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Around my favourite village

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gerberoy is on the list of France's Most Beautiful Villages. And rightly so in my opinion!





Even without the roses that Gerberoy is well-known for and which had been mostly destroyed by the awfully wet summer we have been having!



This medieval village is simply charming, and if you have been reading my blogs for a while, you have already heard plenty about it! But not this year! I thought it was about time I went for a visit. : ) I did this 3-hour hike 1.5 year ago in the snow and for me it remains one of my most unforgettable ones! Here is the blog about it if you are interested:
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It was great also by this sunny late summer afternoon.



I started in Songeons, a village North of Gerberoy...



... and made my way through the countryside. The area, called the 'Pays de Bray', is in my view the perfect countryside! Let me show you where it is on the map, compared to Paris.



It is hilly, very green, with shady little paths and all kinds of fields...











There were benches by the side of the path in a few places. Very nice to spend time enjoying the view!





As always, I didn't meet many people (not even in Gerberoy, which was rather quiet after what I understood had been a crazy day with a reunion of Mercedes cars lovers... very glad I avoided the crowds!)...



... but saw plenty of cows (even cute little calves!) and horses too.





Oh and some sheep as I entered Gerberoy! I love how the church seems to be coming from underneath!



But the first sign of Gerberoy, as in many French villages, had been the cross on the side of the road.



And then I passed the little pond with the waterlilies and gold fish...



... and entered Gerberoy...







The blue shutters house, probably the most famous, was as pretty as ever, despite the almost complete lack of roses...



Good bye for now Gerberoy, I'll try and come back in a few months!



After a short part in the countryside, stopping on the way to eat blackberries and hazelnuts (hmmmm delicious!!!)...





... and admiring the wild cherries (which I didn't taste as they are usually bitter here)...



... the last part of the hike was through the woods...



I remembered this plant (below) from previous walks in the area, but I think I never managed to find its name. If you know it, please share! :)



Then there was this colourful moth. I don't think I had ever seen any like this!











I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike! I'll try and fit another one in on Sunday, but not sure yet... I have lots to do to go back to work on Monday as I am off to Rome, Italy, on Tuesday morning for over a week! Packing again! (Although I went twice in the past, I am really excited to go back, despite the endless meetings that will fill most of my days there!)



Have a beautiful weekend! Thank you for reading!
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