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Too hot for a hike... Just kidding!!!

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

95F/35C in Paris today... But of course it wasn’t too hot for a hike! I just woke up early, drove 15 minutes to a village called Nerville-la-forêt, and walked mostly in the woods!





There was nothing extraordinary about this hike. Yet it was one of my favorites. I really like the simple countryside in my area (here it is about 30 minutes away from Paris by train)!







The wheat fields were almost ready for harvest.







And the corn fields were starting to look good too!



As I was about to enter another forest...



... I noticed the path was paved.



It made me smile. It seemed like the middle of nowhere, yet at some point this path had been used enough for it to be paved!



After just about 20 minutes walking through the fields, and fairly early on the morning, I was already glad to be back in the woods! It was getting hot!



For a while I walked between woods and meadows...





And then I reached Maffliers.







Near the town hall...



... I was glad to see the church’s door was open, so I could have a quick look inside! Our Lady Church (Eglise Notre-Dame) was built in 1554.



There was some rehearsal taking place for the mass later on that morning.





I was a bit worried though when I had a closer look at the church’s building from outside to see that some trees seemed to be growing on it! :(



I followed the ‘rue de la ferme’ (farm’s street), and then I was in the woods again!



I walked under Arcole’s bridge, which was built in 1829-1830 to enable the Count of Choiseul, owner of two castles in the area, to go from one castle to the other without having to cross the village!



There were lots of brown butterflies in that area. I only noticed them because they were moving. It seems that they were 'ringlets' (Aphantopus hyperantus). Apparently these butterflies can only be found in Europe and in parts of Asia.





The last part in the woods was especially beautiful. There were many ferns and just looking at them felt refreshing. Yet it was getting a bit too hot for me, even in the woods, and very humid.



So I wasn’t too sad when I saw the car park appear in the distance. I don’t think I’ll move at all this afternoon! :)

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/19/2013 12:40PM

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WISHNDREAMNDO 8/2/2013 4:30AM

    Gorgeous photos. My mother in law was from France. She was born in Cherbourg. It is neat to see pics from the country she was born.

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RENATA144 7/29/2013 11:25PM

  Thank you so much Claire for sharing these beautiful photos !!! I can practically smell the divine aromas ! I Loved seeing areas similar to those that Vincent Van Gogh & other Artists were inspired to paint & draw !
C'est DI Bon !!!
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LIZALOT 7/29/2013 5:29AM

    Gorgeous, once again! This village is the other side of L'Isle-Adam from me, and i have sung in Maffliers! Not in the church though as it is being fixed - apparently there are huge cracks, and it's quite dangerous.
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos Claire!



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JUST_BRENDA 7/28/2013 10:48AM

    Beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to share these pictures and details of your journey!

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LISALGB 7/27/2013 8:44PM

    What a lovely, peaceful area to walk!! It is so lush and green. Simply beautiful - nature at it's finest.
I love to see wheat fields just before the harvest. They are so pretty when the breezes blow and it seems to sway with the music of the wind.
I am glad you thought to go early - at 95 degrees, it might not have been very comfortable at all.
Have a lovely weekend, my friend.
Blessings.

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INGMARIE 7/25/2013 7:12AM

    Always lovely to walk about with you , love the photos too. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 7/24/2013 9:46PM

    Great hike, felt like I was there with you!

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SUSIEMT 7/24/2013 5:28PM

    I always enjoy my walks with you!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/24/2013 12:35PM

    I don't blame you for loving the area so. It is so relaxing to look at. The Corn fields, and the home in the background is like a picture postcard. The purplish flowers are pretty, and the stone path is interesting. It never ceases to amaze me that a lot of the buildings you see, Churches etc. are so old. I think I found the name of the Butterfly. Such lovely pictures. Speckled Wood Butterfly. The Butterfly info is at the bottom of the page.
http://www.merkinchlnr.org
.uk/htm/plants_and_wildlife/pla
nts_and_wildlife_search_results
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SHESMITH1 7/24/2013 9:25AM

    What a lovely hike! I hope you had lots of water along. I envy your train system, enabling you to get around your country quite easily. I don't think I would ever stay home if I lived in Europe!
Have a great week~

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FITMAY 7/24/2013 3:36AM

    I LOVE all these pictures! Thanks for walking in spite the heat and for sharing with us... emoticon
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GARDENQE2 7/23/2013 2:43PM

    What a beautiful hike! Thank you for letting us come along. I enjoy your city hikes, but like your country hikes even better!
I'm impressed that you still hike in the heat...At 95, I would be inside under the air conditioner with iced water at my elbow!
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SANDYCRANE 7/23/2013 5:15AM

    Great pictures. Glad that you braved the heat.

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GOANNA2 7/23/2013 2:47AM

    Thank you for a very interesting hike. I love
to be a ble to 'walk' next to you and to enjoy
nature at its best. Thanks for the great photos.
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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 7/23/2013 2:08AM

    I am getting out my maps of France and start tracking you walks. Makes me look at airfares and follow your paths. Do you walk alone? I have been looking at the places I walk and think about bringing the camera.

There is a butterfly preserve an hour away it is magical watching them flutter by.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/23/2013 1:30AM

    Beautiful hike!

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CHEEKYGEEK 7/22/2013 10:31PM

    So tranquil! Thank you!

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KKLENNERT809 7/22/2013 10:06PM

    Beautiful pictures, some of them look a bit familiar such as the corn and wheat fields-we have those in Iowa as well. This year, the crops are not doing well, we have had a cold spring with much flooding from the rains. All is behind in the growing season. Our woods and paths look somewhat similar--we have many, many hiking trails--we are lucky!! so thanks for sharing and making us feel welcome on the tour!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/22/2013 10:06PM

  I love seeing your area. Thank you!

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JOANNHUNT 7/22/2013 9:28PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WALK. THE PICS ARE AWESOME.

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PENOWOK 7/22/2013 6:04PM

    How beautiful!! You live in a gorgeous area!

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CICELY360 7/22/2013 5:23PM

  beautiful pictures

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JANEMARIE77 7/22/2013 4:48PM

    pretty thanks for sharing

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MRSRIGS1 7/22/2013 3:43PM

    Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your hike and pictures! emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/22/2013 3:38PM

    The woods are refreshing on a hot day. Thanks for taking us along on your hike. I especially liked the paved path. When we bought our house, I discovered a brick path in the trees on the edge of the lawn that seems to go to no where. One of these days I will fully uncover it and see if I can figure it out.

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NEWTINK 7/22/2013 3:10PM

    That is some hot weather to walk in but i am so glad you did ... I love the outdoor wood pictures and the whole rustic environment . Truly beautiful emoticon emoticon

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SIDETRACKSHARON 7/22/2013 1:34PM

    I love going with you on your walks from my chair, as I am not able to in real life. Thanks again. sharon

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BONIFIANT 7/22/2013 1:12PM

    Thanks again for such a lovely look at the French countryside. Your pictures are amazing. emoticon

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KAREN91 7/22/2013 12:34PM

    Claire, Your hikes are always a bright spot in my day! Iowa is also in the 90s and very humid. Is France humid too? How long will you have hot weather there? Here this is usually the hottest month but August is usually hot too. Sept can be hot but its starting to cool off, Oct and Nov its not hot and can sometimes get cool or cold. I'm always curious about France. Its beautiful and I hope I get to see it someday. I hope all is well with you and that you are radiantly happy! emoticon from Iowa, Karen

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/22/2013 12:06PM

    The picture of the church with the stained glass windows is beautiful, they all are. It is too hot for a hike for me so I was glad to be taken along on your virtual hike while sitting in the air conditioning. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 7/22/2013 11:49AM

    Again--so lovely . Thank you for sharing.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/22/2013 11:44AM

    Lovely!! Hope you were able to cool off fast. :)

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JSEATTLE 7/22/2013 11:43AM

  Thank you for taking me along your hike today, I enjoyed every minute of it in the cool of my home!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/22/2013 10:56AM

  emoticon for another beautiful hike. Our temps have been extremely high as well as our humidity for the past week too. You were wise to hike early in the day.

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KLMEIRING 7/22/2013 10:19AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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JRRING 7/22/2013 10:16AM

  beautiful!

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KARRENLYNN 7/22/2013 9:45AM

    What beautiful scenery! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Karen

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/22/2013 9:37AM

    Simply beautiful emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 7/22/2013 8:32AM

    Beautiful photos, as always. Yes, that's a little too warm for me. Thanks for taking us along as we sit in the A/C. emoticon

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NHEMBERGER 7/22/2013 8:16AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful journey! Have a cool week!

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MOMMY445 7/22/2013 8:03AM

    such beautiful photos! thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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GAMMY98 7/22/2013 7:46AM

    Thank you for that beautiful walk.

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