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A shortened hike in Presles - still, many nice discoveries!

Sunday, April 15, 2012      62 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Let's be honest: today's hike wasn't one to keep in the records. It was nice enough, and it didn't rain... ... but I suffered from a bad c... Read more

My Easter hike... one of my favorite ones so far!

Sunday, April 08, 2012      36 comments

Last week, I received the new hiking guide books I had ordered. I was looking forward to using them! It isn't that I don't have a choice: I have about 10 books now, for a total of over 300 hikes!!! But I was especially excited to go to an ... Read more

A sunny Good Friday hike!

Friday, April 06, 2012      29 comments

I woke up to a very grey day. And I was feeling very lazy! But I drove to Magny-en-Vexin nevertheless, where the hike I had chosen was going to start. I started walking on the path... and, very soon, the sun started to shine. It felt so go... Read more

Three villages and lots of flowers... my Sunday hike!

Sunday, April 01, 2012      27 comments

Vallangoujard. Isn't it a funny name? :) Well, it is where my hike started today! And it is a lovely village, despite its funny name, and only 30 minutes to where I live! ... Read more

Hiking with Joan of Arc!

Sunday, March 25, 2012      30 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! It was another gorgeous day in Paris today... I just couldn’t stay indoors! I thought I would go to a village I had identified for a possible hike in the summer (there are wheat fields all around and it must be beau... Read more

Beautiful countryside + sunshine + spring flowers = a great hike!

Saturday, March 24, 2012      25 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am back from the countryside. So, you think, what's new? :) Well, this is the real countryside! Not the Paris area! I went up North near Beauvais today and, really, you can tell Paris is further away. You could be... Read more

A stress-busting mid-week walk among wild anemones

Wednesday, March 21, 2012      28 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! This is a stressful week. Today, I struggled to keep motivated, to stay focused and happy... So I felt it was time for a lovely mid-week walk in the woods! This is the forest where I ran for years, every Monday nigh... Read more

A perfect Saturday – hiking and dining with Sparkfriends!

Sunday, March 18, 2012      34 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I had a fantastic Saturday!!! As planned, early afternoon, I picked up STRIVER57, JOL1KEY2BOL3 (visiting from California!) and MINIUM at the little station outside Saint-Nom-la-Bretčche, a village West of Paris. The... Read more

Daffodils! Catkins! Hiking in spring!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012      37 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am so glad I went hiking today! It was very grey but it didn't rain, and I saw more signs of spring's arrival! One of the most wonderful was the daffodils everywhere in the woods!!! I had never seen so many.... Read more

A long walk around Paris discovering some of its beautiful 'passages'

Saturday, March 03, 2012      40 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends ! I woke up to a very grey sky and 'rain' was the weather forecast. I don't like hiking in the rain (well, I like it for the first 20 minutes, find it very romantic and everything, and then I am soaked and I hate it!... Read more

Hiking again!!! And enjoying clear signs that spring is approaching!

Sunday, February 26, 2012      33 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am very much in a celebratory mood tonight, as today marks the official end of my post-sprained-ankle walks... I am back on my hikes! Woohoo!!! I can hardly walk tonight because my legs and feet are so painful (es... Read more

Visiting a farm near Paris and an abbey in Normandy... what a great day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012      29 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am tired tonight after a long wonderful day in Normandy. The sun was shining, woohoo! But let me start with the beginning... This morning, we went to a farm in Ecancourt, about 20 minutes from home, as Ling-Y... Read more

Walking around Pontoise, by a gorgeous freezing Saturday morning

Saturday, February 11, 2012      31 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I had such a lovely walk today... made even better of course by the fact that it was the first time since I realized I had sprained my ankle and shouldn’t go on hikes anymore... that was one month ago, before I went... Read more

From Haiti with love (an all pics blog)

Friday, January 20, 2012      37 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, I thought for once, I would post an all-pictures blog... Just for you to enjoy all the beauties, smiles and signs of encouragements I saw today. I hope it will warm your heart the way it did mine! :) Read more

Haiti - What happens to the victims of the earthquake 2 years later?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      25 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, For the last two years, with 63,000 other people, Raymond and his family have lived in the Delmas 40b camp. Like many of these refugee camps in Port-au-Prince, Delmas 40b is dirty, unhealthy and dangerous. For the l... Read more


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