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nécropole

Cutting through the steep side of the valley is the Cavée Robin (Robin’s Hollow in English I guess, though a French definition gives ‘chemin creux’ or hollow path which I think is more reflective of the reality). It’s maybe a track for tractors accessing the field on the plateau above, but its geological or topographical […]

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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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Juilly

You know the stories you might tell about the places around where you were brought up? They become mythical, exaggerated, sensational even, seen through old memories of a child’s understanding. Only the biggest, fattest ones stick, and they might not even really have any narrative to them. I have one such memory. It’s drawn from […]

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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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maps – cartes – plans

My trusty local maps, published by the Institut National de l’Information Géographique et Forestière (IGN for short). They really have come into their own over the past two weeks. Not only are the Grandes Randonnées shown in big thick pink lines (French equivalent of big, long trails like the Pennine Way), but all the little […]

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experiencing elation

Each pilgrimage has some. You feel full of joy. Everything just seems right; the sun, the flowers, the wind, the feel of the path, the cultural exposure, the animals you meet, the person who smiled, the grass you sat on…. Today had some of these things (beautiful varied paths, interesting places, lovely spot for lunch, […]