Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    CLAIREINPARIS   49,120
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
Morning hike around Auvers-sur-Oise

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

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!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DRTOVAH 11/5/2013 10:37AM

  beautiful photos

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFRAYECHILDE 10/8/2013 10:38AM

    Beautiful hike as always. I just go for rocks and hope for the best.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISA_FRAME 10/4/2013 7:28PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVEDAILY 10/4/2013 5:20PM

    Beautiful! The troglodyte houses intrigue me. I think at one time it was common to build houses in the midwest in the 1800's into hillsides. It reminded me of that. Thank you for sharing your walk with us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAILBLAZER6 10/3/2013 3:59PM

    I enjoy your blogs so much! I know it is a lot of work. It is greatly appreciated!

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WHITEANGEL4 10/2/2013 9:33PM

    Enjoyed my treak with you

Report Inappropriate Comment
QTEALADY20031 10/1/2013 8:16PM

    Claire, catching up on Spark and I was glad to read ande share your hike today with your Spark friend Jolie. I love the old buildings, the beautiful paths and the flowers. I hope you are have a great start to your week! emoticon emoticon June

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAPECODLIGHT 10/1/2013 6:12PM

    Thank you for the flowers and paths and interesting buildings. I would love to walk there. I am busy packing for Italy (leaving Thursdy). I hope to have some interesting hikes there.

Report Inappropriate Comment
POUNDSAWAY73 9/30/2013 2:59PM

  emoticon Thanks for taking me along. I really enjoyed the pictures and can't go hiking myself because of a disability. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JULIAMOONCHILD 9/30/2013 10:40AM

    Enjoyed the trip! Pictures were awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 9/30/2013 9:45AM

  Tres belle !!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 9/29/2013 3:09PM

  You are so beautiful !

Report Inappropriate Comment
OFFICECHIK 9/28/2013 9:49PM

    Awesome!!! Thanks for taking me along. So beautiful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEISENUF 9/28/2013 12:49AM

    Simply enchanting!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 9/27/2013 11:32AM

  Bon jour Claire !!! C'set di Bon !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CICELY360 9/27/2013 10:01AM

  Love the pictures

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAKAPES 9/27/2013 1:37AM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing! All time featured member.... :-)

We miss France a lot, so as a little resolution, we tend to by "Baugette" here in Austria. Sometimes it tastes as a real baugette, sometimes it's just an oddly shaped white bread. :-) And what we have seen: price doesn't correlate with baugette-authenticity! :-)
Do you also eat baugettes?

Comment edited on: 9/27/2013 1:38:48 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGYOGINIRE 9/26/2013 1:41PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFIEANNIE 9/26/2013 9:15AM

    Glad you won the award. Great blog as always. So nice you had a Spark Friend to do it with.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEWELL48 9/26/2013 2:47AM

    Just so beautiful! Thank you! Lucky for Jolie that she could join you on the hike and in Paris! How special for both.


Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENCHRIS 9/25/2013 8:52PM

    I so enjoy you strolls through the French countryside..... thank you for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSEATTLE 9/25/2013 7:09PM

  Lovely as always. Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSRIGS1 9/25/2013 1:31PM

    Beautiful! P.S. I move downhill sideways and very, very slowly. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULAAUTUMN 9/25/2013 1:31PM

    Wow this is amazing and such a wonderful idea the pictures make me want be there. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAICHIDANCER 9/25/2013 6:02AM

    Your photo essays always wish I lived in France. Just beautiful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 9/25/2013 4:41AM

    Beautiful as usual :-) Thanks for sharing, Claire. Take care :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 9/25/2013 1:54AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 9/25/2013 1:17AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 9/25/2013 12:57AM

  Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 9/24/2013 11:36PM

  Your countryside is inviting and lovely! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAMER123 9/24/2013 10:39PM

    Very lovely and informative as well!! Thank you for sharing again.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 9/24/2013 10:08PM

  Wow! Just lovely. And the troglodyte houses are so cool!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANNHUNT 9/24/2013 10:03PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THOSE AWESOME PICTURES.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 9/24/2013 9:40PM

    WHOA !!!!

IT took time to find the comment box.
Another great blog. I love how you seem to structure your photos. The bunch of grapes were almost staged, so lovely to look at the colours. I love the stone walls and fences. You are a great photographer. Thanks again CLAIRE emoticon
Pat in Maine.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN91 9/24/2013 9:40PM

    Great hike, I felt like I was along too. I loved the picture of the path going off into the trees it made me feel like I was invited along for the walk. The abandoned church would have made me sad too. I would probably been imagining who worshipped there and wondering why they stopped. I would have wanted to stop at the café and I would have gone slow and sideways too! I'm always cautious on a path like that because I'm afraid of falling. I hope you return to this area to do another blog, its very special. emoticon Your blogs bring me much joy! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONLYTEMPORARY 9/24/2013 9:33PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 9/24/2013 9:20PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCRAPBECCA 9/24/2013 8:12PM

    Nice! I enjoyed your walk as well.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 9/24/2013 5:50PM

  Hi Claire.......
As always, a gorgeous blog.......... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAINYC 9/24/2013 3:08PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROCKYCPA 9/24/2013 3:03PM

    Another beautiful hike taken virtually!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEMT 9/24/2013 2:36PM

    I enjoyed the hike! I also have to tread carefully going down or up rocky trails. I have that side step thing going on as well! Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMAGEMLOVER 9/24/2013 1:41PM

    emoticon I enjoyed the hike

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANEMARIE77 9/24/2013 1:00PM

    oh the grapes look so wonderful thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEPTUNE1939 9/24/2013 12:37PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NILLAPEPSI 9/24/2013 11:54AM

    Beautiful photos! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIHIKES 9/24/2013 11:43AM

    Claire thanks for sharing another beautiful hike! I LOVED the flowers, the scenery, and the church and old buildings. I had never seen the troglodyte homes -- just fascinating. The photos are AMAZING. It is wonderful to see the history and length of time this area has been inhabited. My home town was founded in 1900 -- of course it was populated in 1600 as well, but the native Americans in our area had a mostly nomadic hunter gatherer lifestyle, and left fragments of tools and pictographs on the canyon walls. emoticon
Alison

Report Inappropriate Comment
LCRUMLEY81 9/24/2013 10:01AM

  what a great hike

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKNPROGRESS49 9/24/2013 9:58AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
Member Comments Page (124 total):  1 2 3 Next >
 


Other Entries by CLAIREINPARIS