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chapelle

Carrying on with my fascination for the abandoned corner where there’s a medieval chapel…. The first documentary evidence dated 1202 mentions the foundation by Godefroy and his wife Agnes of an oratory ‘near Nanteuil’. They endow it with an income, 6 acres of land and the possibility to tax their fishponds. The donation is ratified […]

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corners of abandonment

The hidden history of this town has felt difficult to unearth. The fragments of the castle are visible, but buried in a jardin publique in between blocks of flats with the two gatehouses hiding behind high walls and metal gates. There’s a medieval bridge I’ve heard about but still not seen. And then there’s a […]

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history

Reading the fascinating essays on the history of Nanteuil le Haudouin has made me see the townscape anew, with new interest, full of imaginings, making connections. Look at this picture of a pretty drab concrete 1980s (I imagine) building: There’s a hint of a cloister as the building is designed around a courtyard with a […]

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still

Today I went nowhere. Nanteuil le Haudouin is a town I’ve often described as a ‘rubbish rural dormitory town’. My time walking round here has honestly forced me to open my eyes and eat my words. My days in the fields and the forests all within walking distance have totally changed how I feel about […]

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keeping on

Today I kept on walking. There were fields: There were also skies: There were animals: There was a monumentally large church in a teeny tiny village: I got as far as Acy en Multien and then turned back. There was a shop there that sold cold drinks – oh the pure joy!

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easy

Day 13 and I have definitely found some swing in my step. It’s true, 15 km is not very far and it’s true, having my husband come along with me after lunch made the walk go by super fast and it’s true, tomorrow is a whole other story… But it’s good to feel I have […]

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circles

Today was an extra short and easy day walk-wise. This afternoon I watched some really interesting talks on Brain Cognition Emotion and Music – a conference I would never have been able to participate in if it wasn’t for this pandemic and which I’m really grateful for. There were participants from South America, right across […]

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ombres – shadows – shades

par fois, un ombre est beau, parfois il est désiré, parfois il est même nécessaire, surtout en temps chaud et ensoleillé.

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failing – échouer

Today I did not get to my planned destination. Sometimes on pilgrimage this happens. You take a bus. You catch a train. You have a day off. You’re forced to cut short your day because of pain or fatigue or illness and just crash in a hostel straight after lunch. You get lost and have […]

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Walking back

Today my destination was the place I used to live, the place I moved to when I came to France, a house in a town which I lived in longer than any house I’d lived in since I was 10. Senlis is not on a train line (any more). It stays that way to avoid […]