Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    CLAIREINPARIS   45,264
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
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!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

Gerberoy in June full of roses:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4930198


Hiking around Gerberoy in late July:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4987323
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KATHYJO56 1/19/2013 6:34PM

    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

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRUCKERWIFE2 1/19/2013 6:24PM

    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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SEEKEN 1/19/2013 6:11PM

  So fabulous to see your photos. Oh, your blog is just great. Thank you for the adventure.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ESILBO 1/19/2013 5:51PM

    BEAUTIFUL AGAIN CLAIRE. THAT WILL BE A GOOD CONTRAST IN THE BOOK, YOU WILL WRITE, WINTER AND SUMMER PLACES. GOOD PRICE FOR THAT HOUSE. $726 CAD BUT WOULD BE FAR FOR GROCERY...LOL
emoticon emoticon emoticon
LISE

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2013 5:46PM

    Thank you for your beautiful photos.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATYDID412 1/19/2013 5:10PM

    Thanks as always for sharing your hike! So beautiful I sort of want to cry. And rent that house.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIHIKES 1/19/2013 5:04PM

    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

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTDOINGIT101 1/19/2013 4:47PM

    thank you for another beautiful walk today

Report Inappropriate Comment
DALID414 1/19/2013 4:36PM

    Oh my Claire, your photos are like post cards, they're so beautiful! Thanks for braving the weather.

Report Inappropriate Comment
INGMARIE 1/19/2013 4:31PM

    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.
Hope you get it easier on the job,. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARCHIMEDESII 1/19/2013 4:21PM

    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. ;)

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEISENUF 1/19/2013 4:18PM

    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.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
Member Comments Page (62 total):  < Previous 1 2