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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!


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

October 2011:

November 2012:

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CATNCAG 1/21/2015 3:01PM

    Claire U r so lovely, as well as your walks, pictures & site telling to make us feel like we r hiking with u! emoticon emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 4/6/2014 3:23PM

    emoticon for sharing this! Beautiful picture, great hike. emoticon Paris!

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GRAMPIAN 1/18/2014 11:15AM

  Beautiful trees. emoticon

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ADAPTINGANNIE 1/2/2014 12:17AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photographs and details of your hike. It was a lovely way for others to vicariously experience the beauty of your fall day.

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HARROWJET 12/15/2013 10:52AM

    A hike is always good and yours are the best. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 12/14/2013 10:47PM

    Enjoyed the hike with you

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KARENJOJO 12/14/2013 8:52PM

    emoticon Your hike was a fabulous tour of the sights. Thank you so much for sharing your hike & including your pictures.

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MRSRIGS1 11/28/2013 11:32AM

    I did enjoy (and do) your pictures!! This is horrible for me to say but I feel jealous. I would love to have this in my backyard (so to speak). I will have to settle for enjoying your pictures and wishing..... emoticon

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SARAWALKS 11/23/2013 9:45PM

    Mmmm, I thought I remembered your going there before!
These are some incredibly beautiful photos, Claire, especially those red berries, and the well as the marvelous light slanting through the trees with the autumn leaves covering the ground...

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/21/2013 9:09AM

    So pretty!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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DRTOVAH 11/18/2013 12:37PM

  love the pics!

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MILLIE5522 11/17/2013 9:20AM

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your walks. It is so lovely to see France through your eyes. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 11/17/2013 7:29AM

    Thank you.

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G33K10V3 11/16/2013 5:16AM

    Beautiful scenery! I love it! Thanks for sharing! I love walks like that they are so refreshing :D emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 11/15/2013 7:43AM

    Thanks so much for taking us to France with you.
(and I'm not even winded!

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RENATA144 11/14/2013 11:18PM

  Dear Claire, your beautiful photos are so worth another look. emoticon

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GEORGE815 11/14/2013 2:01PM

    Great photos, thanks! We sure have had our fair share of leaves on the ground lately.

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2WHEELER 11/14/2013 10:14AM

    So beautiful. I'm hoping that we can travel to Paris sometime soon.

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LADY_MARIANA 11/13/2013 1:19PM

    How stunning! Chouette!
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LYNCHD05 11/13/2013 10:16AM

    Lovely....would love to do this some time!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/13/2013 3:02AM

    As always fabulous photos that are a delight to see,thank you!

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ALIHIKES 11/13/2013 2:36AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your hike. The photos are beautiful. I loved the church, particularly the strong form of the arches. The red berries and the reflections on the water are so beautiful. And the castle was amazing. I could tell this was a steep hike, congratulations on the hard workout -- and for sharing the beauty with us.

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RENATA144 11/12/2013 10:30PM

  Thank you again Claire for sharing your glorious travelogue !!! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 11/12/2013 8:21PM

    OH, lovely as usual! I just love the trees and their reflections, if I could paint, that would be the things that I would choose to capture, and your photo certainly did just that! I loved walking your hike with you, all of Europe seems to be built on inclines but what a great cardio workout! Great job.
Thanks for sharing your walk with us, I am so glad to hear that it was peaceful and relaxing and what great weather you had. I will hope that you can continue with that wonderful weather for a few more weeks since the cold is not to far away now.
Have a wonderful week! Hugs from Minnesota! Holly

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TREYONE 11/12/2013 7:40PM

  Breathtaking photos!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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JENJENN7 11/12/2013 6:39PM

    Loved the photos and so glad you were able to do this beautiful hike! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/12/2013 5:18PM

    Beautiful photography.

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QTEALADY20031 11/12/2013 5:17PM

    Claire, what a beautiful hike and thank you so much for sharing the gorgeous scenery. I would have loved to visit St. Martin's. Your reflections in the water were just wonderful. You truly had a great day for a hike. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon June

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AGILECAT 11/12/2013 1:46PM

    Merci for taking us along on your hike, and for making it such a sensory experience!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 11/12/2013 12:30PM

    Wow, very pretty!

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MADAMES 11/12/2013 12:15PM

    Thank you for linking us to your two previous blogs; this was a great idea. This year I especially love the red berries, the Monet reflections and the tree framed curve of the path. Your descriptions awaken the sense of smell and sound to accompany the lovely visuals. So happy that you were able to take advantage of a beautiful fall day complete with sunshine for your hike.
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REGILIEH 11/12/2013 11:20AM

    INCREDIBLE!!!! Some of your photos look like exquisite paintings.

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ALIIDA 11/12/2013 9:14AM

    Lovely! Thank you.

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KAREN91 11/12/2013 1:59AM

    Claire, I loved going on this hike with you! The church was beautiful, what a beautiful setting for a baptism. A 3 hour hike, How many miles did you go? The forest was lovely. Winter is on the way here in Iowa as well. Its dark here by 6 PM and we had a small amount of snow today. Its mostly melted already though. Did you wear your SP tracker?

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WRITERWANNAB 11/12/2013 12:36AM

    Gorgeous photos & description! Thank you! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 11/12/2013 12:18AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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_LINDA 11/11/2013 11:45PM

    WoW! Gorgeous photos!! What a beautiful area you have to hike!
Reminds me of my trip to Europe where we visited so many palaces, churches and castles with incredible craftsmanship. They knew how to build them in those days!
Thanks for sharing it with us!

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GWINNER1 11/11/2013 10:06PM

    Claire, thank you for sharing with us. Beautiful pictures...made me wish I was there!

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AMBER461 11/11/2013 9:52PM

  Thank you for sharing. My daughters where in Paris in July -August Thanks for taking us along with you while you were hiking. Pictures are beautiful.

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SUPERDAD55 11/11/2013 8:51PM

    emoticon It makes me remember the wonderful times we had in Germany with the Voltsmarches there. I greatly enjoyed the pictures, you have a great eye for them. emoticon emoticon
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JSEATTLE 11/11/2013 8:05PM

  Thank you for taking me along! What a lovely hike!

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DOODIE59 11/11/2013 8:03PM

    Ah Claire,
You are a poet both with words and with your eyes:) What a lovely blog -- you drag your reader into another world. So beautiful!
Thank you,

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