)

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MARYINFL2000 9/1/2014 2:39PM

  How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your part of the world. I'd love to come someday and hsve you for a tour guide! Your pictures and descriptions are lovely!!

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HYATTI1 9/1/2014 2:22PM

    Lovely little town like stepping back in time almost.

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FIRECRACKERTT 9/1/2014 2:01PM

    Wow...absolutely beautiful!!! emoticon

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JMARIES51 9/1/2014 1:59PM

    So beautiful. I always enjoy your blogs. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    emoticon enjoy seeing the pictures of your hikes such beautiful places to walk.

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WALNUTT1961 9/1/2014 12:25PM

    A mini vacation for me! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/1/2014 11:34AM

    I would give anything to come to France and join you on one of your hikes! Always so beautiful! emoticon You have inspired me to got for 2 hikes this weekend! I was really getting bored walking around my work and home.

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CHARITYAK 9/1/2014 10:55AM

    Your blog is a continual visual feast!

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REDDOTFLYER 9/1/2014 10:47AM

    Wonderful hike

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JANEWATKINS 9/1/2014 10:27AM

    Oh my! I feel like I just went on the most amazing journey! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures with all of us. What a great day!

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A morning hike on my doorstep

Friday, August 22, 2014

For most of my hikes, I drive about one hour away, and it really feels like I am on a mini-vacation. Well, not this morning, I only drove about 10 minutes to reach my starting point... I very much hiked on my doorstep! Or I should say on my mother’s doorstep as I was very near her nursing home at some point.



Most of today’s hike was through the woods, the gorgeous Montmorency Forest North of Paris. As I said, this is home to me, yet I really don’t know this forest much. I live between two forests, Montmorency and Ecouen, and Ecouen, much smaller, I know very well. If you have seen my ‘routine walk’ blog, that was in Ecouen.



Anyway, back to Montmorency Forest. It is quite big (by Parisian suburbs' standards!). So I saw only a small part of it today, near Bouffémont, and the Château de la Chasse, where the kings used to stay when they came hunting (it means Hunting Castle). It is built by a lake, which I thought was quite enchanting today.







Now let me tell you the Château de la Chasse looks very strange because the towers of this 12th-century castle were cut (centuries ago), and it just looks a bit wrong in my opinion. But in a lovely way. A bit unbalanced, but fun (and hey, this isn’t a Disney castle we are talking about but a proper medieval castle, so Claire, show a bit of respect please!). LOL





And the middle part of the castle, between the two towers, looks just like a normal French house! Very strange. There is no way it looked like this in medieval times of course… But again, it is quite charming!



And I am not the only one to feel that way. I have only been once in my life to Château de la Chasse before, even though it is very close to home, and that was to post a blog about it a couple of years ago! Otherwise I never go there, because at weekends it feels like the motorway at rush hour, only with pedestrians and cyclists instead of cars. It is mad. But I only saw about 15 people there today, plus two groups of young children. So that was OK, even for a loner like me!!!



The castle was the middle of the hike and felt a bit like the purpose of it, so I was wondering whether I would find the hike interesting again after I left it behind.







Well, Montmorency Forest keeps one busy!!! Not only there is always something to look at (beautiful trees, among other things), but the steep paths keep you on your toes too!





First I stopped at Fountain Saint Radegonde. Its water was supposed to cure sterility and was a very popular destination in the 16th century. It used to be next to the Priory of Notre-Dame-de-Bois-Saint-Père, which doesn’t exist anymore. It is only the woods around the fountain now.





In the second part of my hike I also crossed an area with lots of heather… I so love heather… so romantic!



I forgot to mention the spiders! Well, this hike could have been called ‘Hiking with spiders’ because I have never walked through so many webs I think!



After a long difficult muddy path…



… I reached Bouffémont’s cemetery. I don’t like French cemeteries, they usually look sad and don’t have much greenery. Bouffémont’s cemetery was different as it was right by the woods, and with lots of beautiful trees in it too.





I was almost back at my starting point, but the last part of the hike wasn’t the less demanding one… my goodness, my knees and ankles are reminding me of this every minute tonight! But it was soooo worth it, a beautiful 3.5 hour-hike!



After some lunch at home I drove to my mother’s nursing home to spend time with her this afternoon (aren’t vacations just great?!). We had a good, peaceful time in the garden. Thank you all for asking about her lately. She has settled really well into this nursing home, which is like night and day compared to the previous, dreadful one. And look at the view when I am with her in the Alzheimer's Unit little garden (I was told by the director that they would improve the garden by the way, it is… a bit bare to say the least!)…



At times there are deers coming out of the forest… It is so good to be so close to nature… Now I think I’ll remember today’s hike each time I am in that garden with my mother and imagine all the wonderful paths behind these trees!

Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend!

  
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CORNERKICK 9/11/2014 2:37AM

  Beautiful!

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COOLRAIN 9/7/2014 6:18PM

    Again, sooooo BEAUTIFUL. And so peaceful. So glad you had a nice visit with your mother to end the day. Thank you for sharing. Your blog posts always make my day better.

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DNRAE1 9/5/2014 1:47PM

    Your blogs and pictures make me feel so peaceful. The beauty of the forest and paths is extraordinary.

I'm glad you mentioned how your mother is doing. It's nice to know things are so much better. Have a wonderful week, Claire.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/1/2014 1:35AM

    I am trying to catch up with all of my friends blogs etc. This month has been very busy for us. Beautiful hike. How nice to be between two forest. I see there are still pretty flowers blooming. The nursing home is beautiful. What a view indeed!! Having Deer wondering around is a plus.

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CELLA_P 8/30/2014 7:34PM

    Claire, I can never express adequate thanks to convey my gratitude for the charming natural beauty of France you've so faithfully - and artistically! - brought us :) You captured such great photos of the livestock, too! As you can imagine, we have absolutely NOTHING in the U.S. that can compare with the medieval charm of Gerberoy, so you can be sure I'll return here - via your magnificent blog - early and often...and I'll help myself to a few of those glorious blackberries whenever I do emoticon Enjoy your trip to Rome! I haven't been there since the summer of 1967 emoticon ! - Cella

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SPARKFRAN514 8/29/2014 11:58PM

    thanks for sharing its so fun to see other and learn about other countries . Spark is so emoticon we have friends and learn about where they live thanks for sharing .

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JAXMOMMY 8/29/2014 9:26AM

    Hi. I am blind and as I would visit my teams this week, I kept hearing the title of your blog and thinking how I need to read it! My computer talks to me..... Well, now I am so happy I did! Thank you for taking us along and for the lovely descriptive commentary! I'm glad your mom is in such a beautiful area! We've struggled lately trying to find a nice place for my dad who suffered a severe stroke a year ago. We found a nice place, but it looks out over a rather dismal street! Thank you for sharing your hike!

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GINIEMIE 8/28/2014 7:16PM

    C'est un endroit ravissant, là ou tu t'es promenée. Moi, je ne supporte pas "goldenrod" mais c'est vrai que c'est joli-en photo! Tu as raison, la cimitière et jolie est bien entouré de plantes.
Je suis contente que t'as maman est si bien mise. Je trouve le jardin très simple et calme. Merci de nous amener avec toi.
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/28/2014 6:35PM

    Lovely walk thank you for taking us along. Hugs

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STEVIEBEE569 8/27/2014 4:14PM

    As usual, very beautiful pics. Thanks for always sharing!

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KAREN91 8/26/2014 11:19AM

    Claire, Your hikes always cheer me up. You have a talent for seeing the beauty wherever you are near your home and far away. I'm glad your mom is in a beautiful area where she can see nature too! You must be in great shape, I can hike for 1 hour but not 3.5 hours! Is your pace really fast? I go about 3 miles in a hour but it would be slower if I don't push myself. I think I'm a lot older then you are though. I'm also newer to walking. You inspire me to take longer hikes and find more beautiful areas to walk through. emoticon

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JSPARKGIRL 8/26/2014 9:07AM

    So pretty emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 8/25/2014 10:18AM

    Another gorgeous hike. I like the quirky castle, too. So glad your mother is doing well in her new nursing home. How wonderful it must be to sit with her in the garden.

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ALIHIKES 8/25/2014 12:38AM

    What a beautiful woods Claire! Thank you for sharing this beautiful hike. I had no idea there are such wonderful areas to hike so close to the city! Montmorency is beautiful. I loved the trees, and the heather and flowers, the strange looking castle, the lake. But my favorite photo is the intricate spider web.

I am so glad your mom is in a better nursing home, and that there is a garden she can enjoy with you on your visits.
Hugs from,
Alison

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KALEWINE 8/24/2014 11:25PM

    So beautiful! I bet you really enjoyed your hike!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/24/2014 11:01PM

    I must admit to never seeing a castle! ........ It is most captivating and your walks thru the forest truly ARE enchanting .... and take us away ....... (from here in the states) ........ Lovely and again thanks much for sharing ....... emoticon

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DIANNEMT 8/24/2014 10:14PM

    So glad you found a place you like for your mom--a VERY important thing!

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EXPRSSBESCO 8/24/2014 9:24PM

  Thank You for the brief tour.
I live in a small city south of boston, mass usa
i am above knee amputee, along with being 52.
Means, My hiking days are long gone.
So it was nice to read something from the uk.
normally my reading is limited to local events, people & places.
it was a nice surprise, when i got to the names of your hiking trail.
be well & best regards
joe from usa

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77FLOWERS77 8/24/2014 8:52PM

    Beautiful Pictures!

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LIVEDAILY 8/24/2014 8:25PM

    I am a huge fan of Montmorency cherries - they are so delicious! I wonder if the variety was originally from Montmorency, France? Or named for that part of the world perhaps? A lovely hike Claire! Thank you for letting us know that your Mother is doing well. I am glad she has settled in well at the new home.

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AJB121299 8/24/2014 6:23PM

    nice

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DONNELDA22 8/24/2014 6:18PM

    THANK YOU emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/24/2014 5:52PM

    Very lovely thanks for sharing

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MILPAM3 8/24/2014 4:28PM

  We moved to a house on a ravine last year. Sometimes we are surprised to look outside and see a doe or a doe and her fawn in our back yard.

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JUNETTA2002 8/24/2014 2:56PM

    Such good picture. You must love to walk in that environment.

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WALKINGCHICK 8/24/2014 2:13PM

    Thanks for sharing - lovely to see all of your pictures! emoticon emoticon

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PUNKGIRL5003 8/24/2014 1:28PM

    That was a really cool blog. Ive never been to France before, so i felt like i was on a mini-tour. Its very pretty indeed, i think i will visit there someday for sure. :)

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JMARIES51 8/24/2014 1:02PM

    What a beautiful hike and blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

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JANHRY 8/24/2014 12:55PM

  Thank you for sharing your pictures and story. Good to hear your mom is doing well. A garden would be a wonderful opportunity for bring some beauty to everyone each day.

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SUEARNOLD1 8/24/2014 12:23PM

    Hi Claire,

How lovely of you to share with us. You have a talent for catching the beauty that you see. It's very special.

I'm glad you found a better nursing home for your mother. I went through that years ago. It's more comfort when they are well cared for.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great Sunday!

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GRANNIEC1 8/24/2014 12:14PM

    I feel like i should document the activity of your hike on my fitness page emoticon The pictures placed me right there with you. Amazing to say the least! And one would be hard pressed not to take a long hike with such scenery. Thank you for taking the time to post and such a beautiful hike to your blog.
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/24/2014 11:52AM

    Just spectacular! Merci beaucoup!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/24/2014 11:04AM

    Lovely photos

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RENATA144 8/24/2014 10:09AM

  Bon jour Claire !!! You've done it again - gorgeous photos !!!
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REDDOTFLYER 8/24/2014 9:47AM

    I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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KAWANEE 8/24/2014 9:17AM

  I enjoyed taking a hike with you through your photographs... emoticon

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ONESPOTLEFT 8/24/2014 9:11AM

    I will have to hike near home too; we have a lovely park with civil war earthworks in it close by

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MELNJAY3 8/24/2014 9:02AM

    beautiful pictures

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YIWEN39 8/24/2014 6:39AM

    And thank you for sharing ;-) Beautiful scenery to have "on your doorstep" and yes, that castle does look a bit funky...
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TENNISJIM 8/24/2014 6:21AM

    Awesome -- great photos

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BLUEJEAN99 8/24/2014 2:03AM

    emoticon and I'm so glad the new nursing home is better! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/24/2014 12:31AM

  Wonderful hike!!

Perhaps you can find a pretty plant to add to your moms garden area for all to enjoy.

I'm pleased that things are going more smoothly.

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BKNOCK 8/23/2014 10:53PM

    Oh, so beautiful! I am glad your Mom is doing okay!

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PATRICIA-CR 8/23/2014 9:41PM

    Enchanting and relaxing views/photography. Ahhhhh! emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 8/23/2014 8:55PM

    Claire,

I loved this hike! You're correct the castle was strange looking, but when I saw the reflection of it in the water, WOW!!! It took on a new appearance and it was BEAUTIFUL!

I've never seen such HUGE spider webs before in my life! You actually walked through those? I would have headed the other way, or found a way around them. Did you see the spiders themselves? Was there any prey caught in the webs?

When they finish the garden at your mom's nursing home, it's will be RADIANT! I love the way the lawn looks so crisp, neat, and trim. That one lone tree, makes a statement all its own1

Thank you for taking me with you, as you hiked through the woods!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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