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A hike with CLAIREINPARIS in Andresy France.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Claireinparis and I became spark friends 3 years ago and I was drawn to her because of all of the wonderful blogs she wrote about all of her hikes around France. I had been there twice and had actually just returned from a wonderful trip to Paris when I first joined SP.
I had read her blogs with interest, dreaming that one day, I would go back to Paris and spend a day hiking with Claire in France.
Well that day came to fruition. My husband and I decided to go to Italy and to France for our 30 year wedding anniversary present to each other as it is coming up at the end of August.
This day will always be one of the most memorable for both my husband and I as we had such a wonderful time seeing the countryside with Claire.
Here are some pics of our awesome hike.

Because my husband has an excellent sense of direction, we took the train to Andresy to meet Claire.

The trains and metro in Paris are very busy, but once you figure out where you want to go, it is quite easy and inexpensive to get around.

This little guy welcomed us into the village for our walk.

We visited a cemetery where there was a 11th Century Cross.

The view was amazing!

A cemetery has a beauty all of its own and we spent a little time there looking at the different engravings and stones.

Claire had pointed this out and told us it was quite rare to see this symbol.

The homes in this area were just beautiful.

I was so happy to find some poppies along the way.

The smiles on our faces tell the story of how much we enjoyed our hike!

Claire is a great tour guide and figuring out which path to go on is not always easy and I love this picture of her as she is figuring out which way we should go!

As I found out, these hikes are challenging as the paths go uphill quite a bit, and the trail itself is not always smooth so you get quite a workout on them!

The flowers in this area were just beautiful.

Lovely Claire!

WW 1 Memorial that my husband wanted me to take a picture of and he and Claire had an interesting conversation about the different wars that France was part of.

More beautiful homes.

And then it was time for lunch. We had a lovely lunch at a wonderful French restaurant overlooking the Seine and talking about everything! It was so fun!

And then back to the train station.
It was such a wonderful day and hike and I know that someday we will meet again to do another hike!
Thank you so much Claire for such a wonderful day. We talked about how wonderful it is to be able to meet the friends that we have found here on SP and to have such a great time getting to know them even better. I am so thankful for SP and for the friendships that I have found here.

The train back to Paris!
Thanks for walking along and sharing this wonderful day with me!
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  • no profile photo CD15324855
    Holly, thank you so much for sharing this adventure!! What a beautiful day it must have been. I've never visited France - only been in the airport. Flying terrifies me so I'm not sure I'll ever make it over there, but your photographs definitely brought it to life. Glad you and Claire were able to meet!
    2077 days ago
    wonderful blog --and so interesting to see the similarities and differences compared with Claire's.
    I also have been blessed to meet Sparkbuddies. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2085 days ago
    Wow Holly sounds like you all had a lovely time!
    2086 days ago
    I'm so glad you enjoyed your hike with Claire! She's a wonderful person and I'm sure that hiking with her must have been so exciting. Meeting sparkfriends in person is a real privilege.
    Thank you so much for sharing all these beautiful pictures with us.
    2089 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    THANKS SO MUCH for sharing wonderful photos and description of your great hike with Claire. I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
    2092 days ago
    How beautiful! And how cool you got to hang with Claire! It looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing!
    2094 days ago
    After enjoying Claire's account of your visit and walk, I had to follow the link she shared to find your blog. Beautiful pictures. We enjoyed sharing the walk with the three of you.
    2095 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12162103
    emoticon For sharing your beautiful blog & photos!!!
    I'm so happy that you & your hubby emoticon Got to meet Claire.
    May you all continue to be blessed 💐
    2098 days ago
    What an absolutely wonderful experience Holly ....... to meet Claire in Paris and celebrate your anniversary with your husband....... what a blessing!
    2098 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon thank you so much for sharing your wonderful trip, Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. may you have many many more! emoticon
    2100 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    What a wonderful experience. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.
    2103 days ago
    I've been reading Claire's blogs for some time now, traveling vicariously through her. How exciting that you got to meet her and join her on such a lovely hike.
    2103 days ago
    beautiful pictures emoticon
    2104 days ago
    How wonderful to have a friendly, knowledgeable guide!
    2107 days ago
    emoticon What a WONDERFUL Day!! The trip itself would have been a Great Anniversary Gift, but getting to meet a Spark Friend who is also a Native, is like Delicious, Healthy Frosting on a Nutritious Low Calorie Cake!!
    emoticon I am so glad that you included the Cemetery in both your Hike and your Blog. They are Fascinating! !
    emoticon It Is Official: I have added Hiking In Paris to My Bucket List!!
    2107 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your pictures of a fantastic trip and a hike with Clair!
    2107 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Wow lucky you to take such a wonderful trip. Lucky me that you took some many pictures and are willing to share them. Fabulous stuff. I wish I could have been there.
    2109 days ago
    What an emoticon experience! You couldn't have had a better guide!
    2109 days ago
    What a wonderful experience! I love Clair's blogs and yours was just as beautiful.
    2109 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14903239
    Glad you had such a nice time for your 30th wedding anniversary gift! France is such a unique and historical place! Thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon emoticon
    2110 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12960399
    I always enjoy my walks with Claire. I really enjoyed your and your husbands pictures too. I know you had a great tome in that lovely part of the world.
    2110 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    How wonderful you guys were able to visit, it's nice to meet people from SP! Glad you enjoyed your hike and time with Claire
    2110 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12915013
    What an awesome gift to each other. I am so happy you were able to visit and hike with Claire, what a beautiful person she is. Your photos, like Claire's, are so beautiful. I felt like I was able to walk along. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a blessed Monday. Have a Happy Anniversary August and many more Anniversary's to come.
    2111 days ago
    What a treat and so wonderful that your husband joined you! My husband and I met up with two Spark friends on the east coast while we were on vacation a couple of years ago and even stayed as a guest in the home of one for a few days. It was really special to be able to meet these sweet friends in person and to introduce them to my DH.
    2111 days ago
    Oh my! What a fantastic hike and so much to see! Beautiful! I am just thrilled to see everything from kitty and flowers to the graveyard and the amazing houses! I had to go through them twice! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome memories! How grand you could do this with your lovely SparkFriend, Claire!
    Thank you again!
    Love & Hugs,
    2111 days ago
    What a wonderful anniversary gift to one another! Looks like a beautiful hike and day spent with Claire.

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your holiday!
    2111 days ago
    Beautiful photos to match an awesome adventure!
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    2111 days ago
    What a spectacular blog. It's true...a picture IS worth a thousand words.
    Thank you so much for sharing this part of your trip with us.
    2111 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    Wonderful pictures! Glad you were able to meet up with Claire!
    2111 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of the French countryside. How nice you were able to hike and get the know Claire. Such a wonderful anniversary gift to one another, lasting memories. Have a wonderful and safe trip home Holly.
    2111 days ago
    Everything is amazing!!! Wow! The trip, the place, the company. Simply lovely.
    2111 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    What a wonderful anniversary present, plus you got to meet a Spark Friend on the way. Lucky you! Your photos are beautiful.
    2111 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13370898
    Oh, so many lovely photos! And a real French chat to greet you on your hike, how awesome! Thank you for sharing these. I've been waiting for your photo updates, I couldn't want to see it all!
    2111 days ago
    Lovely flowers and beautiful pictures!
    2111 days ago
  • AMANDAB0023
    Amazing to meet a lasting friend on Spark!
    2111 days ago
    This is just the greatest! How wonderful that you made this happen! Wonderful pictures too. I wonder how they make a hydrangea be blue and pink at the same time.
    2111 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your awesome adventure with us. The photos are all beautiful. I'm so happy you were able to meet with Claire and celebrate your anniversary at the same time during your vacation. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2111 days ago
    So neat that you and Claire were able to do a hike together.

    Your photos are beautiful!

    2111 days ago
    First of all congratulations on 30 years of marriage, Holly. For our 30th, Steve and I went on a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean on the Norway which used to be the France. It was fun, but I think I like your trip too-Steve would not have liked the flight to Europe though. What a wonderful way to spend a big anniversary.
    I loved the Hydrangeas and the poppy. When I was younger I'd try to pick and press a poppy and would always be disappointed. Now I too take pictures of poppies.
    It is absolutely delightful to see your version of the walk, it shows the perspective of the hikers. I already knew that you or your DH took some of the pictures she posted as she was in some of them. I found it amusing also that you all wore a shade of peach/apricot was that intentional?
    Now back to 30 years-may you have 30 more together if the Lord wills it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    2111 days ago
    What a beautiful blog Holly! That is awesome that you and Claire were able to get together and spend the day hiking through the country Side and enjoying lunch together! I love all the pictures you took they are absolutely gorgeous! I am so glad you and your honey had a fabulous vacation in Florence Italy and in Paris! Thank you for sharing your trip! "Memories To Last A Lifetime!"
    Hugs and Love to You My Wonderful Sparks Friend, xoxo
    2111 days ago
    Holly thank you so much for sharing your hike with us. I have also met some of my spark friends in person and agree it was fun! I have never gone quite that far though! Tee hee!

    What a memorable way to celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary!
    2111 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12036831
    Oh that was a wonderful walk! I love all the pictures - I am glad you were able to meet and walk with Claire.
    2111 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9234910
    Oh la la, how exciting to read your account of our hike together!!! I love to see the way you saw it, it is a rare treat! (But sorry for 'stealing' several of the pictures you sent me for my blog, I couldn't resist, they were so lovely!)
    I will really miss you, Holly, and hope we meet again for a hike or two!
    I didn't realize it was your 30th anniversary, woohoo! Congratulations to you both!
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    2112 days ago
    I am so thrilled that you did this! Claire seems like such a lovely person, and I love her blogs. We went to Paris to visit our daughter last year, and I thought of Claire. I must say that one of the highlights of that trip was that I met my friend. Liva, a young woman whom I met on line playing a (now defunct) game years ago. When the game ended, we became FB friends and are in (almost) daily contact. The day that we spent with her was so special, so I know how you must feel.
    2112 days ago
    Amazing pictures, and an awesome adventure. What a lovely opportunity! Thanks for taking us along. --Pam
    2112 days ago
    What beautiful photos!! I can tell everyone was having such a great time! Thanks so much for sharing so we were able to share the fun you had!!
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    2112 days ago
    How absolutely wonderful!
    2112 days ago
    That was amazing. How fun to meet Claire. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.
    2112 days ago
    How wonderful! And such beautiful pics.
    2112 days ago
    I haven't been to France since the 80's. You're making me miss it there. LOL!! Looks like you're have a good time.
    2112 days ago
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