An Unimpressive Hike in Provins

"unimpressive hike in Provins"

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

A Visit to the Chateau De Fontainebleau

"Chateau de Fontainebleau near Paris"

Day Trip from Paris The Chateau de Fontainebleau Located approximately 30 miles south of Paris, the Chateau de Fontainebleau is probably the second most famous castle in France.

The contrast to the undisputed champion, however, could not be starker: Versailles is so famous because it perfectly captures the personality of its “first owner”, the essence of an age and of baroque kingship, preserving all of them in the “amber of

A Visit to the Chateau De Fontainebleau

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

"sitting in front of the ancient Chateaupers farm along the Dourdan hiking trail near Paris"

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 bit

Confessions of a Hiking Blogger

Hiking Rural France on a Day Trip from Paris

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 of

Hiking Rural France on a Day Trip from Paris

Bonjour La Tristesse of the Parisian Banlieue

"Grand Morin river in Crecy la Chapelle near Paris"

Hiking near Paris The Parisian Banlieue – a term covering anything from just outside of the city limits to villages and small towns a one-hour railway journey away – has a bad reputation, not all of it undeserved.

But for every town over which a pallor of tristesse – actually, the bitterness of exile – seems to hang, there is also at least one charming little place, particularly if you leave the immediate

Bonjour La Tristesse of the Parisian Banlieue

The Auvers-Sur-Oise Van Gogh Knew

Day Trip from Paris

Remember when I took you on an unexpectedly adventurous journey from Pontoise to the outskirts of Auvers sur Oise? And I promised you: no more bad surprises?

Today, I am going to keep that promise.

The Auvers-sur-Oise Van Gogh knew

The first thing you will notice when crossing the bridge into Auvers sur Oise is that it looks like the kind

The Auvers-Sur-Oise Van Gogh Knew

Hiking the Road Less Travelled for an Adventure

"The town of Pontoise in France"

Hiking trails near Paris The Road Less Travelled Pontoise and Auvers-sur-Oise are two of the prettiest and most visited small towns in the Ile de France, the area around Paris.

As it happens, they are are also fairly close to one another, virtual neighbours as it were, connected by a short (less than 10 km long) stretch of the river Oise. Our idea was to visit both in a single

Hiking the Road Less Travelled for an Adventure

The Rant Or The Sentier Littoral Revisited

"Padlocked gate preventing continuation to the hiking trail in the Sentier Littoral"

Hiking in France We headed back to the Mediterranean for some unfinished business. The Sentier Littoral Revisited

Last year, my son and I visited the southern French town of Toulon to hike along the Sentier Littoral, the footpath that stretches along the entire length of the country’s coastline.

When we inquired at the local tourism office for some tips on accommodation, they tried to dissuade us from hiking

The Rant Or The Sentier Littoral Revisited