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France : Île-de-France

1.2 km (0.7 miles) W of Isles-les-Meldeuses, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Approx. altitude: 49 m (160 ft)
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Antipode: 49°S 177°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The point 49N-3E just along the Marne River #3: View from the point to the East #4: View from the point to the South, with the bridge #5: View from the point to the West #6: The Marne from the bridge, with the dam and the point #7: The old hydraulic plant on the west side of the island #8: Channel along the island #9: The bridge #10: The bridge

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  49°N 3°E (visit #10)  

#1: View from the point to the North

(visited by Jean-Luc Frérotte)

English

21-Feb-2011 -- De retour de Paris vers le sud de la Belgique, je quitte l'autoroute A4 pour visiter la confluence 49N-3E. Facile à trouver, par des petites routes sympas qui passent par Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux, Armentières-en-Brie et Isles-les-Meldeuses. J'aime bien tous ces noms bizarres de villages qu'on trouve dans la campagne française !

La confluence 49N-3E est sur une île au milieu de la Marne. Heureusement, un pont passe par-dessus et il est très facile d'accéder à l'île. Le point est en fait juste au bord de l'eau, sous les arbres. La berge est un peu raide et le bord de l'eau est très boueux, mais je trouve finalement le point exact avec mon GPS sans tomber le derrière dans la boue.

Il y a un barrage juste en amont de l'île et une ancienne usine hydraulique toute proche du point.

Le pont est étroit, juste pour le passage d'une voiture. En rive gauche, on peut voir que des crues ont récemment érodé la berge.

Si vous voulez comparer le site avec le passé, vous pouvez trouver d'anciennes photos sur un site internet de la Commune.

Un endroit intéressant à visiter. Et en plus, il faisait presque beau !

English

21-Feb-2011 -- On my way back from Paris towards the south of Belgium, I leave the A4 highway to visit the confluence 49N-3E. Easy to find, with small nice roads which pass by Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux, Armentières-en-Brie and Isles-les-Meldeuses. I like all these odd names of villages typical from the French countryside!

The confluence 49N-3E is on an island in the middle of the Marne River. Fortunately, a bridge passes over and it is very easy to reach the island. The point is in fact right at the edge of water, under the trees. The bank is a little steep and the edge of water is very muddy, but after 2 minutes, I can get all the zeros on my GPS without falling behind into the mud.

There is dam just upstream of the island and an old hydraulic plant near to the point on the west side.

The bridge is very narrow, just for the passage of a car. On the east side of the river, one can see that high flows have recently eroded the bank.

If you want to compare the site with the past, you can find interesting old photographs on a website of the local Community

An interesting place to visit. And moreover, the weather was almost nice!


 All pictures
#1: View from the point to the North
#2: The point 49N-3E just along the Marne River
#3: View from the point to the East
#4: View from the point to the South, with the bridge
#5: View from the point to the West
#6: The Marne from the bridge, with the dam and the point
#7: The old hydraulic plant on the west side of the island
#8: Channel along the island
#9: The bridge
#10: The bridge
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
On the northern riverside of the Marne River, very close to the water.