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what I did

I walked 315 km around Nanteuil le Haudouin. I visited (in no particular order): Silly-le-Long Sennevières Crépy-en-Valois Ognes Chèvreville Lagny-le-Sec Le Plessis-l’Évêque Ermenonville Senlis Péroy-les-Gombries Boissy-Fresnoy Villers Saint Genest Bouillancy Le Bas Bouillancy Acy-en-Multien Brégy Puisieux Étrépilly Vincy-Manoeuvre Duvy Auger Saint Vincent Droizelles Lessart Montlognon Montagny-Sainte-Félicité Le Plessis-Belleville Réez Rouville Ormoy-Villers Gueux Number of Départements […]

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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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Walking day 16

Streets I visited: Rue Charles LemaireRuelle BringandeRue de l’Hôtel DieuRue de LizyRue des Eaux SauvagesRue GambettaPlace de la RépubliqueRue de la CoutureRue CarnotRue du GuéRue Ernest Legrand Distance: 2 km Time: 35 minutes Cumulative distance: 315.3 km

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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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Practicalities Reflection

limits

So it seems I am coming to know my limits. After 15 days walking at around 20 km per day, my heels got so painful, really torturously painful, hobbling and grimacing the final few kilometres, that I will have the day off tomorrow to rest. I’ve iced and elevated and that really helped I am […]

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Reflection

racine II

Depuis mon poste considérant racines, j’ai été en train d’essayer en marchant de mémoriser les mots de cette chanson pieuse de Jacques de Cambrai, Retrowange novelle. C’est mon ami François Montaufray (le directeur d’un festival de musique médiévale au Havre, Les Prieurales) qui en quelque sorte m’a mis le défi sur Facebook en citant ce […]

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Walking day 15

Today I visited two local villages that I hadn’t yet walked through – result! Distance: 22.8 km Time: 7 hours Cumulative distance: 313.3 km

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Reflection

empty

In The Way of a Pilgrim our anonymous wanderer carries only his bible, his Philokalia, some hard crusts of bread and some salt. The empty discarded suitcase I saw by the side of the road this morning seemed to remind me about the useless baggage I carry around. I think we all have some. It […]

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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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Walking day 14

I basically went to Acy en Multien and then came back by a slightly different route. My long lunch break made the gps turn itself off! So two maps today. Distance: about 28 km Time: just under 10 hours Cumulative distance: 290.5 km