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Discovering a beautiful village during my hike today!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

'Tillard' doesn't sound too good in French. Not very elegant at all, quite harsh. Luckily, the village which is called Tillard (in the Oise area North of Paris) is much more beautiful than its name... See what you think...

I loved the black and white contrast with the dove in the picture below.

As I passed by this farm and its tractor, I thought of Sparkfriend LISALGB! I know they have a tractor on their farm in Tennessee and now I always think of Lisa when I see a tractor! :) (Don't be jealous, you are ALL with me on my hikes!!!)

One last view at Tillard's church...

... and here is the countryside!

Today it felt as if all the paths were going up! emoticon
I know, I know, it isn't possible, but it definitely felt that way. Hard work!

Another pretty village in the distance, Silly-Tillard (and its white cows!):

As I reached Abbécourt, I met these two horses. But the white one on the left was very shy I think as it never looked at me. emoticon

The path in Abbécourt was not easy! First (near where the horses were) I had to walk through the nearby field because the path was so entirely covered with bushes I couldn't walk on it! Hum. Then I really struggled to find the path to leave Abbécourt, it was very well hidden (and looked just like a path going to a house!)...

Ah well, it didn't matter, because on 'Rue du Moulin' [Mill's street], I found a beautiful house with blue shutters and door to show FITMAY! Enjoy May! :)

When I finally found the path leaving Abbécourt, after walking for a short while I discovered a gorgeous view on the church of the village of Saint-Sulpice (which is completely outside the village, that was interesting)...

The church seen from the other side...

... and the village of Hodenc-L'Evêque in the distance...

... as I walked through more beautiful late summer countryside...

(wild clematis)


(Oh my goodness, I had never seen so many blackberries!!!)

I loved today's hike, even though it was a 'short' one with only 3 hours and a half... It really was a gorgeous summer day. I made the most of it as it was probably my last hike of the summer: next Saturday I am taking the Eurostar train to England for work and I will be spending the weekend at my friend Liz's in London. I know it will be wonderful though (it always is with Liz!) and I'll make sure to post a blog about it!!!

[About work... thank you so much for sharing my excitement this week about my upcoming trip to Congo. I really wasn't sure at all I would get this photojournalist trip as I am not working with Africa (nor with communications) in my new job anymore. I am so happy!]

I hope you are all having a gorgeous weekend! Keep sparking! :)

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/22/2012 8:59AM

    I LOVE France...

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EBURGITE 9/26/2012 11:11AM

    emoticon photography! thanks for sharing.

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KAREN91 9/25/2012 1:45AM

    Awesome pictures! I've always wanted to go to France reading your blog and seeing your pix is the best I can do for now! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! emoticon emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/23/2012 10:48AM

    Wow - what a beautiful blog! I loved this! Hi, I saw your blog via another sparkfriend's comment, saw the words "Paris" and "beautiful village" and I had to check it out! This was wonderful - thank you for sharing! emoticon Karen

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MSBEKANATOR 9/22/2012 6:37PM

    What an incredibly beautiful walk! It makes me miss France. I used to live in Neuilly Sur Seine years ago.

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USFBULL 9/22/2012 6:13PM

    Way to go, nicely done. thank you for the post. emoticon

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SKEETOR 9/22/2012 5:52PM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your photos with us!

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SCOTTYDOG76 9/22/2012 5:10PM

    What a find to have come across your blog! First of all, I love little villages, and this one really is a #1. The photos you have chosen to post were charming and I envied you the chance to have such a scenic land to take a walk in. Do you live in France all the time? Or are you an American?

BTW, I loved the photo of you taken at your friend Zoe's wedding. Just beautiful!

Hugs, Eve

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JIBBIE49 9/22/2012 9:45AM

    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You certainly are a emoticon

Haven't been to France, but amazing how old buildings can be there and they keep using them. Reminds me of the State of Tennessee.

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PURSUEJOY 9/21/2012 11:57PM

    Oh my goodness ~ what an astonishingly beautiful, beautiful post!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your fabulous pictures...just breathtaking!
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JERICHO1991 9/21/2012 11:08PM

    Beautiful countryside. Thank you.

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JILLIEWILLIE1 9/21/2012 10:56AM

    All that is missing is the sound and scents and I would be right there. Just beautiful I'd love to take that walk. Thanks for sharing your photos .

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DNRAE1 9/21/2012 10:39AM

    Beautiful hike and photos, Claire. Thank you for taking us with you. emoticon

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LYNNIERN 9/21/2012 9:52AM

    Thanks for sharing your hike, the pictures are beautiful.

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KATHIC2 9/21/2012 9:17AM

  Wow! Fabulous photos and writing! Thanks!

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KARRENLYNN 9/21/2012 1:22AM

    Hi Claireinparis,

Wow! What a beautiful place to hike. I wish I could hike there too. I'm gonna have to work harder at finding a beautiful place like that near my home.

Have a great day, Thanks for all the great pictures you shared.


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ANDREAG89 9/20/2012 10:17PM

    Oh WOW!!!! Thank you for posting this. I felt like I had a little escape while looking at the pictures and reading your descriptions. WONDERFUL!

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STLOUISWOMAN 9/20/2012 9:20PM

    Thank you so much for taking us along with you on your walk. Beautiful pictures!

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NEWKATHYNOW 9/20/2012 9:12PM

    I love reading your blogs and enjoying your photos! Thank you so much for sharing them so generously!

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    I marvel at your photography and envy you of your beautiful hikes. I can't believe I missed all of this while living in France. Well, I was young, and, maybe, not as curious as today.
How long will you stay in the Congo? Curious what your work will be there.
Enjoy your trip to England. I also lived in London and then Cambridge for a while.

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    I love hiking with you Claire, I wish I had more time to take photos and post of my hikes. I am so glad you share your photos.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/20/2012 6:33PM

    Beautiful is right!

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QTEALADY20031 9/20/2012 4:01PM

    Such beautiful countryside and as always I feel like I have stepped back in time with you. Congratulations on the Congo assignment and have a wonderful week-end in London with your friend! emoticon emoticon June

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  How beautiful and such inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your hike with our community. I hope you'll be our eyes for future hikes, and sights! Kia ora!

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LAINYC 9/20/2012 12:16PM

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PHEBESS 9/20/2012 12:10PM

    Gorgeous location! And I'm SO jealous that you live in France!!!!!

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AMANDA_A_725 9/20/2012 12:03PM

    Great photos! Thanks for showing us the beauty of the French countryside!

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EPATTEN79 9/20/2012 11:10AM

    Stunning, beautiful, absolutely gorgeous

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TONYVAND1 9/20/2012 11:09AM

  emoticon great pictures

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LAURENBNJ 9/20/2012 11:06AM

    sounds and looks like a beautiful hike!

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GALINAZ 9/20/2012 10:47AM

    Blackberries are scumpcious, you reminded me of the summer I canned some!

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KELBELL685 9/20/2012 10:42AM

    Beautiful photos!

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KATYDID412 9/20/2012 10:34AM

    Gorgeous photos! Wish I had been there too.

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DIANNEMT 9/20/2012 10:32AM

    Beautiful photos! Thank you!

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ILOVEROSES 9/20/2012 10:16AM

    Thank you for taking us on your "short" walk. Really enjoyed the countryside. Did you taste those ripe blackberries? emoticon I am sure you'll have a fun time next weekend with Liz. Looking forwards to your blog and pics.

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NEWHEARTSTART 9/20/2012 10:05AM

    Just looking at the photos brings my blood pressure down. Thanks

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SJKENT1 9/20/2012 9:47AM

    Wow Tillard is breathtakingly beautiful!

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CBRINKLEY401 9/20/2012 9:28AM

    Thank you for taking us on this walk with you.

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MANDALORE 9/20/2012 9:06AM

    awesome Pics! emoticon

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WALLINMW 9/20/2012 8:28AM

  Way to go!

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CFMOSS 9/20/2012 7:58AM wonderful. Haven't been to Tillard, but hill country is Europe is wonderful. Thanks for the pictures.

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AMARILYNH 9/20/2012 7:55AM

    Oh wow - your entire hike had me wanting to be with you!! Have a wonderful weekend with Liz and congrat on your Congo trip!! Blessings!! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 9/20/2012 7:21AM

    Great Blog. Great Hike. And Congrats. You hit the big time. Have a great rest of your week. emoticon

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THEIS58 9/20/2012 6:29AM

    Great photos, so peaceful!

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TJCADDO 9/20/2012 12:32AM

    What lovely countryside. Thank you for showing us around. I hope that you picked some berries and had a few while you were out there.

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