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Hiking bliss in the Chevreuse Valley Park

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

I was so happy when I saw the sun was shining today! Perfect for a hike in one of the most beautiful places of the Paris area: the Vallée de Chevreuse (Chevreuse Valley).



I parked outside Chevreuse’s St Martin church (12th century) around 1pm… As you can see, it is still very mild in Paris, we haven’t had any frost yet and the hanging baskets’ flowers were in full bloom! I went in to have a look... I couldn’t stay as there was a baptism service going on in the other part of the church, but I wasn’t disappointed by what I saw…



… especially as the sun was playing with the bright colors of the stained windows!



Apart from the fact that the path was very muddy (and very steep at times, but that’s good!), it was definitely one of my favorite hikes so far…





Gorgeous weather, autumn colors, and water reflections… really I couldn’t ask for more!



I mixed two hikes I had done last year and the year before. Two years ago I had got quite lost on a number of occasions, so I recognized very little of that hike!



I had missed that path, that year… There is a big sign for it but I guess I must have thought it was just too steep! : )



It led to a path that was much easier and wider, with lots of things to look at…









Beautiful reflections…





… the smell of freshly cut wood…



… and the sound of the leaves under my feet…







It made all the crazily muddy and steep paths well worth the effort!!!





I almost didn’t see that mushroom by the side of the path, it was so well camouflaged!



Then the sun was increasingly playing with the trees as it was going down (it was only about 3.45pm by then… winter really is approaching fast!)…











As I left the woods, I passed by the very impressive medieval Madeleine Castle (11th century).



The view from there was beautiful on Chevreuse below, but I couldn’t take a picture as I had the sun right in my face. So I took a side view, but I am not sure you’ll be able to see much!



The path to Chevreuse was madly steep (of course, a medieval castle has to be built on a hill!)… This picture from the 19th century will give you a better idea!



But I made it in one piece back to Chevreuse’s church. Phew!



And that’s it for today… 3 hours of pure hiking bliss!!! I hope you enjoyed sharing them with me. I know I loved sharing them with you!

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PS: If you want to have a look at my two previous hikes in the area, here they are:

October 2011:
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November 2012:
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