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Another great hike in the snow!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Some of you might think I am a bit crazy, but I wanted snow for my hike again today. In the Paris area, it is melting, so it is nothing like it was a few days ago. That wasn’t going to stop me! When I heard there was still a lot of snow in the Somme area (1 hour and 15 minutes North from where I live), I knew this was where I would go today! And I wasn’t disappointed, there was indeed lots of snow left...

I parked in a little hamlet called Le Paraclet, near Cottenchy, outside the agricultural high school. Its main building happens to be a castle, nothing less! :) I couldn’t find any information about it though.

The chapel (St Ulphe) of the castle is still there...

There were lots of water during today’s hike. Which was lovely, but I never realised before that it feels much colder near water. Or was it just my impression? The first part of the hike was through lots of little ponds, mostly covered with ice.

I liked the lines of the railway in the snow...

Then I walked through the fields, and that was by far the most challenging (and exciting!) time of my hike.

There was so much snow (well, by Parisian standards, I am sure many of you are used to seeing much more!)... All my body is aching tonight, it was such a great workout! :)

I really enjoyed the view across the fields too (when often in the summer I get bored if I have to cross fields, they seem endless!)...

In Boves, I started following the Avre river. The beginning was very scary as it was icy and incredibly slippery because the path was narrow and leaning towards the river. I didn’t want to end in it!

But it didn’t last. Soon the path became wider and easier.

Also, the sun was shining gently on the left, which made it even nicer!

Some swans were looking for food...

In the snow I could see there had been other birds around too!

After crossing more fields, I passed by Boves’ medieval castle (built around the 10th century). There is only two walls of a tower left, and they look like they could collapse anytime! I wouldn’t want to go closer to them.

As I turned back on the path, I could see a different view of Boves’ castle, looking like it was disappearing in the snow...

The last part of my hike, as the sun was slowly setting, was quite magical!

But as you can see, it was about time I reached my car, the sun had almost disappeared! I always bring a lamp with me though, just in case I get lost or something gets wrong. :)

It was another fantastic hike! I was so happy I had found all that snow... More rain and warmer temperatures are expected in Paris tomorrow, so there will definitely be no snow left here at all!

Thank you for reading! I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend!
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    818 days ago
  • KAREN91
    Claire, Your pictures were beautiful as always. I loved the swan, the sunset, The path by the river and the church. You find beauty everywhere and you share that gift with us. Your blogs make me happy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1712 days ago
    Your photography is so lovely! Thank you for sharing it. How I would love to be walking there.
    1715 days ago
    As always, incredible pictures. I love the way you take us all along on your excursions and/or hikes. Thank You!
    1716 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! No wonder you wanted to walk in the snow! Thanks do much for sharing! I have to get to Paris someday!!!!
    1718 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Claire, thank you again for your amazing pictures! As you said in your A to Z blog each season brings its own special colors and sites! emoticon

    1718 days ago
    Oh I loved this! And I could imagine myself walking on those snowy fields... it even felt cold... then when I glance at the picture again, I feel like when I look at clouds from a plane window... and I'm dreaming I could walk on it.... refreshing as always!
    I hope you are having a great time with Liz!
    Love ya'
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    1719 days ago
    Lovely pictures. We have only a light covering of snow now, but it is very cold here. Glad you enjoyed your walk!
    1723 days ago
    The number of people reading your blog is quite impressive! I feel so small when I see this big list of comments! Wow!
    Anyway, I just wanted to say that once again, your pictures are magical - I especially like the footprints in the snow (I always like that), the paws too and the light, be it the sun setting or the sun shining on those beautiful landscapes...
    1724 days ago
    I think your best friend through this hike was definitely the sun! It offered its most gentle light and made your hike enjoyable and your pictures beautiful.
    I really liked the snowed path by the river. The wider part of it!
    Thank you for sharing another beautiful winter hike!
    1725 days ago
    Thanks for sharing yet more gorgeous photos Claire! I loved the one with your footprints in the snow. It must have been a lovely hike, one which put your new boots to the test.

    1726 days ago
    What a pretty place and gorgeous photos once again! And such a contrast to the extreme hot weather we have had across Australia this summer - though some parts are now dealing with floods! Thanks so much for sharing another wonderful adventure, and have a great week.

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    1726 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    What a beautiful hike! Looking at your pictures makes me feel like I'm there with you. The castle and the chapel are lovely. That chapel is tiny.

    I grew up near a lake and in winter it was much colder by the lake. We walked around the lake to get to middle school -- about two miles. It was a cold walk but you do warm up after a while! We don't get that much snow here in the Charlotte area. In fact, we haven't had snow for two winters now. My grandson is very disappointed. I miss seeing the fields covered with snow in northern New Jersey. In March we would get the snow geese landing on the fields. I loved watching them!

    That icy path by the river looks treacherous! I love the graceful swans. There's a place by us that has swans and sometimes I see black swans there.

    Glad you made it back to your car before it was too dark!
    1726 days ago
    It looks very cold there - but it is certainly beautiful. It's funny, but I never thought of snow in Paris until your recent blogs. Isn't that silly of me?
    I love the path by the water. Yes, you are correct, it is colder near water. I am very glad you didn't go in it. That would have been terrible!
    I also love the swan. Such graceful birds. They must have very thick skin and feathers to be able to stand such cold water.
    Thank you for taking me with you!! I so enjoy your blogs.
    Sending you lots of hugs!! Hope you have a wonderful week.
    1726 days ago
    We have wet ice everywhere raining from the skies. Now that would be a workout......if one doesn't break a bone.
    1726 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Claire what beautiful pictures especially of the sun setting and the river. I was trying to see if I recognized the nun from one of the Catholic Orders but I did not...perhaps she was the "Mother" of a convent. We got snow on Friday but today the roads and pavements are clear but the snow is still on the grass, fields and sides of the roads. I am happy about that when driving. We have two man made lakes where I live and of course we all feed the ducks and geese. I always feel sorry for the poor little birds, etc in the winter. Perhaps some day you will have to carry some of the bread crumbs and be like Hansel and Gretal. Although I think a compass would be put to better use than bread crumbs which would not last. lol Claire, I was thinking while reading your blog, you would have surely burned the calories with that hike.
    Thank you again for sharing so many wonders of Paris. emoticon emoticon June
    1726 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 5:26:55 PM
    Claire, that was beautiful! We sometimes take for granted the things that you notice. I trudge through the snow and seldom look up for fear of slipping, and you look at the distance, pause for a picture and make it all like poetry.

    We don't really have any open water here right now except the Mississippi. It is so wide and fast running that it seldom freezes over. It is the most dangerous place to be right now with the ice floating, the edges of the river rise and fall and it's all coated in ice.

    When my brother was a teen he was playing hockey with friends down on the creek by our house. It's fairly shallow and sometimes freezes almost solid, but the ice cracked and he went under. By a miracle, he was pushed back up toward the hole instead of away with the current and he friends got him out. He said he could actually feel hands pushing him back toward the hole, he was being carried away by the current and he couldn't touch the bottom. I am totally afraid of creeks, rivers, and all moving water.

    Please be very careful...

    1727 days ago
    Claire, I love your snowy landscapes !!

    We haven't been getting a whole lot of snow here in Boston. It's been a couple of inches here and there. Which is unusual because we usually get at least 6-12 inches. I'm one of those folks who loves the snow. Would rather have snow than the bitter cold temps we've been having this winter.

    1727 days ago
    Looks like a wonderful place to hike!
    1727 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I miss the snow living in FL. So beautiful!
    1727 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    So beautiful! emoticon
    1727 days ago
    What a beautiful walk. The river is pretty, and love the trees along the path. The Swan was gorgeous. It amazes me they are so contented in cold water. Guess they are built for it. Love the clouds. Especially the sunset.
    1727 days ago
    Thank you fro sharing your hike with me. I always feel as
    though I am there right beside. The pictures are beautiful.
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    1727 days ago
    Love the pictures. Had no idea anything could still be standing after so long. Great views and I love the chapel! emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Walking in that soft snow has to be the equivalent to walking in soft sand...really takes a toll on my calves. Beautiful peaceful pictures, all so lovely. And I do like all your ducks in a row background picture!
    1727 days ago
    FABULOUS!!! Really INCREDIBLE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I cannot believe you walking so long in all of that snow!!! emoticon emoticon
    1727 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    So pretty, I am glad you found more snow. The path by the river was something, I am glad you did not fall in. The water looked icy, but the beautiful Swan did not care. The sky pictures were so beautiful.
    Thank you again for sharing Paris with us and I hope you have a good rest. emoticon Jackie
    1727 days ago
    Beautiful pictures, Claire. Thanks for taking me along on your snow hike.
    1727 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    Beautiful, Claire. I love your pictures. My favorites were of the chapel and the path along the river (after the narrow part)! Yeah for a great hike!
    1727 days ago
    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures of your hike!
    1727 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful scenery and hike through some of Frances countryside.
    I was in Paris one year in Feb. It was very cold and there was some snow. Mostly in the country. we walked all over, but used the metro a lot. Or take the train out to the surrounding towns.
    It's nice to be fit and able to get out and enjoy your area what ever the weather.
    Take care
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    1727 days ago
    Beautiful....I love snow but of course I have never had to shovel it. :)

    thank you!

    1727 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Hi Claire
    Your description reminded me of my childhood when I would take the long walk home down a country road once my school bus dropped me off. In the winter, I felt more alone, more surrounded by the power of nature, awed by its hugeness and exhilarated by the energy in the frosty air ... it seemed electric. Did you feel that on your walk?
    1727 days ago
    You always have such beautiful pictures! I'm glad that you had such a scenic route for your hike!

    1727 days ago
    1727 days ago
    Thank you for the lovely walk. When I left work the winter air was crisp & biting cold. We had 8 degrees last night. I must add we have had rather bitter cold throughout the states last week. Have a great tomorrow & a good week.
    1727 days ago
    I never thought of your landscape as being flat, but what you have shared is very similar to our midwest states as they move away from fluctuating terrain into plains. Just LOVE this!!! We have an old19th centure house that burned down years ago nearby that has the fragile wall look and I would love to dig around the ruins but don't dare. Can you imagine the little things that might have fallen out of those pockets way back when???LOL ....I just love to root! Enjoy and stay warm.
    1727 days ago
    The picures with the setting sun on the snow are lovely. Glad you didn't fall in the river! I especially love the picture of the chapel gate, with the statue of the nun. Very real looking.
    1727 days ago
    How enjoyable! I liked your snow better than ours here.

    1727 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful hike with us. I love the path along the river ( after it widens out ), and I love seeing all of the footprints, human and avian, in the snow! The path along the railroad tracks is enchanting too. So glad you found snow and that you safely walked and returned today!

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    1727 days ago
    Claire, These are beautiful pictures of a beautiful area. Thank you so much for taking us along with you! I love the way that you see the world. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Oh that was so beautiful! Snowscapes have their own unique beauty! Reading blogs by other people hiking in the snow is wishing there was some here to hike in. It rained all day today, so what had been left in the mountains from a couple of weeks ago is probably mush or gone by now, especially after the warm weather we've had lately. But the problem with that snow is that it's up and down mountains and I'm afraid of sliding and falling, especially going down LOL. So I guess I'll have to enjoy it through other blogger's experiences, like yours!
    1727 days ago
    I went for a run today in the snow and it was beautiful, but it wasn't near as beautiful as your hike. Thank you for sharing! I wish I could have went running on that trail.
    1727 days ago
    LOVE the architecture, the water, the sunset, the snow, the SWANS, the castle. All of it is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this. I feel sorry for the poor swan! LOOKS so cold to be in the water!

    HUGS and glad you had such a beautiful hike; even happier you shared it!
    1727 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2013 5:54:45 PM
    Wonderful trek, loved the buildings and the snow. Thanks for taking me along.

    Hope you have a lovely week. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1727 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Another fantastic hike indeed! Thank you, it was beautiful!
    1727 days ago
    Beautiful - thanks for sharing. It's a beautiful place to be... you make me long to go back soon. Cheers!
    1727 days ago
    The snow changes the light, especially at dusk as you so beautifully captured. Thank you for bringing us with you through the fields and along the river. There is something timeless about this countryside - a serenity and simplicity.
    I hope you have a good sleep after your trek today.
    1727 days ago
    the river path was indeed a little risky but oh so worthwhile, it appears.
    Lovely day - thanks for sharing
    1727 days ago
  • DALID414
    Beautiful photos, as always.
    Do you use walking sticks in the snow, or is all a balancing act?
    1727 days ago
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