29 May 2010

Wednesday 2 June on the Viosne

Chateau de Montgeroult

The Valley of the Viosne

This week Claude will lead us on a delightful 12km (100m rise) walk just beyond Pontoise in the Vexin Française, with its typical villages and tall stone crosses, on both sides of the Viosne River, a tributary of the Oise.   It will be a loop starting and ending in the town of Boissy l’Aillerie.  Part of the hike will be on the remains of the famous Roman road, the Chaussée Jules César, which linked Lutece (Paris) with the future Normandy.

Departure:  Gare St. Lazare, 8:58, train GUMI, direction Gisors, which arrives at Boissy l’Aillerie at 9:47 where Claude will meet the group.

Return:  Trains leave Boissy l’Aillerie for Paris at 14:35, 15:39 and 16:48.

Remember the usual picnic lunch, good walking shoes, rain and sun protection.

If you want to be informed of any eventual change, send Claude your cell phone number at claude7.faure@orange.fr .

His cell for the day of the walk is 06 84 14 55 35

See you on Wednesday!

27 May 2010

Saturday 29 May Auvers sur Oise with Cecilia

Auvers sur Oise (Val d'Oise) au chateau des Conti

Cecilia has organized an outing to Auvers-sur-Oise this coming Saturday, May 29th, to which she is inviting Idfwalkfriends. Here is her info.

There are a few places left for the outing to Auvers-sur-Oise that I'm organising for the translators' association, Astradul, on Saturday May 29th. I have arranged for a guided tour (in French) "Sur les pas de Van Gogh", 50% of which is paid for by the Association. Individual contributions will depend on the number of participants. 

Visits may include Auvers Château with its a promenade show "Voyage into the time of the Impressionists", Van Gogh's house (Auberge Ravoux), and other sites connected with Van Gogh's life. If enough people are interested, we will do a 9-10 km walk through fields and forest.

For further details contact Cecilia El Nadi: celnadi@hotmail.com.

23 May 2010

Wednesday 26 May Sauvage and the Drouette

Saint Hilarion

The Château de Sauvage and the Sentier de la Drouette  

This week Mary Lynne will take us on a 14 km. hike from Gazeran to Epernon in a lovely area southwest of Rambouilllet about 60 km southwest of Paris. We will walk in the valley of the Drouette, a meandering tributary of the Eure River that passes through charming villages with picturesque bridges and washing basins.

We can also visit a bird reserve filled with pink flamingoes, emus, peacocks, etc., located in the stately park of the château de Sauvage (admission 7.50€). Along the way, we will pass through St Hilarion and its 14th century church. Upon arrival in Epernon, those who wish may explore the town before taking the train back to Paris.

We will take the 9:33 SNCF train, 62477, direction Chartres at the Gare Montparnasse, which arrives at Gazeran at 10:08. This train makes a stop at Versailles-Chantiers at 9:46 where I will board. Those who board at the Gare Montparnasse can meet as usual at the head of the quay and board the first car (last one going out).

Return: Trains leave from Epernon at 15:54, 16:24, and 16:54. The 16:24 train does not stop at Versailles Chantiers.

You will need a picnic lunch, good walking shoes, etc.

If you wish to be informed of any eventual changes/cancellations, please r.s.v.p. to mlfich@yahoo.com with your cell phone number if you have one and your home phone if not.

Mary Lynne’s numbers: 
01 47 41 98 20
06 70 88 18 59

See you Wednesday!

At Château Sauvage

15 May 2010

Wednesday 19 May from Meudon to Versailles

Vélizy, carrefour de la Butte aux Liards

Hello hikers,

Here is information about the May 19 walk to be led by François.

We will go from Meudon to Versailles mostly through the woods. It will be about 15km with some ups and downs.

The train to be taken is VICK (RER C) direction Versailles at gare d'Austerlitz (9.30), St Michel (9.34), Invalides (9.41) or Javel (9.48). It will arrive at Meudon Val Fleury at 9h59 where I will wait for the group.

To get back to Paris there are three stations and trains every 15 minutes.

See you on Wednesday!


08 May 2010

Wednesday 12 May at Chalifert

This week Serge will lead us on a hike that will take us from Esbly to Meaux along the Canal of Chalifert.
The train MICI leaves at 10:30 from Paris Gare de l'Est, direction gare de Meaux, and arrives at Esbly at 11:01.
We will meet up at the end of the quai at the gare de l'Est and then get on the car closest to the station.  
After the hike, we will take the train in the afternoon at Meaux to go back to Paris Gare de l'Est. 
Do not forget to bring your lunch.
See you on Wednesday.

02 May 2010

Wednesday 5 May from the Mauldre to the Seine

From the the Mauldre to the Seine

This week Claude is proposing a lovely 16 km walk in the Yvelines from Mareil sur Mauldre to Villennes on the Seine.

Departure at 9.43 from Paris Montparnasse, train MOPI, direction de Mantes la Jolie arriving 10.35 at Mareil, where Claude will be waiting.

This train stops at Versailles Chantiers at 10.07.

Return trains every 30 mn from Villennes sur Seine to St Lazare.

For culture enthusiasts Zola’s house is located just downriver from Villennes. www.cahiers-naturalistes.com/medan.htm

Bring your picnic lunch and good spirits and we’ll see you on Wednesday!

Please email or call Claude if you plan to join this walk.
01 30 92 04 95
06 84 14 55 35

The pictures: entrance to the village of Herbeville, portait of Zola by Edouard Manet, tree house at Bures.

Make sure to leave a contact number where you can be reached in case of  cancellation.