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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:

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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MARKATSPARK 8/11/2015 6:02PM


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WHITEANGEL4 1/17/2015 11:35PM

    Enjoyed my walk with you

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TERRIJ7 10/31/2014 9:05AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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CORNERKICK 9/30/2014 5:54PM

  Simply beautiful

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SUPERSYLPH 9/22/2014 3:57PM


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DOTTY7267 9/17/2014 12:01PM

    Beautiful scenery

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RENATA144 9/15/2014 11:54AM

  Ever Lovely !!!

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CICELY360 9/14/2014 12:04AM

  nice pictures

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MRSRIGS1 9/13/2014 2:00PM

    These are just gorgeous!

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MILPAM3 9/10/2014 4:07PM

  How nice to have a cross announce entry into a city. In the U.S. there are far too many who would like to take them all down.

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 9/8/2014 4:43PM

    Thanks for writing such descriptive blogs. I feel as I am walking beside you and you are telling me what you see. I can't tell from my own poor French pronunciation and my "iffY computer pronunciation, but is this one of the gardens that Monet painted? Everything sounds so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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WALLAHALLA 9/7/2014 8:41PM

    I am definitely hooked on your blogs! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your world with us.

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COOLRAIN 9/7/2014 6:10PM

    My DH and I love your blog posts. Once again, we're transported to France on a walk with you. Thank you so much for sharing. I always look forward to your blogs. Hopefully, one day we'll get to France. Would so love to share a walk with you then.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/5/2014 5:24PM

    I felt like I was walking with you. Thank you!

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RENATA144 9/4/2014 11:56PM

  Bon jour Cher Claire !!! I Love Every one of your Divine photos !!!
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ILOVEROSES 9/4/2014 10:01AM

    Enjoyed your hike through Gerberoy with the beautiful photos. Thank you Claire for another lovely blog. emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/3/2014 9:31PM

    Claire, you are such a treasure. emoticon I love escaping with your treks through the beautiful countryside in France. Someday I would like to take my own tour through the lovely hills and charming villages which you have so wonderfully captured in pictures emoticon for us.
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PYNETREE 9/3/2014 8:42AM

    How I love walking along with you! Seeing the sights!

Thank you for sharing emoticon and walks with us!

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TIMEHASCOME56 9/3/2014 12:04AM


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ROCKYCPA 9/2/2014 11:35PM

    Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing!

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CAROLJ35 9/2/2014 1:21PM

    Another wonderful account of your hike accompanied by beautiful photographs.
You truly appreciate all the great things you see in the countryside and we are grateful for your sharing.
Have a safe and productive trip to Italy!

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MAYBER 9/2/2014 1:13PM

    Have said it before so much enjoy your blogs and pictures
Is somewhere will never travel to so thank you for sharing
Great adventures One day at a time
Love prayers peace God Bless
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JLPEASE 9/2/2014 12:57PM


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DSHONEYC 9/2/2014 12:44PM

    emoticon I even went back to January to revisit the trip in the snow.

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WORDWOMAN7 9/2/2014 12:32PM

    Bonjour, Claire! It's nice to see that you're still writing. (I've been away from SP for a while and have the pounds to prove it.) Thank you for the beautiful photos, and - I must add - you look fantastic!


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WILDASTER 9/2/2014 10:04AM

    Thank you for the tour, it truly is a wonderful town and the trees and fields are very refreshing. I'm so glad you had a wonderful day to travel!

Have a good time in Rome, if you see the Pope wave for me!! emoticon

Today is our first day of school and Bella went off with a smile and a joy filled heart. Patrick was also happy to go, but it's not so new to him.

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QUAIL75 9/2/2014 9:03AM

    Gorgeous pics!

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    Beautiful photos

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BFLOGRL 9/2/2014 5:55AM

    Thank you for sharing your hike. Just lovely.

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WRITERWANNAB 9/2/2014 12:51AM

    Beautiful photos, as always! emoticon

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ONESPOTLEFT 9/1/2014 11:30PM

    your bogs are great

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RENATA144 9/1/2014 11:22PM

  Bon jour Claire !!! You've done it again !!! Thank you for these Exquisite images & narration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KENANDLER 9/1/2014 10:57PM

  That was very beautiful. Thank you!

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SHOAPIE 9/1/2014 10:08PM

    Beautiful as always. emoticon

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SKIRUNNER 9/1/2014 9:17PM

    Awesome. You are a wonderful photographer. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon Unintentionally added this twice but yes, I am that enthusiastic!!

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SKIRUNNER 9/1/2014 9:16PM

    Awesome. You are a wonderful photographer. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 9/1/2014 8:17PM

    What a lovely village, and a beautiful walk. I loved the photos of the countryside, and the church steeple rising behind the low hill. Gerberoy is charming, like a storybook village. Thank you for sharing your photos and your walk with us. And have a wonderful time in Rome!

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VAINVT 9/1/2014 4:11PM

  Beautiful village.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 9/1/2014 3:47PM

    came across your blog ...#lovetoread it. Perhaps because I am European. :)

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MARYINFL2000 9/1/2014 2:39PM

  How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your part of the world. I'd love to come someday and hsve you for a tour guide! Your pictures and descriptions are lovely!!

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HYATTI1 9/1/2014 2:22PM

    Lovely little town like stepping back in time almost.


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    Wow...absolutely beautiful!!! emoticon

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JMARIES51 9/1/2014 1:59PM

    So beautiful. I always enjoy your blogs. Thanks so much for sharing.

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EGMINGA 9/1/2014 1:29PM

    emoticon enjoy seeing the pictures of your hikes such beautiful places to walk.

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WALNUTT1961 9/1/2014 12:25PM

    A mini vacation for me! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/1/2014 11:34AM

    I would give anything to come to France and join you on one of your hikes! Always so beautiful! emoticon You have inspired me to got for 2 hikes this weekend! I was really getting bored walking around my work and home.

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