In February, I had a one-week break from work. Instead of jetting off to some new destination outside of the country (let alone city), I chose to stay at home to rest and also save money. However, I wasn’t going to be cooped up in my apartment the whole time, as I was keen on exploring a few places in and around my city in France.
Where I currently live, it’s located right at the foothills of a regional natural park– in fact, it’s so close that I could even walk to it! Having checked the weather beforehand and having it be sunny that day (a rarity in the dead of winter), I set off on a Sunday for an afternoon hike to one of the nearby communes in the regional park.
The hike took close to an hour, as I walked through quiet pedestrian streets, along loamy green hills, and between prickly tree branches in the woods before I made it to the vantage point, where I got incredible views of my city from above. I could also make out the hills in the distance, which were stunning. With the chilly wind whipping through me, I felt like I was on top of the world.
After several photo opportunities, I headed back down the hill. I ended up taking a different path, as I passed through scores of dense, dark-green forests and a narrow path with a graffiti’d wall that led to a small farm by a narrow stream…with roosters to boot!
Eventually, I made it back to the city center and back to my flat. It’d been a two-and-a-half-hour hike, and although my legs were quite tired and sore, I was glad to have gotten out of the house for the afternoon and see something different. Enjoying nature on my own was refreshing, and I was keen on doing it again soon.
— The Finicky Cynic
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