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Hiking in Valmondois by a foggy day... mysterious in a fairy tale way!

Sunday, November 20, 2011      21 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! When I left home today at about 12.45 pm, the sun was shining bright and the sky was all blue... Then, 5 minutes away, it became very foggy, and when I arrived in Valmondois, about 15 minutes away from home, it was ... Read more

Meeting donkeys in green, hilly Normandy... feeling so far away from Paris!

Saturday, November 19, 2011      26 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today I doubled the time of my first hike on 30th July. That day, I wrote that 2 hours was the maximum I was able to hike. Today, I went on a 4 hours' hike. Do my feet hurt? You bet! I could hardly walk anymore when... Read more

The sweet sound of good news

Tuesday, November 15, 2011      24 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I thought I would try to enter all the information in my status, but it was a bit difficult to summarize it! I am thankful for blogs! :) So... 10 minutes ago, my friend Sabrina called. 9pm? She doesn’t usually ... Read more

Hiking near Viarmes and discovering a jewel!

Sunday, November 13, 2011      23 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today was a surprise... even for me! Seriously, I knew it was going to be beautiful, but not quite that much!!! I decided to go to Viarmes, which is about 15 minutes away from where I live, North of Paris. Viarme... Read more

Hiking near Compiègne - my way to commemorate the end of WWI

Saturday, November 12, 2011      21 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Yesterday was the 11th November, which commemorates the end of WWI. As it was a day off in France, I had thought of going where I went today, but the weather was very very grey, so I decided to go today instead... a... Read more

Confessions of an addict – hiking with sciatica

Sunday, November 06, 2011      27 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, As this sciatica crisis started on Wednesday, it isn’t the height of it, but it is still far from finished. So today I decided to go on a little hike/walk very near from home (as driving is by far the most painful),... Read more

My friend Sabrina – latest news

Thursday, November 03, 2011      15 comments

Dear Sparkfriends, Following my ‘Some worrying news’ blog a little while ago... www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=4541821 ... several of you have been asking me how my friend Sabr... Read more

Soaked but happy - All Saints day hike in the rain!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011      18 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, Today is a Bank Holiday in France, so of course, I decided to go hiking nearby, starting from a village called Champagne-sur-Oise... When I left home, the sun was shining brightly. And as I look through the window n... Read more

Getting lost in gorgeous Fall colors -- hiking in Vallée-de-Chevreuse

Sunday, October 30, 2011      20 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends ! I got lost during my hike in Vallée de Chevreuse (South-West of Paris) today! Once? Twice? Nope! Three times!!! I must say it was so gorgeous I didn’t mind. Also, part of the hike followed a path on which French wr... Read more

4 Parisian Sparkfriends meet for a lovely walk around 'Medieval Paris'

Saturday, October 29, 2011      20 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! This afternoon (from left to right) Lizalot, myself, Striver57 and Minium met for a long walk around Medieval Paris. Do you notice the mini Statue of Liberty in the background? :) Read more

The kindest thing someone said to me...

Thursday, October 27, 2011      16 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I thought I needed to share this with you, because I owe this to so many of you... My friend Liz told me today: “You know Claire I was just thinking the other day that in some ways you are like a different ... Read more

Hike with me in the park of Versailles' castle! (video blog)

Sunday, October 23, 2011      23 comments

I apologize for the poor quality of the video... But it gives you an idea of what I saw today! As you could see, it was rather crowded there... I just took a few photos, the video, and went away to the calmer part of the park! From the star... Read more

Hiking in the Carnelle forest by the Blue Lake... which is actually green!

Saturday, October 22, 2011      19 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I just had a nice bath (something very rare for me, I prefer showers!) to try and help my sore feet recover for tomorrow’s hike... But today’s hike, in its simplicity, was really worth sore feet... Nothing muc... Read more

Too beautiful not to be outside!... hiking on a Friday afternoon

Friday, October 21, 2011      19 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I know it’s Friday and I should have been at work today, but at lunch time I decided I had had enough, the weather was gorgeous, and I wanted to go outside and enjoy a hike! My boss confirmed I could take the aftern... Read more

Some worrying news

Tuesday, October 18, 2011      29 comments

Dear Sparkfriends, Do you have some friends who stand by you no matter what happens, through all kinds of ups and downs? Who have been for many years? I have one of those special friends. Her name is Sabrina. She is happily married to a lov... Read more


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