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Hiking around Jambville on pretty and challenging paths... and no rain!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Hello again dear Sparkfriends!

Before I forget, let me start with good news... If you are looking for a birthday gift for me (29th November, hehe, thank you STRIVER57 for asking!), I have found it for you... ;-)

I think it comes close to my ideal home!!!
As you see I have fairly simple tastes... a pretty village house will do. :) Especially if it is in Jambville (North-West of Paris), the village where my hike started today, because the area is so lovely!

My guide book had said for today's hike that the second half was challenging, with some very muddy parts. So I put my hiking shoes on (and I am glad I did!).

The first part of the hike wasn't too difficult though, just very pretty, and so green!...

You might wonder... Am I obsessed with blue shutters? :)

I liked this little bridge too...

There are less and less flowers around as winter approaches, but I managed to find a few for my flower-loving Sparkfriends!
This rose struck me as it was completely covered with drops and looked almost like it was sugar coated! I am not sure it shows on this small photo:

I also saw these wild flowers several times today. They smell nice too!

I often see horses on my hikes. I especially like the white and beige ones!

Then the path went up, and up, and up!!!
This was the view on the village below as I was leaving it behind...

But wait... do you see what I see on the skyline?

No? Maybe this one will be a bit clearer?

Yes, it is Paris, 50 km away! :) You can see the Eiffel Tower on the left and the Montparnasse Tower on the right - Paris' highest buildings.

A bit further away, some children waved at me from their house, far away... I should have taken a photo of them! :(
It was very close to this building, built in the 1880s:

It is a wash house, and these buildings (which architecture varies depending on the area) can still be found in many villages in France. Do you have them where you live? They are often built on a river as it was the place where women villagers went to wash the clothes and linen.

Then it was time for the challenging part! I didn't take many photos, I needed all my energy to look at my feet, and be careful not to fall! It was all in a forest...

And, as I explained in the video at the beginning, there was mud and sometimes water... everywhere! I didn't fall, I didn't even get wet feet, so I am quite proud of myself! :)
In total, my hike lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes, and this wet, muddy part was 1 hour and a half (but if felt longer!!!)...

Let me end with the sight of the fruit that I saw everywhere throughout my hike... chestnuts! Fall is definitely here! (1BEACHWALKER, they do taste lovely, especially in hot milk... very filling and healthy too!)

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful weekend, with more sunshine than we have here! (It didn't rain at all during my hike, I was so lucky!)
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    1083 days ago
    Somehow I missed your blog over the weekend, so I now I get the pleasures of "hiking with you" mid-week. Thank you! As always, the pictures are beautiful. And wow...I'm impressed at how long your hike was. You are quite the adventurer! Keep up the great work!
    2443 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Magnifique :-) Tu fais vraiment des ballades superbes! J'adore tes photos, nos petits villages sont vraiment tres jolis ;-) Merci encore de nous faire partager tout ca.
    Et tu sais quoi? Mon anniv est le 27 novembre... ;-) Ca me fait plaisir de savoir qu'on est si proches :-)
    Passe une excellente semaine,
    Eve emoticon emoticon
    2443 days ago
    I just looked at this blog today. Lovely!!!!

    I like the little bridge and of course the "hard part in the woods". I just had some chestnuts, but they were frozen from last year, so I'm sure not as good as fresh ones would be. They have a great taste, though, and I did eat them with milk!

    Thanks for the walk and I'll be a partner in that village house with you!
    2443 days ago
  • CHLOE453
    emoticon Thank you for sharing the absolutely beautiful pictures and sights!!! Kelly
    2443 days ago
    Wow, so very beautiful. I'd love to go hiking with you one day. I must be in the wrong country. ;) I still love the history of Europe. My favorite even still. I noticed the Eiffel Tower instantly. We used to live in an apartment when I was younger that had a chestnut tree. I never knew you could eat them though... Looking forward to reading about your next adventure. :)
    2443 days ago
    I love your blogs so much... I can't even tell you dear friend... I always feel that I'm right there walking... and your pictures stunning as always...
    The house looks adorable!! I would love to live there too! Hey and the blue shutters are stunning too!
    Big hugs from South Carolina...
    2444 days ago
    Beautiful video and photos! What a lovely place to walk! Thank you for sharing your Saturdays with Spark friends! One day I hope to begin to take hikes for beginners! You inspire me, and I am sure I can find a place to begin not far from home!
    2445 days ago
    Hi Claire - thank you for the beautiful pictures and description of your week-end hike. You commented on one of my blogs a while ago and said that you visited Toronto one fall and enjoyed the changing colours in the leaves... I wish you could see them this week-end. I drove about 2 1/2 hours from my daughter's house to mine, and the colours were spectacular. In fact, DH and I are going for a drive this week, and I will take some pictures and post them for you.
    2445 days ago
    A hike of 3 hours and 45 minutes? I'd still be in bed now if I had done the same! Kudos to you! Thank you for taking us along on another wonderful hike in the French countryside. I loved the rose and the falling away path pictures best, but so many are great, it is hard to choose... You have a true photographer's eye.
    The wash house idea is a good one. I am not aware of anything as tidy as that here in America. I know the early settlers washed clothes in ponds and streams, or they boiled clothes in cauldrons. I AM sure, however, it was "women's work".
    Question: Do you roast the chestnuts before you put them in the hot milk? I have only heard of eating them roasted or as a puree.
    I'll see what I can do about your birthday wish. The house looks lovely! And, guess what? The 29th of November is my birthday too! We'll have to co-celebrate across the sea!
    Thanks again for a great outing!
    2445 days ago

    Terrific Claire, so proud of you for taking long hikes. I spotted the Eiffel Tower right away and really liked the wash house. I can imagine myself wringing endless baskets of laundry down there.


    Blue is my most favourite colour for a house. My apt is blue and I won't let the realtor come repaint it white like they have done to the 3 other apts.

    Wish I could win the lottery and buy that house for your birthday and help you set up your own international charity. Then I could visit and ask you to take me on your hikes.


    Really looking forward to your next hike.

    Scootergirl in Oz

    2446 days ago
  • NAN041
    Claire, Love you doing the video , with voice...really feels like
    right with you on your hike. Amazed with picture of Eiffel tower in
    the background, and as always love the flowers.
    At one time we had a chestnut tree in our backyard. Children in the
    neighborhood always stopped by to take a chestnut pod for "show and tell" at school.
    Hope your back to feeling more sure of yourself, know we
    are with you at all times, Nan
    2446 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2011 7:54:01 PM
    I do have blue shutters on my house! and I like them! Liked your blog as usual-hope you are feeling more positive today. Hugs. Sue
    2446 days ago
    I used to have a blue house-hehe! Not that blue though-but I can see why you love those blue shutters! Very attractive on those stone houses! Love it!
    Loved the video-nothing nicer than hiking through a forest of fallen leaves that russle as you walk through them. We get fallen leaves here too without the color first. We have some color here and there around December, but not like you see in the north of us. You are getting more fit, you did a hike in almost 4 hours-awhile back I remember you saying, must keep it at 3 hours! emoticon emoticon
    The fruit-hmmmm-if that thing is edible-wouldn't be something I would want! emoticon
    It was too cool to see the towers in the distance-one of these days-what would be even cooler-stand at the base of the E. Tower and take a video of it or at the top looking all over Paris with you narrating-if you want that is! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2446 days ago
    Thanks for so many beautiful sights! I love blue shutters too... and the stoned walls!
    Congratulations for walking so long and in those conditions! Well done!
    2446 days ago
    ps is it almost your birthday? my daughter's is Wednesday, and mine the Wednesday après.
    2446 days ago
    c'est très très beau Claire, et ça me donne l'impression d'avoir fait une promenade à la compagne, alors que je ne suis pas sortie de la maison sauf pour aller au distributeur de billets et au supermarché. mais je pense que c'est la dernière semaine d'enfer et j'ai le temps de courir demain donc, je suis contente. et je te remercie. i love the little bridge, and both the flowers, and am a fan of blue shutters.

    2446 days ago
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