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Old February 7th, 2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Entering Paris: from the countryside to the heart of the megacity

This thread is a sequel of two previous threads:
Leaving Paris - The city that never ends
and Leaving Paris - The shortest (and grittiest) route

Several people asked me to do a reverse thread, starting from the edge of the Paris urban area and moving towards the center. With the expansion of the coverage at Google Street View, I'm now able to show you a slice of the Paris urban area that was previously not available. The principle is the same as in the former threads, except reversed: we start from the border between the Paris urbanized area and the open countryside, and we travel towards the center of Paris, in as straight a line as possible (not turning in circles), taking one picture every 500 meters. This new slice of the Paris urban area now available at Google Street View reveals the huge dimensions of the city (our point of entry into the Paris urbanized area is not the furthest from the center of Paris, but it's far).

PS: If some pictures do not appear, refresh the page several times.

Km -0.15: We're 150 meters (165 yards) before the start of the Paris urbanized area (ahead of us).
[img]http://i48.************/avn8t5.jpg[/img]

Km -0.15: Looking back towards the open countryside. That's where we're coming from.
[img]http://i48.************/fc085t.jpg[/img]

Km 0: We're entering the Paris urbanized area.
[img]http://i47.************/168ar6r.jpg[/img]

Km 0: Last look at the countryside in our back. Now, for many many kilometers till the center of Paris, we won't see any countryside anymore. We will be crossing the dwellings, work places and commercial areas of more than 10 million people.
[img]http://i50.************/330cj7a.jpg[/img]

Km 0.5:
[img]http://i45.************/2jh5rt.jpg[/img]

Km 1.0:
[img]http://i46.************/20718p3.jpg[/img]

Km 1.5:
[img]http://i50.************/2dme0t2.jpg[/img]

Km 2.0:
[img]http://i48.************/nbqio9.jpg[/img]

Km 2.5:
[img]http://i47.************/27x2lxw.jpg[/img]

Km 3.0:
[img]http://i50.************/21k9k48.jpg[/img]

Km 3.5:
[img]http://i47.************/34nkv9x.jpg[/img]

Km 4.0:
[img]http://i47.************/20affx2.jpg[/img]

Km 4.5:
[img]http://i48.************/5oe3c.jpg[/img]

Km 5.0:
[img]http://i46.************/21b4v48.jpg[/img]
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Old February 7th, 2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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Km 5.5:
[img]http://i49.************/23w6ee.jpg[/img]

Km 6.0:
[img]http://i46.************/96jjgy.jpg[/img]

Km 6.5:
[img]http://i47.************/2uokmxe.jpg[/img]

Km 7.0:
[img]http://i46.************/2yuha29.jpg[/img]

Km 7.5:
[img]http://i48.************/fthsg2.jpg[/img]

Km 8.0:
[img]http://i47.************/1zch9xl.jpg[/img]

Km 8.5:
[img]http://i49.************/11bjmdd.jpg[/img]

Km 9.0:
[img]http://i48.************/2itiolw.jpg[/img]

Km 9.5:
[img]http://i45.************/a426fd.jpg[/img]

Km 10.0:
[img]http://i46.************/2psm2v6.jpg[/img]
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Old February 7th, 2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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Km 10.5:
[img]http://i45.************/11m84uw.jpg[/img]

Km 11.0:
[img]http://i48.************/jkadeq.jpg[/img]

Km 11.5:
[img]http://i49.************/2ljotmp.jpg[/img]

Km 12.0:
[img]http://i47.************/2dcfnl2.jpg[/img]

Km 12.5:
[img]http://i48.************/24ayhjr.jpg[/img]

Km 13.0:
[img]http://i46.************/123mq77.jpg[/img]

Km 13.5:
[img]http://i49.************/o5w6yv.jpg[/img]

Km 14.0:
[img]http://i47.************/2d6jjpe.jpg[/img]

Km 14.5: There's a banana tree to the right of the avenue.
[img]http://i47.************/f0wyo1.jpg[/img]

Km 15.0:
[img]http://i45.************/25i6r9j.jpg[/img]

To be continued...

How many more kilometers do you think remain before we reach the center of Paris?
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Old February 8th, 2010, 12:15 AM   #4
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20?
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Old February 8th, 2010, 03:42 AM   #5
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35?
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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:31 AM   #6
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The picture at km 1 brings back some memories. I used to stay at a hotel that looks similar to the building on the right hand side in the km 1 picture. I once complained in that hotel for having received a completely underdone steak. :P
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Old February 8th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #7
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it would be nice to paste the map of the route. interesting thread.
do you live in paris brisavoine?

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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #8
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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #9
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I think its 30 km
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #10
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I really don't know where we are ?
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #11
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Cergy-Pontoise? I haven't been to Paris much, just a few times on A1, A3, A86, A104 etc.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #12
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I don't see any highways on these pictures.
This belongs in another thread, I guess...
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Old February 9th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #13
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20?
That means there would be 35 km from the border of the urbanized area to the center of Paris, i.e. 70 km in diameter. We'll see.
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35?
That means there would be 50 km from the border of the urbanized area to the center of Paris, i.e. 100 km in diameter. That would be quite large (you think the Paris contiguously urbanized area has 100 km in diameter ?). Who knows. We'll see.
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That means there would be 43 km from the border of the urbanized area to the center of Paris, i.e. 86 km in diameter. Again, we'll see.

In a nutshel, I don't have the answer to the question YET, because I haven't yet completed the whole journey on Google Street View. So we'll all find out the answer when I finish the journey and post the pictures.

I'll try to post several more kilometers of the journey tomorrow.
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Cergy-Pontoise?
No, not at all.
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I really don't know where we are ?
That's the whole point.

I didn't say where the journey started, because the goal is for people to forget maps and simply lose themselves in the urbanization, explore it as if they were transported there randomly without a map.

In the end, when we reach the center of Paris and all the pictures are posted I will post a map showing our journey, so you'll see were we started and which suburbs we crossed.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #15
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Don't know where we are exactly, but by the look of it definitely in the southern suburbs, I'm pretty sure it's in the 91 dpt.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #16
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I think that's one of the wonders of living in a big metropolitan city. There are always new places to discover. If you did the same in my home town, for example, I would know the location right away...and that's boring, if you ask me.
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That means there would be 50 km from the border of the urbanized area to the center of Paris, i.e. 100 km in diameter. That would be quite large (you think the Paris contiguously urbanized area has 100 km in diameter ?). Who knows. We'll see.
I was thinking 35 km from the start not from where you left off, but whatever...
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Now I think is 11 km..
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Old February 11th, 2010, 02:33 AM   #19
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Location...
So it will be 23 km in a straight line to the Notre Dame from the last picture)

(It took me half an hour to find the right ALDI; never been there before...)
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So it will be 23 km in a straight line to the Notre Dame from the last picture
Exept we are not going in a straight line, we are following the street grid, so it will take longer.

PS: Congrats for finding the location of the last picture (I hadn't even noticed there was an Aldi!), but it would be better if you removed the link to the location in your message. It's more fun for forumers to follow the journey without knowing exactly where we are. That's why I'll post a map only in the end after we reach the center of Paris.

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