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    Justin Postlethwaite
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    Just back from a jaunt around the Golfe de Morbihan in Brittany, it was stunning.

    We are compiling a little list of recommendations for France’s best drives.

    Anyone got a favourite journey, either a lengthy trip or a small stretch of road? Best views or stop-offs roadside?

    merci!


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    tomdenne
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    Justin Postlethwaite
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    Very nice, thanks Tom, been there lately then? A bit harem-scarem on those mountain roads?

    Sospel is a nice place to end up, I remember the shell marks from the war in the village square.


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    nomoss
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    If not in a hurry to get to Spain, follow the Aude valley from Carcassonne through winding narrow gorges, up to the barrages at Puyvalador and Matemale and on to Bourg-Madame, possibly visiting the enclave of Llívia.

    http://fr.mappy.com/#/2/M2/TItinerary/IFRCarcassonne%2011000|TOBourg-Madame%2066760|STAxat%2011140|GP1.355/N151.12061,6.11309,3.88335,43.59978/Z7/


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    I was going to suggest the route followed on stage 11 of the Tour de France – Pau to Cauterets via the Col d’Aspin. Which we’ve driven round several times and it is breathtaking. But the trouble is, there’s always so much traffic.
    So I sugggest instead, just meander around the back roads of the peaceful Gers, up and down the hairpin bends of the hills where a new vista opens up at each high point. And you suddenly come across a picturesque village which hasn’t changed for centuries.
    But don’t tell everyone, we don’t want traffic jams!


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    Justin, was last on that road down from the in 1971. Many of the railway bridges were still damaged from the war, which was a pity because that train ride would have been tremendous. Here’s a photo taken almost fifty one years ago to the day of that trip in 1964 up to the Col de Tende on the Italian side.

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    nomoss
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    Really a memorable picture. I see you didn’t waste space on a jack :smile:

    Did you borrow the car from Stirling?


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    There are too many drives through Europe which just don’t exist any more. Roads have been cut straight and wider, pretty and interesting villages are bypassed, favourite bars and restaurants isolated by Armco barriers.

    Here is a shot in 1968, on the RN7 at Châteauneuf le Rouge, by Montagne Saint-Victoire, before French motorways, bringing our new car back from the factory in Germany via Switzerland.

    The layby is still there, looking rather different. Probably because they moved the road 40 or 50 metres north, away from the village.


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    NSU Ro 80 ? Wankel engine, very nice, until the tips melted off. :cool: Nos


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    Justin Postlethwaite
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    What a fabulous photo Tom!

    And nomoss, what a wonderfully evocative shot!

    We’ve just published a quite cool infographic from the autoroutes association here:

    http://www.frenchentree.com/living-in-france/driving/infographic-autoroute-in-france/


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    NSU Ro 80 ? Wankel engine, very nice, until the tips melted off.

    :smile::smile:

    I sold that one after 2 years, but it never had any engine problems, probably because it was used for long fast journeys between UK and Algerie, rather than trogging around UK building up carbon deposits.

    Ro80 No 3 still going strong, in regular use, but with a 175HP Mazda rotary engine and French registered as voiture de collection


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    Bourg-d’Oisans – La Mure.

    It is like the Western Isles of Scotland but better :wink:


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    Tom, what was the car in the pic that you posted ?


    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ 'Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult'. Aphorisms Hippocrates
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    Tom, what was the car in the pic that you posted ?

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    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ ‘Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult’. Aphorisms Hippocrates

    It is not a Saab methinks…. :grin:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1971_NSU_Ro80_(9289276731).jpg


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    tomdenne
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    Tom, what was the car in the pic that you posted ?

    It is a 1930 MG M Type with its boat tail chopped before I got it. I say is because it’s still on the road, property of the daughter of one of my friends from the 1960s.

    :grin: The original M had its fuel tank under the windscreen but some like this were converted with PB tanks at the rear. Larger capacity and a little bit less of a fire hazard… that was what the man who sold it to me said. That gave me the chance to haggle the price down from £6/00/00 to £5/10/00.

    Tom


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