26 November 2011

Wednesday 30 November, "la Campagne à Paris"

St Germain de Charonne
This Wednesday, Marcel Kohl will lead us on a city walk to discover the charms and the history of the 20th arrondissement. Here is his information.
On Wednesday, we'll walk in Paris in the 20th arrondissement.
After meeting at the metro station Gambetta (line 3) at 10:00 in front of the Mairie of the 20th, we'll go to St Germain de Charonne, the adorable village church (which started in the 12th century) and its parish cemetery, a sad place for André Malraux. Then down the picturesque rue Saint-Blaise, and near the Porte de Bagnolet, 'la Campagne à Paris'. Then place Edith Piaf, with a statue of the singer.
It will then be lunch time. Depending on the weather, your money and your wishes, we will either eat in a restaurant or have picnic in a park (or split up for lunch).
In the afternoon, we'll visit "le plus grand espace vert de Paris", le cimetière du Père Lachaise. We'll visit only a few graves, from Proust (le petit Marcel) to Jim Morrison, sans oublier Victor Noir, bien entendu, et Felix de Beaujour.
At the end of the walk it will be cold and we'll finish at metro Père Lachaise.
Warm clothes might be useful.
La Campagne à Paris

20 November 2011

Wednesday 23 November at St Cloud

Hello again, Idfwalkers,
This week we are proposing a second, shorter walk for those of you who would like fewer kilometers and maybe a slower pace. Several of us have been discussing the feasibility of offering two alternatives, so this is our "test run".  Prudence, who will be having hip surgery in December, has propsed the following alternative to the walk in the Meudon forest.
Viewing Paris from the terrace at Saint Cloud
Hello fellow walkers
I have not been able to join the group recently because my decrepit hip will only cooperate for a few kilometers. I miss the walks so let's experiment and have 2 walks this week. The usual one between 12 and 16km and a shorty, 6 to 8 km, in the morning.
I suggest a walk through the Parc de St Cloud starting at Garches and ending at the Metro Pont de Sevres line 9. 
We will meet at the SNCF gare Garches - Marnes La Coquette at 9.53. The train leaves Gare St Lazare at 9.33 direction St Nom La Breteche - Forêt de Marly or La Defense at 9.42. 
The walk will be easy, about 8km, and we should be at the Pont de Sevres around noon. Lunch could be a snack in the parc or in a cafe near the pont.
Looking forward to seeing you,
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Wednesday 23 November at Meudon

November in the forest of Meudon

Hello hikers,

Here is information about the November 23 walk to be led by Mary Lynne:

Next Wednesday we will hike in the beautiful Meudon Forest  which, in addition to its beauty, has the added advantage of being less than five km from Paris. Former royal hunting grounds, this forest has been a very popular promenade destination since the 19th century. It has been maintained by the Office National des Fôrets (ONF) since 1965. If we are lucky, there will still be some leaves on the trees to delight the eye.

Distance: about between 12 and 14 km, depending on our return station, with some ups and downs. This forest is definitely not flat!

Pace: moderate, about 4 km/hour. 

Getting there: We will begin our hike in Meudon at the Val Fleury RER station. Take the RER C SARA direction St. Quentin en Yvelines, which leaves Gare d'Austerlitz (9.21), St Michel (9.24), Invalides (9.31) or Javel (9.38). It will arrive at Meudon Val Fleury at 9.48, zone 3, where I will await the group. 

At this writing I have not decided on our return station. It will be from either the Arrêt de Petit Jouy zone 4 or the Gare de Viroflay Rive Gauche zone 3 which has both SNCF and RER C trains going to Paris.  I'm going to scout this walk on Monday and will post the return train station on Monday evening in case you want to purchase your return ticket or Mobilis ticket ahead of time.

You will need a picnic lunch and sturdy, waterproof shoes as forests can be muddy in November. 

See you on Wednesday!
Mary Lynne

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12 November 2011

Wednesday 16 November with la Dame Blanche

The château de la Dame Blanche

Daniel Perot will lead us in the Foret de Chantilly. This is one of our favorite walks that many of you have probably already done with us. Each time is different, however, and this time with a little luck there will still be leaves on the trees to admire. Our itinerary will include the étangs de Commelles, the château de la Dame Blanche et the château de Chantilly.
To go: We'll take the RER D "LUCA" that leaves Chatelet-les-Halles at 9:30 or Gare-du-Nord at 9:34 and arrives at Orry-la-Ville/Coye-la-Forêt (a big name for a station in the middle of the woods!) at 10:14.We meet at the head of the train.

Take a SINGLE ticket to Orry la Ville Coye. Mobilis tickets are not available on this line outside the Ile de France.

Return: From a different station: Chantilly Gouvieux, probably at 16:11 arriving in Paris at 17:03. 

The 14 km walk will go around some ponds (étangs de Commelles) with the château de la Reine-Blanche, through the forest right up to the château de Chantilly. To learn about the mysterious Reine Blanche you might have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efgE6HuZU10 

Wear appropriate clothes, strong shoes, bring a picnic lunch and water.

If you wish to be informed of any changes or cancellations, please
r.s.v.p. to daniel.perot@free.fr with your cell number if you have one and
your home phone if not.

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Mobile (only the day of the walk)  06 99 20 70 79.

The château de Chantilly

05 November 2011

Wednesday 9 November with Robinson and Chateaubriand

In the Vallée des Loups

This will be a romantic walk of about 12 km through the parks of Plessis-Robinson, once famous for its guingettes (cabanes dans les arbres – the name of the town originates from them) and Châtenay-Malabry, in the footsteps of Chateaubriand and his mistress Madame Récamier. On the outs with Napoleon, the famous French romantic writer and politician had been exiled here, "far from Paris", for 10 years.

We'll climb first to the Parc Henri Sellier (maximum height 172m) - there you have a great view to the south of Paris. Then we'll descend to the Vallée aux Loups. There are no more wolves there but foxes can be seen in the sunset. There we'll have our picnic.

After that we'll stroll to the Parc de la Maison Chateaubriand where the writer himself planted some of the exotic trees in the beginning of the 19th century. Finally, the high point of our walk will be the Arboretum, once property of the Croux family, the famous nursery gardeners, where in the 19th century setting (folies et fabriques), you can admire some extraordinary trees and plants.

Bring appropriate clothes and shoes, a picnic lunch and a camera.

Depart from Chatelet-Les Halles at 9:20 – RER B direction Robinson, arrival at 9:46. The same train from Denfert-Rochereau at 9:28 - Be there earlier.

Return from Robinson to Paris every 15 minutes. Zone 3.

At the gare de Robinson walk to the head of the train then to the right and take the exit Avenue Jules Guesde, where I'll be waiting for you on the top of the stairs.

My mobile : 06 33 23 07 31
Looking forward to seeing you,


In the Vallée des Loups