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    CLAIREINPARIS   48,767
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Getting lost... with a smile and lots of sunshine!

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

As I think about my hike today, I feel a bit… hmmm… what is the word I am looking for? Disappointed? Yes, maybe a little. A bit stupid too! I missed the path I was supposed to turn into and went completely the wrong way!!! Then it was so late that I had to turn and go back to my car.



So let’s just say things didn’t go according to plan!!! It makes me smile that it can still happen today. It happened often when I first started hiking, but hadn’t happened for quite a while.



But really it doesn’t matter… The sun was shining bright, the area was beautiful, there were lots of flowers to look at… This was good enough for me!!!



Spring is early in the Paris area this year. Last year, it was about 2 weeks late (it felt like it would never arrive!), I think this year it is about 2 weeks early, and I don’t complain! I just hope we won’t have any late snow coming our way in the next few weeks.





The beginning of the hike was through the countryside, mostly on little paths but also for a few minutes on the road… I don’t like that much, but it was OK as there were very few cars.





This is exactly where I got things wrong… I turned into the forest after taking this picture of the countryside…



… when I should have continued a little further. So I walked South-West when I should have walked North. Haha, pretty bad!!!



So I crossed the woods and ended up in a village, when I was looking for a road I was supposed to cross in the middle of the forest! I knew something hadn’t gone exactly according to plan then! :)





When I realized I was ‘lost’ (well, not where I was supposed to be at least, but I knew where I was, thank goodness!)… I decided it was time to stop for lunch! So I sat on a bench and ate my salmon and Philadelphia sandwich in the middle of the little daisies and primroses…







Not too bad, I thought! :) Then I wondered what to do. My sciatica is definitely not over, and I had already walked for 2 hours. So I decided the best thing to do was to walk back through the woods and then take a short cut to Bréançon’s church, where I had parked…



… So almost 3 hours after the beginning of my hike I was back. It wasn’t at all what I had planned to see today, but it was still a beautiful hike, with the lovely early signs of spring (WOOHOO)! In a few weeks' time, I’ll probably go back to do the ‘proper’ hike I should have done!



I am sorry I am not on SP much these days. After my busy trip to Warsaw (I didn’t see anything from Poland apart from the airport and the conference center!!!), I am back home but with no Internet access for a couple of weeks. I am writing this blog from a café after visiting my mom at the nursing home. I can’t wait to have Internet access at home again!!!

Many thanks for reading! I hope you are all keeping well! Have a beautiful week!

P.S. I just read an email from my dear Sparkfriend WILDASTER from Minnesota. She writes: "There is still almost an inch of ice on most of the roads around here, the main highways and main roads are better but our street is totally iced over."
Thinking of you all who are still in the heart of winter and sending BIG HUGS!!!
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GRAMPIAN 5/29/2014 6:18AM

  Like the pictures!

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GRACEOMALLEY 3/28/2014 5:33PM

    Another lovely day when I got to walk alongside Claire! Lovely places you select - and are those pussy willows in the last picture? Spring is just barely beginning here - my violets and crocuses are just starting to bloom and the spring bulbs are just starting to put leaves up through the soil. It is a few weeks away for us.

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KAREN91 3/20/2014 2:54AM

    I haven't been as active on SP as I was because I try to get to the nursing home and see my mom every day. I love your blogs, your hike was beautiful even if it wasn't what you planned. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/18/2014 5:51PM

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PORTIAWILLIS 3/11/2014 6:11PM

    Just read this blog after reading the one after it and had to laugh. There I was thinking I was the only one who would get lost while hiking. You are motivating me to be more adventurous.

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FITMAY 3/10/2014 9:07PM

    Wonderful hike Claire!
Just the mental break I needed to keep going!
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GINIKI 3/10/2014 10:08AM

    Enjoyed your photos - beautiful countryside!

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DAWNDMOORE40 3/10/2014 8:49AM

    emoticon for sharing your story about your wonderful hike! I would love to go hiking sometime! It's been quite a while for me! It's great that no matter where you ended up, you could see the beauty in God's creation! I love the four seasons even if Winter is my least favorite one! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 3/9/2014 9:35PM

    Beautiful pictures. Wonderful hike. emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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BEWELL48 3/8/2014 9:11AM

    Claire,
Thank you as always for the beautiful pictures. Can't wait for some color! Winter is still here in New England!
On another note I am off to visit my mother in the nursing home today. It is not a permanent placement yet but she has declined recently and we (siblings) are trying to decide what to do. She is 93!
Have a good week and hope your internet is back!
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CALYPSO2D 3/7/2014 5:10PM

  Wonder of the sites all around! Lost and found!

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MRSRIGS1 3/7/2014 4:32PM

    When I get lost, I am not fortunate to find the beauty you find! I wouldn't mind it (getting lost) so much if I did have all this beauty! emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/6/2014 11:00PM

  beautiful

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CECELW 3/6/2014 10:21PM

    WOW! Those photos are just lovely! Spring is in the air. Gives me hope. Well, though it seems you weren't where you planned to be, but...you got to where you needed to be.

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TIFALVA 3/6/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon Beautiful pictures :-)

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TREYONE 3/6/2014 8:26PM

  Thank you for the wonderful pictures - reminds us living in the Midwest that spring is around the corner!!!

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CHARTHESTAR 3/6/2014 7:56PM

    looked like a wonderful hike.

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GMRKITTY 3/6/2014 5:52PM

    It's good to remember that while we may accidentally take the "wrong" path, it may end up being the "right" path after all. Lovely pictures & good that it was so enjoyable.

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/6/2014 4:54PM

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SUSIEMT 3/6/2014 1:39PM

    Claire! Thank you for leading us down a strange but beautiful path! That is much like life! After our snowfall yesterday I really appreciated our lovely hike! Hope you get over the sciatica soon!

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GOAL_IS_170 3/6/2014 1:34PM

    Beautiful it seems spring is so far away here in Mn that this brightened my day

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 3/6/2014 1:25PM

  just beautiful!

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LOPEYP 3/6/2014 12:08PM

    Beautiful walk! I am envious that spring has sprung in France. We still have lots of snow and cold temps here in New England USA. Hopefully we won't get any more snow.

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JERICHO1991 3/6/2014 11:46AM

    A beautiful walk. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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4CONNIESHEALTH 3/6/2014 11:32AM

    Beautiful pictures!

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FIRECOM 3/6/2014 11:24AM

    Thank you. Loved it.

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 3/6/2014 10:10AM

    emoticon for sharing. I don't think Spring is going to happen here no matter what the calendar says.

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MAJONES1225 3/6/2014 9:35AM

    Very nice thank you for sharing

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CLAYARTIST 3/6/2014 8:39AM

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NHEMBERGER 3/6/2014 6:55AM

    Thanks for sharing, you see so much beauty on your hikes! Spring is just around the corner, I hope!

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THEIS58 3/6/2014 6:37AM

    Great photos and a wonderful journey.

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SHOOPETTE 3/6/2014 5:56AM

    You should get lost more often!

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KBARKER-F 3/5/2014 10:41PM

    Thank you for your Blog. Beautiful pictures, it made me feel the sun on my face again. This morning on the Coast of Maine it was 3 degrees. The high was a whopping 15 degrees. So, as you can imagine, going out walking not an easy thing here. A workout DVD is in order for these cold days.

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ALIHIKES 3/5/2014 10:12PM

    Claire thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photos and description of your hike. I loved the spring wildflowers! It is still winter here in Central Oregon, and I am just back from a ski vacation. So the blue sky and fluffy clouds and greenery on your hike look so delightful!

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19TCHS72 3/5/2014 9:43PM

  Once again, you have taken us on your hike! You have shared the beauty that you saw and your wonderful, positive feelings! I am so very grateful to have you as the tour guide! Thank you - Mary emoticon

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TRICIA1957 3/5/2014 9:14PM

    Thank you for sharing lovely pictures. Makes me long for Spring time which should be right around the corner but is being elusive. But I know it will come, followed quickly by summer and I will try not to complain about the heat and humidity. I am trying to be more positive in my thoughts and attitudes. Some days are harder than others but seeing your lovely pics made my day brighter. emoticon

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DONNELDA22 3/5/2014 8:09PM

    Thanks so much for the lovely pictures of Paris and surrounding areas. So good to know some one is enjoying spring already. Where I live in southern Canada, we have been told by the weatherman, that we won't seem many signs of spring this year until the middle of April.
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MIFITNOW 3/5/2014 4:52PM

    We've still have close to half a foot of snow covering the ground and freezing temperatures. Thanks for sharing your walk with us! Spring is just around the corner!

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RETIREDGMA 3/5/2014 4:40PM

    Makes me jealous to see Spring! I went to a garden centre a couple of weeks ago and just breathed in the scent of hyacinths! It was very uplifting!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 3/5/2014 3:41PM

    What a lovely walk! Thanks for sharing it with us! We've got a 1/4 inch of ice topped by several inches of sleet and snow and it's cold out. Too hazardous to get out and walk right now. Much sadness there so your walk was so pretty.
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KARLEIGH66 3/5/2014 3:19PM

    Beautiful pictures. I'm completely jealous, but I know that one day soon, we will experience Spring, too. Enjoy your wandering!

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COSMIC 3/5/2014 1:56PM

    Thanks for sharing spring with us...here in Ottawa Ontario Canada it is still very much winter.....can't wait for spring emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 3/5/2014 11:06AM

    Thank you for sharing Spring with us. It is snowing right now in Massachusetts. Beautiful. But not Spring. I am looking forward to Spring!! Be well, enjoy your hikes no matter where they take you.
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BOXER-MOM 3/5/2014 11:03AM

    My husband and I ALWAYS get lost (well we did before the GPS) we always called it the scenic route lol!
Sometimes we stumble across the most interesting places taking the "scenic route".

But I once went to find a place to hike to a waterfall and after driving many miles looking for the starting point and couldn't find it I had to turn around as it would be starting to get dark before I even got there...very disappointing it was :(

By the pictures you posted I would just be happy just to have that weather...it was -50 with the wind chill last week and we have so much snow it's ridiculous! Oh well...a couple more months and I too shall be hiking again!

Hope your next hike goes as planned! :)

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