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Hiking in Auvers-sur-Oise with STRIVER57 and LIZALOT

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

Today’s hike was very wet, but much fun, because I got to meet two other Sparkfriends who live in Paris (STRIVER57) and in the Northern Paris area like me (LIZALOT). Here is a photo of the three of us near the beginning of our hike (11.5 km or 7.15 m).
-- I should add the wind was playing with my shirt, I am not pregnant! :-)))

Actually, our hike started here, at the Tourism Office of Auvers-sur-Oise, a little town North of Paris, where the painter Vincent Van Gogh lived for a few months (and painted lots of paintings!) and died.

Unfortunately, it rained for a good part of our hike...
Right from the start in the garden of the Tourism Office...

It rained heavily at some point on the paths across the fields... We were soaked!

In places, it was quite hard not to fall as the mud was so sleepery! And STRIVER57 did fall as we crossed a forest. Luckily, she didn’t hurt herself!

But the countryside was beautiful in the rain...

Along the way, we saw some wild clematis. I had seen them often but didn’t know how they were called. Thank you LIZALOT for telling us!

As we were almost back in Auvers-sur-Oise, we stopped at the cemetery to see Vincent Van Gogh's grave (it is next to his brother's, Théodore, who died only a few months after him and was very close to him).

Near the cemetery, we saw some sunflowers in a garden. How appropriate! :) (Vincent Van Gogh's series of paintings called 'Sunflowers' are some of his most well-known ones.)

The view on the countryside near the cemetery was beautiful!

We took a little path...

... which led us near the church, also a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh...

And then we were back near our starting point and it was time to say good bye!

I hope we'll go on other hikes together, it really was a lovely afternoon! I can only recommend meeting your Sparkfriends, it is so nice to meet each other when we have been encouraging each other for months and have similar health and fitness objectives!

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