31 August 2013

Our hike this week will be led by Claude. After his information there are two announcements. Be sure to read them now because one is for tomorrow, Sunday, September 1.

Here is Claude's information:


Cette randonnée de 16 km nous fera parcourir la campagne mantaise depuis le plateau intérieur jusqu'aux abords un peu plus valonnés de la vallée de la Seine. Possibilité de racourcir cette rando de 2 ou 3 km en prenant un bus pour rejoindre la gare au retour.

Départ:  gare St Lazare à 9 h 07 en direction d'Evreux arrivée à Bréval (zone 5) à 9 h 52. Je vous rejoindrai dans le dernier wagon à la gare de Mantes la Jolie
Retour: gare de Mantes-la-Jolie à 15 h 08 (avec un vif allure) pour une arrivée à St Lazare à 15 h 40, sinon une heure plus tard.

N'oubliez pas votre pique-nique, une tenue adaptée à la météo et votre bonne humeur habituelle.


Dear Walkers,

for those of you who are interested in Indian culture in Paris, this Sunday, Sept 1, is the parade which is part of the Hindu festival that celebrates Ganesh (the elephant-headed god). 
Here is the information if you'd like to go:     http://www.templeganesh.fr/images/affichefranc2013.pdf



From Adela and Mark Matthews,

An opportunity to learn and practice Breton dancing. Free with 8 euro fee for the Center d'Animation. September 19 to June 12...four Thursdays on and four Thursdays not...the dates are on the attached notice. The dancing is energetic and the lessons are in French only, so you need to know your left foot from your right in French...mostly Breton dances but some French folk dance cross-over.

Pour ceux qui pourraient s'intéresser :
Une opportunité d'apprendre et pratiquer les danses bretonnes. Gratuit avec les frais de 8 euros du Centre d'Animation. Le 19 septembre jusqu'au 12 juin ... quatre jeudis sur et quatre jeudis pas ... les dates sont sur le préavis attaché. Les leçons sont dans la langue française et la danse est énergique...surtout les danses de Bretagne, mais un mélange de genres de danse folklorique français aussi.

Adela et Mark

25 August 2013

hike for August 28

Dear Hikers,

Michel Browne will lead our hike on August 28. Here is his information.

Our 16 km walk will take us from  the Lagny-Thorigny SNCF station to the Torcy RER A station.

The walk will be mostly along the Valley of the “Gondoire” and of the “Brosse” two streams that flow into the Marne.
After a quick walk east along the Marne river to avoid the city of Lagny, we’ll go south and uphill through the Bois de Chigny, before going back down to the Gondoire river.  A lot of new paths have just been created and we’ll take advantage of that.  Perfect picnic spot half way on the stream.  After lunch we’ll go uphill again, passing in front of the Château de Guermantes.  Again following a brand new path, we’ll go back down to the valley of la “Brosse”.  From there, we’ll go through the Château de Rentilly domain that belongs to the “Departement” to reach the RER in Torcy.
The walk is easy, there are no diffilcuties.   Plenty of technical stops available everywhere.
However, both valleys of Gondoire and Brosse being in the middle of a green remote spot, there is no possible escape before the end of the walk.
Getting there: To be in Lagny-Thorigny, around 10, take the 9h31 train toward Meaux, line P from Gare de l’Est.  I’ll wait for you in Lagny.  

Return will be from the Torcy RER A station, trains every 10 minutes to most big stations in Paris.

17 August 2013

hike for Wednesday, August 21

Next Wednesday's hike will be led by Dominika Raveau. Here is her information:
 Sur les chemains des moulins, des peintres et des poètes

It will be a bucolic 9-10km leisurely walk along the river Yerres, (zone 4) starting in Villeneuve St Georges (Parc Beauregard) then we'll follow the Fil vert from Crosne to Yerres. There we'll enjoy in sightseeing of The Caillebotte Estate where Gustav Caillebotte, one of the impressionists lived from 1860 à 1879 and painted around 80 paintingshttp://www.yerres.fr/index.php/_minisite_/display/La-production-yerroise?idpage=266&afficheMenuContextuel=true.
Then we'll proceed until the Parc de deux rivières. At the end we'll take a bus to go to the Gare RER, so take Mobilis zone 4 or a Metro ticket (en plus).
Getting there: 
Passes Gare de Lyon at 9:
 and arrives at VILLENEUVE ST GEORGES at 9:
Be there earlier. Return from Gare de YERRES: Frequent trains to Paris.

As usually, bring your picnic (we'll have a big choice of picnic spots), water and sun gear.

My mobile 06 33 23 07 31

Looking forward to seeing you
  next Wednesday,
Dominique Raveau

12 August 2013

Dears Hikers,

Krystyna will lead us on a lovely walk this Wednesday, August 14. Here is her information:

We will walk in the Meudon forest, called green lung of West Paris. It is remarkable for its rugged landscape, its many ponds and it also houses many curiosities.

At first we will go to the Meudon Park Observatory and on the terrace of the observatory we will admire the panorama of Paris.

Features of hiking:
distance  = 15 km
elevation < 250 m
speed < 4 km/h

Meet up information: 
We will meet at the RER C Meudon-Val-Fleury station and start at 10:00.

from Invalides train at 09:25  direction Saint-Quentin en Yvelines 
from Invalides train at 09:34  direction Versailles Rive Gauche Château de Versailles

Return to Paris: 
Trains depart Meudon-Val-Fleury at :02, :08, :23, :32, :38, :53

See you on Wednesday for a great walk I hope *:) Heureux

My mobile: 06 03 53 41 66



04 August 2013

hike for August 7

There will be only one walk this week and it will be led by Judy Choat on Wednesday. Here is her information:

This week on Wednesday we will walk 15 km in the shady forest of Rambouillet on a mostly level path . In fact there are only a couple of small rises which are so short you will be at the top before you have noticed them ! We will pass 3 attractive lakes and will picnic at the third where there are seats probably towards 1 pm

Bring lunch and wear appropriate clothes and footwear.

In view of the possibility of hot weather don't forget plenty of water, hat , BUG SPRAY, sunblock etc. On the other hand it could pour with rain -who knows !

I will set a moderate pace so you will need to come with plenty of energy in order to keep up !

Travel Arrangements


Take train ROPO from Montparnasse direction Rambouillet as far as Le Perray en Yvelines at 9.35 arriving Le Perray at 10. 35


Return trains from Le Perray are every half hour

Le Perray is in zone 5 should you wish to buy a mobilis ticket

Looking forward to seeing any of you still left in Paris on Wednesday

Judy Choat

Landline 01 30 80 01 34

Mobile 06 79 48 38 81