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Hiking on steep paths in La Roche Guyon - a view well worth the effort!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hello again dear Sparkfriends!

The video showed you the highlight of today's hike: the view from the top of the white chalk cliffs on the river Seine and the village of La Roche Guyon.

To get there, I had passed by the castle of La Roche Guyon (the oldest tower at the top is from 1190, and the rest of the castle was built from the 12th until the 18th century)...

... the church (called Saint-Samson)...

and I had been on very very steep paths. This one was just the beginning (and not a path at all...they were like the one in the video, and usually much narrower... NOT a hike to do if it is muddy!):

After that, I didn't take any photos for a while and focused on my walking - I think otherwise I might have given up!
I was so glad when it became easier and I crossed some fields and forest...

But what a joy when, through the foliage, I got a hint of what I was going to find next...

And then I finally got there!!!
This is the view on the Seine and La Roche Guyon:

On the fields below and the Seine:

Looking East towards Paris (which is 70 km away so you won't see it on the photos)...

And the white chalk cliffs with the village of Haute-Isle:

Pfew, I was proud of myself for conquering those steep paths! The way back was much easier and I was feeling quite refreshed when I arrived back in La Roche Guyon, so I could enjoy looking at the houses and gardens in the village:

And felt a bit jealous of the view some inhabitants have from their house on the Seine!

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday! Any hike or walk for you today?

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