Walks near Paris: Riverside Nostalgia

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Walks near Paris An Evocative Riverside Walk The Marne for the Parisians is a mythical river, evoking lazy Sunday afternoons, boat trips, riverbank parties and men in jaunty hats straight out of a painting by Renoir. But above all, the Marne evokes the presence of the legendary guinguettes, small drinking places that serve local white wine with all-day accordeon music around a semi-improvised dance floor.

Auguste Renoir – Luncheon of the Boating PartyPhoto: Wikipedia

Walks near Paris: Riverside Nostalgia

A Paris Working Class Suburb – Then and Now

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Walks near Paris A Walk through a Parisian Cité Having visited the Ile de Brise a few weeks ago, we are inviting you to follow us today on another spontaneous walking trip to the outskirts of Paris – one with a difference, however, inasmuch as we will be climbing down several notches on the social ladder.

Which is why, instead of boats and landscaped gardens, today we offer you allotments and scruffy municipal

A Paris Working Class Suburb – Then and Now

A Fine Weather Walk in Ile de Brise

"Maur Creteil Walk"

Walks near Paris A Fine Weather Walk in Maur-Creteil There are many ways to categorize hikes or walks. You can, for example, classify them on the basis of the kind of shoes you will have to wear (proper hiking boots – or will a pair of comfy trainers do?); on what you need to take with you (can I buy food on the way or do I have to bring a big backpack?); and on

A Fine Weather Walk in Ile de Brise

An American War Cemetery in Mont Valerien

American Memorial in Mont Valerien

Day Trip from Paris Today, we will finish our walk around Mont Valerien outside Paris with the best of the tour’s three highlights. A Visit to an American War Cemetery in Mont Valerien

Just before you return to the street that will lead you back down on your way to the RER station of Mont Valerien-Suresnes, you will find the entrance to the American War Cemetery of Suresnes that features the graves of

An American War Cemetery in Mont Valerien

Climbing Mont Valerien

"Croix Lorraine in the Memorial de la France Combattante near Paris"

Walks near Paris We Went Climbing Mont Valerien All right, Mont Valerien may not be much of a mountain, but one cannot dispute that, semantically, it belongs to the same family as Mont Blanc (whereas the Butte Montmartre and the Butte de Belleville in Paris are mere “hills”).

And it is, with an altitude of 162 metres the highest elevation in the Ile de France, the region around Paris, whose profile admittedly recalls

Climbing Mont Valerien

An Unimpressive Hike in Provins

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Hiking near Paris

If you go hiking nearly every week, you can’t expect to hit the jackpot each time. Some hiking trips go awry (you get lost, it starts to rain), while others fail to meet expectations – and a welcome thing this is, too.

Otherwise, we would no longer have standards – all concepts of appreciation, such as “good” or “beautiful”, require an opposite: a dark background against which

An Unimpressive Hike in Provins

The Rocks of Fontainebleau

Easy Hiker between the Rocks of Fontainebleau

Hikes near Paris

It was just after our picnic lunch on the Carrefour de Denecourt when Mrs. Easy Hiker started to sing the praises of hiking in the Ile de France, thanking the Hiking Gods for making all local trails so conveniently flat. She hadn’t quite finished her sentence when we went on a steep rise and found ourselves climbing up and down the rocks of Fontainebleau for the rest of the day.

The Rocks of Fontainebleau

Les Miserables Hiking the Marais of Misery

"The Marais de Misery near Paris"

Hiking Trails near Paris Hiking the Marais of Misery

You may have heard about Paris, Texas. Today, I will take you a little further east, into the swampy lowlands of the Essonne river, straight into the bayous of Paris, Louisiana.

But first, we have to take the train into the Deep South of the Ile de France, to a town called Ballancourt (RER line D from Gare de Lyon).

Les Miserables Hiking the Marais of Misery

Confessions of a Hiking Blogger

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Hiking trails near Paris Confession time for a hiking blogger

What I normally do after our hikes is this: I sit down, on the very same evening, to write down a few lines for later reference, so I will remember what happened when we eventually want to publish the post – which may be weeks, sometimes months after the event- you know – when details may have become a

Confessions of a Hiking Blogger

Hiking Rural France on a Day Trip from Paris

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Hiking trails near Paris Discover Rural France It never fails to amaze me how profonde – how deeply, relentlessly rural – France can be as little as one hour away from Paris.

Today’s walk – which features some pretty and prosperous farms, some new, some hundreds of years old – could serve as a perfect introduction to the charms of rural France for visitors who want to see more

Hiking Rural France on a Day Trip from Paris