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Walking by the Seine in Conflans- Sainte-Honorine

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

The weather forecast for today was "rain, rain, rain". Hmmm not even worth trying to go for a hike. So I decided to go to a lovely little town I had been seeing for years from the motorway bridge above the Seine, but never managed to visit...

Here is the view from the pedestrian bridge underneath the motorway bridge (as you can see there is a bright blue sky, it never rained!):



This is a closer view from the old town, with Montjoie Tower on the left (the big square building on the left) and St Maclou Church.



I first walked by the Seine in one direction...







... all the way until the Seine river meets the Oise river:.



I had a quick look at the Oise...



... and then walked to Conflans Sainte-Honorine...





... all the way up to the Montjoie Tower (built in 1085)...





...and the St Maclou Church...



I stopped briefly at a Christmas Market which was taking place in the pink house, but I couldn't take any picture as it was all original works of art.



Then I walked back through the streets of the old town overlooking the Seine.





When I reached the Seine again, I stopped at the market on place Fouillère on the way. My fridge was more or less empty (my week was too busy for shopping!), so it was perfect.

I bought crabs at the fish stand (they gave me 4 for 2... I'll be eating crab all week!!!)...



I didn't buy langoustines which I find completely tasteless! Expensive too!



Nor did I buy oysters, I am always scared of hurting myself when I open them!



... I bought some 'old fashioned' bread...



... lettuces on the vegetables stand (no pictures, they were boring, like the crabs'!)...







a camembert...



But I didn't buy anything at the meat stand! I already had 4 crabs for the week! :)))

No turkey...



And no foie gras!



I didn't buy any hyacinth either, as I had already bought a lovely white cyclamen last week at my florist...



... nor any other thing Christmassy, although these white pine cones could have looked nice in my all-white apartment!



Now, it is time to go back to the last Christmas cards I need to finish before posting them tomorrow! :) What did you do today? I hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  • v MARKATSPARK
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  • v MEADSBAY
    I want to BE you!
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    1341 days ago
  • v MINIUM
    Hi!
    I loved the way you captured the flying seagulls... and the cabbages too! And the colourful pumpkins!
    The list of your comments is so long it's extremely impressive.
    Have a lovely day and a very nice Christmas eve.
    Nan
    1345 days ago
  • v GRAMMAP1
    Another thing I like about your walks; they don't cost a dime. The last time we were in France, we were met at the airport by the Police and ordered to get passports. It's a long story. Our Daughter in law had broken her back in Central African Republic and was life flighted to Geneva. Our Son brought our two Grandsons to Paris to return home (Ohio, USA) to complete schooling with us. We couldn't locate our Passports, and the Embassy in Washington didn't get them to NY as promised. So...we were foreigners travelling w/o a passport. We did get them and back to the airport to meet the Boys. We saw very little of anything but the airport. Our DIL is fine, teaching school and our Son still travels to CAR working with Orphanages and clean water projects. The Boys: one is an engineer getting married this Spring, the other is in the Air Force. I will continue to enjoy your walks from your perspective. emoticon
    Merry Christmas, my Friend.
    1345 days ago
  • v BEWELL48
    Claire, beautiful pictures as always. Particularly liked the one with the birds....seagulls I believe and the one with the stairs! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
    From Claire
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    1347 days ago
  • v QTEALADY20031
    Claire, I guess I enjoy your pictures of your trip so much, as far as I am concerned you are a photographer! Writing is also very exciting. I always enjoyed writing when in school and college......in many ways think about getting back to writing again. I always enjoyed writing about the vacations I would take and enjoy and absorb where ever I was on vacation. You write so well, I should have known. Enjoy your holidays! June
    1347 days ago
  • v GOGETTERME
    Thanks for sharing. I feel like I took the walk with you.

    The food looked amazing, especially the crab. I plan on having plenty myself this weekend. Enjoy!

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  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    QTEALADY20031: Many thanks for your kind comment. Actually I am not a photographer at all!!! When I travel to different countries, I go with a photographer who takes the pictures and I write the stories... Photography is just a hobby for me, I haven't even ever had photography lessons! :)
    1349 days ago
  • v HICKOK-HALEY
    Looks like your day turned out well. I haven't had Crab for a long time. Sounds good. I was just telling my Hubby that I envy your walks. Finding all the old buildings and all. It just amazes me that anything built in 1085 is still standing.
    1350 days ago
  • v QTEALADY20031
    Claire, what a beautiful walk by the Seine. You have taken wonderful pictures and I would love the walk through the old town and also shopping at the Market. What a wonderful experience for you. Claire, again thank you so much for sharing your walks and hikes. I too would love the white pine cones as I also have white in my area of the house. I was telling my family about your experiences and where you live, they just thought it was amazing that you are a photographer and you also have the pleasure of your job with the phtography and travel and the fact that you live in Paris!
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  • v SARAWALKS
    Beautiful river walk! I would enjoy those crabs so much - but I've never cooked them myself, only eaten them at restaurants. They must be very fresh if they will last for the whole week! I love oysters too but I need lessons in oyster-opening...
    Have a marvelous week and a wonderful Christmas - only one week away now! and the Thursday after, I will be off to Rome!
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    1351 days ago
  • v JUST_BREATHE08
    emoticon Blog. Thank you so much for sharing. The pictures are beautiful!!
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  • v MARITIMER3
    I love the pictures showing the Seine as a working river. I've always been fascinated by river travel, and would dearly love, someday, to do a river cruise. I was interested in seeing that the land around the Seine, at least in this area, is hilly. For some reason I had expected it to be flat. I hope you're enjoying your crab meals.
    1352 days ago
  • v JOL1KEY2BOL3
    J'aime les photos, Claire! Les villes de France sont les plus belles du monde, je pense. Tu es montée en haut de beacoup marches, pour atteindre le tour, bien sûr! J'aime la vue de tour entre les murs!
    1352 days ago
  • v LISALGB
    What a charming place to visit. I am so glad you had such a beautiful day for your walk. The river is so pretty - and so are the wonderful old buildings. If only the walls could talk, right?
    Enjoy those crabs this week, Claire. Take care my friend. Sending you much love from Tennessee!!
    1352 days ago
  • v JACKIE542
    Your walk was just beautiful, thank you. Today I read some of my old Christmas cards that I kept, happy I did, made me feel good. Have a great day Claire. emoticon
    1352 days ago
  • v TRUCKERWIFE2
    Am enjoying your pictures and it looked like a wonderful walk. What is Froi Gras? I've heard of it before and took just enough French in college to know how to pronounce it. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful walk. Wish I could be with you to enjoy it.
    1352 days ago
  • v ILOVEMALI
    I love taking walks with you.

    The Girl is home for a few days, and all we've been talking about is her going to France. She will probably be there in August through about May. She's been to Paris and to Versailles when she was younger, and will be going to school in Provence and plans to live in Paris for about 6 months when she graduates. So, her Christmas tree ornament this year is another in a series of Eiffel Tower ornaments that I've been giving her over the years, and I got her a beautiful book about Provence.

    She will see what you see. What a privilege!
    1352 days ago
  • v INGMARIE
    Armchair travelling, it is great. emoticon
    thanks foe sharing.
    This was a lovely trip,sweet towns and a market ,you lucked out with the crabs i think.
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  • v PURPLELVR7
    thank you for sharing your day.
    I went to church and enjoyed our Christmas program
    1352 days ago
  • v SWEDE_SU
    lovely blog as always, claire - thanks for taking us along!
    1352 days ago
  • v STRIVER57
    yes it turned out to be a surprisingly gorgeous day, didn't it. that's one of your few walks someplace i've been ... though about 25 years ago. another inspiring blog. btw, i would not call a langoustine a crab (assuming the picture was what you bought 4 of). Patricia Wells in her glossary says: Langoustine: clawed crustacean, smaller than either homard or langouste, with very delicate meat. Known in British waters as Dublin Bay prawn. hugs
    1352 days ago
  • v NUOVAELLE
    A lovely town and s beautiful market! I'm glad you enjoyed your Sunday, Claire.
    Have a beautiful week!
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  • v FANGFACEKITTY
    It is too bad you could not take pictures of the artists' show, I always enjoy seeing original art. But I understand why they do not allow photographs. I like going to the artists area in Montmarte, even if it is mostly touristy paintings. There is an artist there I have bought 2 (non-tourist) paintings from that I have had framed. I have one here with me in France but the other one was not framed until after my container was packed and was too big to send by FedEx, which is a shame because it would go well with the colors in my bedroom.
    1352 days ago
  • v WILDASTER
    What a great walk! What was the artwork like? Did you find anything interesting? The market looks soooo good. That is one thing I really miss during the winter, I love going to the farmer's market.

    My weekend was filled with sewing and doing the Christmas cards. I try to sew something for each one of my kids for Christmas. So far I have sewn for 4 out of 8 and I am working still on the youngest one's Princess dress. She picked the fabric and the pattern back in November. But she has forgotten so it will be a great surprise! There are not many days left so I need to work faster, or longer!

    I started wrapping some presents too, my dear heart is on vacation now through the end of the year so he will be able to help me finish things up. He likes to wrap but doesn't do bows so I do the tags and bows while he wraps the packages. It gets to be a regular production!

    Have a great week, I will be revisiting here tomorrow to enjoy the beautiful photos and the feeling of warmth and sunshine!


    1353 days ago
  • v NAN041
    Claire, Were the veggies local?
    surprised as there was quite a
    variety. Enjoyed thanks, Nan
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  • v LJCANNON
    emoticon That was a Very Productive and Scenic Walk!! I am glad that the rain held off for you. The Market sounds like an Adventure and I know the Crab will be DELICIOUS!!!
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  • v JUDYAMK
    The walk was beautiful I am amazed how old the towers & churches are in your country. I never heard of Foie Gras I need to look that up.The town looks so quaint with the homes sprinkled along the Seine. Have a good week Claire.
    Take care
    Judy
    1353 days ago
  • v NORASPAT
    DH and I watched a MOVIE, Midnight in Paris, A Woody Alan directed Movie. It shows many scenes of the city, all the famous ones DH and I have seen, Not together though, maybe some day. I thought about you as I looked at the Arc de triumphe and the Louvre and there was a scene of the Moulin Rouge. I walked down the Champs Elysses when I was 12 years old and headed for the station to board the train for Souilac in the Dordogne and to see the caves at Lascaux and the town of Padirac. HUGS Pat in Maine.
    Today people were saying that my blogs made them hungry. Yours made me crave CRAB !!!!, I used to prepare dressed crab with my gran and we loved to pick them and eat them. Those were the Dungeness Crabs, OH MY mouth is drooling. We rarely can buy them in Maine. LOBSTER is KING here. Pat .
    Thanks Claire it was a great walk with you on the river bank. HUGS Pat in Maine.
    Forgive my FRENCH spellings, no time to find a dictionary- Forgive me please.
    We are expecting snow and I will be doing the snow blowing.
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  • v LINDAK25
    What a beautiful walk on a beautiful day! We have rain here, which we really need. The town along the Seine and the market are so picturesque. The pictures of the Seine look like there may have been wind. Hope it wasn't too cold and windy. I'd better get back to writing out those Christmas cards! My husband is making Christmas cookies (that's a first)!
    1353 days ago
  • v 1HAPPYSPIRIT
    Lovely walk!
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  • v TATTER3
    I'm an old woman who will never leave my little town again...but thanks to you I am touring a space in Europe that I would never see if you weren't so gracious. Thank you...I have been blessed!!!
    1353 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    What a beautiful hike you had! The produce looked exquisite and boy, the crab looked delicious! I am sure you'll enjoy that. I am glad that it didn't rain as predicted.

    Hugs!!! As always thanks for taking me along on your walk!


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  • v WILLOWBROOK5
    Oh, that was so wonderful I was almost in pain (not sure that made sense, LOL). I really need to get back to France. Thanks so much for the beautiful photos. I almost felt like I was there taking in all the great sights.
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  • v GOANNA2
    Thanks again for the tour Claire. I also stayed home
    nd wrote my Christmas cards. Have a great emoticon week.
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  • v DOVESEYES
    Lovely thanks again emoticon
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  • v LINDAKAY228
    Looks like such a lovely walk! And your choices of food look delicious! I always love the pictures you post of an area I may or may not ever get to visit!
    1353 days ago
  • v KAREN91
    Great blog and wonderful pictures, it always feels like I got to go on your walk too. Great market, We dont have markets like that in Iowa! France is beautiful. I know you have traveled alot, Have you ever been to the U.S.A.? Thanks for letting me travel your country through your wonderful word pictures and your photography pictures. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • v KENDRACARROLL
    Raining here right now :)
    What happened to your rain? I see sunshine in your photos.
    Wonderful pictures! Love the white pine cones.
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  • v DOODIE59
    It is so nice to take the time away from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, and go for a lung clearing, mind clearing walk to take in the sights and discover new places. Thank you for sharing, as ever:) Sweet!
    Deirdre
    1353 days ago
  • v DALID414
    I didn't do anything remotely as lovely as you did.
    You must have charmed someone for the extra crabs emoticon good for you!
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  • v TIPPY211
    Great pictures and blog. emoticon
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  • v LIZALOT
    Lovely blog and photos Claire. I only know Conflans Ste Honorine as a stop on the RER!!! It looks lovely. And only 20 minutes from me. Enjoy the crab! I love foie gras, but most of my family back home won't touch it.

    It was indeed a beautifully sunny morning.
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  • v KSNANA2
    Glad the weather was good for your walk, and thank you for the pictures! All white apartment! I have way too many people, kids and dogs running through our house to make that work! But it is fun to visit people's homes like that! Bet yours is beautiful!
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  • v KATHYJO56
    What an lovely old town! As always, I enjoyed my virtual walk with you. I can't think of a lovelier way to spend an afternoon. Have a very Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • v ALIHIKES
    Thank you for sharing your walk! I loved the old town, the tower and the church, and the photos from the market. I also enjoyed the beautiful blue sky from your walk, because I spent the morning shoveling snow off the driveway (good cardio and good arm exercise!)

    Also Claire thank you for your kind comments on my blog!
    Alison
    1353 days ago
  • v CELLISTA1
    I'm glad you had such a beautiful blue sky for your walk. I love markets! I'm just about to leave to go to the Sunday market in Hollywood, which greatly resembles your photos. I love oysters, and will probably have a few as a snack at the market.
    It's funny about the foie gras: I mean, I'm not eating it because it's so fattening, but did you know they've banned it in California? However, my neighborhood bistro has it but they don't put it on the chalk board menu, they whisper it. "We have foie gras, if you would like some." Makes it seem very illicit and dangerous!
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  • v BAKER1009
    I don't know what it is about it Claire, but I LOVE the pictures from the fresh food stands like that! And what an awesome deal on the crab! I love crab (and most seafood) and it's actually on the menu for me this week too!! Of course it won't be as good as the fresh you just got! Lucky!

    Thanks for the lovely blog! I just love them and always look forward to them. They are filled with such beauty! Looks like the weather worked out perfectly!
    Preston and I just went for a walk, and I'm glad we went when we did, because it looks like it's going to rain any minute!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Hugs,
    Beth
    1353 days ago
  • v HOLLYM48
    Oh what a beautiful blog as usual. I love going on these walks with you and I love the markets that they have in Europe! I love the views of the river as well as the old town. What a great place to walk and I am glad that the weathermen in Europe were wrong!~!
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  • v REGILIEH
    How incredible! So beautiful, so wonderful seeing the lid tower, so incredible that they could build something that is still there. I am still doing my Christmas cards, in fact I took a break from them and looked at my emails, was so happy I did as your wonderful blog was there. What are you doing for Christmas? I am cooking for 7 so that isn't too bad. emoticon
    For your emoticon blog and pictures. Loved it all! I really would have loved to have been at the market, I would have had a hey day, emoticon
    1353 days ago
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