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Old March 25th, 2010, 05:53 PM   #921
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Driving through a random French village found on Google Street View. One of the 37,000 villages of France. Can you guess where it is located?

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Old March 25th, 2010, 05:57 PM   #922
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The homes look kind of German, which suggests eastern France, but the general feeling of this picture makes me rather think of southern France, for example around Toulouse.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #923
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All I can say is that the architecture is absolutely not Occitan, so there's no chance this village can be from the Toulouse area.

More information: this village had 376 inhabitants in 1806, 364 inhabitants in 1906, 336 inhabitants in 1975, then the population suddenly started to swell as people were leaving the cities in search of a greener lifestyle, and in 2007 this village reached 670 inhabitants.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #924
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far from Paris, that's for sure!
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #925
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Alsace ?
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Old March 26th, 2010, 01:27 AM   #926
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I did a search on french wikipedia using the population figures and I think I have it. It's the lowest altitude commune in Metropolitan France. Am I right?
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Old March 26th, 2010, 03:13 AM   #927
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No, it's not the lowest altitude commune in Metropolitan France (which one is it anyway??). The altitude of the village in my picture is 187 meters above sea-level.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 09:14 PM   #928
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Should be near Strasbourg...
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Old March 26th, 2010, 10:39 PM   #929
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OK,

I have a guess : Ile de France (maybe because of the Church's style ), somewhere in the Yvelines...
Perhaps like Montfort l'Amaury or so.. ??

But I admit that the roofs don't really look like Franciliens.....
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Old March 26th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #930
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I am not going to give up Alsace and am pretty certain it must be somewhere there. Look at this:

Village Wittisheim. Similar, isn't it?

And this:

Ebersmunster.


Alteckendorf.

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Old March 27th, 2010, 01:42 PM   #931
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As i said and yesterday seems to be near Strasbourg, because of the architectural style of the buildings... now waiting brisavoine to confirm (yes or no) that...
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 01:55 AM   #932
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Urschenheim (Thank you google)
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 12:52 PM   #933
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Between Colmar and Strasbourg?
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Old April 9th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #934
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Urschenheim (Thank you google)
Yes, you're the winner!

Urschenheim is in the metropolitan area of Colmar.

(in the background you can see the Vosges mountains)
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Old April 18th, 2010, 04:07 PM   #935
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A34 Sedan - Charleville-Mézières - Rethel - Reims

Woohoo, pics

This set follows A34 south from Sedan to Reims. It is also signed as A34/A203 between Sedan and Charleville, and N51 from Rethel to north of Reims. The whole route is 2x2 and grade-separated, although the section in the Rethel area is substandard with missing shoulders.

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Old April 18th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #936
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The km distance of A34 motorway (Sedan - Charleville-Mézières - Rethel - Reims) its about 100km?
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Old April 19th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #937
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Nice pics of the A34!
Now a couple of questions, comments and observations:

1) What's the yellow bit on the signs in images 77 and 81 (of the full set on Flicker)? Thought I was reasonably familiar with French signage.
2) Talking of reasonably-familiar-with-French-signage, a few weeks ago, before I'd signed up for this forum, I saw a nice explanation, in a post somewhere here, of how the destination signage works (the choice of destinations, the reason for multiple panels, and so on....) Can't find it now.
3) I've read quite a few comments about how awful American roads are, particularly compared to those in the paragon of civilization that is France. ;-) Um, I'm not sure - after seeing the concrete paving and (gasp) hint of a pothole in these photos - that it always works out like this.
4) Finally - pet peeve alert - those crazy French and their indecisive route numbering! Does the A203 still exist or not? Depends on which map you look at, which Wikipedia or Wikisara entry you look at... and which sign you look at.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 08:37 PM   #938
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1) Yellow = temporary signage.
2) No idea, would be interested in that too. Usually you do see destinations grouped by importance - for example long distance on one panel and local suburbs / villages on another one. I'm not really a fan of the number of destinations on French signs.
3) French toll-free Autoroutes often have a lower quality than the tolled ones. I kind of get the feeling the French government is somehow neglecting state-owned motorways, especially in the periphery of the country. (French A35 comes to mind)
4) The A203 was supposed to be decomissioned years ago, but these older signs still show them. However, it would make more sense to let A34 continue towards Charleroi - this portion is already under construction in France.
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Old April 20th, 2010, 03:24 AM   #939
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2) Talking of reasonably-familiar-with-French-signage, a few weeks ago, before I'd signed up for this forum, I saw a nice explanation, in a post somewhere here, of how the destination signage works (the choice of destinations, the reason for multiple panels, and so on....) Can't find it now.
I once did something like that, about the signage on Paris freeway system, see post #57
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Old April 20th, 2010, 04:53 AM   #940
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3) I've read quite a few comments about how awful American roads are, particularly compared to those in the paragon of civilization that is France. ;-) Um, I'm not sure - after seeing the concrete paving and (gasp) hint of a pothole in these photos - that it always works out like this.
Having lived in both countries (France and the US), I can say the pavement of roads in France is almost always of much better quality than in the US. Not just on the motorways, but on all the country roads, which is something you can tell only if you have lived several years in both countries and extensively used all sorts of roads. The pavement in some of the pictures above looks under average (it's not concrete though; I have never seen concrete pavement anywhere in France), but that's probably because some pavement work is due soon. I can't imagine that they would leave pavement like that for years on (I've never seen a road with bad pavement not repaved within a matter of months). Usually you'll find bad pavement only on the suburban streets and avenues of some cities that don't invest enough in paving their streets. The roads, as opposed to the streets and avenues, are under the responsibility of the DDE (Directions départementales de l'Equipement), i.e. they are not under the responsibility of the cities, and the DDE have done a great job at paving them ever since they were created by Louis XV in the 18th century (corps des ponts et chaussées).

You can find out more here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directi...C3%89quipement

PS: I don't know where you saw hints of potholes. If you were referring to the picture below, what you see here is not a hole in the pavement, it's actually an expansion joint at the entrance of a small bridge to allow the bridge to expand in summer.

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It's this type of expansion joint:



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