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Back in Gerberoy... how I love that place!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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):
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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!
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/27/2012 9:16PM

    Sabrina looks great. Tell her I said so, and that I am glad she is doing well. That's great she walked with you. Having a friend along always makes a walk special. I haven't had Quiche for a long time. I need to make one. The food looks good, and the Tomatoes were a good size. Gerberoy is a beautiful area. I love the buildings with the plants and flowers. Wow, a 2 hr. walk. My feet would be tired to, but I'm glad you ventured on. The pictures of the countryside is so nice, but then I am a country girl at heart. Love the cows. One of them even had a cow lick hehe. The Henri Le Sidaner gardens is breath taking. Even though the roses were not that great, as you said. The rest of the plants and flowers are beautiful. I love lots of colors. I can see why you enjoyed the white gardens. The tree in the background is interesting as well. View from the street is so pretty. Thank you for the hike!

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DMF2012 7/27/2012 4:53AM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm glad Sabrina is feeling better and able to join you on your wonderful walks

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QUILTINGB52 7/26/2012 10:48PM

    Love the wall with all the flowers....I could easily just take my chair and a quilt and stitch to my hearts content. Then you could pick me up on the way back from your walk! lol

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/26/2012 10:32PM

    Fabulous photographs as always. I'm so glad Sabrina is looking well and healthy again. Thanks for taking me places I'll never see in person. As always it was wonderful.

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NORASPAT 7/26/2012 6:53PM

    Fabulous photos and Sabrins is looking vert well. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 7/26/2012 6:37PM

    Daydreaming of joining you. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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MAKAMBO 7/26/2012 3:26PM

    Comme je commence deux semaines de vacances cette semaine, je vais suivre ton exemple et tenter de visiter les alentours. Bien entendu, ici ce ne sont pas les beaux édifices qui abondent, mais bien les grands espaces.... Je ne prends pas assez le temps d'aller marcher dans les sentiers qui ne sont pourtant, qu'a (je n'arrive pas a faire les accents sur les a!) quelques kilomètres de la maison. Bravo a toi de combiner l'exercice a la visite des beaux lieux!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/26/2012 12:54PM

    Wow, I can see why you like it so much - thanks for the pix!
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LINDAKAY228 7/26/2012 12:13PM

    Such a beautiful place! Loved it. I am so glad you feet held up and also so very happy that your friend has recovered so well and can do these kinds of things with you again!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/26/2012 11:53AM

    Gerberoy is absolutely breat-takingly enchanting! Glad you got to enjoy it with your friend Sabrina and SOOO glad to hear she's recovering from the ill affects of the colon cancer. HUGS to her and hope that she enjoys her vacation with her family.

And of course, hugs to YOU for sharing the beauty of Gerberoy with us again.



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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 7/26/2012 11:11AM

    Hi Claire,

So nice to see you having a lovely time with Sabrina. I see heaps of hydrangeas of all colours here down under, although the blue and purple ones get almost all my attention. So now when I look at white ones, will think of you enjoying Gerberoy.

Take care and lots of xox's
Scootergirl in Oz

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JOL1KEY2BOL3 7/26/2012 11:07AM

    Claire -- Tes photos sont magnifiques! Merci encore pour nous fais les partager. emoticon

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MADAMES 7/26/2012 10:54AM

    There is no way I could choose a "favorite" part of this village!! It looks absolutely charming in every photo! I can certainly see why you love it so much; perhaps one day I will be fortunate enough to see it in person. What a blessing to have Sabrina doing so well. I am thrilled for you both.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/26/2012 10:44AM

    It is so good to see Sabrina looking so full of health!
You really make me want to go do some exploring. We don't have anything with quite as rich of history as what you so often show us, but I know I could find some beautiful sights if I tried. Thank you for continuing to inspire!

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MUSOLF6 7/26/2012 10:31AM

    Just love the pics..... emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/26/2012 10:07AM

    Just absolutely beautiful!! As usual. I am happy you and your friend had a great day. They sure give a big portion of quiche, that made me hungry, I am going to have to make one. Just wish I could walk around Gerberoy when I am done. Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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FITMAY 7/26/2012 9:14AM

    This was so nice!!! I love that little village... I'm so thankful you have "taken us" there again... It all seems from such a different time.... so romantic...
I'm so glad to know Sabrina is feeling so much better... this is great news!!! Greetings to her... and many emoticon to you...
Love ya'
May

PS. Fresh cheese and eggs.... mmmm.... you made me hungry... lol... have a relaxing day my friend...

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BEARGODDESS 7/26/2012 8:48AM

    ALL the architecture in this blog looked like it was from a book of fairy tales. You expect to see peddlers and knights on horseback. Fairies in the garden! So pretty! How great that your friend Sabrina is recovering so well from cancer! She looks happy and healthy.

Thank you for another beautiful walk and for bringing us along!

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MINIUM 7/26/2012 8:30AM

    How romantic this little town looks! And it's so good to see Sabrina's smiling face! I can't believe both of you walked for 2 hours. Well done! You did amazing!
This village reminds me very much of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, don't you think?
As there are so many of your blogs I missed, I'm starting with the last one. Sorry about that! I'll make sure I AM subscribed to your blogs again.
Take care,
Nan

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BAKER1009 7/26/2012 7:29AM

    Ya know, I might hike more if there were sites like this to see. How beautiful! Thanks again for sharing with us, Claire!
Oh, and I LOVE the white daisies!
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STRIVER57 7/26/2012 7:01AM

    lovely. comme d'habitude. and how heart-warming to see Sabrina looking (and eing) healthy.

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TDWANDD2MYK9 7/26/2012 6:11AM

    Claire you have done it again! Fantastic blog and Beautiful photos. Your friend is looking so well, I wish her all the very best and hope she has a fabulous holiday with her family. emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/26/2012 5:26AM

    TY!!! This was lovely! TY!!! TY!!! TY!!!

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