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Old June 6th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #1001
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Old June 8th, 2010, 02:28 AM   #1002
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Parisian motorway.

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Old June 8th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #1003
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A13? nice photo.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 02:45 AM   #1004
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I don't know (I never know the numbers... it's so central European...). All I know is it's the Autoroute de Normandie, the Parisians' most favorite motorway after the Autoroute du Soleil.

PS: It's also the oldest motorway in France. The section that you can see in the picture above was built in 1937. It was the only section of motoway in France when WW2 started.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #1005
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Little road somewhere in France. Can you guess where the picture was taken?

http://i48.************/1fipaq.jpg

http://i45.************/20ap215.jpg
Ardennes ou Massif central?
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Old June 9th, 2010, 12:55 AM   #1006
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Ardennes ou Massif central?
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Old June 9th, 2010, 01:00 AM   #1007
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I don't know (I never know the numbers... it's so central European...). All I know is it's the Autoroute de Normandie, the Parisians' most favorite motorway after the Autoroute du Soleil.

PS: It's also the oldest motorway in France. The section that you can see in the picture above was built in 1937. It was the only section of motoway in France when WW2 started.
oui, autoroute de normadie. thanks for the info!
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Old June 9th, 2010, 05:18 AM   #1008
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(I never know the numbers... it's so central European...)
Well, that would explain the...shall we say somewhat approximate?...route numbering on otherwise-excellent French maps. (My favorites being the IGN departmentals bordering Belgium, which show only A numbers on Belgian autoroutes. Much good that does. Woohoo - two of my favorite countries in one sarcastic remark!)
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Old June 9th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #1009
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Few people care about road numbers in France. The road numbering was rather logical and cartesian back in the days of Napoleon, but in the past 40 years the French state has decommissioned many national highways and transfered them to the departments, so the numbers are all over the place. For example the old N7 (road from Paris to Rome back in the days of the French Empire) is sometimes still called N7, then it becomes D907, then it becomes N7 again, then it merges and becomes D254. I mean, forget about the numbers.

In France people give names to the roads, official or unofficial (la route de Paris, l'autoroute du Soleil, l'autoroute du Massif Central, la route de Fumel, etc). That's how they indicate directions. For example in my hometown in southern France I can tell you that the big Leclerc supermarket is on the route de Paris. The psychiatric institution (if you ever need to use it) is on the route de Bordeaux.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #1010
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Old June 9th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #1011
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #1012
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Few people care about road numbers in France.
In France people give names to the roads, official or unofficial (la route de Paris, l'autoroute du Soleil, l'autoroute du Massif Central, la route de Fumel, etc). That's how they indicate directions.
To be honest I've absolutely NEVER heard of a so-called Autoroute du Soleil, or Autoroute de Normandie in the mouth of a parisian. We always refer to A6 and A13, same as we do for any other autoroute, with one exception though, La Francilienne which we call by both its name or its number (104)...

In the countryside, it's not as clear as you might say. In some cases people are deeply attached to the former national roads numbers (e.g. "la 89" in Corrèze and not Dxxx or whatever its new number is ; same with good old N7), in other cases they will rather call it "Route de somewhere".

Departemental roads number (Dxxx) have always been irrelevant though.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #1013
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #1014
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Mont Ventoux?
Hey Brisavoine, this could go on for years, France being a big country, at least by European standards. Are you going to tell us eventually?
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To be honest I've absolutely NEVER heard of a so-called Autoroute du Soleil, or Autoroute de Normandie in the mouth of a parisian.
Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France.
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Are you going to tell us eventually?
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Old June 10th, 2010, 05:53 PM   #1017
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Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France. Paris n'est pas la France.
Paris ain't France but those who use the A13 and A6 daily are the parisians, and those who use it occasionally (professionals, tourists etc.) call it by their numbers too because this is what their GPS devices display and this is what the signs read too.

You might not agree but my response was honest.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #1018
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To be honest I've absolutely NEVER heard of a so-called Autoroute du Soleil, or Autoroute de Normandie in the mouth of a parisian.
Are you really French ??? Or, do you live in a cave since decades ???

'Cause almost all French autoroutes have names (official names ), and they are well known, such as: "L'autoroute d'entre-deux-mers/Autoroute des Deux Mers, Autoroute du Nord, Autoroute de l'Est, la Provençale, la Languedocienne, Autoroute du Sud/Autoroute du Soleil, Autoroute de l'Ouest/Autoroute de Normandie, Autoroute de la Maurienne, la Francilienne, Autoroute du Piémont des Vosges, l'Alpine, l'Occitane etc etc etc
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For example in my hometown in southern France I can tell you that the big Leclerc supermarket is on the route de Paris.
Which one ?? Au******e (RN**) ? 'cause there's a second "big" Leclerc in S****c (don't know the road number) !



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PS: Great photo though !

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