In past years, August has not necessarily been our busiest month at Maison Conti. We put that down to the fact that most of the French go on vacation in August and generally head to the beach. This year, however, we have clients every day. It means our time is filled with chores. Sometimes we can find ourselves at home day after day without a break.
Last Sunday we organized ourselves to get out of the house and into the countryside between clients checking out and those checking in. Just a few hours away can offer deep refreshment, particularly when there is such pretty scenery surrounding us.
We took a walk on a trail not far from home, that we had not discovered before. So many small roads lead to forested areas, and France is full of marked walking trails. During this hike, you pass through a verdant patch with berry bushes hugging both sides of the trail. It is just beginning to be blackberry season, and we snacked ourselves along the path.
Berries in every stage of development.
There were even wild blueberry bushes here and there,
We recently learned that forest covers almost 30% of France. Our area has some of the most productive forested land in the country, and almost all forests offer public access and well-maintained hiking trails. In Montmirail our commune takes very good care of our forest trails.
Our walk ended at the moulin in Avezé on the river Huisne.