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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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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 [osm_map_v3 map_center=”49.140478,2.811063″ zoom=”15″ width=”95%” height=”600″ map_border=”medium solid blue”] 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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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 […]