Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

C has been on vacation this week, and instead of heading off somewhere, we decided to just do a staycation here in Paris. We've slept in, gone for walks in the park, seen a few movies and started planning our trip to the US. And on the schedule for tomorrow is a trip to Ikea.

C is a big fan of the outdoors though, which means I am now the proud (?) owner of a new pair of hiking shoes. I'd gotten him a hiking guide for the Paris region for Christmas, so we decided it was the perfect time to try it out and break in my new shoes. As you all know, I love me a good castle, so we ended up choosing an 8km hike that went by the Château de la Madeleine. It was about a 45 minute drive from Paris (or an hour if you're riding with C, lol), and the hike itself takes about 3hrs at an easy pace (including a lunch break). It was really lovely and took us past a field of horses, through a forest and past another farm before arriving at the castle.
I had to laugh though, when after lunch, C pulled out a mini camping burner in order to make himself a post-meal coffee. It reminded me of how when you see French families eating at rest stops, they usually have a huge spread going on, with a tablecloth plus real plates and silverware. Once a Frenchman, always a Frenchman!



Blogger Zuleme said...

now that sounds like fun to me!
A man who will happily amble all day is a wonderful companion. And I love the coffee stop.

April 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Pierre said...

I have to defend my people about the last paragraph.

Here in Taiwan, when people go picnic, it must include everything to do a barbecue, plus a portable gaz bottle to warm up the tea (and the fish/muhroom creamy soup in the morning... yeeerk).

So trust me, the French way of bringing it on is NOTHING compared to those crazy Taiwanese :D

April 15, 2010 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger Starman said...

Great looking castle.

April 19, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

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