Now that the winter months are ahead, I am going to have a bit more time to post on my blog. I am thinking of the fall seasonl in France, in the western suburb of Paris, Chatou where I grew up .. I remember the long walks to school, dragging my feet in the piles of dead leaves from the many horse-chestnut trees along the streets.
I remember picking up their “marrons” so shiny and pretty. I would keep a couple of them in my pocket and play with them all day. These are not to be confused with chestnuts as they are not edible. Horse-chestnut trees are quite common in France. In the spring they produce beautiful blooms, white or pink.
Horse-chestnut trees are found in many of the Parisian public parks. They were introduced to Paris in 1615 by a Mr. Bachelier who brought some from the orient. You can find one of the oldest, planted in 1606 in Vezac (Cantal department).
Maybe I should plan a trip there?