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Hiking with Joan of Arc!

Sunday, March 25, 2012      29 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      24 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      27 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      33 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      36 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

Could I be getting free?

Friday, March 09, 2012      35 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Let me start with a HUGE thank you for your amazing support throughout this roller-coaster of a week. I am feeling completely exhausted and wish I could just stay in bed this morning! But instead, I am writing this ... Read more

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

Saturday, March 03, 2012      39 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      32 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

Yoga on your doorstep!

Sunday, January 29, 2012      22 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am so excited I want to share the latest news with you! This morning, I had a visitor… Ling-Ya, my yoga teacher! She came to look at my guest room: I was looking for a lodger for a few months, and it just happened... Read more

What my 1st year on Sparkpeople changed... and what it didn't change! (looong blog, sorry!!!)

Friday, January 27, 2012      33 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Last Monday, it was my first Sparkversary! I had planned to blog about it that day, but I came back from Haiti one day late and then I was overwhelmed with all the work, working on my photos, preparing for a present... Read more

From Haiti with love (an all pics blog)

Friday, January 20, 2012      36 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      24 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

Haiti - Maxine is grasping her second chance

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      27 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! When the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on 12th January 2010, Maxine’s brand new restaurant collapsed on her. She was stuck for hours underneath, until a former colleague, who had heard what was happening, helped ... Read more


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