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Pierrefonds - a fairy tale castle and forest!

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Monday, September 04, 2017

My smile says it all... I had such a beautiful Sunday!!! I will have to make 2 blogs to share it all with you I think!

But let’s start with my hike, which really was the highlight of my day. I went to Pierrefonds, in Picardy (about 1 hour North of Paris), which has a fairy tale castle!

Built in the 14th century, it was completely refurbished in the 19th century.

Pierrefonds is also a really nice little town, very atmospheric in my view despite being quite touristy...

After a nice walk through the little town, I left Pierrefonds by a steep path of many steps above the lake...

Then I entered the woods for the next enchanting part of the day.

I had done a hike in this huge forest (forêt de Compiègne) years ago and I remembered it was gorgeous, although I was in a different part of it then. Well, it really was gorgeous, and quite diverse too, which I always love when hiking.

The forest is very hilly in places with some steep paths...

The bonus is that there are also some really nice view points over the woods...

Another treat for me was all the ferns! I think I will have to plant some ferns at the back of my garden, the shady part, because I love them so much!

And although autumn is approaching and there are less wild flowers, there were still many lovely details to look at!

(There were lots of mushrooms everywhere!)

Lots of pine cones! I brought a few back for autumn decoration in my garden! :)

Another thing I really like in this forest is the nice sign posts at the crossroads, which I think can be reassuring for people not used to hiking (you know you are definitely where you thought you were then, phew!)...

The last part of the hike in the woods was less exciting, as it followed a cycling path (thankfully not too busy). For hikers, this kind of tarred path is pretty horrible, uninteresting and hard on the feet! I prefer mud anytime!!!

But then, the first few houses of Pierrefonds started to appear, and finally...

Ahhhh... Don’t you just feel in a Walt Disney cartoon?
I followed the little streets and reached the foot of the castle.

I remembered a little antique shop from my previous visit several years ago, and it was still there!

Then I went back to my car, parked between the lake (yes, there is another smaller castle on the hill!)...

... and Saint-Sulpice church (12-13th century)...

I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike! It was only 3 hours (11K/7miles) but really refreshing.

I will post another blog later this week about the rose garden I visited on the morning and the little village where I stopped on my way home, I think you might enjoy them. Here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea! :)
[EDIT: I have now posted it... Here it is:

Have a great week! Thank you for reading!

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