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A big surprise and a big thank you!

Thursday, May 03, 2012      37 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I still can't believe it. That enough people voted to say I motivate them for me to become a 'Sparkpeople Motivator' amazes me. I think some of you at least, who are here to lose weight and look at success stories i... Read more

A village in Paris - La Butte-aux-Cailles

Sunday, April 29, 2012      43 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! It is very windy in Paris today, and the last thing I wanted was to walk on Parisian avenues, with the wind blowing and making it hard to walk straight or even to breathe (I hate strong winds!). So I looked in my gu... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts My two-day trip to Lyon and the French Alps

Sunday, April 22, 2012      62 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am back after two days away, mostly on the road, and I feel like I am still driving in my head! But it was a useful trip and I saw some beautiful places. The meeting I had in Lyon on Friday was in the newest ... Read more

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      35 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-Bretèche, 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


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