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Labbeville, Ménouville, Frouville – hiking in the Vexin

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Oh how I love these late summer hikes... or is it mid-summer?



It feels like late summer, with the smell of the oregano crushed under my feet...



... and all the ripe berries and golden dwarfs and the grass often all yellow and sun burnt...











I went to the Vexin area, North-West of Paris, which is very near where I live. As the title of this blog said, it all started in lovely Labbeville, one of these typical villages from the Vexin with its golden stones.





After I walked by the old wash-house, I climbed up the hill until I reached an old cross, Nicolas-Joly cross (it was one of the crosses quarry workers built when they had finished their work in the area)...





... and then I was in the middle of the fields. I love that feeling when suddenly you feel so far away from everything!



About half way through my hike, I reached the hamlet of Ménouville...



and its little pond...



... where some ducks were having a (loud) chat by the wash-house!





I loved that place.

After I left Ménouville, I met these 3 young women on their horses, enjoying the afternoon sunshine...







The first sign of the next village, Frouville, was this little chapel that suddenly appeared in the middle of nowhere... It felt like a fairy tale vision! (Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle chapel, or Our Lady of Good News chapel, built in 1672...)



A pilgrimage used to take place there... Here is a picture of the beginning of the 19th century showing it...



The fairy tale continued when the castle appeared!


(Saint-Cyran's castle, 19th century, built in the style of the previous castle, built in the 18th century...)



And the view as I turned back, leaving Frouville, was equally enchanting...







I never tire of these beautiful Vexin paths!



Frouville in the distance again...





Then the path’s loop ended and I saw the cross I had seen at the beginning of my hike. I knew Labbeville was near!





And I was back at the church where I had parked!



On the way back I drove through the little villages rather than taking the quickest road and it felt like I was extending my hike. Precious feeling.

And then when I reached home, I still had a special treat as I had picked blackberries along my hike (and this time I didn’t forget to take a container for them!)...


(Yes, they are as delicious as they look!!!)

Thank you so much for reading!
And thank you for all your very kind words on my blog about my Mother’s violin. I think I had never had so many comments on a blog before and each of your comment touched me very much. Merci.


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