29 November 2015

Walk for December 2

Dear Hikers,

This coming Wednesday, December 2, Daniel Perot will lead a walk from 

Boulogne to Versailles (zone 4), with three options:
A normal walk, a shorter one and an optional extension.
Distance: 15 kilometers with 3 hills.
The walk will start by crossing the Seine and part of the Parc de  Saint-Cloud and then
on to Versailles via the attractive village of Ville-d'Avray where we will
have our lunch facing "les  Etangs de Ville-d'Avray".
*We shall meet at 10:00 am by the metro station
Boulogne-Pont-de-Saint-Cloud, last stop on Métro Line 10.*
*Get there - When you get off the train, walk along the quay in the same
direction as the train, go up the steps and take the exit "Musée
Albert-Khan" (to the right).
The meeting place is ten meters from the metro station, at the intersection
of these three streets:
Av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny / Rond-point Rhin-et-Danube (the
large roundabout) / and the little Rue du Port.
SHORTER WALK: distance: 6.5 kilometers, with 1 gentle hill.
For those who prefer this distance, you can go and have your lunch "aux
Etangs" with the group, then return to Paris from the station
Sèvres/Ville-d'Avray. (zone 3). The distance from "les Etangs" to your
station is 1.5 km. You will walk in town to reach your station
without your leader, but your guardian angel will not be far.
An OPTIONAL EXTENSION to "Hameau de la Reine" or to the gardens of the Château could be possible (+ 4.5/5
RETURN - There are three stations in Versailles: Versailles Rive-droite,
Versailles Rive-gauche and Versailles-Chantiers for different destinations
in Paris: La Défense, Gare Saint-Lazare // Javel, Invalides, Saint-Michel // Gare Montparnasse.
You will need a picnic lunch and water, and sturdy waterproof shoes as the
forest can be muddy in December.
I'm looking forward to seeing you.

daniel perot

20 November 2015

Here is the info for next Wednesday : 

A 16.5 km walk with a few gentle ups and downs so not too hard a test this week ! We will pass a few ponds , a few churches , a chateau , an amazingly elaborate chateau gate , a lavoir -  in fact all the usual sort of stuff !! For twitchers (British slang for overly keen bird watchers )  we will call in , albeit briefly , at a bird hide .
PS don't drink too much in the morning before you come as there are no very good places for a bathroom break for half an hour or so 


From Gare de Lyon take train BUPE RER D at 8.39 direction Malesherbes as far as Mennecy (zone 5 ) arriving at 9.30

We will return from Bourray (zone 5)  which is on RER C .The trains run half hourly at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour to Bibliotheque (41mins) , Austerlitz (44mins) , St Michel Notre Dame (48 mins) and Invalides (54 mins ) My best guess is that we will catch either the 3.15 or the 3.45
Let's be friendly and travel together in the rear coach of the train

Don't forget it is November ie late Autumn beginning of Winter so come appropriately dressed with good footwear, with a spare extra layer of clothing, waterproofs , lunch and a drink.

See you Wednesday 


14 November 2015

Two Hikes for November 18

Hello walkers,

I am sure that last night's massacre has touched all of us deeply. With so many innocent people killed in cold blood one wonders where our planet is heading. Here at IdF walks we will continue as normal and hope that the public transportation will be safe. We have two options for Nov. 18, one with Dominika Raveau and the other with Daniel Robinot, but first I will make a plea for a leader for December 2. Otherwise the schedule is full until the holidays.

November 25, Judy -- 16km
December 2, need a leader
December 9, Jean-Louis Narjoux will lead a loop from Trilport near Meaux on the Monceaux Forest. In lieu of a picnic, J-L proposes a tasting of Brie cheese (along with charcuterie) at a place that he will announce later.  He would like to know well ahead of time how many people are interested in this formula so that he can reserve. Those of you who are not interested can bring a picnic lunch and eat outdoors.RSVP directly to Jean-Louis.
December 16, Daniel Robinot

Now for next Wednesday's hikes.

Dominika:  Robinson to Meudon Val Fleury
For next Wednesday I propose a hike of about 11 km with some ups and downs through the parks of Plessis-Robinson and a part of Meudon forest. We will picnic near l'étang de Triveaux (there is a little buvette nearby).
After 4 km we will pass near a bus-stop (bus195 to Metro Chatillon-Montrouge) in case you need to leave earlier...

From Châtelet Les Halles take RER B SORI at 9:32 direction Robinson. Arrival at Robinson at 09:58, zone 3.
The same train from Denfert Rochereau passes 8 minutes later.

At the Gare de Robinson walk to the head of the train then to the right and take the exit avenue Jules Guesde. The meeting place will be at the top of the stairs.

Return from Meudon Val Fleury RER C zone 3.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday with the good weather and your good spirits.


My mobile 06 33 23 07 31 


Daniel: area around Mantes la Jolie

Hiking friends,

This week we will return to Mantes la Jolie. Our 21/22 km hike will take us to woods, countryside and little villages.There are no real difficulties but there will be hills (450 m. altitude difference), and the pace will be strong and steady in order not to finish too late . There is no bail-out possible.

As per usual, you will need shoes and clothing adapted to the weather, picnic lunch and water, and of course your usual good humor. There will be no possibility to purchase food along the way.  

Travel: (train and bus) Departure: Gare St. Lazare at 9:07, (train for Breval-Evreux), arriving at Mantes la Jolie at 9:41. Take the footbridge towards the bus station of Mantes la Ville and take the bus on quay 22, Ligne K at 9:51. (ten minutes changeover time) Get off the bus at the station "Graviers" where I will meet you at 9:58. Some of you already know how to do this.

Return from the same station, direct train to Paris at 16:08 or 17:08

I hope to see many of you on Wednesday.

Amis Randonneurs,
Cette semaine, retour vers Mantes la Jolie. Cette randonnée de 21/22 km nous promènera entre bois et campagne en passant par de petits villages. Pas de réelles difficultés mais le dénivelé sera important (environ 450 m) et la marche sera soutenue de façon à ne pas rentrer trop tard. Pas de "bail out" possible.

Chaussures et vêtements adaptés à la météo, picnic et eau (pas de possibilités de ravitaillement) et bien sur, bonne humeur.

Pour venir :  Départ Paris St Lazare à 9h07 (train pour Bréval-Evreux), arrivée à Mantes la Jolie à 9h41
Sortir par la passerelle côté gare routière de Mantes la Ville et prendre le bus quai 22 Ligne K à 9h51. Descendre station "Graviers" où je vous attendrai à 9h58 (Certains d'entre vous connaissent comment venir).

Retour par la même gare, train direct à 16h08 ou 17h08 ou semi-direct, moins rapides.

Je vous attends nombreux.


08 November 2015

November 11 Hike

Dear Walking Friends,

This week's hike (15km), will take us from Lardy to Breuillet-Village in the Essonne department. Your faithful leaders will be Anne Marie and Jean Groussin and yours truly. On the way we will pass the amazing XIII/XIV C. gothic church of St. Sulpice de Favieres. The pace will be moderate. Those who wish to walk more than 15 km can extend the hike five km to the station at St. Cheron.(map provided).

I had originally put Savigny le Temple on the schedule but family events prevented me from doing a reconnaissance walk. We will do that walk another time.

Travel info: RER C6, train ELBA, from St. Michel/ Notre Dame at 9:12, direction St. Martin d'Etampes, zone 5, to Lardy, arrival at 10:01. This train passes through Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand at 9:20.This is where Anne-Marie, Jean and I will board, in the last car. It is a good idea to arrive early enough to find the correct departure quai.

Trains return to Paris from Breuillet at 15:21, 15:51, 16:21, etc.for a trip of about 50".

You will need a picnic lunch, water, rain and sun gear as usual. Coffee, chocolate and spirits are optional and always appreciated.

See you on Wednesday with a smile on your face.

Mary Lynne    0670881859

Anne Marie    0681119732 (only the day of the walk)

Jean          0616314827 (only the day of the walk)

01 November 2015

Two options for November 4

Dear Hikers,

 Next Wednesday we have a city option with Marcel Kohl and a country option with Daniel Perot. 

       Montmartre with Marcel Kohl

       We’ll meet outside the “Metro Abbesses”(line 12) at 10 a.m.(you may use the elevator as Abbesses is the deepest metro station in Paris-36m)
        We’ll wonder about the origin of the names “Abbesses” and “Montmartre”, and have a look at the”square de la Place”with the wall “I love you” in 250 languages, then “St Jean”, where we’ll have to find the 30 eagles,concealed in the church.
        Then we’ll see the grocery of the film”Amélie Poulain” and the Bateau-Lavoir(where Picasso,Modigliani,Van Dongen ....used to paint), and also”Le Moulin de la Galette (and the cossacks’ episode), ”le Passe-muraille” and its story, the villa Léandre, Giles’Rabbit, the Bleustein-Blanchet park, l’église St Pierre,.....
    Then, at 12 or 12.30,we’ll have lunch in a restaurant (which one?Not decided yet)
    In the afternoon we can walk to the Goutte d’Or (North-African district) and Château Rouge (African district) where we can finally take the metro(line 4)
      Of course, you’re free to bail out any time.
        PS: I’ll speak French, but friends can translate
       Mobile: 0781547519
> -
>        This week, November 4th, Daniel Perot will lead us along a portion of the
> *Canal de
> l'Ourcq*. This canal was conceived to bring badly needed water to Paris as
> well as to provide a waterway for the transport of building materials from
> the Foret de Retz. It tooks water from the River Ourcq which flows into the
> Marne.  Its construction dates to the beginning of the 19th century under
> Napoleon I, but talk of bringing water to Paris goes back as far as Louis
> XIV. Wikipedia gives a detailed history of the canal.
>        Much of the section that we will walk through is lined with poplar
> trees. We
> will also visit the Parc de Sevran where we will see traces of the ruins
> of the National Gunpowder Factory which operated from 1873 to 1973
>        - Le canal file entre deux pelouses couronnées de peupliers et
> borde le parc
> de Sevran.
>        - Le parc forestier de Sevran : Un site industriel (ancienne
> poudrerie) se
> transforme en espace vert !
> -------------------------------------------------------
*Départ - Gare d'Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (RER E). Train COHI, 9:57.
> Direction : Gare de Chelles-Gournay.  Arrivée - GARE DE BONDY, 10:12.
> * Ce même train est accessible depuis la gare de Magenta à 10:01. *
> ***You can board this train from the Gare de Magenta as well.
> ----

*Get there
The station Haussmann/Saint-Lazare is adjacent and accessible from Gare
> Saint-Lazare (or Auber), direction RER E.
> The station Magenta is adjacent and accessible from Gare-du-Nord,
> direction RER E.

I shall wait for you at the exit of Bondy station, place de la Gare.
> *----.
> Durée de la rando : 3 heures / 12 kilomètres.
> ----
>> Le retour se fera par la gare de Villeparisis qui se trouve en zone 5. The
return will be from Villeparisis station, zone 5, from a different train line
> (RER B).
> ----
> For a shorter walk, (2h30 / 10 kilometers), possible return from the station Vert-Galant
> in zone 4 (RER B).
> *----
> Don't forget your rain gear, sun gear, lunch, water, chocolate, and... adequate
> shoes...

email : daniel.perot@free.fr
Tél. 09 50 56 65 26.
Mobile: 06 51 22 35 16 (only the day of the walk).
> ==========================

two walks for October 28

Dear walking friends,

This is the blog entry that never got posted last week. I hope that you managed to find out about the two options from another source. 
We have two hikes planned for next Wednesday, both of which will enable you to get out into the country to see fall colors. 

          First option:
Francois Bechet will lead a 12 km hike in the Essonne:  It will be a mostly flat and easy walk in open countryside, a 12 kms loop from Saint Michel sur Orge. We first will go through a park and have a look at the basilique de Longpont.Then we will pass the tour de Montlhery and come back to St Michel along the river Orge.

Transportation: RER C train DEBO leaves St Michel/Notre Dame, at 9h42, Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand at 9:50, direction Dourdan la Foret, arriving at St. Michel sur Orge at 10h17. As usual we will meet and ride in the last carriage.

Trains return to Paris from St. Michel sur Orge every 15 minutes.


Our second option will be a 20+ hike with Daniel Robinot.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Amis randonneurs,

Cette semaine, je vous emmène pour une randonnée entre la Drouette et la Guéville, 2 petites rivières, au départ de Rambouillet. J'avais prévu une sortie tranquille mais un reconnaissance du parcours en a décidé autrement. C'est donc une belle boucle de 28 km que nous ferons ensemble. C'est long mais le terrain est facile. Sur le parcours, nous pourrons voir châteaux, églises, rivières, faisans et, si la chance est avec nous, des antilopes et des kangourous (si, c'est vrai, je n'ai rien fumé !).

Pour venir : Paris-Montparnasse train à 9h06 (Versailles-Chantiers 9h21), arrivée à Rambouillet à 9h43 (Train direct) où je vous retrouverai.

Retour pour Paris au départ de la même gare à ... on verra quand on y sera.

Compte-tenu de la longueur du parcours et des jours qui raccourcissent, la marche sera soutenue afin de rentrer avant la nuit (vers 16h si tout va bien). Comme d'habitude, chaussures et vêtements adaptés à la saison, pic-nic et bonne humeur, pour le soleil je fais de mon mieux.

Promis, c'est la dernière fois (de l'année) que je fais aussi long. Je vous espère nombreux.

A bientôt,

Dear Hikers,
This weekI take you along for an excursion between the Drouette and the Guéville, 2 small rivers, starting at Rambouillet.
 I had envisaged a quiet exit but a scouting of the itinerary decided otherwise. It's thus a beautiful loop of 28 km which we will make together.  It's long but the ground is easy. On the coursewe will be able to see castleschurchesrivers, pheasants andif luck is with us, antelopes and kangaroos (ifit's trueI did not smoke anything!).

To come : 
Paris-Montparnasse train at 9h06 (Versailles-Chantiers at 9h21), arriving to Rambouillet at 9h43 (Train direct) where I will find you.
Back to Paris from Rambouillet at ... it will be seen when one will be there.
Taking into account the length the course and days which shorten, the pace will be constant in order to return before the night (around 4:00pm  if all is well).  As usualshoes and clothes adapted to the seasonpic-nic and good moodfor the sun, I will do my best.

Promisedit is the last time (of the yearthat I make also long. I hope for you many. 

See you soon.

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