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! :)
Many thanks for reading!