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My Easter hike in Normandy

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Happy Easter!!! I am back from my Easter hike... It was cold! And grey! But it was lovely...

I drove to Lyons-la-Forêt, a little town in Normandy I have already mentioned a couple of times in previous blogs, as I like taking friends there. There are some nice little shops!

Shortly after I left Lyons-la-Forêt, walking all the way up the little path by the post office towards the woods, I saw the first primroses of my hike. It felt so good!

After Croix-Mesnil's castle...

... I entered the woods. And there, suddenly, it felt completely like winter. But it was a gorgeous forest. The area is well known for its impressive beeches.

They had been cutting trees (maybe you can see a truck with lots of trunks in the background on my previous picture?). It didn't smell of cut trees though, I guess it was too cold!

I played with my camera a bit to take pictures of a different format. When I saw this feather, it reminded me that the hunting season ended one month ago, and that is truly good news. I am not scared anymore, and not in danger of becoming deaf either!

When I left the woods, I crossed the hamlet of Villaine.

It was very pretty, very typically Normand, with more primroses by the road side...

There were several orchards. It will be so pretty here in a few weeks, with all the apple and pear trees in bloom!

Then I walked on a path with pastures on both sides, and the sound of the nearby river...

There were lots of wild flowers of all kinds!

As I passed by the first house of Le Bout de Bas, I was glad they had left their bike outside! :)

A few minutes and a beautiful daffodils' garden later...

I was back in nearby Lyons-la-Forêt, and enjoyed looking at its houses very much!

I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike today! How was your Easter Sunday? I hope it was as lovely as mine, but a little sunnier! :)
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    Dear Lady! emoticon emoticon for such a lovely Easter hike! I LOVED all of it!

    We had a beautiful sun shining day at 76 degrees, just perfect, especially for all the Easter egg hunts.

    I hope your weather will be perfect real soon.

    Have a good week. emoticon

    1850 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Joyeuses Paques Claire :-)
    La Normandie, ca a l'air vraiment tres joli.... meme sous un ciel un peu gris.
    Courage, le printemps approche :-)
    Grosses bises
    1850 days ago
    Lovely entry for today's blogging. Always a great experience to vicariously walk around in the French countryside. Thanks. No sun in Pennsylvania (middle of state) and no flowers either, except from the store. Rain and fog all day , but still quietly pretty, in the dun colored way of winter.
    1850 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Happy Easter Claire and thanks so much for taking us along on yet another of your beautiful hikes! Gorgeous scenery and the flowers are so beautiful. Loved the pictures of the forest even if it is still grey and overcast and glad to hear the hunting season is over.
    I love the pictures of the houses as well since they are so quaint and so different than the homes here in the States. Makes you feel like stopping in for a bit of tea!
    Glad you were able to get out even if the weather wasn't 100% great but as usual, you captured such beauty that we all feel like we know just a bit more about that part of France!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Holly emoticon
    1850 days ago
  • DR1939
    Beautiful. I so enjoy your walks.
    1850 days ago
    Great to see a bit of Normandy - and those lovely primroses! I can tell that I will need my boots in April and possibly my warm coat...
    It was grey here today as well, but we had nice weather for last week's Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil masses! So I am more on track with walking this week.
    Wishing you a good week in all ways! emoticon Sara
    1850 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Tres jolie! Merci bien!
    As always your hikes are such a joy to read. As for me I was cuddled up by the fire. In England it still feels like winter even though we are now in British Summer time emoticon
    1850 days ago
  • DALID414
    No sun, sprinkles and showers here.
    1850 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Always love it when you go to Normandy, love the shops so pretty, but mostly, I love the flowers, I am sure you know this. The primroses and daffodil's so pretty.
    I really loved the picture with the bike left out, would be fun to ride there.
    I had nice Easter dinner with my family, our weather is a bit overcast today , but a good day. Thank you Claire, glad you got a hike in and Happy Easter. emoticon

    1850 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2013 6:53:22 PM
    The countryside looks very English, and very cold!
    1850 days ago
    OH, what a wonderful hike---nothing like that in the states! I enjoyed all your pictures, esp. of the flowers. And it is gray, overcast, and rainy here at times.
    1850 days ago
    Even with the sun in hiding, that was a lovely hike! Thank you for sharing your day.
    1850 days ago
    Normandie looks beautiful, as do all your hikes! Thanks for sharing.....and I hope it warms up to a nice spring for you soon!
    1850 days ago
    Beautiful pictures.
    Looks like spring is on it's way after all :)
    Happy Easter!
    1850 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    Happy Easter to you too! Beautiful hike today. Enjoy! Spring is well on its way to counter the winter gloom.
    1850 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Lovely to see your pics as always. Glad you had a spectacular Easter. emoticon
    1850 days ago
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