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Up the hill!

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Rain was in the forecast for the rest of the week so yesterday, which was the first day of my holiday, I decided to go for a walk. I just put my shoes on and walked up the hill from my house...





I love the village where I live, 15-20 minutes away from Paris... There are some nice old houses to look at...











and it is only a few minutes walk from the woods...



I had been on walks in the woods quite a few times since I moved here last March, but it was the first time I went all the way up... and up...







... stopping a few times to taste the blackberries...



There were so many of them!



... Until I reached the top and a corn field...




(Can you see the plane? Lots of them at this time in my area which isn’t too far from the main Parisian airport!)

But the corn field wasn’t the aim of my walk up the hill. It was this...



This place offers one of the most beautiful views of the area over Paris. People sometimes stop on the nearby car park by the woods to take their friends here, like I did with my dear friend Holly (Sparkfriend HOLLYM48) when she visited me last April.



You can see the Eiffel Tower in the middle and the Montparnasse tower on the left, the two tallest buildings in Paris. On the right is ‘La Défense’ (the business area like the City in London) with all its big buildings.

After walking up the hill, it was time to go down...





The path took me to the village which is right next to mine and its town hall.



Like my own village, it has some nice houses and buildings to look at.








(This is all that is left from a castle, it is a dovecote from the 17th century, and a protected building.)

I walked West through the little streets, smelling the roses...





... until I reached the cemetery of my village, where I also like the view very much.





I was almost back home, walking down the main street, when I passed by the church (16th century)...



... and noticed it was open – many churches in villages in France are closed to avoid burglars stealing statues and other things. :( I think the church must be open as there is an hospital nearby and it probably acts as the hospital’s chapel.







I am not sure how many kilometers I walked, probably not a lot, but it was good exercise as it is very steep! So after this 1.5 hour I felt good and energised! I hope you enjoyed sharing my walk too. I am very much hoping to go on a hike soon and to take you with me. :)

Thank you for reading! And thank you for all your very kind comments on my previous blog, which touched me more than words can tell. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.




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