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Hiking near Gerberoy in a winter wonderland

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

The problem with today’s hike was getting there! The weather forecast was very bad for the late afternoon (freezing rain was announced), so I decided to go earlier than planned, in order to be back home before 5pm. It had snowed all evening and part of the night...

At first the driving was easy (it was the motorway), but then, as the roads became smaller, it became more dangerous. I drove slowly! Still, I parked outside Songeons’ church at 12pm, which was what I had hoped for.

Songeons’ castle, built in 1720 for the marchioness Conflans d'Armentières, now a home for elderly people, looked so elegant!

Most of today’s hike was between meadows and woods...

Although I walked in the fresh snow for 3 hours and a half, my feet stayed dry thanks to my great new hiking boots! (Which are also very light, I looove them!)

I am not used to walking in the snow, and it was hard work! But a great exercise and so worth the gorgeous views I saw today... (Not to mention the lovely crunching sound of the snow under my feet!)

In the distance, I saw Gerberoy appear...

After almost getting lost (I couldn’t find the path, which was hidden by the snow!), I reached the cross which shows the end of the village...

As I entered Gerberoy, I passed by a farm. The ducks were cute and so noisy!

The medieval village seemed asleep. Some of the houses belong to people who come here only at weekends or during their vacations, so many shutters were closed: not everybody is as crazy as me, driving all the way from Paris in this snow! :)

I have already shown you Gerberoy a couple of times, and I even took CELLISTA1 and MINIUM there! But that was in the summer... I hope you are enjoying Gerberoy in the winter as much as I did.

There is a house for rent, if you are interested! :)

I didn’t see anybody at all, not even in the village’s square! It was quite a difference compared to last time I was there, back in early August!

This is where I had my lunch break, on the square’s bench: whole wheat sandwich with light philadelphia, smoked salmon and lemon. Served with warm tea right out of my thermos, bliss!

One last view on Gerberoy from the path below as I was walking towards the woods...

The last part of the hike was entirely through the woods... I only saw a man who was pulling his daughter on a slide. But there were a few other prints in the snow, a couple of people had been hiking on this path earlier in the day.

I remembered these dried flowers! I had seen them during a hike in the summer, but I never found what they were. If you have an idea, please let me know!

Thank you so much for sharing my hike in winter wonderland today! And thank you for your patience and kindness, I am not a very good Sparkfriend lately: as I spend many hours on my laptop for work, I try to rest my eyes on the evening (they are red and crying, not very nice!). I have my appraisal on Monday and an important deadline on Wednesday, I hope it will get better after that!

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Post Scriptum: If you want to see Gerberoy in the summer...

Gerberoy in June full of roses:

Hiking around Gerberoy in late July:
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    Just beautiful. I wish we would get a good snow. Not sure if it will happen this year. We get a couple inches every few years. More often we just get ice. Love the new boots. Sure enjoyed going on a virtual walk with you Claire! Good luck next week! emoticon
    1887 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Oh, Claire, the pictures really do make it look like a winter wonderland or something from a fairy tale! Your photos are, as always, spectacular. Nice boots, too. Glad you got home safe and sound--my assumption since I'm reading this blog! Good luck this week.
    1887 days ago
    Thank you so much for the wintry walk. I could smell the cold air sting my nose & hear the crisp crunch of the snow as if I were biting into a crisp apple. The village & land look so beautiful with the snow laden down.Thank you for picturesque countryside of another view of the village & scenery.
    1887 days ago
    They were just saying today on our news how so much of the world has snow on the ground right now, and they mentioned Paris. And the fact that here in northern Illinois~we have none. Normally we are up to our necks in snow! Your photos are lovely and I'm glad to see them. I don't think Paris gets much snow, do you? Hope things go well for you at work. emoticon
    1887 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Thanks so much for sharing a very different look than what we typically see when we think of places close to Paris. We always buy a calendar every year that features Paris and of course January is full of snow and my husband said how neat it would be to go to Paris in the winter. Certainly looks so beautiful! So glad to see that you got out and that your boots kept your feet dry and hopefully warm too! Absolutely gorgeous pictures too. Thanks for sharing the beauty of another peaceful day. There is nothing like fresh fallen snow and the serenity that it brings as you enjoy nature!
    Lovely blog as usual!
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    1887 days ago
    Thank you so much for being our tour guide. I don't travel very far from home, but if I did, I would love to see the places in your hikes in person.

    Glad you like your new shoes, and I hope your workload gets better soon.

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    1887 days ago
    Gerberoy looks so different in the snow! What a wonderful hike, Claire. You are so brave! I can't even imagine walking 3 1/2 hours in cold and snow, or driving in it either. I still think you should open a B&B in Gerberoy. All the Sparkies would come!
    1887 days ago
    Merci, Claire. I could hear the crunch beneath your feet, savor your lunch, smile at the noisy geese. Well done. I, of course, loved the geese pictures and the one of the gate overlooking the fields. Many, many beautiful pictures. We are so lucky that you share your hikes with us.
    Sorry your eyes are strained by your work on the laptop. Resting them is the only cure I know of.
    Those boots look awesome!
    1887 days ago
  • JENNA54
    So beautiful Claire, your photos took my breath away. I wish I was there! You really should put your photos in a book. They are absolutely lovely, you have a real gift and it is great that you can share them with your Spark Friends! Happy hiking, and good luck for your appraisal. They are lucky to have someone like you!
    1887 days ago
    I always look forward to sharing your hikes with you. This one was so beautiful and I am sure it was worth the drive in the snow. At least, it was for me. I loved the village and lots of different scenerios played out in my mind as I looked at the different buildings, homes, and public areas. Thank you for another delightful trip. emoticon
    1887 days ago
    My 15 year old asked if we could rent that home lol. I can't even afford the plane ticket there. Younger dd and I enjoyed the pictures. Hope you are doing well.
    1887 days ago
    So fabulous to see your photos. Oh, your blog is just great. Thank you for the adventure.
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    Thank you for your beautiful photos.
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  • KATYDID412
    Thanks as always for sharing your hike! So beautiful I sort of want to cry. And rent that house.
    1887 days ago
    What a lovely hike through the snow! The village is charming, and I particularly liked the woods and the ducks. Glad the new boots are comfy and warm! Thanks for sharing your beautiful hike. emoticon
    1887 days ago
    thank you for another beautiful walk today
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  • DALID414
    Oh my Claire, your photos are like post cards, they're so beautiful! Thanks for braving the weather.
    1887 days ago
    Thank you for a beautiful hike, lovely pix, makes me a bit homesick for Sweden
    and snow, just to visit. not to live in, 6 months out of the year is autumn and winter where I come from and that is too cold and dark.
    Your blogs will do fine. Thank you so much for sharing.
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    1887 days ago
    That was wonderful, Claire !! I can hear the snow crunching under my feet as I walk beside you in your photos.

    You've got more snow than we do here in New England. Our last storm has already melted. Been a weird winter season here. warm, cold, warm, cold. repeat.

    Love your new hiking boots ! very stylish as well as sensible. ;)

    1888 days ago
    Oh Claire the pictures are absolutely gorgeous, thank you so much for sharing them. I watched an episode of House Hunters last night on television and it was staged in Paris, of course I thought of you.

    You live in such a beautiful place filled with such historic buildings and wonderful landscapes. I would love to see Paris one day.

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