30-Jul-2007 -- The Confluence of 48°N and 2°E is in the middle of the Forêt Domaniale d’Orléans. I reached the forest by the D97 driving in SW direction to Orléans. A forest road accessible to cars was found at 3.5 km past St-Lyé-la-Forêt, which seemed to lead me in the right direction. But after about 4 km at a crossing of 3 roads all directions minus one were blocked to cars and the DTG indicated still 2 km. So I returned to the D97 and proceeded in SW direction until I could turn left direction Chanteau. After a while a “route forestière” direction Rébrechien brought me to the “Carrefour de L’Emerillon” (crossroad of the Merlin, a bird of prey; in Latin Falco Columbarius) 1,3 km south of the confluence.
Here I parked the car. After 1,2 km walking right North a crossroad allowed me to turn to the West and after 125 m I was 78 m South of the DCP, which is located in a very dense bushy area. As I was already under attack of several aggressive insects and I had no companion for safety I decided not to go for “the all zero’s” display and stayed on the path.
That is why the DCP photograph is almost identical to the North Looking photograph. The East looking and West looking photographs show the small path and the South looking photograph shows the bushes on the other side of the path. The display’s of the GPS indicating 78 m DTG with an EPE of 5m.
On my way to this DCP I passed a sign, plaque and tree of “La Méridienne Verte”, taken at 48.10960 N, 2.33631 E (WGS84). The “green meridian” is a project of architect Paul Chemetov for the year 2000. The Paris meridian was the French equivalent of the Greenwich meridian and was marked in green by planting trees along the line running from Dunkerque, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, to Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, Pyrénées-Orientales in the south. The now green Paris meridian runs through the Observatories in Paris, see Google Earth at 2.336518°N, 48.836826°E (WGS84). The French site locates the Observatories at 2° 20’ 11”= 2.336389° @ 48° 50’ 13” (not in WGS84 but in RGS93).
In inside view of the traditional roofing system of this region was available when I saw a roof being repaired. Amazing the load of the tiles being taken by the wood. My collection of plants and animals of this DCP; have a second look at the utmost right picture, this is a wild orchid (Epipactis).