Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    CLAIREINPARIS   45,204
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 
It could have been a great Sunday, but it was very good still!

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

When I opened the shutters this morning and couldn’t see the house opposite my apartment as it was so foggy, I must say I didn’t have the courage to go on a hike. That was a mistake, and I won’t do it again because now I wish I had gone!



Instead, I went for a walk early afternoon around Grouchy Park, where I had wanted to go for a long time. It is a big park around a beautiful 18th century castle (which used to belong to the 'de Grouchy' family), in the village of Osny, North-West of Paris. It is the townhall nowadays and very well maintained from what I could see!









The castle is built next to a lake, and there are lots of little rivers around too (or are they canals? honestly I don't know! the whole area is very humid is all I can say!).







It is a protected area, and there are lots of birds. I didn’t see any ‘rare’ one, but it was still lovely, like this pretty little coot...







I really enjoyed my long walk around the park.













There weren’t many people, only a few families and some runners… But I can’t imagine how madly busy it must be by a sunny Sunday afternoon in the summer! Already when I was leaving around 3pm it was becoming much busier.



Then I drove to nearby Pontoise for a very cultural afternoon! emoticon
First I went to the Pissarro Museum, which I am a bit puzzled to say was wonderful but didn’t have any paintings by Camille Pissarro (maybe they had been lent to another museum?)! Pissarro lived in Pontoise between 1866 and 1883.





This one was one of my favorite paintings, by Georges Manzana-Pissarro, one of Camille Pissarro's sons.



This one was by another one of his sons...



Still I can really recommend it, especially as I love Pontoise (I think if you have been reading my blogs for a while you might have noticed already, haha!) and there were several paintings of 19th century-Pontoise. My favorites were by Ludovic Piette.







After the Pissarro Museum came the last part of my afternoon: I went to a nearby chapel, which is never usually open to the public as it is located in a closed convent, to listen to Sparkfriend LIZALOT!



It was the first time I went to one of her concerts (Liz is a member in 3 different choirs, so I suspect it won’t be the last one!). It was fantastic! Thank you again Liz!



It ended up being a really good afternoon, full of things I like to do... but I know it would have been even better if I had gone on a hike this morning! And why didn't I go? Because I didn't make it a priority. Exercising hasn't been a priority for me these last few days, and it is about time it changes! The week which is starting will be better, and I'll go on walks and hikes this week!

Thank you for reading, and thank you for all your great comments on my New Year vlog! I am so glad you enjoyed it!!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRAMPIAN 3/31/2014 6:36AM

  Interesting trees. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
2ABBYNORMAL 1/29/2014 2:05PM

    I find it amazing how far you walk and visit in an afternoon.
Thank you so much for the pictures and history.
I find it fascinating and I also check out items of interest you mention in your blogs on the web which is always.
The castle and chapel are beautiful.
The art pictures are also beautiful.
Thank you, again, for another wonderful walk.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOLA_LALA 1/25/2014 1:49PM

    Oh, those delicate, soft, gentle, almost nurturing Pissarros! Thanks so much for these treasures, Claire!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN91 1/23/2014 12:03AM

    You have good taste in art, I loved the pictures from the museum. Its great to travel to France through your blogs. We don't have castles in Iowa but I enjoy seeing castles. It still looks like fall there, are you having a mild winter? We have snow on the ground and the weather is very cold. It's been a very cold and snowy winter so far. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFRAYECHILDE 1/20/2014 12:02PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I always love looking at your walk.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUPERDAD55 1/19/2014 9:07PM

    As always, Great Photos and Blog,
You bring me back to Europe as no one else can.
emoticon
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BKNOCK 1/18/2014 9:57PM

    Great photos!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 1/18/2014 8:45PM

    Lovely photos, as usual.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEWELL48 1/18/2014 4:49AM

    As always your pictures are lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to come along and see the sites!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 1/16/2014 10:45AM

  We've been getting the heavy fog in the morning too in New York. It's not safe to drive through " hasty pudding". You have to be safe.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 1/15/2014 4:03PM

  Bon jour Claire !!! The area in which you live is so beautiful ! No wonder that you are Inspired to walk so far. emoticon for sharing the sites with us !
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENUMBRA52 1/15/2014 2:59PM

    I really enjoyed your pics and blog Enjoy
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KMCOOK75 1/15/2014 9:06AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 1/15/2014 1:50AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 1/15/2014 12:54AM

  Lovely pictures, even in mid-winter.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARAWALKS 1/14/2014 10:18PM

    What fun! I want to go to Pontoise because I love the little restaurant le Petit Pontoise in the Latin Quarter, rue Pontoise bien sûr!
Reflections, beautiful bark patterns, paintings by the Pissarros...can't imagine a nicer way to spend the day. (You will get back to your hikes! Taking a break freshens us up...)
Can't wait! See you soon! Sara

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREYONE 1/14/2014 8:39PM

  I always enjoy your blogs!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRICKET4 1/14/2014 7:22PM

    Charming.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JRRING 1/14/2014 5:38PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAICHIDANCER 1/14/2014 8:41AM

    Love the coot!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAPECODLIGHT 1/14/2014 8:11AM

    Your blog teaches that just because planned exercise doesn't work out that it's NOT fine to roll over and go back to sleep. You improvised and had a great afternoon.

Comment edited on: 1/14/2014 8:23:03 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 1/14/2014 1:56AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 1/14/2014 1:32AM

    Sounds and looks like a pretty good day to me ;-) Don't beat yourself up, you still made the most of it, with or without a hike! Know what you mean, though, about keeping your priorities straight ;-) Let's do it ;-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
FAITHGIRL91 1/13/2014 11:41PM

    Beautiful, Claire... thank you for another lovely blog that's a vacation for my mind. Have a great week! emoticon emoticon Karen

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAIREINPARIS 1/13/2014 11:23PM

    Thank you JJCHICAGO! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSEATTLE 1/13/2014 11:21PM

  ps. It WAS a great day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSEATTLE 1/13/2014 11:20PM

  Wonderful day, wonderful post and pictures. Thank you so much for taking me along!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CICELY360 1/13/2014 11:08PM

  beautiful pictures

Report Inappropriate Comment
KKLENNERT809 1/13/2014 9:25PM

    Claire--youve outdone yourself again! Beautiful!! I wish I could hike along with you. Everything is always so interesting and beautiful. Thanks again for sharing with us! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 1/13/2014 7:37PM

    What a glorious day! Don't discount the lesson learned. You say it was not a great day, but, if you learned the lesson and act on it, you will have many more great days ahead.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERICHO1991 1/13/2014 6:45PM

    Great pics. Thanks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
INGMARIE 1/13/2014 6:02PM

    This was a lovely walk , nice art to say the least ,the whole family Pissarro great artists.
Beautiful nature shots too. thanks for sharing. emoticon
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTINK 1/13/2014 5:31PM

    Very beautiful emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 1/13/2014 5:03PM

  Hi Claire........
I can't imagine living in an area where there is so much culture and beauty available so close by. emoticon for sharing it with us once again.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERDIAMONDS 1/13/2014 4:54PM

    Your treks are so inspiring. I want to go around my own neighborhood looking for photos of nature as lovely as yours.

Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMSODONE 1/13/2014 4:47PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 1/13/2014 4:27PM

  Claire, the name of that park is amusing, don't you think?

You always take us along to see your places and now a concert and art museum. It would be easier to walk, having such amazing places to visit. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HELEN_BRU 1/13/2014 4:14PM

    Wow, Claire, that was some great walk! Enjoyed every minute of it.

Hugs,
Helen

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIHIKES 1/13/2014 3:41PM

    Claire what beautiful photos! And what a lovely outing you had despite the fog. I loved the photos from Grouchy Park, the trees and the plants and the birds and the waterways throughout. The Pisarro museum photos were interesting as well, and also interesting that they did not include paintings from the more famous Pisarro (I was not aware of his sons). Your day include the beauty of the park, the art museum AND a concert -- how delightful!

Also thank you for commenting on my hiking blog, I really appreciate your support! We live in such different areas but each area is so beautiful when we can get out an walk.
emoticon
Alison

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOAPIE 1/13/2014 3:27PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMOM20121 1/13/2014 3:22PM

    Always love your blogs. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANNHUNT 1/13/2014 3:06PM

    AMAZING AS USUAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. I ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR BLOGS.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMAGEMLOVER 1/13/2014 2:57PM

    I enjoyed the hike and the pictures were beautiful. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCRAPBECCA 1/13/2014 2:25PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NONNAOF2 1/13/2014 2:08PM

  I enjoyed your walk, it is always so beautiful where you go....I envy you in that you have access to such beautiful areas! Thank you for sharing your day! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMONEKP 1/13/2014 1:59PM

    very nice

Report Inappropriate Comment
NILLAPEPSI 1/13/2014 1:48PM

    I always enjoy looking at the photos of your adventures. Thank you for sharing them. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSRIGS1 1/13/2014 1:29PM

    Awesome! Thank you for the tour! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRISHMO1 1/13/2014 1:14PM

  Intersesting emoticon such a nice day

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEPTUNE1939 1/13/2014 1:08PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
Member Comments Page (118 total):  1 2 3 Next >