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France : Lorraine

2.2 km (1.4 miles) W of Sarralbe, Moselle, Lorraine, France
Approx. altitude: 256 m (839 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 173°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View East about 10 meters off the point #3: View South #4: View West #5: About 20 cm to the point, which is inside the fenced area #6: My old GPS receiver shows all zeros

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  49°N 7°E (visit #6)  

#1: View North through the fence

(visited by Florian Schindler)

03-Jun-2010 -- In parts of Germany we have the public holiday of Corpus Christi, which is always on Thursday. So with one additional holiday you have four days off, often used for a short vacation.

My plan for these days was to go east and visit the confluence points along the 49th parallel, but the weather was not promising. It has rained cats and dogs the days before and there had been flooding in Eastern Europe so even if the rain stops it won’t be fun. The weather forecast promised good weather in France and thus I “reversed” my plans. Packed my tent, made a rough estimation how many points I will likely visit and off I went, still raining in my hometown close to 49°N-12°E.

The first planned point on this trip was 49°N-07°E, because on various occasions I visited the 49er Confluence Points from 8°E until 14°E.

When I crossed the river Rhine the sun shone and I was very satisfied with my decision. No rain any more.

I took the motorway to Saarbrücken and followed the highway until the French town of Sarralbe. I already knew that a small gravel road leads to the tower and I managed to approach the Confluence Point up to 40 metres by car. A very short stroll around the fence and I nearly got all zeros. Unfortunately the exact point is located inside the fenced area.

Satisfied with this easy hunt I continued my way to 49°N-06°E.


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#1: View North through the fence
#2: View East about 10 meters off the point
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: About 20 cm to the point, which is inside the fenced area
#6: My old GPS receiver shows all zeros
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