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My Easter hike in Normandy

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Happy Easter!!! I am back from my Easter hike... It was cold! And grey! But it was lovely...

I drove to Lyons-la-Forêt, a little town in Normandy I have already mentioned a couple of times in previous blogs, as I like taking friends there. There are some nice little shops!

Shortly after I left Lyons-la-Forêt, walking all the way up the little path by the post office towards the woods, I saw the first primroses of my hike. It felt so good!

After Croix-Mesnil's castle...

... I entered the woods. And there, suddenly, it felt completely like winter. But it was a gorgeous forest. The area is well known for its impressive beeches.

They had been cutting trees (maybe you can see a truck with lots of trunks in the background on my previous picture?). It didn't smell of cut trees though, I guess it was too cold!

I played with my camera a bit to take pictures of a different format. When I saw this feather, it reminded me that the hunting season ended one month ago, and that is truly good news. I am not scared anymore, and not in danger of becoming deaf either!

When I left the woods, I crossed the hamlet of Villaine.

It was very pretty, very typically Normand, with more primroses by the road side...

There were several orchards. It will be so pretty here in a few weeks, with all the apple and pear trees in bloom!

Then I walked on a path with pastures on both sides, and the sound of the nearby river...

There were lots of wild flowers of all kinds!

As I passed by the first house of Le Bout de Bas, I was glad they had left their bike outside! :)

A few minutes and a beautiful daffodils' garden later...

I was back in nearby Lyons-la-Forêt, and enjoyed looking at its houses very much!

I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike today! How was your Easter Sunday? I hope it was as lovely as mine, but a little sunnier! :)

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MARKATSPARK 7/26/2015 7:23AM


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JERICHO1991 6/2/2013 9:03AM

    Thanks for sharing the photos. Just viewing this June 2.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 4/26/2013 7:48AM

    Beautiful hike :)

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CIRANDELLA 4/15/2013 8:49AM

    Merci, Claire, for capturing this extraordinary natural beauty (you have such a talented eye)! I was so enchanted by your photos, I felt drawn right into them... ahh! A breath of spring air! And I love the architecture of those beautiful places, too. What a gift this blog is! All the best - Susan emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEWELL48 4/13/2013 9:19AM

    Claire, the flowers are lovely! We need the springtime colors and sun!

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TREE57 4/8/2013 12:23PM

    now if we could figure out how to get "scratch and sniff" to work through the computers!!!! I can only imagine the different fragrances you experienced on this delightful hike. From the flowers to the forest, the earth revealing itself on the path....just lovely.

Thank you for sharing.

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WILDASTER 4/8/2013 11:48AM

    Dear Claire,
Thank you for sharing your hike with us, I loved all the beautiful pictures! When I saw the flower shop it reminded me of Christmas time when you bought the cyclamen! How is that plant doing? If you pull of the dangling leaves and the spent blossom stems it will keep flowering. I also read that the seed pods should be removed from the potted versions. My oldest cyclamen is restarting it's bloom cycle, the old blossoms are gone and new ones are forming, I have pulled 25% of it's old leaves and new leaves have come to replace them.

I like the pictures of a path through the woods, down a slope and up a slope, and along the bank. The houses are also very interesting, I would love to see a vista like that sometime!

Now I get to read your newest blog!!
Hope your Monday is wonderful
Love from Minnesota.

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JUDYAMK 4/6/2013 8:56PM

    Thank you Claire,for the lovely pictures of the flowers. Mom & I love primrose. I loved to see the photos of Normandy reminds me that is where my Dad was in that country during the war years. I loved the photo of the bicycle parked along the tree side , with the green grass,building & the curved dirt road everything in the photo blends in so beautifully. Claire you had mentioned the town looked so Normand, what do you mean? We had a beautiful sunny day today the air was crispy with the wind blowing about a little bit.Have a lovely week

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ILOVEMALI 4/5/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for sharing your photos!

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GRACEISENUF 4/4/2013 7:14PM

    The pics are simply glad you had such a lovely time!


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BAKER1009 4/4/2013 12:58PM

    Absolutely beautiful pictures Claire! What a lovely way to spend your Easter! No sun here, lots of rain all day long. Easter egg hunt was held indoors!

Hope you're having a great week!

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EFFIEANNIE 4/3/2013 4:40PM

    So nice to see your flowers blooming. None out here yet, it is too cold. Still snow in the woods. I ordered some primroses today from a mail order company. Hope they come soon. Don't imagine they will bloom this year, but hope so for next spring.

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FITMAY 4/3/2013 12:33PM

    Oh so lovely!! small blooms again... Nice! I hope it gets sunny for you soon! emoticon Love ya' friend!

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CJYOUCANDOIT 4/3/2013 11:10AM

    Thank you for sharing your walk. Even though you had a grey day you are much further along in Spring than we are. We are still covered in snow with bits of earth peeking out. I am looking forward to some flowers in the next month. I enjoyed your walk.
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GOANNA2 4/3/2013 8:24AM

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures and commentary.
Seems Spring has truly arrived. You are so lucky to be
able to see so much of the countryside. I feel as though
I am getting to know France and now I know where to
visit when I come to France. emoticon emoticon

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JGMARIE80 4/2/2013 9:55PM

  The photos are awesome. What a wonderful Easter hike! emoticon

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HARMONIUM 4/2/2013 2:14PM

    What lovely, enchanting pictures! Thank you so much!

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JIBBIE49 4/2/2013 8:46AM

    Glad to see ur blog in the Spark Mail.

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HELEN_BR 4/2/2013 12:53AM

    What a beautiful trip!

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JAMER123 4/1/2013 10:02PM

    So glad you had wonderful day are we did!!
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Have a great week~~

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JEANNINEMM68 4/1/2013 8:09PM

    I love reading your blogs and looking at the beautiful pictures!

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MARYELLEN301 4/1/2013 7:57PM

    So lovely! I'm looking forward to my first trip to France in October. We'll be on a riverboat from Paris to Normandy and then I'll do the post trip to Mont St. Michel. I'm really looking forward to the post trip. The pictures I've seen are inviting! I believe it's the omelets I'm supposed to try in Mont St. Michel, but I'm not sure. I'll have to look that up so I don't miss out on a gastronomical treat!

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NAN041 4/1/2013 6:16PM

Spring has definitely arrived in your area.
Gives us hope, it will be arriving here
soon also.
A lovely way to enjoy Easter, always
looking forward to your walks..Nan

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JUNEAU2010 4/1/2013 6:05PM

    The pictures are so beautiful, I could cry! I love architecture and nature!
Thanks for sharing from your part of the world!

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SUSIEMT 4/1/2013 5:31PM

    Claire I love your blogs I feel like I have been someplace special and haven't gotten out of my armchair! Keep it up!

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LINDAK25 4/1/2013 5:18PM

    What a beautiful spring day you had. The flowers are lovely. I love hydrangeas. I can't wait to start planting flowers for my summer garden. Once we get past April 15, then we're past the danger of frost. Then I can plant colorful flowers in my front garden that will last through the summer. The pansies and violas won't make it to June because of the heat.

We had a terrific Easter, with warmer weather (finally) and family over for dinner. I am so fortunate to have a daughter-in-law who is wonderful. It's fun to spend time with my son and his wife and, of course, my grandson.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/1/2013 4:15PM

  I emoticon your blogs. Your photos could be used in professional travel brochures. They are absolutely beautiful. Our flowers won't be in bloom for another month, so I especially enjoyed yours. It is a great reminder that Spring won't be too long in coming. emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 4/1/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon Claire for sharing all that beauty. Happy Spring! emoticon

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BLOOMINGLENA 4/1/2013 4:07PM

    I love your photos, Claire! It seems it was a refreshing easter hike. Beautiful flowers! Spring is here and the sun may play games with you but will soon surrender in the season.
Take care, Claire!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 4/1/2013 3:44PM

    emoticon Lovely trip.

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LYNCHD05 4/1/2013 3:14PM

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.......

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/1/2013 2:56PM

    Seeing the wildflowers did my heart good. Thanks for the dose of spring!

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JEREMY723 4/1/2013 2:28PM

    What wonderful photos! still snowing today in Ohio:(

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/1/2013 1:49PM

  wow, that was a charming delightful hike. it would cause one to want to walk. Beautiful ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWTINK 4/1/2013 12:19PM

    looks like a real Easter village ... so lovely emoticon

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LUCINDARW 4/1/2013 11:48AM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and the hike!

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/1/2013 11:25AM

    emoticon Beautiful pictures! THANKS!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/1/2013 11:13AM

    Beautiful-- emoticon for taking us with you. Happy Easter. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CEEMAY 4/1/2013 11:06AM

    Wonderful pictures....thank you so much for sharing!


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KARRENLYNN 4/1/2013 10:47AM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful hiking scenery with us. Now if I could just get the physical benefits of your walk as well, I be in business!!

I'm glad you had a great Easter and I hope you have an awesome week!

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