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Old August 25th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #321
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I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder, did you still enjoy your trip? I'm looking forward to your pictures. One question: is there border control at the Andorra borders?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #322
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N2 Laon - Paris

The first batch of pics travel from the city of Laon to the huge metropolis of Paris. The N2 is a major road here, accessing Paris from the northeast. Many sections are up to motorway standards on this route. I wouldn't recommend the Mons - Laon section, since it's slow and travels through many villages. The part shown on the pics doesn't do that, so it's generally a high speed route. The N2 also goes right beside the Charles deGaulle airport.

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Old August 25th, 2008, 04:49 PM   #323
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One question: is there border control at the Andorra borders?
Yes, there is. I had to open my back doors in order to show I didn't buy any el cheapo low-taxed electronics like cameras or laptops in Andorra. Andorra is a tax haven compared to France and Spain.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 05:09 PM   #324
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A20 Vierzon - Montauban

I've driven this road in 2005, and took pics of it, so I found it a bit overdone to take pics of it again, so these pics are from 2005. Instead of taking pics, I made a few video's of the A20, near Vierzon, Limoges and Montauban, which will follow later. I didn't drive the entire A20 this time, only the toll free section from Vierzon to Brive (which is still a huge distance). The pics cover all of the A20 Autoroute from Vierzon to Montauban. The distance is about 425 kilometers.

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Old August 25th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #325
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Did you see Toulouse, Chris? It's a beautiful city IMO
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Old August 25th, 2008, 05:44 PM   #326
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Great pics! Can't wait to see part with the viaduc de Millau!



Why is this sign yellow?

P.S. And why didn't you include Belgium in the thread title?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #327
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Why is this sign yellow?
Temporary signalling due to roadworks. They were constructing the French A89 there at the time.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #328
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That sign is yellow because the interchange was under construction at that time. It's now finished.

I didn't include Belgium because I didn't made pics there.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #329
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Video: A104 Paris

A video of the A104 along the eastern side of Paris, southbound. It also tapes a section of the A4, since they run concurrent for a while.

check it here for high quality or watch below:



Video: A20 Châteauroux

A drive on the southbound A20 near Châteauroux, a city in the center of France.

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Old August 25th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #330
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Video: A20 Limoges

A drive through the largest city along the A20 Autoroute: Limoges, with a metropolitan area of 250.000 inhabitants.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #331
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wow you really know to go for a trip

whole france... nice nice... can't wait for other pictures hehe...
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:26 AM   #332
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CG-2 / CG-1 Pas de la Casa - Andorra la Vella - Frontera España

A drive through whole of Andorra. The drive is generally one huge descent, and barely costed me fuel. The diesel price was € 1,08 and I saw petrol for € 1,06 per liter. Most of the route is a giant tax-free/low shopping street. There are border checks at the Andorra borders to check if you bought any el cheapo stuff. The French-Andorra border crossing is a few kilometers in France since there isn't any room for a border station at the actual border. I had to show the inside of my car for a quick scan at the Spanish border. The route is about 35 kilometers long and takes about 45 minutes to drive.

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Nice pics, Chris! Did you make any pics of the border?
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N-145 / N-260 Andorra - Puigcerdà

A trip through the Spanish Pyrenees mountain range. The trip starts at the Andorra-Spain border and heads south on the N-145 Carretera Nacional until la Seu d'Urgell, where I exit towards the east and head onto the N-260 Carretera Nacional. I stayed one night in Bellver de Cerdanya (on a way too expensive campsite), so the last few pics are taken the next day. The N-260 goes through a mountain valley and the road is pretty well build, and gives a much faster route than the adjacent roads in Andorra and France. Speed limit is 100km/h. Also, the newest generation signs of road classifications and speed limits are shown at the border.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:07 PM   #335
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Nice trip Chris! What car did you drive and where did you stay overnight?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #336
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I drive a 2004 Renault Kangoo (van, not the family edition), and I stayed at campsites, varying in price from little over € 10 to € 30.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 07:30 PM   #337
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Very nice pics. Great job
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #338
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I bet when you took this picture you didn't realize you were just crossing the (in)famous Hindenburg Line which separated the German and Allied trenches on the Western Front during WW1. In the foreground, where you can see the truck, were the German positions, while in the background, toward the ridge, were the French positions.



This area looks peaceful now, but it was entirely destroyed during the combats of WW1. It was part of the Zone Rouge (Red Zone), the long line extending from Switzerland to the North Sea where everything was destroyed. This is how the exact same stretch of road where you took your picture looked like in 1919. It was photographed almost exactly at the same place where you took your photograph.



There was an horrendous battle around the Moulin de Laffaux in April-May 1917, part of the Nivelles offensive on the Chemin des Dames.





This is how the village of Laffaux looked like in 1919:



This monument is just off the road you took, near the Moulin de Laffaux:

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This picture is also interesting. This is where the German offensive was stopped by the French army in 1914. On September 3, 1914 the most advanced cavalry detachments of the German army reached the hill from where you took that picture, the closest the Germans ever came to Paris during the war. You can see the outermost suburbs of Paris in the distance (at the time the suburbs didn't reach as far, so the Germans saw only fields).

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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:40 PM   #340
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Chris was crazy again. J/k, nice photos, I especially like the Châteauroux bypass, and nice to see some road photos from Andorra. I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder, how did it happen? I bet it hurt a lot, and still does.
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