First day of Spring in Maisons-Laffitte

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Spring is here! On the occasion we invite you to a little walk we did in the park of Maisons-Laffitte

We started our walk at Place Wagram in the park. Near the Hermitage bilingual school is one of the most beautiful stables found in Maisons-Laffitte:

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Our little daughter was pleased to play with random sticks found on the way:

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We approached to the star-shaped Place Napoléon in the heart of the park of Maisons-Laffitte:

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But before reaching the square we stumbled onto the Circle of Glory (Cercle de la Gloire) which is no less than a horse track:

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We just had to wait for beautiful horses to pass by:

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We then arrived at the Place Napoléon…

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… and met a little fellow who was not really interested in saying bonjour to us:

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We walked back towards Avenue Églé via the Avenue d’Austerlitz, named after a battle won by the Napoleonic armies:

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It is incredible to see aircrafts flying down so close to us (we used our zoom to better see the airlines logo). The Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport is situated only 30kms from Maisons-Laffitte and the local residents often complain against noise pollution.

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Spring is only beginning. The tree buds are busting into life very slowly!

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Back to Avenue Églé there are many fine gateways opening onto magnificent manors. Some of the entrances feature the town’s iconic animals: horses.

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You know Spring is in the air when you glimpse ‘coucous‘ (cowslips) and ‘violettes‘ (violets):

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Our walk ended on Place Wagram. Spring is beautiful and we cannot wait to discover the Paris region during this season of the year!

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management.

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