Hello dear Sparkfriends!
Some of you may remember Gerberoy... In June, I wrote a blog about that little village (100 inhabitants!) in the countryside in Picardie (North of Paris):
Yesterday, I went back with my friend Sabrina, who had wanted to go ever since I had mentioned it to her. But until recently, she was too weak to go away for the day as she was still recovering from colon cancer. Now she is feeling and looking healthy and strong! Almost all her energy is back and she has regained the 30lbs she had lost without needing to. She can't wait to go on vacation with her husband and daughters next week!
We walked around the village and then had a light lunch in the restaurant I prefer in Gerberoy, as the food is lovely yet simple (very 'home made') and you can eat outside in the shade... (Here, Sabrina about to enjoy her quiche lorraine!)
And then, we went on a 2-hour hike in the nearby countryside!
It was wonderful, and partly in the shade which was great as it was hot (30°C/86°F)! We were glad we had brought lots of water with us though, we needed it!
When we came back from our hike, my feet were still mostly fine! Woohoo, more progress! So we went to visit the Henri Le Sidaner gardens (created around 1900 and maintained ever since).
The roses weren’t great (June is the month to go to Gerberoy if you like roses!), but there were lots of hydrangeas, which was beautiful.
Descendants of Henri Le Sidaner still own the house and live there (for part of the year at least)!
My favorite part of the garden was the ‘white garden’. I loved the daisies, white geraniums and white hydrangeas.
The ‘blue garden’ was very nice too, with the church in the background.
The garden is built on different levels (lots of stairs to climb!), with pretty sculptures. It is called an 'Italian garden'.
The view from the top (the little round building they call ‘The Temple of Love’!) is so pretty!
This is the view on the street below:
But let’s close the door on that part of the garden and go to the other side...
... as this is definitely my favorite view... on the roofs of Gerberoy! A fantastic surprise!
We could also see the Henri Le Sidaner’s house from the other side:
After one last look at the garden...
... we walked all around the village and through the streets one last time. On the way back, we stopped at a nearby farm I had discovered during a previous visit to buy some cheese and eggs... Yum!
Today I’ll have a relaxing day (sore feet!) but will go for a walk in the forest (my ‘routine walk’ by Ecouen’s castle) this afternoon. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing another aspect of Gerberoy!