CLAIREINPARIS   48,835
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
CLAIREINPARIS's Recent Blog Entries

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

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:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214514


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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

_BABE_ 9/2/2014 5:33PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLPEASE 9/2/2014 12:57PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DSHONEYC 9/2/2014 12:44PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Sonya
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORIVI33 9/2/2014 10:19AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSER_ZIMM 9/2/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
QUAIL75 9/2/2014 9:03AM

    Gorgeous pics!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/2/2014 7:02AM

    Beautiful photos

Report Inappropriate Comment
BFLOGRL 9/2/2014 5:55AM

    Thank you for sharing your hike. Just lovely.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WRITERWANNAB 9/2/2014 12:51AM

    Beautiful photos, as always! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONESPOTLEFT 9/1/2014 11:30PM

    your bogs are great

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 9/1/2014 11:22PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KENANDLER 9/1/2014 10:57PM

  That was very beautiful. Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOAPIE 9/1/2014 10:08PM

    Beautiful as always. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKIRUNNER 9/1/2014 9:17PM

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

Comment edited on: 9/1/2014 9:29:51 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKIRUNNER 9/1/2014 9:16PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AJB121299 9/1/2014 4:26PM

    beautiful

Report Inappropriate Comment
VAINVT 9/1/2014 4:11PM

  Beautiful village.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACTIVE_AT_60 9/1/2014 3:47PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HYATTI1 9/1/2014 2:22PM

    Lovely little town like stepping back in time almost.

Joanna

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIRECRACKERTT 9/1/2014 2:01PM

    Wow...absolutely beautiful!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JMARIES51 9/1/2014 1:59PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
EGMINGA 9/1/2014 1:29PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALNUTT1961 9/1/2014 12:25PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHARITYAK 9/1/2014 10:55AM

    Your blog is a continual visual feast!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDDOTFLYER 9/1/2014 10:47AM

    Wonderful hike

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MELNJAY3 9/1/2014 9:20AM

    beautiful pictures thanks for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSOLF6 9/1/2014 5:49AM

    so beautiful, emoticon for sharing this walk

Report Inappropriate Comment
TENNISJIM 9/1/2014 4:53AM

    thank you for sharing the pics -- they are awesome

Report Inappropriate Comment
NUOVAELLE 9/1/2014 2:35AM

    I'll agree with you, Claire, it's such a beautiful village. The architecture reminds me a lot of pictures I've seen from German villages.
I'd love to sit on one of those benches and enjoy the view and tranquility. It must have been a real treat during your hike!
I hope you managed to go on your Sunday hike, too, and it was as enjoyable as this one.
Have a safe and beautiful trip to Italy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACED777 9/1/2014 2:20AM

    Beautiful hike, beautiful village, beautiful lady--thank you! Will go back and read that winter blog post!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 9/1/2014 1:43AM

    thank you for sharing another beautiful hike! I felt like I was looking at a Van Gogh (the hay) or Monet (the water lilies)! Thanks again and hope to see some pix of Rome if you get a chance!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICKOK-HALEY 9/1/2014 1:41AM

    Another beautiful hike. Look how much farther you are walking then two years ago.
Good for you. You had such a variety to look at with his hike. Flowers, animals, moths etc. Have fun in Rome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 9/1/2014 12:47AM

    Lovely

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 9/1/2014 12:45AM

  Beautiful Photos and Hike as always. love It. Thank You for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINHEALTHY9 8/31/2014 9:31PM

    Gerberoy is a beautiful village. The countryside is lovely.
I really enjoy the animal pictures.
Thank you.


Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 8/31/2014 8:53PM

    As always, so beautiful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRANCES-AGAPE 8/31/2014 8:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

YAY !

emoticon
for another WONDERFUL
momentary mental escape
through your
emoticon
photos

Have a Wonderful Week

emoticon emoticon emoticon

LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !



Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 8/31/2014 5:11PM

  Hi Claire........
When you retire from your job, you can take on the job of Director of Tourism and then take all of the Spark Friends who you have enticed with your wonderful photos to the origins of the photos. See what you have created.............. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEPTUNE1939 8/31/2014 5:03PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NONNAOF2 8/31/2014 4:18PM

  I felt as if I was entering into a storybook with your lovely pictures of the area. The homes and landscape are so beautiful. You have a beautiful day, also, you turned mine into seeing one! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOVINGKATE 8/31/2014 4:13PM

  Thank you so much for taking us on another one of your awesome walks. I always enjoy the beautiful places you take us. God has blessed us with such great beauty. You have yourself a great working trip. The pictures are so beautiful, I feel like I was walking with you as you talked about the country side. You take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUTHEY01 8/31/2014 3:22PM

    Awesome pictures! It looks so quaint and peaceful. Italy looked a lot like that in the countryside when I was a young girl.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 .

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.
Bises emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon emoticon





Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/28/2014 6:35PM

    Lovely walk thank you for taking us along. Hugs

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEVIEBEE569 8/27/2014 4:14PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSPARKGIRL 8/26/2014 9:07AM

    So pretty emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALEWINE 8/24/2014 11:25PM

    So beautiful! I bet you really enjoyed your hike!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 8/24/2014 10:14PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
77FLOWERS77 8/24/2014 8:52PM

    Beautiful Pictures!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AJB121299 8/24/2014 6:23PM

    nice

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNELDA22 8/24/2014 6:18PM

    THANK YOU emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHANGING-TURTLE 8/24/2014 5:52PM

    Very lovely thanks for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNETTA2002 8/24/2014 2:56PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKINGCHICK 8/24/2014 2:13PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
JMARIES51 8/24/2014 1:02PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/24/2014 11:52AM

    Just spectacular! Merci beaucoup!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/24/2014 11:04AM

    Lovely photos

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 8/24/2014 10:09AM

  Bon jour Claire !!! You've done it again - gorgeous photos !!!
Keep up with your beautiful hikes emoticon
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDDOTFLYER 8/24/2014 9:47AM

    I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAWANEE 8/24/2014 9:17AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
MELNJAY3 8/24/2014 9:02AM

    beautiful pictures

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSOLF6 8/24/2014 7:15AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERYLHURT 8/24/2014 7:03AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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...
Take care and more news soon ;-) emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TENNISJIM 8/24/2014 6:21AM

    Awesome -- great photos

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 8/24/2014 2:03AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSFANCYLADY 8/24/2014 1:14AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAYBER 8/23/2014 11:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BKNOCK 8/23/2014 10:53PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIA-CR 8/23/2014 9:41PM

    Enchanting and relaxing views/photography. Ahhhhh! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERMITEMOM 8/23/2014 8:52PM

    Quelles bonnes nouvelles pour votre mère! Comme vous devez être soulagée. A part bien sûr, votre malheureuse rencontre avec une résidente... Je suis d'accors avec vous, le Château de la Chasse a l'air bizarre, mais que j'aime cette Forêt de Montmorency!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 8/23/2014 8:21PM

    Your pictures are so vivid! Post card quality! I LOVE that castle! Just a gorgeous blog! (but I feel as if I am covered in spider webs! LOL!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
TINAJANE76 8/23/2014 7:25PM

    Lovely as always, Claire. How lucky you are to be constantly surrounded by so much natural beauty!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANSASROSE67 8/23/2014 5:55PM

    So glad your mother is settled in well and you are at peace about her situation.

Lovely woods!



Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

A hike in the Brie area East of Paris

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jouy-sur-Morin, where I was yesterday, is a 1.5 hour drive from my home North of Paris. A bit too far away for a 3-hour hike! But today I had to go to that village to collect something I had found on ‘Le Bon Coin’ (the French equivalent to Craigslist). So I immediately looked in my booklet about Seine-et-Marne’s hikes (that is East of Paris), and guess what… there was a hike precisely around Jouy-sur-Morin! Awesome.



One of the most pleasant and different things about this hike was its many wide, grassy paths covered with dew. Hmmmm so comfortable under the feet, you almost feel like you are bouncing!



The name of the village says it all: it is built by a river called ‘Le Grand Morin’. After walking by it for a while, I turned into the woods before this big house… It was steep!



But more wide, grassy paths welcomed me at the top, with lots of wild flowers on the sides.





I thought I would take a picture of this plant to show you! This is the last stage of the canola (rapeseed). Those of you who read my blogs regularly may remember the beautiful yellow fields, then, a couple of months ago, what looked like some kind of green branches. Well, this is the last stage now, before the harvest:



In the Beauchien (‘beautiful dog’) hamlet…



… I had a lovely surprise: plums! A tree covered with them, perfectly ripe!





It was very welcome because I had only brought a few biscuits for my hike. And then of course there were blackberries everywhere (I had counted on them when I only brought a few biscuits!).



There were lots of apples too, but they aren’t ripe yet I think.







My favourite hikes are a mixture of hilly fields, villages and woods. With a river or two if possible! I had all that during this hike and wasn’t bored for a minute (I get bored quickly on long, straight paths!).



There were also some nice views on the countryside from the top of the hills.



I followed a corn field for a while, and that brought a big smile to my face. I love the sound of the wind in the corn fields!



The view on the other fields and the farms in a distance was lovely too. This is a typical farm from that part of the Paris area, the Brie (yes, like the cheese! it is the area where it is made).



I crossed the hamlet of Champgoulin…





… and reached Crèvecœur via ‘rue de la papeterie’ (paper mill street)…









The paper mill looks very different and modern today, I much prefer the way it looked in 1900 (I found this old postcard on the Internet).



The hamlet of Crèvecœur has an air of faded grandeur, which is a bit sad, and the railway nearby was abandoned a long time ago.



Another steep path in the woods, and a nice view to enjoy…



… and then I walked by the meadows and pastures for a while…



I was excited to find some crocuses on the side of the path, but it was bittersweet… You know what the (French) song says… “Colchiques dans les prés, c’est la fin de l’été”… “Crocuses in meadows, it’s the end of summer”. Actually, I am surprised these flowers are called 'crocuses' in English. In French, crocuses are the Spring flowers, very similar to these, that are found in the gardens. The wild, late summer version is called 'colchique'. Is there no specific word in English for those? "
[EDIT... Thanks to COLOR-BLUE, I got the answer... "Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is a flower that resembles the true crocuses, but blooms in autumn." (Wikipedia) Thank you so much!!!]





I was walking on another wide grassy path, enjoying the sun on my skin and thinking that I didn’t really want this lovely hike to end…



when I turned to take a picture…



Oh.la.la. Would I have the time to reach my car before the rain started? I was about 15 minutes away.



Well, it took me less than 10 minutes, half walking half running, only stopping a couple of times to take a picture!





As I reached my car at Jouy-sur-Mourin’s abandoned station, it was pouring rain! Phew, just in time!!!



Thank you for reading! I love being on vacation! I hope you are having a great week also. emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MRSRIGS1 9/1/2014 6:50PM

    Delightful and beautiful! Well done!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATELJM 8/30/2014 9:39AM

    Claire, such a lovely village!

I couldn't help myself, I had to check a few possibilities for your mystery flower. Perhaps it is some sort of thistle.

http://overthebrink
.com/flora/Flowers/Alpine%20Lee
k/AlpineLeek.html

http:/
/overthebrink.com/flora/Flowers
/Woolly%20Thistle/WoollyThistle
.html

http://overthebrin
k.com/flora/Flowers/Glandular%2
0Globe-Thistle/GlandularGlobeTh
istle.html

http://overth
ebrink.com/flora/Flowers/Devil'
s-bit%20Scabious/DevilsBitScabious.html

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 8/27/2014 2:17AM

  Beautiful

Report Inappropriate Comment
MBTEPP 8/26/2014 9:42PM

    serene. Thanks for sharing. I love a good hike. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN91 8/26/2014 11:04AM

    Beautiful hike as always. Have you ever hiked in the rain? It was pouring rain when my daughter Elizabeth and I finished our 5K last Saturday. It was dry when we started but I wasn't going to quit when it started raining then pouring. When we finished we were soaked. On the plus side it cooled us off! I hope the weather there is good, it looks good! We have been baking here with temps in the 90s fahrenheit and humid. How long are your hikes? Do they vary a lot in length from each other? This was the first time I remember seeing a french corn field. We are surrounded by corn fields in Iowa. I love your pictures. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SYNKERSIA 8/26/2014 7:52AM

  Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing inspiring photos!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIVERCABIN 8/25/2014 12:56PM

  wow so jealous!!!!! you really did a great job sharing your journey thank you, so beautiful I may never get to go there but at least Ive expericed it. I love hiking, Its my new favorite thing, it dosent feel like exercise at all Looking forward to your next Journey Thanks again emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/24/2014 3:49PM

    I want to bring my son to France and now that I have seen your beautiful pictures, maybe the Seine-et-Marne’s hikes ( East of Paris) is something to consider!

thank you
barbara

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAYBER 8/23/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 8/23/2014 11:12PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAXY100 8/23/2014 7:42PM

  Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and your enthusiasm!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAMA_CD 8/22/2014 8:39PM

    Beautiful scenery

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOVENHWOODS 8/22/2014 4:10PM

    Awesome! Thank you!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 8/22/2014 8:52AM

    Hugs

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONESPOTLEFT 8/22/2014 7:49AM

    your blogs are so inspiring

Report Inappropriate Comment
DANIELLE2013 8/22/2014 2:25AM

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WRITERWANNAB 8/22/2014 12:37AM

    It sounds & looks like a beautiful hike. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 8/21/2014 11:33PM

    Great job once again Claire. I had recently heard about the Autumn Crocus at the botanical gardens, I went to another garden today. HUGS Pat in Maine. I love our forests, so many animals were out today. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDDYMEESE 8/21/2014 10:53PM

    My, my, my...how divine! The history of those buildings, the nature of it all...just divine.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREYONE 8/21/2014 7:58PM

  What beautiful pictures!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTSILVIE 8/21/2014 6:40PM

    Such a lovely place to live. Thank you for sharing it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AJB121299 8/21/2014 5:52PM

    beautiful

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACED777 8/21/2014 3:03PM

    I love hiking with you as well. Thank you for sharing your gifts that bring it to life!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSTWOMOONS002 8/21/2014 2:37PM

    I do so enjoy your hikes, I feel like I went along with you, you describe the things you see very well, I could almost taste the plum & blackberries, would have loved an apple too, next time. I always take apples or oranges on my hikes with me.

Thank you for allowing me to enjoy your vacation. Take care & be well, I would have loved to dance in the rain.

Take care & be well

Many Blessings Always Debby

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BDYNAMIC 8/21/2014 1:40PM

    Breathtaking! ........... I enjoyed the tour ......... and congrat's for another great Popular blog! emoticon (thanks for sharing) ....... I like getting away! ...

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAWCOOKIE 8/21/2014 1:28PM

    tres belle! merci pour les fotos!
pur teg! meur ras rag an skeusennow!
very beautiful! thank you for the photos!

what a fantastic walk - I wanted to be able to step into the computer!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXYCARIN 8/21/2014 12:27PM

  Great

Report Inappropriate Comment
TATTER3 8/21/2014 11:10AM

    Honestly, just by using your pics for inspiration, an entire art show could be developed in paintings. You are so gifted with an eye to see the beauty around you! Thank you so much for posting!!! Be blessed and keep Sparkin'!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNETTEMOM 8/21/2014 11:09AM

    Wow! emoticon Oh, to be there. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAKEITBETTER 8/21/2014 10:19AM

    Merci. This morning I had my first French lesson. I will dedicate the next two years of my life to learn French. The last two I learned to speak Spanish. French will be much more difficult for me, I think. So It was a delightful surprise to find your post. Merci for the inspiration. Wish we could be friends!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRITISHGAL14 8/21/2014 9:42AM

    Wow, this looks so beautiful! Wish I could get there sometime... :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
DREAMSEEKER9 8/21/2014 9:17AM

    Gorgeous as always! It's like stepping back in time. Thank you so much for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSTETSER 8/21/2014 5:55AM

    You are motivating me to hike in Europe.
Thank you! It is such a beautiful place!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSOLF6 8/21/2014 5:49AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHARITYAK 8/21/2014 4:46AM

    Such a lovely countryside! You are blessed. Loved the berries!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/21/2014 4:31AM

    Lovely walk

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 8/21/2014 3:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYANNE61 8/21/2014 2:42AM

    Thank you for leading us on another atmospheric hike - I love walking on springy grass too. I am in North Kurdistan just now and I walk along red volcanic dirt tracks most mornings - the cool air is so delicious at 6.30am! Hope you have recovered from the upsetting attack at your mother´s home - that was very nasty!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BANNERMAN 8/21/2014 2:03AM

  Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAKEWEE 8/21/2014 1:27AM

    Stunning pictures as always. Merci for sharing them with us.



emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 8/21/2014 1:13AM

  Very lovely! I always want to visit the places you photograph.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KHALIA2 8/20/2014 11:58PM

  Such beautiful pictures! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KSNANA2 8/20/2014 10:56PM

    Just love following you on your hikes. You are so kind to share with us! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLJ35 8/20/2014 10:39PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed both the essay and the photos. You describe your hikes and wonderful sights just as though we were right there with you. Thanks so much!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMMACORY 8/20/2014 10:37PM

    You always find interesting place to walk. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENCHRIS 8/20/2014 10:05PM

    such a lovely walk, thank you for taking us along

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERMITEMOM 8/20/2014 9:47PM

    Juste à temps pour la pluie! Une fin d''été pourrie il semble... Les colchiques sont beaucoup utilisées en médecine. Merci de partager cette belle promenda.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOOFERCOALBOY 8/20/2014 9:39PM

    Claire, I always enjoy reading your blog, and your pictures are even prettier.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_BABE_ 8/20/2014 9:20PM

    I always say the same thing but it's true you have such lovely storybook photos. I am curious what that bush was called at Champgoulin...very pretty.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 8/20/2014 8:58PM

  Your hikes are delightful.
Some of us would love to play follow the leader with you and tag along.

Thank you for sharing such a view. So nice, Claire.

It's refreshing to see such a sight. As you know some world situations are rather serious.

BTW- hope your situation gets resolved you shared before.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Hiking under a threatening sky

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Look at the sky that welcomed me as I reached Bréançon, in the Vexin area, this afternoon…



Yet, the weather forecast was for a nice afternoon with no rain, so I decided to trust them!



I must say this weather was very nice to walk in, cool and refreshing, as long as you didn’t stop to think: “What if there is a thunderstorm?!" I decided not to think! emoticon



Yet when I entered the forest, it was like a completely different world to the one I am used to on my hikes… It was… alive. Full of noises. The loud wind, the branches sounding like they would break any minute, the animals more ‘present’ than usual.



It was interesting and fun in a way, but also a bit scary. I hard survived a dementia patient’s attack yesterday (more on that later!), I didn’t want to take a tree on my head today! emoticon





Well, you’ll be very glad to hear I didn’t. I only got my hiking boots a bit wet, but as they are perfectly waterproof, that was no problem (this is the wettest summer we have had in France since 2001!... awful for a hike lover like me to cancel hike after hike because of the weather!).



I should stop complaining because that also means we have lots of flowers…











… and it’s also a good year for blackberries! In places, the sides of the path were covered with them!



I had actually done part of that hike in the past, but was still very happy to do it again. I might try to do it again at a completely different time of the year, in the snow for example if we get some this year (we didn’t last winter).


The views on the countryside were really beautiful and serene. Who would think this is only about 40 minutes away from Paris?!







Although it might technically speaking be called the suburb, you definitely feel like you are very far away from Paris, in the middle of nowhere! This is what I love so much about my hikes.







And making new friends, of course!!!



The first part of the hike had been through the woods, but the last part was mostly through the fields.



The beetroots (cultivated to make sugar in the North of France, they are huge and white... very different from the ones you put in your salads!) were starting to look quite good.



I said earlier it was a good year for blackberries. Well it is also a good year for apples, look at this tree! :)



These horses seemed pretty content in their pasture, they didn’t even look at me as I passed them by.



I turned into one last path, avoiding the mud as best as I could…



… and I was back at my car near Bréançon’s church!



Thank you so much for reading my blog today!
Thank you also for all your kind words on my feed after I shared about my nasty experience of being attacked by a dementia patient at my mother's nursing home on Friday (I am so glad for my mother's gentleness despite Alzheimer's). The old woman screamed, pulled my hair, grabbed my shirt, and bit my arm. It was all very quick and violent. For a moment I even thought she was going to make me fall! I was focused on the pain of her pulling my hair (an unbearable pain for me! from now on I’ll put my hair in a bun when I visit my mother!), but I have the 'nice' shape of her front teeth on my forearm now! I was very glad for all the staff (it took 5 of them to get her off me!) that came to my rescue, and even more glad my mother didn't see anything as she had her back to this incident and was sound asleep. Not sure what will happen next… the old woman seemed in a good mood yesterday so let’s hope it is a one off (although she is always verbally aggressive, and even more so with me for some reason!). For those of you who have met me, you’ll see how funny this really is: I am 6ft and far from thin! Only a dementia patient could attack me I think!!! Yet her dementia made her incredibly strong!

Let’s end with a lovely scene of today’s hike, much nicer to focus on… emoticon


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MRSRIGS1 8/31/2014 11:03PM

    Beautiful pics!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 8/29/2014 3:57AM

  Beautiful pics

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRABBIT 8/27/2014 7:29PM

  What beautiful pictures. So sorry to hear about the attack. Hope the bite heals quickly.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINYC 8/27/2014 10:28AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAYBER 8/23/2014 11:44PM

    Incredible so enjoy your adventure as it is something I will never see in person
Take care love prayers God bless
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONESPOTLEFT 8/22/2014 7:51AM

    makes me feel like I am walking along with you

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 8/21/2014 11:24PM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I love dramatic Skies. HUGS Pat in Maine.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GETULLY 8/21/2014 10:27PM

    Great Hike! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WHITEANGEL4 8/21/2014 10:12PM

    Thank you for sharing your hike and photos with us. Beautiful

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERICHO1991 8/21/2014 9:42PM

    A beautiful hike. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIPSTER52 8/21/2014 8:16PM

    beautiful pics thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNCHD05 8/21/2014 7:29PM

    I always enjoy your blogs. Sorry about the attack!!! I hope you are ok!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITT52 8/21/2014 7:03PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOOFERCOALBOY 8/21/2014 11:40AM

    I hope you never have a problem with one of your mother's co-residents again! That must have been terrible; glad you're fine.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNETTEMOM 8/21/2014 11:14AM

    I have just discovered your blogs and I am so impressed. I look forward to hiking with you in my mind!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEVIEBEE569 8/21/2014 10:11AM

    Very Nice

Report Inappropriate Comment
TINY67 8/21/2014 9:15AM

    Beautiful and thanks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NYKIMMIE 8/21/2014 8:46AM

    I love the pics.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IDLETYME 8/21/2014 6:54AM

    Really lovely blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHKIRK 8/20/2014 5:43PM

  I am always glad to see you have entered one of your hikes !!. It is sooo beautiful there. Thank you for wisking me away to the beautiful Paris countryside !! emoticon and to another view of this beautiful planet. So glad you were not hurt very bad by the woman but we know there but for the love of God we could be in her place oneday. emoticon keep walking and keep sharing emoticon soooo much !!

Report Inappropriate Comment
40PUDDLEJUMPER 8/20/2014 4:04PM

    what a wonderful blog, I love France so much its the one other place I could see myself living if not here!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WRITERWANNAB 8/20/2014 1:26AM

    Beautiful photos, as always! As a caregiver, I was attacked at times & having one's hair pulled is VERY painful! It is true that their rage makes them very strong. I hope the poor woman doesn't attack again & am glad your mother didn't see it happen. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FOCUSD 8/20/2014 12:45AM

  a real treat

Report Inappropriate Comment
QTEALADY20031 8/19/2014 11:53PM

    Claire, as always just beautiful pictures of God's nature. I had to laugh at the chickens and I think the horses were too busy eating to check you out.lol I liked the pictures of the fruits and the flowers. Just beautiful countryside. Claire, I am glad that you are okay after the attack. Seems that dementia patients can have a lot of strength. I have found the same in psychiatric patients. I hope the bite is healing. Thank you again for sharing your journey! emoticon emoticon June

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 8/19/2014 9:19PM

  Dear Claire, you have never taken a photo that I didn't LOVE !!!!
Your stories are wonderful.
I am sorry that you were attacked by a patient you deserve all of the LOVE that you can get. Here's sending some now emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOONGLOWSNANA 8/19/2014 9:16PM

  Again, another good hike in the countryside. I love the flowers and the chickens as well as all the rest! Thanks!


Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXYCARIN 8/19/2014 9:08PM

  Amazing

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEH1 8/19/2014 4:05PM

    What another lovely hike you had to still some of the mixed feelings within. So very, very sorry about the woman's attack upon you...do hope the wounds all heal well..what a gift that you sweet mother was sleeping! Blessings, Nellie

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIKINIBOTTOM56 8/19/2014 1:41PM

    Gosh, what beautiful pictures. I enjoyed every one of them...I even took a virtual walk with you what a wonderful experience. Sorry about your attack.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARONCAPPS 8/19/2014 9:37AM

  Thanks for sharing you hike with us. I am sorry about your attack at the nursing home. It is very upsetting. Keep sharing those lovely hikes with us.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DREAMSEEKER9 8/19/2014 8:56AM

    Absolutely breathtaking photos of your hike! I love Paris but haven't yet been back to France to explore beyond the city. That's my goal for my next visit!

Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSTETSER 8/19/2014 6:51AM

    Tres joile!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINHEALTHY9 8/19/2014 6:20AM

    What a lovely hike. I love all the flower and animal pictures.
Those roosters and chicken were especially colorful.

That had to be scary being attacked by the dementia patient. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident or the staff may need to monitor this patient a little closer.

Thanks again for another wonderful blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TENNISJIM 8/19/2014 6:17AM

    Awesome -- looked like a very nice hike.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSOLF6 8/19/2014 5:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 8/19/2014 1:58AM

    emoticon for the beautiful pix and so sorry you were bit by that woman!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUGAR0814 8/18/2014 11:56PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing your journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DRTOVAH 8/18/2014 10:45PM

  great photos!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREYONE 8/18/2014 10:37PM

  emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HYATTI1 8/18/2014 10:23PM

    Love the photos.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERMITEMOM 8/18/2014 10:20PM

    Oh mon Dieu, quelle terrifiante expérience! Et en effet ,heureusement que votre mère n'a rien vu. Cette femme n'était pas surveillée?
Jolie ballade, mais un ciel lourd, lourd. Les betteraves m'ont fait sourire: mon grand-père était sucrier et avait une usine aux environs de Chauny, dans l'Aisne.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMBER461 8/18/2014 9:57PM

  Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAMER123 8/18/2014 9:33PM

    I so enjoyed my walk with you. Again it's in a part of the world I have not had the pleasure to visit. Love the growing fruits along the way as well as the beetroot. We have them in our state and call them sugar beets. Like you said, they aren't to eat but to process sugar.

So glad you didn't get to injured on Fri. with the attack. People, when really agitated for what ever reason, have super human strength. In my career days, we would see young to older people come in fighting and yes, it takes several staff to help them. Just a little side note, I am 6' as well and not a thin person either. We would be quite the match. Not many women grow to our height. Please take care on your next visit.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURANCE 8/18/2014 9:24PM

  As usual, your pictures are lovely. But I need to learn more about the dementia patient, because I am a caregiver for a dear man in the early stages of dementia.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLJ35 8/18/2014 9:00PM

    As always, a wonderful blog with amazing photos! Can't imagine apples so thick on a tree! You certainly do find picturesque places for hiking!!!

So sorry about your episode at nursing home. Scary experience for you and cause to worry for your mom's safety. But it sounds as though she doesn't bother your mother. Be cautious when visiting the next time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KHALIA2 8/18/2014 8:59PM

  I enjoyed the lovely pictures.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVEDAILY 8/18/2014 8:11PM

    emoticon That is a terrifying experience to be attacked when you did not provoke it. I would hope that the staff at the nursing home would take care to keep that patient away from you and your mother whenever you come to visit!

Another simply lovely walk!! You are right. The blackberries look delicious!! Do you ever think to pick them and bring them back with you to make a treat with them? A blackberry clafoutti perhaps? I really liked the pictures of the very tiny purple flowers and of the chickens. I adore chickens!!

Thank you for sharing Claire!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSROZZIE 8/18/2014 7:56PM

    How lovely your walks must be. Thanks for sharing! emoticon for the experience with the dementia patient. Your blogs and the pictures are just so beautiful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELLA_P 8/18/2014 7:43PM

    Thank you so much for bringing us these delicious pictures of France's considerable natural beauty, Claire! I'm so sorry, though, about the attack you received from that unfortunate woman. It's reassuring that all in all, you were relatively unharmed... how frightening and sad. I often enjoy "traveling" via Google Earth and was delighted to find Bréançon, although the few pictures there really lacked the wonderful artistry you brought to your pictures. That trail looked particularly delightful (as did the berries and apples!!). I saw one photo on Google Earth showing a very distant view of the Tour Eiffel from the area, too! Thanks again for your generosity and time! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EGMINGA 8/18/2014 7:14PM

    what beautiful places you have for your hikes thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures. Sorry about the incident with dementia patient.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

My after-work hike

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I had taken the afternoon off yesterday to go on a hike, but by the time I managed to leave the office, it was 2.30pm already. Too late to drive for an hour to reach the beginning of my hike! So, I decided to do a hike I had always left ‘for later’, even though it is only 15 minutes away from my office.



Why? Oh because I am prejudiced! Completely! Because the hike started in Goussainville, which is seen as a ‘difficult’ suburb town. And were my prejudices shaken? Yes! And I love that! The only people I met were very friendly, enjoying a chat in the sun, running or taking their dog for a walk.



So yes, the beginning of the hike (and the end) was through the town, which isn’t the prettiest in the Paris area. But the hike didn’t go through any of the ‘rough’ parts, and I found some nice buildings and lots of flowers to look at, so I was happy. : ) As my friend Liz told me this morning when I explained two colleagues had tried to discourage me to go on this hike, “if you expect ugliness you will see it and if you expect beauty then you will see it”. I don’t know whether I expect beauty, but I definitely look for it!



Of course I hadn’t come for the urban part and felt immediately better when I turned on a path through the fields.



Bye for now Goussainville…









Let’s be honest: it wasn’t quite bliss there. It was very near Charles de Gaulle airport, which is the main Parisian airport.



If I add that I had just been following the railway for a while and that I was about to go walk under the motorway, you’ll understand that I couldn’t quite listen to the birds as much as I would have liked to! But it didn’t last.





As I was approaching Louvres and admiring the flowers, I noticed something completely unexpected in the distance…



What is that?!!! I had to look at it closely. Well, I couldn’t because there was a gate, but at least I got an explanation: this is one of the typical medieval houses from the area which were rebuilt lately. Some ruins from 11th century Osteville’s Castle were also found. If you want an idea of how it used to look like when it was destroyed during the Hundred Years’ War in 1438, here is a short video I found:

www.dailymotion.com/video/xettaw_le-
passe-du-chateau-d-orville-revel_creation


Ahhhh it could only be a great hike then. Lots of flowers and even a castle! Who would have thought? : ) One last look at the medieval habitation from a distance, above the corn fields…



… and a lovely walk by the river…



… and an elegant horse as I entered Louvres…



Some of you have asked me whether I feed the horses. No. This is partly the reason why I don’t:



It is often not allowed (imagine dozens of people feeding these animals every weekend? They would become obese!).



Next to the meadows where the horses were, was a beautiful farm, "la ferme du Secrétain". The sign outside it explained that it has been here since the 12th century.



Let me quote it…
“At that time it belonged to the Sacristan of the large Benedictine priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs in Paris... Part of the priory’s revenues came from operation of the farm... Its origin and size made the farm a fief in its own right... Today it remains one of the five major agricultural operations in Louvres.”

I found on the Internet a picture of the farm from about 100 years ago. It looks like a beautiful farm! (This is inside the farm’s courtyard, where of course I couldn’t go, but I suspect it looks very similar today!)



I left Louvres behind…



… and walked in the middle of the fields for quite a while, all the way to Fontenay-en-Parisis.
I had thought it might get boring (I don’t like it much when the path is all straight and flat!). But it wasn’t: it wasn’t flat but a little hilly, and there was a lot to look at!











With my camera’s zoom I took a picture of part of the skyline hardly visible in the picture above behind the flowers… You can see one of Goussainville’s more ‘difficult’ parts:



This contrast between the urban and the rural, the old and the new, was one of the main interests of this hike, and it was quite moving.





In the distance, I saw Fontenay-en-Parisis…



… and a little while later I was looking at its early 19th century castle, now part of a nursing home…



… and its lovely church…





An old lady was going on a little stroll near the church and enjoying the pleasant late afternoon heat like I did.



When I left Fontenay-en-Parisis, I walked through the countryside for a while…



… but then it was time to ‘cross’ the big Francilienne motorway again.


(In the distance you can see Goussainville’s skyline again, this time quite close…)



The Francilienne is the motorway that goes around Paris (not right next to it, which is the Périphérique, but a bit further).



Ahhhhh... nothing says 'August' like these beautiful goldenrods, which lined the path all the way to Goussainville. I love them!

Thank you so much for coming with me on this hike! I hope it will inspire you to discover your own area better and take lots of pictures to show us!
emoticon emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DRTOVAH 8/30/2014 10:23PM

  great photos!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GINIEMIE 8/28/2014 7:11PM

    Quel varieté, auto route, train, avion, fleur, chateaux, apartement, église, fleurs, fleuve, arbres -tu nous as présenté des lieux que nous n'aurons pas vu, même probablement si nous sommes allés à Paris. Merci pour l'ancien et le nouveau, la ville et la campagne... une à coté de l'autre.
Excellent comme d'habitude. J'ai vu que quelqu'un a suggeré que tu fasses un livre avec tes belles photos-tu y pense?
Bises
Ginie
emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSRIGS1 8/21/2014 5:23PM

    You never let us down! Another beautiful hike!

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BDYNAMIC 8/18/2014 7:13AM

    Yet another gorgeous tour .......... and I absolutely LOVE the church! (All are wonderful and emoticon on this Popular blog featured! ....... Lovely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/16/2014 8:52PM

    That was beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DWHATABOUTB 8/15/2014 5:45PM

    I loved that red tree plant looking thing. So awesome. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALNUTT1961 8/11/2014 3:43PM

    Lovely! I enjoyed the history of it all as well. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 8/11/2014 1:59AM

  Beautiful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN91 8/11/2014 12:19AM

    Beautiful hike and great pictures as always. You find the beauty everywhere you go it reminds me of a story I heard once. Two women were moving to the same area and they asked a person who lived there about what the neighbors were like. The person asked them what their current neighbors were like. One woman described noisy unpleasant neighbors and the other talked about how wonderful her neighbors were. The person told them both that the people there were much the same as their old neighborhood! I think you find the beauty of every place you go and your blogs are always a treat! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETZYGIRL 8/10/2014 5:56PM

    emoticon for the lovely inspiration! Your pictures are quite beautiful. I had never thought of taking a camera along to have a visual reminder of a hike. I'm going to invite my friend to join me in seeking out a hiking route in our area that will have scenery to enjoy as we hike! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENQE2 8/10/2014 5:09PM

    What a beautiful hike!
YOUR QUOTE ABOUT FINDING BEAUTY IS SO RIGHT!
I have a cousin who has gone through life expecting to find disappointment, and she always has.
On the other hand, I have always expected something exciting and wonderful around each new corner and I have found it!
A few days ago, we were describing our recent visit to the Czech Republic, to some other family members.
Several of them were surprised to learn that we were on the same trip!!
Keep watching for the flowers.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDYLIN90 8/10/2014 3:34PM

    Claire, have you ever thought about publishing your blogs? It would be a wonderful book with so many terrific pictures and lots of different places and perspectives. Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
OPALMOON 8/10/2014 10:38AM

    Dear Claire,
This is yet another entertaining blog - your photos are all just wonderful.
I am amazed at how a suburb town of a city as big as Paris has so much countryside so close by and so easily accessible!
Thank you for taking on us on such a lovely tour once again.
Hugs, Nattacia

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
40PUDDLEJUMPER 8/10/2014 9:53AM

    what a wonderful walk I really love the photos

Report Inappropriate Comment
WRITERWANNAB 8/10/2014 1:54AM

    Beautiful photos! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MADAMES 8/10/2014 1:20AM

    I love Liz's philosophy to look for the beauty rather than the ugliness. As I grow older I realize how I am losing the naiveté of my youth. I don't want to become a grumpy and paranoid old lady!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAMMYR1967 8/9/2014 6:38PM

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDDOTFLYER 8/9/2014 5:38PM

    Thank you - I enjoy reading your blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHARITYAK 8/9/2014 4:59PM

    I soooo enjoyed that! Lovely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALEWINE 8/9/2014 3:20PM

    What a beautiful hike! Your friend is right about looking for and finding beauty in the world.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILPAM3 8/9/2014 11:25AM

  The pattern on the church roof is done exquisitely. Such design detail rarely is seen in our modern world where speed seems to be more important than aesthetics.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGELN325 8/9/2014 8:02AM

    Thank you for sharing your hike with us! Wow...so beautiful! I agree with your friend. If you look for good and beauty in the world, you shall surely find it. I take walks at my work during lunch time and although it has gotten scary here and there on occasion, I still find lots of beauty to look at and most times, it's uneventful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXYCARIN 8/9/2014 12:12AM

  Amazing

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAYBER 8/8/2014 11:41PM

    Thank you for sharing your adventure and beautiful pictures
Live in the inner city and do enjoy the neighbors flowers on my walks
One day at a time
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FOCUSD 8/8/2014 10:52PM

  Loved your blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITPT4LIFE 8/8/2014 10:10PM

    What a beautiful hike. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EGMINGA 8/8/2014 9:47PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing pictures of your country's beautiful countryside. Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to go there.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLJ35 8/8/2014 9:34PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this lovely trip along with beautiful photos.
How long was this hike?

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREYONE 8/8/2014 8:24PM

  emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/8/2014 6:59PM

    What a wonderful walk thank you for inviting me along. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGELWINGS2580 8/8/2014 5:53PM

  Without taking a step I had a wonderful hike through your beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOTTY7267 8/8/2014 4:38PM

    Beautiful scenery. . . .I felt like I was strolling along with you.


Report Inappropriate Comment
AJB121299 8/8/2014 4:30PM

    nice

Report Inappropriate Comment
EMMYPAT 8/8/2014 3:16PM

  Someday I would love to see it I person! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANDMABABA 8/8/2014 1:11PM

    Beautiful! Thank you so much!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARINKA222 8/8/2014 12:04PM

    Sunny and lovely images that you have captured here. Thanks for taking us along on your beautiful hike, completely enjoyed it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLPEASE 8/8/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PURPLEBIRD63 8/8/2014 11:32AM

    emoticon so much for taking me on your hike!
Loved the countryside, the narrating history, the church, the white puffy clouds, the 'castles', the flowers... loved the whole hike!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFIEANNIE 8/8/2014 8:24AM

    How long were you hiking? Looks like you covered many miles. Beautiful pictures~love the flowers.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACED777 8/8/2014 7:57AM

    You do share beauty! That's a gift. Thank you. I live in an area near the city in Indiana, USA. I'm in an apartment complex between cornfields and woods here, and there are some good walks I can and do take. Thanks for reminding me of my own beauty. Helps me not be envious of yours, but just to enjoy it!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LITESTORMX2 8/8/2014 7:30AM

    What a beautiful place to hike! Stunning!

Thank you for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FALLNTENN 8/8/2014 6:52AM

    Thank you for sharing the pictures from your hike. I really felt inspired by what Liz said about seeing what you expect to see. It was a beautiful hike.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 8/8/2014 5:46AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/8/2014 1:56AM

    Simply stunning scenery to enjoy! Thanks for taking the time to post it all!

Report Inappropriate Comment
QUILTINGB52 8/8/2014 1:52AM

    Love how you can find beauty in all things! Love to find the unexpected....

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 8/8/2014 12:27AM

    Hugs

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 8/7/2014 11:46PM

  Claire, I've never seen a blog of yours that wasn't pretty. It's ok, it's not all nature and old buildings. In the US, none of them are that old anyway...

As I said, this is more inviting than just walking in a suburban street.

Please let me know how your moms new place is... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CICELY360 8/7/2014 11:19PM

  beautiful pictures

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINHEALTHY9 8/7/2014 9:34PM

    I love going along with you on your hikes. emoticon
I really enjoy learning about France and seeing the country side through your camera lens.

Thank you.


Report Inappropriate Comment
MJ7DM33 8/7/2014 9:33PM

  Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Last Page