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Morning hike around Auvers-sur-Oise

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

I don't do morning hikes very often, and I should! They are special.



But I sometimes struggle to wake up early on Sunday mornings... well, I think I should do that a bit more often, especially as, winter approaching, the days become shorter.



Today Californian Sparkfriend Jolie (JOL1KEY2BOL3) was back from Brittany and we went to Auvers-sur-Oise (North-West of Paris), where painter Vincent Van Gogh died.



If you have been reading my blogs for a while, you have heard about Auvers-sur-Oise several times already! It is a great place for walks and hikes, and not far away from home. Yet, I had never done that hike (it is very rare for me to go on the same hike twice!), and it didn't disappoint. The first part was mostly through the countryside...





although we passed by a few houses as well...









We had to climb up and down the plateau, which was good exercise!





Jolie and I have a different technique for negotiating the rocks on the way down: Jolie goes for it, facing the path, but I think for ages about which way to go, and then turn sideways and go very slowly!!! What do you do? :)



The last part of the hike was in the little streets of Auvers-sur-Oise, mostly on the hill... It was quite enchanting!



A special treat was discovering several cave houses, called 'troglodyte houses' in French. It was a common housing in France until the first part of the 20th century.





Most of the houses were abandoned or had been transformed into garages...



... but there was a 'troglodyte' tailor shop which is still obviously open today, although it was closed because it was Sunday.



And then there were the 'normal' houses which often were really pretty, with lots of flowers to look at still...







... some really old...



... and an abandoned chapel which made me a bit sad.



A little further, a charming café-restaurant was getting ready to welcome its guests for lunch.



I would have been quite happy to stop there for a while, but we didn't have time, as Jolie was leaving for Dijon early afternoon. Next time! (I had never seen that side of Auvers-sur-Oise, which is much bigger than I had thought, and now I really want to go back, yet again!)



The grandest was for the end, as we passed by Auvers-sur-Oise's castle. I visited it years ago. It is a museum (of Impressionism) and I remember it was great.





And then we were back at the church, where we started!



Jolie and I both decided it was a great hike! I hope you enjoyed it too. :) Thank you for reading and have a beautiful week!!!

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