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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:41 AM   #21
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A few more kilometers on our journey to the center of Paris.

Km 15.5:
[img]http://i49.************/2ikaatz.jpg[/img]

Km 16.0:
[img]http://i46.************/2r5u4io.jpg[/img]

Km 16.5:
[img]http://i50.************/15880he.jpg[/img]

Km 17.0:
[img]http://i50.************/n5jxc8.jpg[/img]

Km 17.5:
[img]http://i48.************/fofwir.jpg[/img]

Km 18.0:
[img]http://i50.************/20su6mu.jpg[/img]

Km 18.5:
[img]http://i49.************/34rt76c.jpg[/img]

Km 19.0:
[img]http://i50.************/2r77ty0.jpg[/img]

Km 19.5:
[img]http://i50.************/2dtzr6e.jpg[/img]

Km 20.0:
[img]http://i49.************/2qns55g.jpg[/img]

Km 20.5:
[img]http://i48.************/2zqf08x.jpg[/img]

To be continued...

Already 20.5 km, and still many more km to go, but how many? My question last time was apparently not clearly worded, so let me ask it this way: according to you, we will reach the center of Paris on "Km ??" ? Try to guess. In the end we'll see who was closest to reality.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:56 AM   #22
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PS: From Km 16.0 to Km 17.5 we crossed the 2nd poorest suburb in Greater Paris. An immigrant ghetto with lots of violence and social misery.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #23
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great thread! more pics pls. very nice idea i would even like a picture evey 250 meters
how much of this actually belongs inside paris city limits? i might be wrong but i remember seeing some map, showing paris proper being actually just the center, the rest being towns and villages all built up in between them.. is that correct? cheers
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Old February 11th, 2010, 06:34 PM   #24
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Km 20.5:
[img]http://i48.************/2zqf08x.jpg[/img]

To be continued...

Already 20.5 km, and still many more km to go, but how many? My question last time was apparently not clearly worded, so let me ask it this way: according to you, we will reach the center of Paris on "Km ??" ? Try to guess. In the end we'll see who was closest to reality.
It cannot be more than 20 kms from the place on the above picture. No way
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Old February 11th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #25
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Ok this guess will be the last one and this one counts.
39 km throughout the whole journey
(If I am correct I will get 5 bucks! )
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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #26
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how much of this actually belongs inside paris city limits?
So far, nothing. The administrative territory of the City of Paris is very small. We'll reach it only in the very end of our journey.

These are the land areas and populations (as of Jan. 2007):
- City of Paris: 105 kmē / 2,193,030 inhabitants
- contiguous suburbs beyond the City of Paris: 2,618 kmē / 8,004,648 inhabitants
- commuter belt beyond the contiguous suburbs: 11,795 kmē / 1,639,317 inhabitants
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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #27
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It cannot be more than 20 kms from the place on the above picture. No way
Maybe, maybe not. We'll see.

PS: For some reason, I kind of like the last picture (Km 20.5). I wish the Paris suburbs looked more often like that.
Km 21.0 and 21.5 are also pretty cool. Maybe I'll post them later tonight.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #28
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I think its 24 km
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Old February 12th, 2010, 03:38 AM   #29
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Very interesting trip. I remember landing at Roissy Airport as a little boy the year it opened, and subsequently taking a taxi with my family from Gare de l'Est heading east. To my surprise, we drove for over 50 km before being able to see that we had "left" the metropolis. That is, after the town of Meaux.

I have posted a thread here Entering Stockholm: from the countryside to the heart of the capital if you would like to see the contrast
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Old February 12th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #30
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Great idea! I would never have thought that it looked so rural so close to the center of Stockholm. Maybe that's because you chose a motorway instead of streets and avenues. Perhaps you should do another thread where you would enter Stockholm only through streets and avenues as I do here. Motorways usually tend to go through undevelopped areas, so it may give a distorted idea of the real extent of the city.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #31
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Interesting thread Bris...thank you for sharing!
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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #32
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Great thread . Staying tuned!
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Old February 13th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #33
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Great idea! I would never have thought that it looked so rural so close to the center of Stockholm. Maybe that's because you chose a motorway instead of streets and avenues. Perhaps you should do another thread where you would enter Stockholm only through streets and avenues as I do here. Motorways usually tend to go through undevelopped areas, so it may give a distorted idea of the real extent of the city.
Indeed it gives an impression of the city suddenly "appearing" out of the country (in this case, forest) landscape. This is quite noticeable when reaching the city by train.

Radial motorways into Stockholm follow the path of the former main streets and avenues to a great extent. Suburban housing has often developed offside from the main arteries. I will also do a thread showing how you could ride a bicycle out of Stockholm through the suburbs.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 03:49 AM   #34
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A few more kilometers on our journey to the center of Paris. Some interesting pictures here.

Km 21.0:
[img]http://i50.************/29kx6av.jpg[/img]

Km 21.5:
[img]http://i46.************/2cgk3s2.jpg[/img]

Km 21.5: (looking left)
[img]http://i48.************/2ed5c87.jpg[/img]

Km 22.0:
[img]http://i45.************/sxhun5.jpg[/img]

Km 22.0: (looking right: civilization at last!! )
(PS: they even have the electronic display of the waiting times for the next buses, as in Central Paris; I didn't know the suburbs had that too)
[img]http://i49.************/1zwevck.jpg[/img]

Km 22.5:
[img]http://i46.************/wriemg.jpg[/img]

Km 23.0:
[img]http://i45.************/5n6kcw.jpg[/img]

Km 23.5:
[img]http://i48.************/287nkzo.jpg[/img]

Km 24.0: Welcome to Paris, global city of 12 million people!
[img]http://i47.************/mvsraf.jpg[/img]

Km 24.5:
[img]http://i46.************/25hp9p3.jpg[/img]

Km 25.0:
[img]http://i47.************/wi0cw7.jpg[/img]

Km 25.5:
[img]http://i45.************/fxvtk3.jpg[/img]

Km 26.0:
[img]http://i48.************/8xpu8z.jpg[/img]

Km 26.5: (12th century church to the left)
[img]http://i49.************/icn2ua.jpg[/img]

Km 27.0:
[img]http://i50.************/2wpv7ds.jpg[/img]

To be continued...

How far are we from the center of Paris now?
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Wow, electronic bus stop displays. I didn't know they had those. I wish Metro Transit had these...
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Old February 14th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #36
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A few more kilometers on our journey to the center of Paris. Some interesting pictures here.

Km 23.5:
[img]http://i48.************/287nkzo.jpg[/img]
What happens if someone on the right lane wants to go left and someone on the left lane wants to go straight?
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To be honest I am a bit surprised. Always assumed it would be more orderly and clean. Especially the side street power lines seem to be out of place in european city. Nevertheless, extremely interesting.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #38
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Actually those pics look a lot like what you'd see in Romania (including layout and things like that), in small towns and pre-city areas.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 12:23 AM   #39
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(PS: they even have the electronic display of the waiting times for the next buses, as in Central Paris; I didn't know the suburbs had that too)
You exagerate a lot, of course these thing are common even after the A86 motorway. (Paris second beltway)
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Km 2.0:
[img]http://i48.************/nbqio9.jpg[/img]
Is this carriageway bidirectional? Can someone explain the lane layout?

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How far are we from the center of Paris now?
The question does not make sense if the information that the optimum (distance-wise) path was chosen is not given to us. Otherwise, we could be 100 km or 1000 km far (or even farther).

(as in "according to you, we will reach the center of Paris on "Km ??" ?")
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