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Enjoying my vacation... going on a hike on a Monday!

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Monday, August 05, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Oh it is wonderful to go on a hike on a Monday! I love being on vacation!



At the time when I should have been on paths and enjoying the sunshine, yesterday, I was carrying tables up the stairs. Now that I am very happy with the changes in my apartment, it was time to go walking. I went to Boran-sur-Oise, 30 minutes North from where I live (so roughly 40 minutes by train from Paris). I wanted to walk by the river!











I am not sure why, but I felt like this walk was completely timeless. I wouldn’t have been surprised if suddenly I had seen a man on a 1940s bicycle with a black beret and a baguette! Throughout my walk I had the song ‘Douce France’ from Charles Trenet in my head. As soon as I got home I looked for it on the Internet and listened to it!

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(It always makes me feel melancholic: it was written in 1943 for the French men who were war prisoners in Germany.)

“I've known landscapes
And these wonderful suns
On distant journeys
Far away under other skies
But how much I prefer
My blue sky my horizon
My main road and my river
My prairie and my home...”



But now I can stop feeling melancholic! I can enjoy France’s walking paths as much as I want!





All the area by the river in Bonan-sur-Oise is protected, and there were many more flowers than last time I came.





I only saw a couple of boats: August is extremely quiet in the extended Paris area, even on rivers!







The last part of the walk was through the woods, meadows and fields...

















... and through the village of Boran-sur-Oise...



It felt good to find some shade again near the Saint-Vaast Church (13th century).











I hope you had a beautiful weekend... Thank you very much for reading and have a great week!


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GRAMPIAN 9/17/2013 6:07AM

  Interesting pictures. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/1/2013 4:17PM

    Beautiful!!! My favorite picture is of the door.

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EFFIEANNIE 8/25/2013 8:25PM

    Love the flowers and the dog! emoticon

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KRISSYW33 8/16/2013 8:58AM

    Gorgeous!

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NGCHILD 8/15/2013 8:57AM

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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SONDRAJ20 8/13/2013 8:24AM

    Thanks so much for the lovely photos and the link to Charles Trenet! Loved them both.

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FITMAY 8/13/2013 5:28AM

    Lovely as usual! And as usual I LOVE the picture of the door at the end...
Sending emoticon your way!
May

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MCJULIEO 8/12/2013 11:12PM

    What a beautiful path! Thank you for sharing it!

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SARAWALKS 8/12/2013 10:47AM

    How wonderful that this river's banks are protected. In the USA it would probably be developed and hence unwalkable...
Truly one of your most beautiful walks! and a great capture of that sweet dog looking over the wall.
The song seems happy to me, compared to a lot of French songs! Trenet was a grand singer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RENATA144 8/11/2013 11:23PM

  Bonjour Claire !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EABL81 8/11/2013 7:47PM

    How lovely! Thank you for taking us along.

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ILOVEMALI 8/11/2013 1:57AM

    Your blog always makes me smile!

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JUNEPA 8/10/2013 10:17PM

    Very pretty countryside walk !!

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KAREN91 8/10/2013 7:03PM

    Lovely pictures as always. How long is your vacation? You mentioned the train do you ride trains often? We don't have many passenger trains in the U.S. but that is changing. You have beautiful areas to walk in! You are a very good photographer. I hope you are enjoying your vacation! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 8/10/2013 10:28AM

    Enjoy your vacation on Monday! Lovely pics. And enjoyed the walk.

Helen

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/9/2013 10:56AM

    What a lovely walk you had. Thank you for sharing Paris with me. I may never get there, but I am sure enjoying experiencing it through your eyes!

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GAMMY98 8/9/2013 8:40AM

    Great blog and pictures. Glad you had such a nice relaxing day while on vacation

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CORNERKICK 8/8/2013 9:56PM

  Nice pics!!

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BEEANDHAM 8/8/2013 11:07AM

    These were a treat to look at. Hope I can walk there someday! Thank you!

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MARYJEANSL 8/8/2013 3:20AM

  Beautiful pictures!

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BKNOCK 8/7/2013 10:54PM

    Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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PENOWOK 8/7/2013 4:53PM

    Breathtaking!!! Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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RENATA144 8/7/2013 4:21PM

  Bon Jour Claire !!! Thank you for another beautiful collection of photos ! Merci beau coups ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWMAW101 8/7/2013 12:27PM

    Love your walks! emoticon

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KWOOD1955 8/7/2013 11:30AM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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JANEMARIE77 8/7/2013 9:37AM

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DJSHIP46 8/7/2013 9:19AM

    What a lovely walk... Thank you SO much for sharing :)

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ASCIESZKA 8/7/2013 4:04AM

    Great photos!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/7/2013 3:42AM

    Lovely! Great song and walk and nostalgic connections to the past! emoticon

And, also as always, wonderful photos! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/7/2013 1:00AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/7/2013 12:59AM

    What lovely pictures , the dog was timeless like the song he could have been from the 1940's !

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/7/2013 12:48AM

    What a beautiful hike. Such a sunshine type of day. I loved every picture, but my favorite is the Swans with the purple flowers. emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/7/2013 12:19AM

    This walk reminds me of the northern part of California near the coast. When you get north of San Francisco, you get away from the crowds. There are small towns (nothing before 1850)
with people who want to live a quiet life in nature. The houses are all quaint with small individual businesses close by. There are many rivers, lots of trees and there are flowers growing everywhere. I am going to have to go back through some trips and post a few pictures.

Have a lovely day

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MARITIMER3 8/6/2013 11:11PM

    You have such a wonderful eye,Claire. I especially like the rusty gate and the blue heart-shaped keyhole. And of course. The horses and wildflowers.

Enjoy the rest of your vacation,
Hugs, Gail

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JAMER123 8/6/2013 10:24PM

    Thank you for posting such beautiful pictures!! I enjoy "traveling" with you on the walks!!
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JOANNHUNT 8/6/2013 10:04PM

    AWESOME SCENERY AS USUAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/6/2013 8:37PM

    Love the pics, thanks for sharing.

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NAN041 8/6/2013 7:09PM

    Dear Claire..Once again you out due yourself.

Many thanks, Nan

Love your spark page...

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SUSIEMT 8/6/2013 6:31PM

    Claire I loved your blog! You take such wonderful pictures. I love the pictures of the flowers but I also enjoyed the horses! Keep on Sparkin'.

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POUNDSAWAY73 8/6/2013 4:29PM

  emoticon pictures which make me feel like I am there to enjoy it all!!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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HAPPY-APPLE 8/6/2013 2:16PM

    Simply gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your walk. Enjoy your week~

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BONIFIANT 8/6/2013 2:12PM

    Lovely walk. Thanks again for sharing-especially the flowers! emoticon

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CICELY360 8/6/2013 2:08PM

  Pretty pictures.

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JRRING 8/6/2013 1:05PM

  beautiful!

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MRSRIGS1 8/6/2013 12:22PM

    Your pictures are beautiful! They bring out a sense of peacefulness in me. emoticon

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MEMEQ2 8/6/2013 12:20PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them.

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MAW_OH 8/6/2013 11:45AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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