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Winter beauty Ė the first hike of the year

Saturday, January 05, 2013      65 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, From the start, I loved my hike today! See what I mean? Yes, my beloved wild clematises! And a river. And treesí reflections. Lovely! ... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A castle for Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012      121 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! One month without a hike! :( Honestly, the weather hasnít been wonderful lately, and I have missed my hikes! Finally today, the weather forecast was good. So I decided to go to Normandy, a little town by the Seine c... Read more

Walking by the Seine in Conflans- Sainte-Honorine

Sunday, December 16, 2012      52 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! The weather forecast for today was "rain, rain, rain". Hmmm not even worth trying to go for a hike. So I decided to go to a lovely little town I had been seeing for years from the motorway bridge above the Seine, bu... Read more

A gift for Sparkfriends with a child's heart...

Saturday, December 08, 2012      68 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I had an appointment in Poissy, in the North-West of Paris, today. As I had never been there, I decided to take the opportunity to go for a long walk around the little town and by the nearby Seine... When I got... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Walking around 'The New Athens' in Paris

Saturday, December 01, 2012      120 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I was frustrated on Thursday that I couldn't go on a birthday hike as I had planned, because the weather was just awful... but today, nothing was going to stop me! I went on a belated birthday walk around an area of... Read more

Looking for the last colors of Fall

Saturday, November 24, 2012      51 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I have missed my long hikes! Can you believe my last 'proper' hike was on 7th October? I know it is a shame, but really these last few weeks have been crazy! And I am very glad I managed to go on walks in Congo and ... Read more

An afternoon walk through the autumnal Oxfordshire countryside

Friday, November 16, 2012      64 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, I am in England (near Oxford) this week for some meetings for work. Until now, I have been stuck inside all day, which was a shame as the countryside is so beautiful around here! This is what I could see through the... Read more

Back from Congo - Part 2

Thursday, November 01, 2012      58 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, JOY. A friend of mine who had seen this picture on my Facebook page said it was 'full of tangible JOY'. I was so glad she wrote that, as I feel... Read more

Back from Congo - Part 1

Tuesday, October 30, 2012      59 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, I have missed you this last week while I travelled through Congo! But as I expected, after we left the capital city (Brazzaville), there was no Internet connection at all, sometimes no electricity, and half of the t... Read more

A beautiful and sunny hike... but a bit noisy!

Sunday, October 07, 2012      66 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Last week, my hike ended by the river Marne... Today, it started by the river Epte, in Fourges, Normandy (North West of Paris). Fourges'... Read more

Autumn crocuses in the meadows...

Monday, October 01, 2012      59 comments

It took me a while to get ready for my hike yesterday... I had been feeling very much 'under the weather' on Saturday, probably made it worse by receiving a letter that upset me too. I hate how my emotions can ruin my day sometimes! So I wa... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts An English sculpture garden

Sunday, September 23, 2012      116 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Some of you already know that I go to England several times a year for work, as the organization I work for is based in England. In the last few months, I showed you London markets and London decorated for Christmas... Read more

A castle, a medieval Queen's path, and a beautiful roe deer... a perfect Sunday hike!

Monday, September 17, 2012      66 comments

If you ever went to Corbeil-Cerf, a village of 322 inhabitants between Paris and Beauvais (North), and slowed down as you entered the village, passing by the castle's gates, you would see this... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Discovering a beautiful village during my hike today!

Saturday, September 15, 2012      172 comments

'Tillard' doesn't sound too good in French. Not very elegant at all, quite harsh. Luckily, the village which is called Tillard (in the Oise area North of Paris) is much more beautiful than its name... See what you think... Read more

I did it!!! I did a 5-hour hike today!

Sunday, September 09, 2012      59 comments

OK, I'll say it... I am PROUD. Today, although I am still many kilos above the obesity level, I walked for 5 hours (roughly 20K/12 miles) on a sometimes very steep path. And it was hot too! (31C/88F). But nothing was going to stop me! It had bee... Read more

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