0386 A Gem Hidden in the Forest (Fra 011—new)

Louveciennes Travel Blog

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From Port Marley, I head south.  One idea is to work my way to Versailles, which will be a very cool place to parkbench…or maybe go ahead a head towards Paris. 


But now dusk is setting in, so I need to figure out where I’m going to spend the night.  I have a couple of options.  There are people in the area that I could stay with… or I could head into Paris and see if I can find an overpriced hostel in the middle of the summer… Or I could just camp out somewhere…

 

This is sort of a testing period.  I want to prove to myself that I can explore anywhere in the world--  even the most expensive places--  on a tight budget.  Now is my chance to prove it.  In most towns in Europe there are no cheap hostels and no people I know I can stay with, so I’ve got to be willing to camp out from time to time.


So I might as well start getting used to it…

 

The next town down the road is Louveciennes.  It looks like it’ll probably just a tiny village with no character, so I’m tempted to skip it.  It’s somewhere up the steep hill, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to get there…

 

I reach a what at first looks like a stately government building, but it turns out to be the remnants of an old waterworks plant.  I guess the French just always liked to do things in style.  Centuries ago, this plant harnessed the energy from a stream at the top of the hill and converted it into energy, helping to blaze the way for the Industrial Revolution…

 

There’s a footpath that follows the ancient pipe up to the top, so I figure I’ll follow it… Maybe it’ll lead me to Louveciennes…

 

Up at the top there’s a clearing among the trees, allowing for another nice view of the city…

 

…And then, I step out of the forest to a classy, tree lined street into one of the coolest little villages in France

 

Maybe it’s just the surprise factor… thinking that it’ll just be a two bit little village and finding a little enclave bursting with history and architectural elegance… Each building looks like it has a rich history to it.

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And then, through a stretch of forest and suddenly in front of me is… a beautiful aqueduct!  Ever since Portugal, I’ve been a sucker for aqueducts, and this one doesn’t disappoint…

 

From there I head into the heart of Louveciennes, which has the coziest small town feel of them all… with narrow winding streets lit with dim lanterns… tiny little plazas and chapels popping up around every turn… Your ultimate French village experience…

 

And so I wander around for a bit, pondering on all that I’ve experienced in this very full day… Then I continue on into the forest to find a place to camp out for the night…

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