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Lost but not shot!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I am sorry for the dramatic title, but today was an eventful hike indeed! I don't think I like those, I'd rather have one of my usual hikes, where the worst that can happen is to get a bit lost... And speaking of getting lost (to start with the fun bit!), I haven’t lost my touch! emoticon Although it hadn’t happened in a few months, I still know how to get completely at the opposite of where I am supposed to go during a hike!!!





It is especially stupid as today’s hike should have been really easy! Mostly flat and straight, through the beautiful Vexin countryside!



But I used directions prepared by an association I already had had problems with. I think out of the 3 hikes I did that they prepared, all 3 were very badly done! I.e. poor maps, no signs and almost no directions. The best way to get lost!!! If I could remember where I got these 'hiking sheets' from, I would go back and tell them they are really unreliable!



Because really I did get lost brilliantly!!! I took the wrong path in the woods… it wasn’t straight at all, so I lost my sense of directions (and of course I thought I was on the right path!)…



I ended up completely West in Blamécourt when I thought I was completely East in Nucourt.





Of course paths didn’t match what I saw on the map, I didn’t understand but I kept going, walking through the countryside and crossing a village with a funny old water pump with an animal head…





And as I left the village, there was a sign with its name, and I just stopped and laughed out loud. Suddenly it made sense! I really was completely in the wrong place!





Luckily, that village still appeared on the very poor map I had in my hands, so I was able to find my way back, cutting through the countryside. It was such a gorgeous day I didn't mind at all, and the area is so beautiful! (In France most paths are public, i.e. everybody can walk on them, so if you have a map that shows the paths properly, you are fine!)



But it is never a good idea to be creative in terms of ‘paths finding’ during hunting season! I ended up on footpaths that weren’t official ones (not recognised by the hiking federation and clearly marked)… and suddenly, as I came out of some woods…




… I heard a very loud BANG that sounded way too close for comfort!!! Hmmm what to do? Well I kept going, slowly, and singing at the top of my head!!! I think between cows (see my blog from two weeks ago!) and hunters, I’ll choose cows anytime!



When I finally came completely out of the woods, facing the fields, I saw about 10 hunters facing me in the distance. My goodness, they had been shooting animals in these woods! I don’t know between them and me who was the most unhappy to see the other(s). I am sorry I interrupted your little Saturday afternoon game, guys! And very glad you didn’t permanently interrupt my life!!! I didn’t like the sound of your BANGS at all. (No, I didn’t say anything, I am not that mad... and they were too far anyway... I just left as quickly as I could!)

I won’t lie: I was a little wobbly on my feet for a while after this! And I was glad I basically only had to cross one last big field before I reached Serans again.



The church looked wonderful as I saw it appear in the distance! PHEW. Now can I go back to my usual uneventful hikes please? I would love the same sunshine next week, but NO HUNTERS, or at least very far away from me!

Thank you for reading, friends. And please don’t worry, I’ll be more careful next time and make sure I have a good map with me so that I don’t get lost. I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

  
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KALEWINE 10/25/2014 12:22AM

    Oh my! I'm so glad you weren't shot! Please be more careful in the future!

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Even lost you give us a great hike! Thanks!

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SAMMIESMOM13 10/22/2014 5:32PM

    Others seem not to be as bothered by this as I am. PLEASE be careful!!! This could have been tragic and we may never have known what on earth happened to you! My best advice, other than "good maps" LOL is WEAR ORANGE. Hahaha! emoticon

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MILPAM3 10/22/2014 3:45PM

  Here's to sunny days and being able to know one's direction by the position of the sun. emoticon

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ARTJAC 10/21/2014 11:26PM

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LINDAK25 10/21/2014 9:50PM

    Oh, I hate getting lost and I do it all too frequently. I'm a dyslexic map reader. I'm great at all sorts of things, just not maps. I got lost in Newport, RI once. If you need to know where the city dump is, just ask me. (It's behind the cemetery.)

Scary hiking when you hear gunshots. And yes, a 22 caliber rifle can shoot a bullet for a long distance, but hunting guns are usually a bigger caliber and don't go as far, but buckshot is deadly. Perhaps you should stay out of the woods for hunting season!

I see you don't have too much fall color, yet.

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MRSRIGS1 10/21/2014 7:43PM

    Glad you made it back! I must add, however, beautiful place to get lost.

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KONRAD695 10/20/2014 10:11PM

    I told you what the cows said, but I'll keep the hunters comments to myself.

I think it's kind of funny! Not the you part, but the situation. As someone who spent a lot of time on a farm and hunting, I can say that you were pretty safe. The sounds can seem right next to you when they are way off. I do understand that it is no place to be though (make hast would be my move).

Anyways, glad you made it out, didn't get cooked for dinner, and saw views.

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JUNEAU2010 10/20/2014 8:50PM

    Whew, that was a close call! What a gorgeous hike, though!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 10/20/2014 7:59PM

    The "BANGS" gave you a fright. What did your singing do to the hunters?..... How excellent that you had the presence of mind to be loud.
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TREYONE 10/20/2014 7:52PM

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KATHYJO56 10/20/2014 5:45PM

    Hi Claire, I am so very sorry that you had an unreliable map and wound up so utterly lost. However, it does as though you handled it with your usual good humor and wonderful attitude. I love these pictures. I was fascinated with the water pump also. I wonder where somebody got the idea to use an animal head as the spount? lol The church where your hike ended, was indeed, very beautiful and a welcoming picture to end your hike with. emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/20/2014 2:29PM

  Singing was a good idea even if it did scare away the game for the hunters. Wearing a neon color of orange or green during hunting season might help as well if you are traveling near by where hunters may be out and about! None the less you are safe and sound today and that's what counts, and you were able to discover some really pretty sight to photograph for all of us again, as usual. Sounds like the day being lost may have lessons for us all especially how to avoid the jitters! emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/20/2014 1:48PM

    So glad to see that everything turned out ok - scary!

Beautiful pictures of course :)

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KRYSSCOTT 10/20/2014 12:46PM

    Well, that was eventful. I know what you need to put on your Christmas list this year. One of those orange hunters vests, that way even if you do get lost only a real idiot would mistake you for a deer. Very glad your safe, I feel fairly certain i'd pick cows over hunters too, at least you can see those coming.

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NAN041 10/20/2014 12:21PM

    Claire, that was one scarey hike, happy all
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Thanks for thinking of us, and
foraging on, Nan
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ALEXSGIRL1 10/20/2014 4:47AM

    emoticon pictures and glad you didn't get shot next time remember tot wear bright clothes

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/20/2014 3:26AM

    Love your pictures. At least you were lost with beautiful surroundings. Glad your ok!
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CHERIRIDDELL 10/20/2014 1:46AM

    My husband hunts I do not the very title of your blog had me and my English Springer Spaniel (yes I know they were intended as hunting dogs but mine is a service dog a real baby and companion for me ) holding our breath ! The only thing my dog hunts is warm spots and biscuits ! I am so glad you are safe Shall I make you a bright orange infinity scarf that you can pull up over your head if you ever get to close to gunfire again?

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123ELAINE456 10/20/2014 1:17AM

  I'm so grateful and thankful that you are still here with us. That was a very close call. God brought you out of there safe and sound. Thank You Lord for bringing her home safely to everyone. In Jesus Name We Pray Amen. Please take a cell phone with you so if you fall and get hurt you can call 911 and a friend for help. Let some know where you are going too. That is very important. Please, Please Take Care Of Yourself, Be Careful And Stay Safe!!! Those are very Beautiful Photos. Love your Blogs, going on hikes with you and hearing about all the places you take us too. God Blessings Always. And May God Be With You Always Too. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Lot Of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!!Coming Your Way. Have a Wonderful Week. We Love You Too.

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ILOVEMALI 10/20/2014 1:11AM

  We got lost all over Paris and Spain -- it was half the fun!

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MARYJEANSL 10/20/2014 12:13AM

  What an adventure! I'm glad you didn't get shot. ;-) And still you took some very lovely photos.

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DEEEBEE 10/19/2014 11:27PM

    I've walked near hunters, once in a group so I'm sure we made enough noise and I also popped open my red umbrella. I just bought a bright orange scarf to wear just in case that happens again.

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SPARKFRAN514 10/19/2014 11:04PM

    Another wonderful walk with you i look FORWARD TO walking with you and hearing about and places i would never see other wise emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thankful you are safe .

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CICELY360 10/19/2014 10:27PM

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QUILTINGB52 10/19/2014 10:23PM

    Whether the path is marked or not....I think I would be wearing either bright red or bright orange so they don't think you are "the game" that they are hunting!!

Glad you are safe ~ because I would miss hiking with you!

And what a lovely hike it was...

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WARRIORGIRL121 10/19/2014 10:05PM

    Claire, beautiful blog and pictures, but OH MY GOODNESS! I'm so glad you were not shot! I had a similar experience here in the States. It is very unnerving - most hunters here know to shoot only in certain areas, at certain times and in certain directions (away from possible homes and roads). Still, things happen, and every once in a while, you hear of a hunter who got drunk in the woods (drinking brandy or whisky to "keep warm") and either just missed shooting a person on the road nearby, or some other accident. Anyway, I am SO GLAD you are safe. Hugs to you! emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 10/19/2014 9:30PM

    Yes, getting shot by a hunters is a REAL concern. I've watched a lot of videos with stupid young people out with guns doing target shooting near a woods and have thought "Where are those bullets going that don't hit the target they have up on the tree?" Those powerful guns can shot bullets that go for over a mile.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/19/2014 9:09PM

  Hi Claire.......
The next time you go for a hike, I want you to wear BLAZE ORANGE. If you are not familiar with it; hunters wear it so that they can see each other and hopefully NOT shoot in that direction. Wear BLAZE ORANGE and...........please take someone with you so that you are NOT alone.............
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KING_SLAYER 10/19/2014 8:54PM

    Beautiful as always :) For me, getting a bit lost is almost always the best part of a walk / hike! It becomes a puzzle to solve and tests your thinking abilities (as well as your inner compass!).

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SPEDED2 10/19/2014 8:14PM

    Spooky story for spooky season. So glad you are safe.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/19/2014 8:06PM

    Wow, that would have been scary! Glad you found your way out of the woods ok and no hunters mistook you for an animal.
I think I would be wary of using this particular company's hike maps. Yikes!

Happy hiking.


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LINDAKAY228 10/19/2014 7:09PM

    Where I used to go hiking until last year it was a national forest and I made sure to stay out of the area when it was hunting season because I have heard gunshots! There was a nature preserve I could hike at and a whole network of forest trails that were near enough to a picnic area that was pretty big in the area and just outside of town that I felt safer there. But especially during deer and elk season I stayed out of the forest! Because hunters were all over many of those places and map or no map it didn't matter on the forest service land. Glad you got out safely! I know how scary it can be! But in spite of everything happening you got some great pics! Thanks

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DIANNEMT 10/19/2014 6:00PM

    Toss those maps out!! And be glad they weren't good shots!!

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GINIEMIE 10/19/2014 4:49PM

    Quelle affaire! La randonnée parmis les chasseurs. Je suis contente que tu n'etais pas blessée et que tu t'es retrouvé. La fontaine est vraiement interessante mais tu trouves toujours des choses uniques.
J'espère que le beau temps continue. Ici j'aime la fraicheur, ce matin quand je suis partie pour la Messe de 8 heures il faisait 8-9 c. C'etait un peu trop frais mais en sortant de la Messe il faisait déjà plus chaud.
Fais attention ma chère jeune amie pendant la saison de la chasse, on voudra te garder aupres de nous plus longtemps.
Bises
Ginie
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WENDYANNE61 10/19/2014 4:07PM

    Wow - glad you got out of there safely, Claire - that was not a tranquil hike at all by the sounds! DH and I once got lost in a chestnut forest in the Black Mountains near Montpelier and then hunters started shooting boar nearby - we got pretty scared and started to whistle and shout - one of their hounds tagged on to us and led us to the hunters car in the end! We definitely earned our glass of wine that day!


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IDICEM 10/19/2014 3:24PM

  You definitely need good maps during hunting season. Glad you are unscathed! Thanks for sharing the adventure.

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LIVEDAILY 10/19/2014 3:24PM

    You had a beautiful day for getting lost! It's much harder to be cheerful about getting lost if you're caught in the middle of a sudden downpour or the weather is not so good to begin with! Glad you were not shot!! Bullets can travel a much greater distance than one would think. Please don't use those maps again! We like you on this side of God's green earth!!

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BOOKREADER8 10/19/2014 3:04PM

  I am so glad you are still with us claire!

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TRYINGHARD54 10/19/2014 2:57PM

    I'm glad u found you way back home. But the pictures are great
Thank you for sharing.

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WALLAHALLA 10/19/2014 2:51PM

    Oh my! I got lost recently due to bad maps. Like to never found my way as none of the street names on the map existed. What I remember most about the countryside of France was the beautiful churches! I would have loved to have more time to explore.

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INGMARIE 10/19/2014 2:35PM

    My goodness, emoticon that was scary I bet. glad you made it out of there in one peace and on 2 legs LOL
Thanks for another great blog. I promise you sunshine for next week. emoticon
Great photos.

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NONNAOF2 10/19/2014 1:26PM

  Getting lost can be fearful, but some of the most beautiful places are found when we aren't looking for them! I love your pictures! My God, it's a good thing that you didn't shot by accident that day! I'm glad all went well for you at the end and you found your way back!! :-)

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MADAMES 10/19/2014 11:54AM

    I just hate the feeling of being lost!! I also would have been quite frantic I think when I heard the shots of hunters. I am so thankful that it turned out all right for you in the end.

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SHERYLP461 10/19/2014 10:47AM

    What an adventure, I normally love getting lost though, always new things to seem. No more hunters though!

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LISALGB 10/19/2014 10:42AM

    I am so happy you are ok - that the hunters didn't mistake you for an animal!! Close call aside, the country side is gorgeous. I love that you have so many wonderful places to hike. How I wish I had the same.
I hope you have a wonderful week. Sending you hugs!

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Hiking back in time

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I had wanted to do this hike a few weeks ago already, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the terrible Ourcq Battle that took place in these fields and on these paths 6-9 September 1914.



It was the very beginning of WWI, and everybody thought it wouldn’t last, and the boys would be home in no time. Sadly, as we now know, it wasn’t what happened.



And the 534 men who are buried in Etrépilly were among the first ones of a dreadful series.







Today’s hike was obviously different from any other one.



Yet it was a beautiful sunny day and if you didn’t know what happened here it was just so peaceful…



… with views almost as far as the eyes could see… not too difficult to imagine the battle fields there…













When I saw Poligny’s farm, near Puisieux, I remembered what I had read on the Internet before I left: that several farms were in the middle of the battle fields and were bombarded. There wasn’t much left of Poligny’s farm after the battle, as it was both bombarded and then burnt by the Germans.





When I reached Puisieux…





… I suddenly understood better how close the troops were: the Germans were in Etrépilly and the French were in Puisieux. Very very close. It took me one hour and a half, but the path wasn’t a straight way at all. I expect that through the fields it would have taken maybe 30 minutes, even with the heavy backpacks that the soldiers had to carry.





Shortly after I left Puisieux, I reached Champfleury’s farm which was also bombarded (and I was so glad to see that, like Poligny, it was rebuilt and still exists today).





After watching the sun play with the clouds for a while (how fitting… it definitely added to the feeling of being in a place with History)…



I crossed some woods and more fields again in the beautiful late afternoon light…



… and this is when I saw today’s treat… ohhhhhh… fields after fields of beautiful purple and yellow flowers!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had never seen these purple flowers, and the smell was gorgeous. It felt like Spring in Autumn! Despite the heaviness of the History of this place, I couldn’t help it and had to smile.









I really don’t know what these purple flowers were .They weren’t thistles.



As I entered Etrépilly, this house also brought a smile to my face: it was old and not in good shape at all, badly in need of repairs… but with friendly red geraniums in the window boxes.



It was time I got back as the sun was slowly disappearing…



I hope you enjoyed sharing today’s hike through a somber page of French History. In the next couple of years, I’ll try to go hiking in some of the areas where the 1914-1918 battles took place and show you also some cemeteries from foreign soldiers who came to fight for us, there were many countries...

Thank you very much for reading! Take good care of yourself and keep sparking! emoticon

  
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STEVIEBEE569 10/24/2014 8:02AM

    I just love your photos! emoticon for sharing them!

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WRITERWANNAB 10/22/2014 8:14PM

    A beautiful trip back in time.

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WALNUTT1961 10/19/2014 3:07PM

    Thank you for sharing your historical and beautiful hike with us! I can't imagine living during that time.

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SNOOPYLINKOS 10/19/2014 9:26AM

    Wow! That's quite an adventure! I think you should write a book about all your different adventures! I noticed you use humor in crazy situations like this, I love that attitude. Thanks for sharing this lost and scary adventure!

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BFLOGRL 10/16/2014 9:35AM

    Always a joy to read your blog! I feel like I'm with you on the journey. Thanks for sharing your hikes.

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TORTISE110 10/16/2014 5:22AM

    Your blogs always remind me to pay attention to my own world a little more closely. And of course they make me want to fly to your beautiful country sooner rather than later!

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WENDYANNE61 10/16/2014 2:50AM

    Dear Claire, thank you for this thought provoking blog - so many people have left their lives in the hope that they will save others from a desperate fate...
I am in Kurdistan now and just read "Kobane Diary" on Newsweek online - well worth a read to gain some insight on what the situation is like there now.
The blue flowers are called bee´s delight in German - insects really do adore them.
Hope your mum is doing ok and that your dad is hanging in there too. All the best!

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KAREN91 10/15/2014 7:36PM

    I'm catching up on your blogs today. Your beautiful pictures always make me happy. I worked so much last week 3 days at the nursing home and 3 days at the hospital, I was too busy to thank you for the goodie you sent me. Do you like history? I have always been interested in history. Your blog made history come alive for me. emoticon

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LISALGB 10/15/2014 8:58AM

    What a wonderful place to hike, Claire! So rich in history and in beauty. I love history but I am always sad thinking about the sacrifices so many had to make.
We must strive to always remember.
Hugs!!

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MRSRIGS1 10/14/2014 7:59PM

    Such a beautiful world we live in! Thank you for sharing your part of the world!

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SAMMIESMOM13 10/14/2014 5:49PM

    I've been trying to catch up with your blog for the past week. I'm waaay behind. I have been so busy I haven't had time to keep up. This one was so very interesting. Thank you for sharing. A number of years ago I and my family were able to visit France and saw the big battle field near the Battle of the Bulge, and the Argonne Forest. We saw the huge American cemetery where the crosses seemed to go on forever. What an emotional time that was. I'll never forget it. Thank you for bringing that memory back to me again.

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KALEWINE 10/14/2014 8:51AM

    Such an educational experience!

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EFFIEANNIE 10/14/2014 8:20AM

    Lovely pictures and a great history lesson. The purple flowers are lovely.

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WARRIORGIRL121 10/14/2014 12:37AM

    Beautiful blog, Claire, and I love learning about the history of it all. Very touching. That's like if you were to visit some of our battlefields here in America.... when you look across those beautiful fields and hills and flowers, it's hard to imagine the terrible fear and bloodshed that went on back then. Lovely blog... thank you for sharing all this with us. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/13/2014 5:26PM

    I loved the pictures of the flowers! Such a wonderful treat! All the pictures were very good. Thanks for sharing such a meaningful journey with us.

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KRYSSCOTT 10/13/2014 2:03PM

    Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I do not know much about the history of foreign countries nor had I ever head of the places you visited but I appreciate your attempts at educating me and the great sacrifices that were made by so many in WWI.

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KANSASROSE67 10/13/2014 1:20PM

    Thanks for taking the time to share this with all of us.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/13/2014 3:14AM

    This was one of your most poignant hikes for me for I am the child of the soldier married to a soldier.Of course my father was a veteran of World War 2 not One but My British Mum's father was in World war One.We were stationed in Germany in the early 90's so I have been to all the places you describe , we took our daughter to the Maginot Line to all the battle fields to the beach where my Father came ashore in Dieppe .I can still recite the poetry I learned in Grade school about Dieppe.
This was my brother
At Dieppe,
Quietly a hero
Who gave his life
Like a gift
Withholding nothing.


His youth...his love...
His enjoyment of being alive...

His future, like a book,
With half the pages still uncut.

This was my brother
At Dieppe,
The one who built me a doll house
When I was seven.
complete to the last small picture frame.
Nothing forgotten.

He was awfully good at fixing things,
And stepping into the breach when he was needed.

And that's what he did at Dieppe;
He was needed.
And even Death must have been a little shamed
At his eagerness.

By Mona Gould
written after her brother's death at Dieppe 1943
I look forward to your blogs about the battlefields of World War One you have done a brilliant job on this one .I even called my husband the battle hardened soldier to come and read it and he said you had done a remarkable job. Your photos are always astounding .Thank you for sharing your hikes with us they are a real treasure !

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JIBBIE49 10/13/2014 1:09AM

    My father was a farmer so he didn't have to go to World War 1 or 2 as he said "We had to feed the soldiers or they'd not eat." I worked with a lady whose son died in France in WW2 and was buried there and she always said how she wished she could afford to go to France and see where he was buried. All of those soldiers had mothers.

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/12/2014 7:23PM

  I appreciated reading and seeing this often forgotten story from the US.

And isn't it remarkable how out of pain and hardship, the renewal and new life buds.

You do have a long history in Europe to consider.

We really do need to recall WW1 and WW11 for so many reasons . It's kind of sad that many of the people are gone that actually were alive during these times, because I believe in some cases we have had history interrupted and rewritten.

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CICELY360 10/12/2014 6:48PM

  beautiful

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MILLEDGE2 10/12/2014 5:41PM

    You've shared something very important and, at the end, very beautiful with us! Thank you! And I hope things are going well for your mother. Take care!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 10/12/2014 5:28PM

    Claire, do you know the poem, "Grass," by Carl Sandburg? The farms you saw that had been destroyed and since restored and your yellow and purple flowers brought the poem to mind. I think you will appreciate it.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe
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Your very affecting essay also reminded me of my visit years ago to Yorktown, Virginia, the site of battles during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. There was nothing but the trenches that the soldiers had dug. When crouching in the trenches, in the silence, huddled against the earthen mounds, I could more vividly imagine the roaring sounds of war than I'd be able to at any artificial reconstruction. It's important to have the real sites so that we remember those who sacrificed and so that we remain mindful of what we are capable of committing.

Laurie

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MILPAM3 10/12/2014 5:18PM

  The purple flowers were exquisite, especially with those spikes on the blooms.

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KRILL14 10/12/2014 5:06PM

    Very well written and so interesting!

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LIVEDAILY 10/12/2014 4:43PM

    Claire - thank you for sharing a historic hike with us today. It's important that we never forget, lest we fall into danger of repeating past mistakes.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/12/2014 3:49PM

    Thank you for sharing history and your hike with us.



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NONNAOF2 10/12/2014 2:19PM

  It was so interesting to find out about the history of this area. It's amazing how such a beautiful countryside holds such a sad story for those involved. Thank you for sharing with us.

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GINIEMIE 10/12/2014 2:18PM

    Les guerres sont si sombre. Maman était née le 18 novembre 1918. Un de ses prénons était Victoire. Evidement elle est née en Wallonie pas en France, mais la guerre a fort abimé la Belgique aussi. Je suis si contente de voir comme nos pays se sont rétablis après les deux guerres mondiales.
Merci d'avoir partager cette randonnée historique et pittoresque.
Tu sais ma chère jeune amie, il y a des jours ou c'est difficile d'écrire en français mais il est necessaire que j'essaie. J'espère que je ne fais pas trop de faute.
Bises à toi et tes parents. J'y pense souvent.
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LUVSBULLDOGS 10/12/2014 1:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your photos, thoughts and hike. What a beautiful country for us to visit.

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/12/2014 1:21PM

    Thank you so much for such an interesting look into history, looked like an enjoyable hike now in peaceful times. I wish there were NO Wars.

Again you fill my wandering spirit with joy from your hike. Thank you so much.

Take care & be well.

Many Blessings Always Debby

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LOVINGKATE 10/12/2014 12:11PM

  Claire, thank you so much for sharing such beauty at the same time the history of WW1.
So sad that we have wars. People so angry over things that in the end did it really make a difference? Some times I really question the why.. Happy to see the farms being restored.
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    emoticon Thank you for a great hike, and a bit of history.
The world would be better if our resources went to better things for people instead of wars.
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  Hi Claire.........
I am presently reading the third book in a trilogy written by Ken Follett. In the first book, he covered World War I and much of it was based in France. When America became involved, my Grandfather was in the trenches in France and when asked, very reluctantly told us what it was like. There is such a profound sadness in each and every war..........so many lives lost!!!!! How would our world been different if we had spent the money and energy on things that would have made all of our lives better?????
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SUEARNOLD1 10/12/2014 10:00AM

    What a beautiful tribute . . .

Your pictures and writing are a thing of beauty, just like you.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Have a lovely day.

Till next time!

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LOVENHWOODS 10/12/2014 9:23AM

    The hikes you take us on never cease to amaze me...the simplicity and the beauty shown in your photos and written with your words on this walk thru history...thank you for sharing!!


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    Excellent photos! Thanks for sharing!

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A hike at last!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

It feels like ages since I last went on a hike, although it is only a little more than a month. So much has happened since then! September was mad, with 3 weeks away from home in total.

But back to today’s hike!



I went to Sigy-en-Bray today, in the beautiful hilly Bray area that I love so much, between Picardy and Normandy. The sun was shining bright (with just enough clouds to make the sky interesting!), when it was very grey and wet back home. Yay!



Sometimes it takes me a while (an hour or so) to feel ‘fully into it’, but today after only about 10 minutes, I could tell my stress was disappearing, I was breathing better, I was smiling at the cows I met and I was just my usual ridiculously happy hiker!!!





I needed that. September was tough. I loved Rome but struggled with the meetings. I didn't like the Gulf, and won’t get more into it as I don’t want all of you to get depressed! ;-) But I didn’t get any time for sightseeing (hence no blog), and maybe that’s not a bad thing. I so love my trips usually, it is this enthusiasm I want to share! And I can already assure you I’ll LOVE the next one in November in Athens, Greece! So looking forward to seeing my dear Sparkfriends Elle and Lena again there!



So today’s hike was really needed, and it didn’t disappoint! It was cooler but still very summer-like. It felt more like late August than early October.



I crossed fields and woods…







… and a couple of villages too…







(Hello you, you are a very cute little goat!)



One of my Sparkfriends kindly wished me lately to enjoy the colours of autumn. To be honest, there isn’t much to enjoy at the moment, as the beautiful colours are usually found in the first two weeks of November here. But there were a few, and also lots of red and blue berries, edible or not.











At some point I got all excited… My guidebook said to push the gate of a field, and to walk by the fence for a while (that was about 10 minutes or so) before leaving it through another gate.



It was the first time I had been in a field with cows and I thought it was pretty cool. Well, no. It wasn’t cool at all. It was actually SCARY. When I reached the area where they were, they started running towards me, all 10 or 15 of them or so and I started realising they weren’t scared of me and they were coming very very close. I tried not to panic and I shouted: ‘Non, non!’ (they did look like they would understand French better, haha!) and ‘Shhhhhhhhhh’ pointing my finger at them (not sure why… being scared you know…), while feeling extremely stupid and urban!!!



When I finally saw the gate I really hoped I would make it there in one piece. I opened it as quickly as I could, keeping an eye on the cows and still shouting at them, and when I was on the other side I took the picture above. My goodness, I am really glad I didn’t fall, I fear they might have stamped on me!



I just googled ‘crushed by a cow’ and it is pretty scary the number of people who are killed by cows every year. So… very glad I made it safe and sound! I told someone who was worried for me when I flew to the Gulf that I was probably more at risk driving to work here every day… I didn’t think of hiking among cows! ;-) It took me a few minutes to find cows ‘cute’ after that, but I couldn’t resist the little calf in the shade in a nearby field…



… nor these sheep who didn’t move an ear when they saw me!



When I saw Sigy-en-Bray’s abbey in the distance, I knew the end of my hike was near. It was a very short 2 hours and a half hike today (10K).



I passed by some houses and the cemetery…













… and indeed reached the abbey where I had parked, without any more scare! :)

Tonight I am so delighted with today’s hike, so grateful to live in an area I love. And I can tell it took all my stress away and I’ll sleep much better tonight.

Thank you for reading dear friends! Have a beautiful, healthy and exciting week!


  
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WALNUTT1961 10/19/2014 3:23PM

    Lovely! My husband walked by when I was looking at your cow pictures and asked where they were from - I told him Paris. He said, "Paris, Mo.?" I laughed and told him France! He was very confused! HA!
The cows probably thought you might feed them. Our cows always came up in a group when it was feeding time. For some reason, I was always more afraid of the pigs!
Thanks for your pictures!

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KAREN91 10/15/2014 7:48PM

    Great pictures. 10k is a short hike! You must be in great shape. 5k is my limit. The cows reminded me of my friend Cheryl. When we were kids I would stay overnight at her farm and she always had to bring the cows back to the barn from the pasture. We had a lot of great walks with cows. Its great catching up on your blogs! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 10/14/2014 9:36PM

    I'm always glad to read about your hikes & see your photos. emoticon

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QUAIL75 10/14/2014 9:24AM

    Thanks for sharing! What great pics!

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  You made me feel like I was taking that walk with you! Inspired me to look more closely at my surroundings, Enjoy the Day! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 10/12/2014 7:20AM

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful.

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KARLAJEAN2 10/11/2014 7:52PM

  I find the views I see when hiking is the best therapy there is. I went on my first hike EVER this summer. It was beautiful I got lost on the trail and went off trailing for a bit but it was worth the scenery. emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 10/11/2014 1:15PM

    Loved your walk, and didn't know that about cows! Lucky you didn't fall and outran the cows!
Looks like your berries are later than ours here too!

We are celebrating our Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada. Do you celebrate harvest or something in France?

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ALIHIKES 10/10/2014 6:18PM

    Thank you Claire for sharing your beautiful hike! I loved the old farm buildings, the woods, the photos of the cows (but I would NOT enjoy hiking among them!), the sheep, and the lovely berries. Hiking helps relieve stress for me also! It is a reminder of the beauty and peace of the world around us.
Hugs, and happy hiking!

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LOPEYP 10/10/2014 3:11PM

    As always, very enjoyable read!

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SJKENT1 10/10/2014 3:52AM

    Nothing like a walk in the country to relieve stress! Glad those cows behaved.

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1STBUCKETITEM 10/10/2014 3:45AM

  You reminded me of a "cow" incident when I was about 10 yrs. old. We had a pet cat, Tippy, emoticon which we trained to walk on a leash or hook the leash on the clothes line which stretched from our porch to the garage about 60 ft. away. Since he was a kitten he would purr, but we never heard him "meow." We just figured that he had no voice because the vet said he had a "collapsed trachea." It was about this time of year, right before Halloween emoticon when one night we heard the strangest howling. We went outside on our back porch and to our surprise and also to poor Tippy's surprise there were two cows in our backyard. The "howling" came from Tippy as he hung in his harness, dangling from a limb of our apple tree emoticon with a cow directly beneath him. He did have a voice! Well, my Dad roped the cows and we waited for the police to find the owners of the cows. Somehow they had wandered off of a farm and managed to find their way into our subdivision. We decided that Tippy was so happy with us that he just didn't have to "say" anything. But, after that night he learned that we would come running when he "meowed! Scary cat!!! emoticon

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MILPAM3 10/9/2014 11:51PM

  I had a similar scare with cows when I was a teenager. Never tried going through their field; just turned around and went back.

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SUPERSYLPH 10/9/2014 1:35AM

    I would be scared too!

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JUNEAU2010 10/8/2014 9:52PM

    I was walking at Point Reyes, California once and was similarly scared by the cattle. I can so relate!

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MRSRIGS1 10/8/2014 8:17PM

    OMG, how scary! I'm glad all went well and you weren't hurt by the cows. Beautiful pictures. emoticon for sharing!

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SPARKFRAN514 10/8/2014 1:38PM

    Tank you again for another lovely walk with you learned some= thing about cows enjoyed he lovely sites it like a mini vacation thank you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 10/8/2014 12:22PM

    Great pictures of a lovely walk. I love that France still seems summery. We came home yesterday, having had warm sunshine and picked figs and passionfruit in our little garden. I'm hoping they're still there in 2 1/2 weeks when we go back!

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2BDYNAMIC 10/7/2014 10:26PM

    Very interesting; loved the old buildings and I too was surprised to know cows kill people yearly ......... Wow ........... Thank you for sharing your hike and taking me on a journey I would not otherwise see! emoticon

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LILSUZY1057 10/7/2014 10:25PM

    Thanks for sharing all the pictures. Looks like a beautiful place! My experience with cows when they come running is they are looking to be fed or given a treat. That's how one of my friends has trained his cattle to come and get loaded up in a trailer. When he calls and they come he gives them a treat!

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TJMOAG 10/7/2014 10:06PM

    Can't wait for cool weather in AZ to start hiking again!!! Thanks for the pics.

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CAROLJ35 10/7/2014 10:03PM

    Such a great blog and photos to share with us! THANKS!!!
I, also, never realized many people were killed by cows. Years ago, we knew a man who was killed by a bull on his farm, but never heard of anyone succumbing to a cow's attack.
Does your mother miss you when you are gone?
Now we'll look forward to your next hike!
Thanks again!

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HKARLSSON 10/7/2014 9:06PM

    Beautiful pictures! P.S. Never trust a cow!

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Your pictures were beautiful so great to just walk and look and enjoy the quiet and beauty of country one day at a time
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NAN041 10/7/2014 8:01PM

    Claire, Enjoyed the hike and pics with you,
many thanks.

Did not know cows could be so scarey!!!!
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CAPECODLIGHT 10/7/2014 7:48PM

    So many wonderful pictures! I love the berries, goat and nasturtiums especially.

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GRANDMABABA 10/7/2014 5:16PM

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I needed a breath of fresh air.

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HYATTI1 10/7/2014 5:12PM

    Fall is a wonderful season to be out walking or hiking

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LIZZY1023 10/7/2014 2:45PM

  Great pix. thanks for shareing

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YISKAMIRYAM 10/7/2014 2:03PM

    Beautiful pictures and a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!

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REBESANCON 10/7/2014 12:52PM

    I loved looking at all your pics and reading about your hike. And I had to laugh out loud when you spoke of Googling "crushed by a cow." Glad you were able to get out, enjoy the day, and shake off your stress.

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JENNIFER2578 10/7/2014 11:23AM

    Beautiful pictures! I want to be there too!

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MOMMY445 10/7/2014 10:44AM

    such beautiful pictures! have a wonderful day!

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KALEWINE 10/7/2014 8:54AM

    Beautiful! Sorry you didn't enjoy your trip to the Gulf. But I know you're looking forward to your trip to Greece!

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LEANMEAN2 10/7/2014 5:52AM

    Thanks again! I had been missing you.

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JIBBIE49 10/7/2014 12:44AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

I'm glad there are farmers or we would all starve to death, yet many people never think about that.

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KRYSSCOTT 10/6/2014 11:52PM

    Fantastic as always. You go on the most amazing hikes. Looking forward to the trip to Greece. That will be exciting to see as I probably will never visit there in my lifetime. The United States has many many different landscapes but you have to drive a long way to see them all. So far I have only explored a small section of the south eastern most part. Someday I'll have to show you what Florida looks like.

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JAMER123 10/6/2014 10:04PM

    i must agree that you have the most interesting and wonderful walks. I am never going to get to see these areas so I am continuing to travel through your eyes. Hard to believe the guide told you to go through the gate. The cows were probably looking for treats but you never know.
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LIVELYGIRL2 10/6/2014 9:35PM

  you find the most amazing places to hike or walk. So are so, so, blessed. I wish I could walk with you.

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WARRIORGIRL121 10/6/2014 9:34PM

    Hi Claire, I really enjoyed your blog! Beautiful as always. Sorry your trip to the Gulf was disappointing... I'm sure you'll enjoy the trip to Greece and I'll look forward to more picture blogs from you then!

I really got a kick out of your cow experience... but I'm sorry you were alarmed... they can just be very curious animals. they might've thought you were coming to feed them! I did a lot of horseback riding in years past and spent a lot of my free time at barns and many barns had some cows as well as the horses; I would sometimes help with brushing and feeding the animals as well. I often found the same... when I entered a field, both the horses and the cows would come running up to me to check me out! It's important to stay calm and carefully move around them. Hopefully the next time you encounter a cow(s), it will not be a frightening experience! Have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon Karen

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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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WALNUTT1961 10/19/2014 3:14PM

    Awesome pictures of your visit to Rome!

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KAREN91 10/15/2014 7:56PM

    Claire, Thanks for taking us along on your travels. Great pictures as always. emoticon

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REBESANCON 10/7/2014 12:54PM

    Love, love, love your blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your pics and share your experience.

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QTEALADY20031 10/6/2014 5:32PM

    Claire, just beautiful. I love the picture of the Virgin Mother and Child Jesus! Sorry to hear there seems to be so much scaffoldings....GEES....your right, it is sad but they want everyone to be able to appreciate Rome for many, many years to come. I would have liked to have seen the fountain too. I wish I could follow your footsteps. You do so well when you venture out on your own. I would probably be sitting in the "police station" saying "I am lost". lol Many years ago I travelled when Junie was little, her dad and I went to Old St Augustine in Florida. I loved the cobblestone streets and seeing the shops but I went to walk around in the early morning before the shops opened, as once they are opened here comes the tourists. I always wanted to go back there as there was a chapel with bells that were just beautiful. You could just listen for hours. In most places I want out of the way sites to see. You are very fortunate and I would love to hear about your Gulf travels too. Thank you again, Claire. You are amazing! June

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GINIEMIE 10/6/2014 4:20PM

    Je suis désolée de ne pas avoir suivi tes blogs à Rome.
Mon oncle n'a pas beaucoup parler de son sejour à Dubai, il y a des années. Il était Diplomate de la Belgique à l'époque et nous ne pouvons pas l'écrire car il ne voulait pas avoir des ennuies avec du courier des Etats Unis.
Comme d'habitude les photos de tes ranconnées sont magnifique et tes explications sont si bien fait. J'essaye de reprendre le courage et reperdre les kilos que j'ai pris.
J'espère que tes parents sont assez bien, ils sont toujours dans mes prières.
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CHERIRIDDELL 10/2/2014 4:24AM

    Your blogs are remarkable Claire you have a talent for making us feel we are there with you sharing in the delights you are seeing. Many of them I once saw and I can't thank you enough ,you don't know how much I enjoy your blogs.I am now in a wheelchair awaiting hip replacements so I can't go on the rambles and walks I once did but you share yours with me and I thank you !

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KRYSSCOTT 9/30/2014 6:48PM

    I have never left the united states but hope one day to go to the homeland of my family. Thank you for sharing your visit with us, it makes me want to go there even more.



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PATRICIAANN46 9/28/2014 2:36PM

  Hi Claire.........
All I could think of when looking at your photos was how painful it must have been for you to have to sit inside during your meetings, knowing what was waiting for you and your camera just outside.
I enjoyed all 3 of your Rome tours and look forward to your next trip.
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TORTISE110 9/27/2014 7:14AM

    Beautiful. I have never been, and hope to go soon.

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SARAWALKS 9/26/2014 8:50AM

    Oh my. Yes, I have to go back to Rome. You're making me remember how much I loved it!
And you found the PERFECT POV for a photo of the fountain in Piazza Navona. I didn't manage that. It's always so funny to see the pigeons perching on the statues' heads...
Villa Borghese is definitely on my list. A friend and I saw the Caravaggios in the church on Piazza del Popolo nearby, but night was falling so we walked back to our hotel near St. Peter's.
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CAPECODLIGHT 9/25/2014 3:26PM

    Thank you - wonderful, wonderful pictures.

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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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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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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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CORNERKICK 10/9/2014 1:26PM

  So beautiful!

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QTEALADY20031 10/6/2014 5:13PM

    Claire, I love how you give us the history of your pictures. I was telling my daughter how wonderful your blogs are and with so much information on your travels. I am still amazed at the buildings......It seems you could stay there forever and still find new places to explore! I am sure that you were happy to realize where you were when you stayed there with your mother. Wonderful memories for you, especially now, I am sure......how exciting! Claire, thank you again for sharing your journey with us!! emoticon June

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TUBLADY 10/6/2014 8:38AM

    Thank you for such a fact filled, lovely photo blog about your stay in Rome.
I know some of the area you were at, have walked those same cobblestone streets.
My Mother is Italian, but from Milan.. But I have spent many of wonderful days in the Eternal City.
Reading this brings back memories, and I want to get back to Italy, will fly into Rome , then head south to Sorrento where I love staying.
Spark on.
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SUPERSYLPH 9/26/2014 3:36PM

    I love the architecture! So beautiful!

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SARAWALKS 9/26/2014 8:42AM

    Che belli frutti e fiori!
Looks like I will have to go back to Rome too, to see Palazzo Mattei and the turtle fountain which somehow I missed! I also never went to the Ghetto... :( no time, what with the choir to deal with etc. But I walked through the area around Campo di Fiori several times, on the way to the Campidoglio and the Pantheon area where there is such a great coffee shop... ;)
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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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WRITERWANNAB 9/9/2014 12:58AM

    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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Lovely pics, Beautiful Country.....

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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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