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Gerberoy... one of my favorite French villages, full of roses!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

This is probably going to be one my longest blogs ever... mostly pictures though!!! I really struggled to choose which photos to share with you today, as I went to one of my favorite places in the world: the village of Gerberoy, in the Picardie area (North of Paris). When I first discovered it two years ago, I had to go back the following weekend, it was so beautiful I wanted to see it again!

It is only one hour drive from my apartment, and the last part of the road is really lovely...

Then, you reach Gerberoy, and you wonder why you never went before!

If you have already heard of Gerberoy, you might have seen a picture of this house, I think it is the most photographed in the village! Ah, of course, blue shutters... ;-)

The street next to it leads to the church...

and to the Henri Le Sidaner gardens...

Throughout the village, apart from all the beautiful houses, there are lots of statues and architectural details to look at...

Most of the houses are really old. This one, for example, is from 1691 (the date is engraved in the wood, but not very visible on my picture!)...

Of course, there are tourists, but it isn't too bad. My little secret for avoiding tourists is to go during lunch time. It is mostly French tourists - although this time there were also some Asian ladies, from Japan or Korea I am not sure. They all had pretty hats!

June is the most touristy month in Gerberoy, because the village is well known for its roses, and June is the best time for roses in that part of France...

Gerberoy is a very small village, with only 115 inhabitants, but there is plenty to look at (and even a few art galleries, which I enjoy!).

I hope you enjoyed visiting Gerberoy with me today and that the sun is shining over your Sunday as it did over mine!

Some of you have asked me about my new job... I will take on my new role from 1st July, but I heard this week that I won't know which countries I will be working with until the end of July or early August! So I am not entirely sure what I'll be doing in July... well, I don't mind, there is so much work left in my current role, I can always finish all that! :)

Thank you for reading, dear Sparkfriends! Have a beautiful week!
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    974 days ago
    Hi Claire........
    I can see why this village draws you to it. With your eye for composition, you must go crazy here. There is so much to choose from. emoticon again for sharing your beauty with us.
    1293 days ago
    Omg, this was gorgeous! What a beautiful place... and I loved the roses! I think that when I visit France, I just may wish to stay there! Amazing!
    1294 days ago
    Beautiful!!! TY!!!
    2060 days ago
    Claire, OMG did I just get to take a walk in Gereroy, I DID and it was amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing...I can't wait to spend time with your blogs...The beauty in your work draws you in for sure....Amazing!! Have a beautiful day!!
    2080 days ago
    Oh! these are breathtaking!
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    2087 days ago
    Gerberoy is delightful! Thank you for sharing your trip.I adore roses but here in the North of Canada they will not come into bloom till mid July.I love seeing the historic places you capture too.Canada is very new compared to France and itis amazing to see the places you are able to photogfraph.I could happily pass hours looking at your blogs Claire !
    2088 days ago
    Thank you for the tour of that beautiful little town. We were in Lyon at the University for nine weeks and visited a park with roses, animals, and Lakes that were so lovely. I can believe the beauty of your picture since the park was my favorite spot. Again, emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2089 days ago
    I agree with HICKOKHALEY the more the better.

    I often wonder what the residents of these towns do for a living.
    2090 days ago
    So beautiful! If I ever get my chance to be a tourist in France again, I'm coming back to all your blogs and taking notes!! Lovely. Merci beaucoup!
    2092 days ago
    Such beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing!
    2093 days ago
    Simply lovely. You have a wonderful eye.
    2094 days ago
    Beautiful pictures, love the roses. My roses are in bloom now too and I am going to cut some and bring them in the house to enjoy in my room.

    Sorry I have not been very attentive, I am very slowly getting my life back together. I have heard that it isn't this way in other parts of the world, but here in Minnesota we celebrate the graduation of High school kids with a big open house party. Friends and family are invited to come and eat and talk and the kids all play games and what not. We have been to so many this year and I am worn out, next weekend is our daughters party on Saturday we are expecting over 100 guests. My DH has been ill and was in the hospital this week, so the burden of getting the house and yard ready has fallen completely on me and I am trying to get the older kids to help. Even if it all isn't done the way I would most like, it will be a good party and Laura will have fun celebrating.

    I joined a new team to help me get going again on weight loss but it isn't working out very well. I am getting bombarded with comments, goodies and sparkmail and most of it is only a quote or something copied to lost of other people. Not personal in anyway, not really very helpful either.

    It's the dear friends like you who make the best possitive influence with your helpful and supportive ideas and comments. You are a treasure, and I am lucky to have a friend like you.
    2094 days ago
    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place! I love roses and love to garden so this was a treat...thanks.
    2094 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I agree with NORAS_PAT that you should be working for the French Tourism Board:) (Not that they need help). Yet another beautiful photo-blog -- Thank you. It's so very beautiful there.

    I think it is good news that your new job isn't 100% up to speed the day you start ... it will give you time to ease into all the new information. Good luck!
    2094 days ago
    Claire the roses are so beautiful, you have a very good eye for composition. Your blog and Photos are spectacular you should be working for the French travel bureau, you would most definitely boost the tourism industry. HUGS and do take care of that foot.
    HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon Photos from an emoticon LADY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2095 days ago
    Love the textural contrasts - the brickwork with the timbering and the stones especially! Blue shutters are a fave of mine...and that single peach-colored rose photo is just marvelous!
    Yes, I'd like to live there too...dreaming... emoticon
    2095 days ago
    Did anyone mention the song???

    The song "Roses of Picardy" is a World War I song, a British soldier expressing his love for a French woman. I don't even know how I know it, I certainly wasn't around then! My brain is quite the song library. When I saw these images, I instantly heard the song in my head.
    2095 days ago
    Your blogs can never be too long. I see why you love the area so. Just beautiful. The Gardens are a real treat. Roses, statues, and the tower is interesting. It amazes me they can still have statues from the 1600's. I really like the homes there, and all the different color flowers gives it a final touch. emoticon
    2096 days ago
    Such beautiful pictures - I couldn't begin to choose a favourite this time. Love the half-timbered houses (is that what you call them?) - so many different patterns of the timbering and interesting colour combinations.
    2096 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    I'm with Minium: I want to LIVE there!!! Gorgeous, really gorgeous :-) Thanks for sharing Claire :-)
    2097 days ago
    As always, such beautiful pictures! You have a knack of making us feel like we are there with you! Thanks so much for allowing all of us to see the beauty of France! Kim
    2097 days ago
    Oh how absolutely goregeous! Thank you for sharing it with us. Good luck with your new job when you start. Hope it leaves you time for continuing to share such beautiful places with us!
    2097 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Thank you for sharing your visit to such a pretty village. Now I shall have to go there too....maybe next year. emoticon
    2097 days ago
    Can see why Gerberoy is your favourite. So beautiful like you.

    Scootergirl in Oz
    2097 days ago
    Beautiful, Thank you, so much.
    i always enjoy your blogs and photos. emoticon
    2097 days ago
    How incredibly beautiful! Thank you for introducing me to this charming town. And thank you for the beautiful photographs!
    2098 days ago
    I absolutely loved it! I want to go there!!! No, wait, I want to live there! Especially in the house with the blue shutters, obviously! ;-) Thank you so much for sharing. What a great idea to go there yesterday when the sun was just perfect. Did your foot behave yesterday?
    Have a lovely (rainy - sigh...) day! Take care!
    2098 days ago
    We went to a rose garden yesterday too! However, it was very windy here and the garden was planted for the local hospice so not such a cause for celebration.
    Good luck with the next few days in the "old job". Remember to send yourself a "leaving card"!!
    2098 days ago
    What beautiful photos!! Gerberoy is one place on my list of places to go, especially in May for the rose festival. But the difference between you and me, Claire, is that you get up and go, while I just sit and wish... (Of course, the festival wasn't on this year because of the elections!) So thanks very much for sharing it with us, and I will get there one day...

    2098 days ago
    WOW Claire the photos are beautiful! I was not familiar with Gerberoy, what a wonderful city. Thank you for sharing. I could smell the roses!
    2098 days ago
  • NAN041
    Claire, so lovely..thank you, Nan
    2098 days ago
    I can see why you love this place sooooo much! The buildings and the flowers are amazing!! Merci mille fois!
    2098 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/17/2012 11:24:29 PM
    These pictures are stunning!!!! I loved this blog - Gerberoy looks positively idyllic.
    2098 days ago
    Claire the first picture is breath taking then I scroll on down the page & I am left in awe of this beautiful place. William the Conqueror & Henry the fourth were there. I fell in love with your country because of you!!! You make your country come alive.Thank you for all you do for us in your walks,your pictures & your writings.You bring us joy!!!!
    2098 days ago
    What a beautiful place!! No wonder you wanted to visit there again. The roses are just wonderful. And, I love the picture you used for your new background photo. I love roses.
    I hope your foot was ok today. I hope you didn't have any pain. I am so glad you were able to get out and hike today.
    Take care and have a wonderful week.
    Love and hugs!!
    2098 days ago
    Oh Claire. If I were forced to pick my favorite picture, I couldn't do it! They're all so gorgeous. Just enjoyed your blog soo much. Thank you!

    And good luck with the new job1
    2098 days ago
    Awesome pictures, they remind me so of my little hometown in Germany...makes me homesick. Keep posting these lovely pics.
    2098 days ago
    Wonderful Miss Claire, so glad you enjoyed your hike.....hope the new boots are working out well for you.

    Best of luck in your new job....sounds like it's full of adventure!!
    2098 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    Thank you for sharing your Sunday afternoon with us. The pictures are beautiful
    2098 days ago
  • JENNA54
    Oh Claire, your photos are just wonderful!!!! I wish I was there, you have a real gift, and it is wonderful that you can share such beauty with us. I love the photo of the wild poppies on your spark page - they are my favourite flower. I look forward to your next hike.
    2098 days ago
    absolutely beautiful, claire - thank you again for sharing!
    2098 days ago
    Each picture is a treasure - and - the last one - magnificent! Thank you, as always, for taking us with you.
    2098 days ago
    I agree with Beargoddess-it looks like a storybook village! Like what you would see in a movie about a fairy tale! Love the architecture for sure!! All that stone! And the roses-beautiful!!! Glad you put them on your background too-really nice!!! I can see why it is one of your fave places to go!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2098 days ago
    Okay, that does it! I am packing my bags and moving right now. I want to LIVE there! In the house with the blue paint. What a blue! I love the roses, but I really love the architecture. Thank you for the eye candy. What a treat!
    2098 days ago
    So beautiful. Sure would love to live in an area like that. Thanks Claire.
    2098 days ago
    omg, it's gorgeous. this is going on my list of things to do in a car one day. merci comme toujours for the lovely photos and congratulations for being able to do the walk.
    2098 days ago
    Gorgeous photos! It's no wonder that Gerberoy is one of your favorite villages to visit. I'm glad that you had the opportunity to get away and that the sun was shining on you!
    2098 days ago
    So stunning!!! It looks so peaceful and inviting!
    Oh, how I would love to walk that little town with you my friend!
    It seems to me that a good time to go to France is late May & June... seems to be warm, but not hot and the vegetation is blooming... What do you think?
    Sending you love from South Carolina!
    May emoticon

    PS: How is your foot feeling?
    2098 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/17/2012 3:17:13 PM
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