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One hike and three villages

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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Today was another one of these days when I was SO thankful for Sparkpeople and my Sparkfriends! I am certain that if I hadn't known you were expecting my blog, I wouldn't have moved much today... stress tends to paralyze me... So, thank you for checking on me! :)

Today I went to Guiry-en-Vexin, North-West of Paris (I think you know now that I love that area!).

But I actually saw 3 villages on the way!

The second one was Gadancourt. As I approached the village, the first thing I saw was the roof of the castle's chapel.

Sadly, the castle cannot be visited. It is well hidden behind its blue doors!

The church was closed, but there were people having lunch behind it, I loved the atmosphere it gave to the area...

After Gadancourt...

... the countryside was peaceful with its gentle rolling hills...

Although it wasn't a hot day, it was very sunny, so I welcomed the shade of the woods for a while...

In Wy-dit-Joly-Village, the town hall was almost opposite the church...

... which luckily was open!

Everywhere, the flowers were starting to dry... the end of summer is definitely approaching fast!

There were many other signs of this, like the beetroots in the fields (grown to make sugar)...

... and various berries or acorns on the oak trees...

But there were still lots of flowers and butterflies!

In the last woods before I returned to Guiry-en-Vexin, I saw this plant I had never seen before! Do you have any idea what it is? [EDIT: Many thanks to _VALEO_ who found what it is! Herb Paris, also called True Lover's Knot.]

Then in the distance I saw Guiry-en-Vexin's castle appear...

And I was back to my car! I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike today. It was a perfect day and a perfect hike, I am so glad I went! Thank you for reading, and thank you for your support!

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MARKATSPARK 8/1/2015 6:09AM


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GRAMPIAN 10/18/2013 6:29AM

  Interesting pictures.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/18/2013 11:36AM


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SERASARA 9/17/2013 5:39PM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/14/2013 11:34PM

    Enjoyed my trek with you today. Beautiful scemery

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_BABE_ 9/14/2013 1:47PM

    Beautiful scenery as always...! emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 9/14/2013 4:21AM

    Beautiful hike!!

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SARAWALKS 9/14/2013 12:16AM

    Oh, those delicious blackberries! I am sure I would have picked and eaten them all...
And an unusually beautiful butterfly!
Thanks for sharing...j'ai ete tres occupe avec mes lecons prives en francais...j'ai le troisieme aujourd'hui... emoticon emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/12/2013 3:24PM

    Beautiful pictures....oooooh, the memories you are capturing!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/10/2013 10:19PM

    Hello have you gone on another beautiful adventure

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/10/2013 8:38PM

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.

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RENATA144 9/10/2013 6:52PM

  You did it again Claire !!! emoticon for your beautiful travelogue emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELINTY 9/9/2013 8:25AM

  beautiful pics

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    Thanks you for sharing this. I hope you were able to lose your stress as you experienced first-hand the beauty and serenity you captured in your pictures. What an amazing hike!

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QTEALADY20031 9/8/2013 4:16PM

    Claire, Thank you again for sharing your hike. The countryside is so pretty and very inviting to one. The small church looked most welcoming. The berries looked delicious. I do not know what the plant is, perhaps one of our members may be so enlightened. Claire thank you again for sharing your country with us. In my mind I would love to go to Paris and perhaps I will as I do finally have my passport. I have my "bucket list" of places to visit and things that I would like to do. Hope you are catching up on your sleep! emoticon June

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_VALEO_ 9/8/2013 9:31AM

    Ah, une plongée en plein Vexin ! Il paraît plus beau et plus agréable que dans mon enfance où je m'y suis ennuyée à mourir.

Concernant ta plante, elle pourrait être de la même famille que la parisette:
BR>En anglais, ce serait : Herb Paris, True Lover's Knot.

J'espère que tu as fait le plein de baies... non toxiques !

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MAYBER 9/7/2013 4:47PM

    thank you for sharing your hike with us
the pictures are terrific especially since it is a place I will never visit
best wishes as you continue to share you inspirations
one day at a time
love prayers peace

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 9/7/2013 8:39AM

    I love4 your blog and also that we inspired you to get out there and report back to us what you saw! emoticon

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BEWELL48 9/7/2013 8:30AM

    Spectacular! You capture the essence of beauty In each picture. Always enjoyable!
No, don't know the name of that plant. We are getting some fall air and it feels wonderful, a bit cooler and minus the humidity.
Thank you!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/7/2013 12:47AM

  A beautiful hike, so soothing for the senses! Thank you for sharing! I spent the day in my pajamas sneezing, sleeping, blowing my nose and drinking lots of fluids. I have a cold and will now go rest and go to sleep again so I will be well enough to enjoy another hike of yours, or perhaps take one of my own in due time. France looks lovely!

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MYAKAYAH 9/6/2013 11:57PM

    lovely pictures of your travels! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODSBABYGAL 9/6/2013 8:50PM

    emoticon I'm so glad you got out and hiked.

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EJB2801 9/6/2013 2:33PM

    This is such a treat. These past two year I have had the privilege of introducing my high school age daughter to French language study and many things French. Now I think we will add walking and hiking to our "French activities."

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JSEATTLE 9/6/2013 2:08PM

  I just needed another breath of fresh French air!

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PSIMSON 9/6/2013 10:39AM

    Gorgeous photo's. I love France and have been many times, but not to this area. Thank you for sharing and it's on my bucket list now for sure.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/6/2013 9:38AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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FATIMA69 9/6/2013 3:28AM

  emoticon emoticon I hope to see the village

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PANDABEAR42 9/6/2013 1:13AM

    i enjoy the pictures from your walks. you do such an excellent job on the pictures and explaining them. emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/5/2013 10:25PM

    Hi Claire -
Gorgeous trip!! Thanks for sharing! And I was curious about that plant too - the leaves reminded me of violets but I never saw the round berry looking bud on top like that!? Unless it is a seed pod from after the flower had bloomed? When you find out, let me know please?

I'd love to go to France sometime!!


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TIHAITIEN 9/5/2013 9:57PM

    Thank you for sharing. Paris is one of my dream destinations.

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JUNEAU2010 9/5/2013 8:15PM

    Thanks for the beauty! I needed that! I would so love to see all of this myself!

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ROSES4ME1 9/5/2013 7:54PM

    Thanks again for adding beauty and serenity to my day. Even makes being at work more enjoyable when I can hike along with you!

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GREENVALLEYS 9/5/2013 7:34PM

    Thank you! For a Breathtaking walk.

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NONNAOF2 9/5/2013 2:51PM

  Thank you for bringing me along with you for your hike, the pictures were absolutely beautiful! :-)

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 9/5/2013 2:46PM

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DNRAE1 9/5/2013 1:09PM

    I'm so glad you were featured today, since your pictures are so lovely and I enjoy your hikes and travel logs immensely. Thank you for adding beauty to my day.

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BONIFIANT 9/5/2013 12:51PM

    Thanks again for the wonderful virtual hike. Hope it relieved your stress and that situation speedily resolves. As always, a masterful treatment of pictures and dialog. Thanks for taking the time.

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RURAL3 9/5/2013 11:40AM

    very interesting. and how beautiful

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LINDAKAY228 9/5/2013 11:09AM

    Such beautiful areas. I love the old historic buildings. And the beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing them and glad you had such a great day!

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    What a glorious day you had. It's now 9:44 a.m. in New York. I'm just getting the day started and you've energized and brightened it for me.

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CAROLJEAN64 9/5/2013 9:16AM

    What wonderful pictures and descriptions. I felt as if I were walking beside you. Thanks.

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NWFL59 9/5/2013 9:15AM

    Thanks for sharing pictures from your hike. They are beautiful.

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LOPEYP 9/5/2013 8:43AM

    Thank you for sharing your hikes.

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INGMARIE 9/5/2013 8:17AM

    Ah just beautiful ,as usual.
So glad you made it outside, good for you and us. Thank you. emoticon

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TORTISE110 9/5/2013 7:53AM

    Isn't your blog just great? What a wonderful story and day and I appreciate your sharing it with me.

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CFMOSS 9/5/2013 7:32AM

    OOOOO.....great pictures - loved the fruit pictures. Thanks.

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CHERYLHURT 9/5/2013 6:36AM

  Absolutely beautiful!

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SJKENT1 9/5/2013 6:22AM

    Thanks Claire. So glad you got up and out! Loved the pictures.

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