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Discovering the urban nature walking by the river Seine
Saturday, November 26, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! As some of you may have noticed on my status, my friend Liz from England is visiting me for a few days, so things are a bit different this weekend... only a bit! Because today, the sun was shining and, of course, we... Read more
Hiking in Valmondois by a foggy day... mysterious in a fairy tale way!
Sunday, November 20, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! When I left home today at about 12.45 pm, the sun was shining bright and the sky was all blue... Then, 5 minutes away, it became very foggy, and when I arrived in Valmondois, about 15 minutes away from home, it was ... Read more
Meeting donkeys in green, hilly Normandy... feeling so far away from Paris!
Saturday, November 19, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today I doubled the time of my first hike on 30th July. That day, I wrote that 2 hours was the maximum I was able to hike. Today, I went on a 4 hours' hike. Do my feet hurt? You bet! I could hardly walk anymore when... Read more
Hiking near Viarmes and discovering a jewel!
Sunday, November 13, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today was a surprise... even for me! Seriously, I knew it was going to be beautiful, but not quite that much!!! I decided to go to Viarmes, which is about 15 minutes away from where I live, North of Paris. Viarme... Read more
Hiking near Compiègne - my way to commemorate the end of WWI
Saturday, November 12, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Yesterday was the 11th November, which commemorates the end of WWI. As it was a day off in France, I had thought of going where I went today, but the weather was very very grey, so I decided to go today instead... a... Read more
Confessions of an addict – hiking with sciatica
Sunday, November 06, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends, As this sciatica crisis started on Wednesday, it isn’t the height of it, but it is still far from finished. So today I decided to go on a little hike/walk very near from home (as driving is by far the most painful),... Read more
Soaked but happy - All Saints day hike in the rain!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends, Today is a Bank Holiday in France, so of course, I decided to go hiking nearby, starting from a village called Champagne-sur-Oise... When I left home, the sun was shining brightly. And as I look through the window n... Read more
Getting lost in gorgeous Fall colors -- hiking in Vallée-de-Chevreuse
Sunday, October 30, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends ! I got lost during my hike in Vallée de Chevreuse (South-West of Paris) today! Once? Twice? Nope! Three times!!! I must say it was so gorgeous I didn't mind. Also, part of the hike followed a path on which French wr... Read more
4 Parisian Sparkfriends meet for a lovely walk around 'Medieval Paris'
Saturday, October 29, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! This afternoon (from left to right) Lizalot, myself, Striver57 and Minium met for a long walk around Medieval Paris. Do you notice the mini Statue of Liberty in the background? :) ... Read more
The kindest thing someone said to me...
Thursday, October 27, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I thought I needed to share this with you, because I owe this to so many of you... My friend Liz told me today: "You know Claire I was just thinking the other day that in some ways you are like a different ... Read more
Hike with me in the park of Versailles' castle! (video blog)
Sunday, October 23, 2011     

I apologize for the poor quality of the video... But it gives you an idea of what I saw today! As you could see, it was rather crowded there... I just took a few photos, the video, and went away to the calmer part of the park! From the star... Read more
Hiking in the Carnelle forest by the Blue Lake... which is actually green!
Saturday, October 22, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I just had a nice bath (something very rare for me, I prefer showers!) to try and help my sore feet recover for tomorrow’s hike... But today’s hike, in its simplicity, was really worth sore feet... Nothing muc... Read more
Too beautiful not to be outside!... hiking on a Friday afternoon
Friday, October 21, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I know it's Friday and I should have been at work today, but at lunch time I decided I had had enough, the weather was gorgeous, and I wanted to go outside and enjoy a hike! My boss confirmed I could take the aftern... Read more
Hiking by the river on a lazy Sunday afternoon
Sunday, October 16, 2011     

My feet were still aching from yesterday's hike, but I knew they were OK enough for a short, lazy one-hour-and-a-half hike today by the river. And the weather was so gorgeous again I couldn't resist... But I'll let the pictures speak by the... Read more
Hiking through the fields by a gorgeous fall day - or how not to be confused with a hare!
Saturday, October 15, 2011     

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Let’s be honest: I was a bit bored at some point during today’s hike. I had decided to do a hike where I would be crossing many fields, because I thought it was a better idea to do it by a gorgeous, warm day like to... Read more

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