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A hike in the Brie area East of Paris

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jouy-sur-Morin, where I was yesterday, is a 1.5 hour drive from my home North of Paris. A bit too far away for a 3-hour hike! But today I had to go to that village to collect something I had found on ‘Le Bon Coin’ (the French equivalent to Craigslist). So I immediately looked in my booklet about Seine-et-Marne’s hikes (that is East of Paris), and guess what… there was a hike precisely around Jouy-sur-Morin! Awesome.

One of the most pleasant and different things about this hike was its many wide, grassy paths covered with dew. Hmmmm so comfortable under the feet, you almost feel like you are bouncing!

The name of the village says it all: it is built by a river called ‘Le Grand Morin’. After walking by it for a while, I turned into the woods before this big house… It was steep!

But more wide, grassy paths welcomed me at the top, with lots of wild flowers on the sides.

I thought I would take a picture of this plant to show you! This is the last stage of the canola (rapeseed). Those of you who read my blogs regularly may remember the beautiful yellow fields, then, a couple of months ago, what looked like some kind of green branches. Well, this is the last stage now, before the harvest:

In the Beauchien (‘beautiful dog’) hamlet…

… I had a lovely surprise: plums! A tree covered with them, perfectly ripe!

It was very welcome because I had only brought a few biscuits for my hike. And then of course there were blackberries everywhere (I had counted on them when I only brought a few biscuits!).

There were lots of apples too, but they aren’t ripe yet I think.

My favourite hikes are a mixture of hilly fields, villages and woods. With a river or two if possible! I had all that during this hike and wasn’t bored for a minute (I get bored quickly on long, straight paths!).

There were also some nice views on the countryside from the top of the hills.

I followed a corn field for a while, and that brought a big smile to my face. I love the sound of the wind in the corn fields!

The view on the other fields and the farms in a distance was lovely too. This is a typical farm from that part of the Paris area, the Brie (yes, like the cheese! it is the area where it is made).

I crossed the hamlet of Champgoulin…

… and reached Crèvecœur via ‘rue de la papeterie’ (paper mill street)…

The paper mill looks very different and modern today, I much prefer the way it looked in 1900 (I found this old postcard on the Internet).

The hamlet of Crèvecœur has an air of faded grandeur, which is a bit sad, and the railway nearby was abandoned a long time ago.

Another steep path in the woods, and a nice view to enjoy…

… and then I walked by the meadows and pastures for a while…

I was excited to find some crocuses on the side of the path, but it was bittersweet… You know what the (French) song says… “Colchiques dans les prés, c’est la fin de l’été”… “Crocuses in meadows, it’s the end of summer”. Actually, I am surprised these flowers are called 'crocuses' in English. In French, crocuses are the Spring flowers, very similar to these, that are found in the gardens. The wild, late summer version is called 'colchique'. Is there no specific word in English for those? "
[EDIT... Thanks to COLOR-BLUE, I got the answer... "Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is a flower that resembles the true crocuses, but blooms in autumn." (Wikipedia) Thank you so much!!!]

I was walking on another wide grassy path, enjoying the sun on my skin and thinking that I didn’t really want this lovely hike to end…

when I turned to take a picture… Would I have the time to reach my car before the rain started? I was about 15 minutes away.

Well, it took me less than 10 minutes, half walking half running, only stopping a couple of times to take a picture!

As I reached my car at Jouy-sur-Mourin’s abandoned station, it was pouring rain! Phew, just in time!!!

Thank you for reading! I love being on vacation! I hope you are having a great week also. emoticon

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MARKATSPARK 8/9/2015 6:39AM


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LORIVIOLA 10/1/2014 8:49AM

    I greatly enjoy your hiking adventures. as always, thank you for sharing!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/18/2014 6:32PM

    I always look forward to your blogs. Thank you!

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SUMMIT^SEEKER 9/8/2014 3:08AM

    Love your photos and narration. Beautiful! Makes me wish I still lived in Europe.

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DNRAE1 9/5/2014 1:41PM

    I always learn things about plants (rapeseed, this time) and places to go when I come to France someday.

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MRSRIGS1 9/1/2014 6:50PM

    Delightful and beautiful! Well done!

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KATELJM 8/30/2014 9:39AM

    Claire, such a lovely village!

I couldn't help myself, I had to check a few possibilities for your mystery flower. Perhaps it is some sort of thistle.





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CORNERKICK 8/27/2014 2:17AM


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MBTEPP 8/26/2014 9:42PM

    serene. Thanks for sharing. I love a good hike. emoticon

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KAREN91 8/26/2014 11:04AM

    Beautiful hike as always. Have you ever hiked in the rain? It was pouring rain when my daughter Elizabeth and I finished our 5K last Saturday. It was dry when we started but I wasn't going to quit when it started raining then pouring. When we finished we were soaked. On the plus side it cooled us off! I hope the weather there is good, it looks good! We have been baking here with temps in the 90s fahrenheit and humid. How long are your hikes? Do they vary a lot in length from each other? This was the first time I remember seeing a french corn field. We are surrounded by corn fields in Iowa. I love your pictures. emoticon emoticon

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SYNKERSIA 8/26/2014 7:52AM

  Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing inspiring photos!

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RIVERCABIN 8/25/2014 12:56PM

  wow so jealous!!!!! you really did a great job sharing your journey thank you, so beautiful I may never get to go there but at least Ive expericed it. I love hiking, Its my new favorite thing, it dosent feel like exercise at all Looking forward to your next Journey Thanks again emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/24/2014 3:49PM

    I want to bring my son to France and now that I have seen your beautiful pictures, maybe the Seine-et-Marne’s hikes ( East of Paris) is something to consider!

thank you

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MAXY100 8/23/2014 7:42PM

  Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and your enthusiasm!

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MAMA_CD 8/22/2014 8:39PM

    Beautiful scenery

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LOVENHWOODS 8/22/2014 4:10PM

    Awesome! Thank you!!

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ONESPOTLEFT 8/22/2014 7:49AM

    your blogs are so inspiring

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DANIELLE2013 8/22/2014 2:25AM

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/22/2014 12:37AM

    It sounds & looks like a beautiful hike. emoticon

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NORASPAT 8/21/2014 11:33PM

    Great job once again Claire. I had recently heard about the Autumn Crocus at the botanical gardens, I went to another garden today. HUGS Pat in Maine. I love our forests, so many animals were out today. emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 8/21/2014 10:53PM

    My, my, divine! The history of those buildings, the nature of it all...just divine.

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TREYONE 8/21/2014 7:58PM

  What beautiful pictures!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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JUSTSILVIE 8/21/2014 6:40PM

    Such a lovely place to live. Thank you for sharing it.

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GRACED777 8/21/2014 3:03PM

    I love hiking with you as well. Thank you for sharing your gifts that bring it to life!

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/21/2014 2:37PM

    I do so enjoy your hikes, I feel like I went along with you, you describe the things you see very well, I could almost taste the plum & blackberries, would have loved an apple too, next time. I always take apples or oranges on my hikes with me.

Thank you for allowing me to enjoy your vacation. Take care & be well, I would have loved to dance in the rain.

Take care & be well

Many Blessings Always Debby

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2BDYNAMIC 8/21/2014 1:40PM

    Breathtaking! ........... I enjoyed the tour ......... and congrat's for another great Popular blog! emoticon (thanks for sharing) ....... I like getting away! ...

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RAWCOOKIE 8/21/2014 1:28PM

    tres belle! merci pour les fotos!
pur teg! meur ras rag an skeusennow!
very beautiful! thank you for the photos!

what a fantastic walk - I wanted to be able to step into the computer!

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TATTER3 8/21/2014 11:10AM

    Honestly, just by using your pics for inspiration, an entire art show could be developed in paintings. You are so gifted with an eye to see the beauty around you! Thank you so much for posting!!! Be blessed and keep Sparkin'!!

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LYNETTEMOM 8/21/2014 11:09AM

    Wow! emoticon Oh, to be there. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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MAKEITBETTER 8/21/2014 10:19AM

    Merci. This morning I had my first French lesson. I will dedicate the next two years of my life to learn French. The last two I learned to speak Spanish. French will be much more difficult for me, I think. So It was a delightful surprise to find your post. Merci for the inspiration. Wish we could be friends!

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BRITISHGAL14 8/21/2014 9:42AM

    Wow, this looks so beautiful! Wish I could get there sometime... :)

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DREAMSEEKER9 8/21/2014 9:17AM

    Gorgeous as always! It's like stepping back in time. Thank you so much for sharing!

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JSTETSER 8/21/2014 5:55AM

    You are motivating me to hike in Europe.
Thank you! It is such a beautiful place!!

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CHARITYAK 8/21/2014 4:46AM

    Such a lovely countryside! You are blessed. Loved the berries!

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    Lovely walk

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WENDYANNE61 8/21/2014 2:42AM

    Thank you for leading us on another atmospheric hike - I love walking on springy grass too. I am in North Kurdistan just now and I walk along red volcanic dirt tracks most mornings - the cool air is so delicious at 6.30am! Hope you have recovered from the upsetting attack at your mother´s home - that was very nasty!

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BANNERMAN 8/21/2014 2:03AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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MAKEWEE 8/21/2014 1:27AM

    Stunning pictures as always. Merci for sharing them with us.


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MARYJEANSL 8/21/2014 1:13AM

  Very lovely! I always want to visit the places you photograph.

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KHALIA2 8/20/2014 11:58PM

  Such beautiful pictures! Thanks!

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KSNANA2 8/20/2014 10:56PM

    Just love following you on your hikes. You are so kind to share with us! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 8/20/2014 10:39PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed both the essay and the photos. You describe your hikes and wonderful sights just as though we were right there with you. Thanks so much!!!

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