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The SP activity tracker meets the French countryside!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I don't know about yours, but my Sparkfriends are really the best! A few days ago, I received a wonderful gift in the mail: the SP activity tracker... Thank you so much dear FITMAY!!!

So the hero of today's hike is definitely the SP activity tracker! (And my dear friend May too!)

I went to Normandy this afternoon! And parked near Radepont's castle (19th century). Apparently it belongs to the Salvation Army now (no idea what they do there, there was no sign).

The nearby town hall was very pretty...

... and I enjoyed the view on the village from the hill above it!

The best of today's hike was definitely the smell of the fallen leaves. And their sound under my feet.

In Bonnemare's hamlet, I followed the tall wall of the castle before I saw it appear...

The castle is from the 16th century. Typical Renaissance architecture...

It has been owned by the same family for over 100 years, and it is now a Bed and Breakfast.

Even the castle's farm is beautiful!

-- OK, I agree, this isn't from the 16th century! ;-) --

And the chapel is beautiful too!

Further away, one of the castle's old gates is in a poor state, but I thought it was quite charming...

I followed the castle's wall again for a long time through the forest!

I forgot to say that it was truly a beautiful day, just the perfect temperature (about 15C or 59F) and lots of sunshine.

In Douville-sur-Andelle, the woods looked gorgeous in the late afternoon light!

And the ferns too!

The two towers below belong to a big 19th century spinning plant which looked almost like a church. Sadly, it was badly damaged by two fires and hasn't been used since 1946.

Shortly after the old spinning plant, I reached a 13th century abbey, Our Lady of Fontaine-Guérard... It was such a perfect time of the day to discover it, in the golden light!

And the river nearby made the area truly special...

But let's end with today's hero!!!

I think we both had a great hike today! emoticon
It was fun to see as I got home that I had burnt 900 calories, but it is impossible that I walked only 8.5 K. It was 10K according to my book, and it makes sense compared to the timing... So I need to see how I can make it understand my steps! :) Thanks again May for this great gift!
[Edit: To calibrate the SP activity tracker, you need to go to the Help page here:

But this is where it becomes funny... I cannot calibrate my activity tracker according to today's hike, because the tracker thinks it wasn't a workout, only 'normal activity'!!! I guess it doesn't like me stopping regularly to take pictures. No worry, I'll calibrate it with a walk I often do in the woods near my office, hopefully it will work!]

Thank you all for sharing my hike today!

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MARKATSPARK 8/2/2015 6:41AM


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VTORIA3 12/29/2013 6:32AM

    I came across your spark page as I was locating reviews on the Spark People Activity Tracker. Your photos are really amazing. I enjoyed viewing all of them. So beautiful. Thank you.

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RENATA144 12/11/2013 11:32PM

  Bon jour Claire !!! Your photos show how overwhelmingly beautiful the French countryside is. I really believe that You could be a professional photojournalist. emoticon

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JRRING 11/25/2013 3:05PM


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YIWEN39 11/18/2013 1:03PM

    yet another great blog with great pictures, Claire :-)
Thank you!

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JUDYAMK 11/10/2013 6:25PM

    I love the sound of crunchy fallen leaves as I walk. When I was 5 & 6 when we lived in town I would walk home from school & I would kick the leaves & hear there crunch & the smell of the fallen leaves , I still pick up hand fulls of leaves to smell there sweet earthy smell, thanks for the hike Claire

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/8/2013 4:35PM

    Claire - Thanks as always for sharing the lovely places around you with us. I love walking on crisp fall days and enjoy seeing the places you find on such a day. Enjoy your tracker and have fun!

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BEWELL48 11/3/2013 5:10AM

    Beautiful pictures indeed! emoticon

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    Beautiful pictures. What a lovely place to walk.

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GINIEMIE 11/2/2013 7:44AM

    J'ai un "fit flex" et je l'aime bien, je vais le comparer avec l'activity tracker, mais pour le moment j'aime ce que j'ai. En plus je l'ai gardé plus longtemps que les autres "step trackers" que j'ai acheté.
Encore merci pour le promenade. J'adore les feuilles en automne, et tu nous as presenté avec des belles photos. J'aimais aussi le tracteur, la riviere, l'église et la portiere en fer, même si c'est abimer avec l'age. Comme d'habitude tes photos sont des merveilles.
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BKNOCK 11/1/2013 9:09PM

    Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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QTEALADY20031 11/1/2013 5:21PM

    Hi Claire, What amazing pictures and beauty that you share with us. I would love to visit the castle with its Bed and Breakfast. I also liked your little donkey who must have been welcoming to you on your walk. Its too hard to pick one picture over another. What a wonderful hike you had with beautiful weather. You will like your tracker. What awonderful gift from May. I saved up and bought myself a Fitbit and it goes on my slacks every morning, just like brushing my teeth. You will get used to it and know its a part of you. Thank you again Claire for letting us share in your hike! emoticon June

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MATTEROFHEART 11/1/2013 8:55AM

    I cannot imagine how amazing it must be to live so close to such beauty! Thank you so much for sharing your hikes with us! It is something I will probably never get to see, except through your eyes. I love it!!!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 11/1/2013 8:55AM

  Hmmm ... Gonna have to subscribe to your blogs. I feel refreshed after spending time in your world! emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/1/2013 1:25AM

    Wonderful! Loved it! emoticon

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KAREN91 10/31/2013 9:34PM

    Claire, I have a fitbit instead of a SP tracker. Let me know how you like it as I have thought about getting a SP tracker. I'd love to stay at the castles B&B it looked beautiful. It amazes me all the info you know about the places where you hike. Great pictures as always. I hope things are all well with you. emoticon

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TREYONE 10/31/2013 9:23PM

  Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and your experience with the activity tracker!!!!

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JUNEAU2010 10/31/2013 9:04PM

    I loved every bit of your blog today! Everything you said and every picture you shared. Some times, beautiful words and beautiful sights are just the right balm for the soul!

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TERMITEMOM 10/31/2013 8:02PM

    Fantastique pour le Spark tracker! J'espère que vous allez vite arriver à le calibrer. Que c'est beau la Normandie en automne, avec ces couleurs magnifiques! Merci de m'apporter ma France dans vos blogs. C'est toujours très émouvant pour moi.

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ARTJAC 10/31/2013 6:13PM

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COLOR-BLUE 10/31/2013 4:40PM


I always get a bit giddy when I get an email letting me know that you've posted another blog, as I do enjoy them so. And, now you have a new friend in the Spark Tracker to accompany you. It's so great!!! Mine in terrific and I'm delighted I've opted to get it rather than the FitBit.

I'm with you, I love the crunch of leaves under my feet, when I walk, but alas, where I live now, I don't have that luxury. But it's okay, as I love the weather I do have. Of course during the Summers, I have a hard time, medically, but when Fall and Winder come around, IT'S emoticon

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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WILDASTER 10/31/2013 2:49PM

    How beautiful Claire.

I just loved the picture with the sun coming under the tree branch, the stream in the lower part of the picture is wonderful. I wish I could come and stay in the Bed and Breakfast castle too, how wonderful. I'm glad you gave the tracker a try, and I'm sure it won't be long and you will be posting huge numbers of fitness minutes!!

Bella is here with me and she want's me to tell you...
Auntie, I love the leaves to walk through! More leaves are good, I like to walk in the leaves too and wear my purple boots! I liked the donkey, cow and the sign of a choo choo train! I love you!

Enjoy your day off on the 1st! I hope you have another chance to get out and hike.


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LISALGB 10/31/2013 2:33PM

    I hope you get it calibrated - you definitely had a workout!!
Your photos are spectacular. Love them all.

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_BABE_ 10/31/2013 12:53PM

    It may not register as a work out but we both know it was a work 10K hiking is spectacular. Again I have to say that the photos you take of the countryside are magnifique. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 10/31/2013 10:03AM

    Thanks for the wonderful hike and the beautiful pictures. I enjoyed watching and thinking of you as I sit here in Greece and think of all the beauty that surrounds us here in Europe.
Congrats on the spark activity tracker, what an awesome gift from your wonderful friend. May you get many many steps in with that little device. I am using my fitbit here to see how many steps I get each day and it is quite a few. Yesterday it was 25,000 and so far today it is 15,000. My husband went to his conference so I am taking a break and sparking for a little bit.
I hope you are well!
Lots of hugs from Greece!

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MAWMAW101 10/31/2013 9:48AM

    Such a lovely walk--thanks for taking us along!
I really want the activity tracker for Christmas so I have hinted to my entire family.
Every time I see your name come up on my e-mail I get excited to see what is coming!
Never never have I been disappointed. Thank you so very much for your blogs.
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DNRAE1 10/31/2013 9:22AM

    Thank you, Claire. Another beautiful hike to start my day. So many lovely favorite is the sun star-shining through the trees. Gorgeous!

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SHESMITH1 10/31/2013 9:18AM

    As always - gorgeous and inspirational. Thank you for sharing. I hope you get your activity tracker working correctly!

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GOANNA2 10/31/2013 8:49AM

    Claire thank you for another wonderful walk.
Being in the tropics, I really miss the change of
seasons and I am happy that I can put myself there
in my 'walks' with you. Beautiful countryside.
I hope you get your tracker figured out. That was
a beautiful gift. You deserve it. Have a good rest
now. emoticon

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    Thank you for bringing us along on your hike/walk. Your pictures are so crisp and inviting and I do love all the descriptions. Your narratives always make me feel like a welcome friend. Enjoy your new tracking companion.
Love and Hugs, Audra

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MARYBETH4884 10/31/2013 6:18AM

    Claire, once again a beautiful walk! The reflections from the building on the water is so wonderful! You are so lucky to be able to walk beside so much history! Thanks!

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LEANMEAN2 10/31/2013 5:59AM

    Thanks for sharing

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/31/2013 5:20AM

    Hi Clare, my "dieting research" told me that unless you are doing something for 10 minutes continuously it doesn't always register as "fat burning" so playing tennis might use calories but not necessarily get to the fat burning stage.....interesting??!!

ad you like the tracker, we love our fitbits, anything to increase motivation cannot be a bad thing.

big hugs
Sandra and Roger

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LIZALOT 10/31/2013 2:59AM

    beautiful as usual, thanks so much Claire. the buildings are lovely but i really love those autumn colours. i love to hear the leaves under my feet too.
i agree with the others - a travel book!!

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ILOVEMALI 10/31/2013 2:33AM

    I hope that you love little Sparky! What a great pal you have~

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NUOVAELLE 10/31/2013 2:27AM

    I think the SP activity tracker was really lucky to meet the French countryside in autumn! There's so much beauty around this time of the year!
Wonderful pictures as always. I hope you enjoy lots of autumn hikes, Claire. And good luck with calibrating your little new friend!

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NASFKAB 10/31/2013 1:57AM

  yes hope can join you on a hike IF I visit Paris again PLEASE

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/31/2013 1:07AM

    If I come to Paris can I go on a walk with you? I just love the pictures and your descriptions. You have a way of making it seem like I was there with you.

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CHRISGORGME 10/31/2013 12:30AM

    Please don't stop pausing, photos make your blogs so alive, every time I wish I could join you! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 10/31/2013 12:27AM

  I think (but then I especially love the fall!) that these are among the most beautiful pictures you have posted. Thank you so much! I really miss the beautiful fall sights and smells.

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LINDAK25 10/31/2013 12:03AM

    The photos are spectacular! I love the way the trees are reflected in the water. Wouldn't it be nice to stay in a castle (with modern plumbing)? Beautiful.

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TRAILBLAZER6 10/30/2013 11:08PM

    Your photographs are so beautiful. You should compile a book of your wonderful hikes!! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 10/30/2013 11:00PM

    Very true, the tracker doesn't like photo pauses emoticon But what your hike blog be without them! I for one, really enjoy your photos, so thanks for pausing emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 10/30/2013 10:58PM

    Love the village from the hillside ~ to be surrounded in such beauty! Loving your walks, it helps bring a bit a peacefulness into my day! Ahhhhhhhhhh.......

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KING_SLAYER 10/30/2013 10:47PM

    Wonderful pictures once again. About the Salvation Army owning that castle; every army needs a base! Perhaps this is where they run their special operations missions in Europe from!!

Maybe they're gearing up to go to war against the Foreign Legion!!

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JACKIE542 10/30/2013 10:42PM

    Absolutely beautiful Claire, loved the woods and the ferns, I see those in my mountains. I can see touches of Fall so pretty. Our Lady of Fontaine- Guerard, beautiful.
Such a nice spark friend to get you a tracker. Have to keep us posted as to how it works for you. emoticon

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TATTER3 10/30/2013 10:33PM

    You still need to publish a travel book!!! Keep walking and Sparkin'!!

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SABLENESS 10/30/2013 9:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your walk.🍁🍃🍂

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CHANGINGHORSES 10/30/2013 8:27PM

    Beautiful Claire! I love the water shots. I really enjoy reflections. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your hikes!

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MARITIMER3 10/30/2013 8:12PM

    Beautiful pictures, Claire. I love the golden fall colors. I hope you can get your FitBit calibrated to your stride. It's great that you can sometimes get time off through the week to go for a hike.

Your weather is much better than ours, 6C today and rainy, with more rain predicted for the next 4 days.

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