It took me a while to get ready for my hike yesterday... I had been feeling very much 'under the weather' on Saturday, probably made it worse by receiving a letter that upset me too. I hate how my emotions can ruin my day sometimes!
So I was badly in need of a good workout! I finally got ready and drove to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, a little town East of Paris on the way to the Champagne area. I had passed by it when I came back from my 'mini vacation' a few weeks ago and thought it would be a nice place to come back to. I was right!
I parked near the Marne river and crossed the Charles de Gaulle bridge.
It was such a gorgeous day! It really would have been silly not to make the most of it! Then I went up the hill to reach the forest... I loved the path leading to it!
I passed by a park which had gates that looked ancient! :)
And then I was in the forest! Can you see the signs painted on the tree? This shows that you are on an official hiking path.
At some point, the path was going down, and there were lots of rolling rocks. Not my favorite kind of path! But it was beautiful.
Then I reached the Dhuys aqueduct, on which I walked for about an hour, first through the woods...
... and then through the fields...
Honestly, if I hadn't seen regularly on the way these little 'houses' which give access to the aqueduct for specialized staff... [EDIT: No, nobody ever lived in those! They are tiny and don't have any windows. They were built especially for maintenance of the aqueduct. I think there must be stairs leading to the aqueduct structure and the river flow... This enables staff to check everything is OK and to do repairs if needed.]
... I would sometimes have forgotten I was on an aqueduct!
Especially when there were autumn crocuses (colchicums/meadow saffrons) to look at! ;-)
"Colchiques dans les prés fleurissent, fleurissent,
Colchiques dans les prés, c'est la fin de l'été."
[Autumn crocuses in the meadows
Are blossoming, blossoming
Autumn crocuses in the meadows
It's the end of summer.]
It is a French children's song. You can find it on YouTube if you want to have an idea of the melody I had in my head for the rest of my hike! :)))
Autumn crocuses are actually often well hidden in the grass. If you aren't careful, you could pass by them without seeing them (I know I did at first!).
Indeed, there were lots of interesting things to look at in the area, like this poplar grove in the distance (I later crossed it)...
... a tractor working in the fields...
... beautiful shadows...
... and friendly cows!
I have heard that it isn't a good year for apples. But it looks like it might be a good year for pears!
Although dry flowers make me a bit sad because they definitely say summer has ended, I cannot help but think that some are truly beautiful.
These were incredible! They grew horizontally!
I got a bit tensed when I entered the poplar grove as I saw a car parked on the side of the path... I was scared it was hunters! But no, it was just friends sharing a picnic, phew!
After walking through the woods for a while...
... I reached a wall and had a look through the gates... Hmmm nothing much to see! :)
I followed it for a while through the woods, then passed by a cemetery...
I crossed Reuil-en-Brie and followed the Marne river...
... all the way back to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre...
... seeing the town hall appear in the distance...
... and looking at pretty houses on the way...
Then I was back at Charles de Gaulle's bridge,
and crossed it in the other direction a little over 4 hours after the beginning of my hike!
How has your weekend been? Where you able to go on a hike/run/bike tour?
I am sorry I have been a bit MIA these last few days, it was chaotic after I came back from England! It should be better this week! Have a sparkling week!!!