Thursday, February 4, 2010
Yet Another Walk in the Woods
I didn't expect to get any sympathy yesterday and I sure didn't get any. But I had a great walk in the woods from St. Nom La Breteche to St. Germain en Laye with wonderful company. The trains were scarcely running but the turnstiles were open and the ride was free. Although the trail was quite muddy, the weather gods conspired to give us a day considerably less chilly than Tuesday. The rain was fleeting and we found a nice sheltered spot for lunch; under the tree, the pine needles were scarcely damp.
The highlight of the walk came at the end and began with short steep uphill to this amazing circle of trees.
We turned to the right and there was a long promenade poised on the edge of a cliff looking to the east. The promenade stretched over a kilometer, from the forest to the chateau and the town.
What once were farms with orchards, pastures, and vineyards to feed the court when they were ensconsed at the chateau is now a mix of fields, housing, highways, railways, and all manner of urban civilization. We had a grand view of La Défense with the bonus of the ever present Eiffel Tower and the Tour Montparnasse in the distance.