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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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