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A walk on the beach in Kent (England) with RAINBOWCHOC

Saturday, May 26, 2012      41 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Warm greetings from Kent, England! I am visiting RAINBOWCHOC and her husband and having the most lovely time. Yesterday, after a crazy week of meetings and many miles on the road, I crossed the Channel sea and drove... Read more

Walking around royal Senlis

Saturday, May 12, 2012      44 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! This blog wasnít supposed to be a blog! I went for a walk, took some pictures, and came home... Then I looked at them and thought that maybe some of you would enjoy seeing what I saw today, by a lovely, sunny (but c... Read more

Touristy Paris!!! Ahhhhh I actually love it too...

Tuesday, May 08, 2012      45 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today was a Bank Holiday in France, commemorating the end of WWII. There were flags everywhere, it was beautiful! (I cropped the picture so that you could see the flags better... Do you see the big one under the Arc... Read more

A castle and its gardens Ė just what I needed!

Saturday, May 05, 2012      38 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today, I decided I needed to see a castle, and some gardens. So I looked for a castle with gardens in the area and found Ambleville, a 16th century castle in the Vexin (on the border with Normandy), built for the de... Read more

A big surprise and a big thank you!

Thursday, May 03, 2012      36 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Honestly, I still canít 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... Read more

A village in Paris Ė La Butte-aux-Cailles

Sunday, April 29, 2012      42 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      61 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 Ė still, many nice discoveries!

Sunday, April 15, 2012      61 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Letís be honest: todayís hike wasnít one to keep in the records. It was nice enough, and it didnít rain... ... but I suffered from a bad c... Read more

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

Sunday, April 08, 2012      34 comments

Last week, I received the new hiking guide books I had ordered. I was looking forward to using them! It isnít that I donít 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      28 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      26 comments

Vallangoujard. Isnít 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

It's good news!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012      36 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I owe many of you a HUGE thank you for your support concerning my job situation. And apologies to those of you who are waiting for answers to emails/goodies!!! The last three weeks have been difficult. But the... Read more

Hiking with Joan of Arc!

Sunday, March 25, 2012      29 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! It was another gorgeous day in Paris today... I just couldnít 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, whatís 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


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