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France : Picardie

2.2 km (1.4 miles) SSE of Longpré-les-Corps-Saints, Somme, Picardie, France
Approx. altitude: 76 m (249 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 178°W

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

#2: View to the East #3: View to the South #4: View to th West #5: Coordinates on the GPS #6: Nat and Jean-Luc on the point in the colza #7: The colza #8: The village of Condé-Folie #9: The gate of the Chinese cemetery of Nolette #10: One of the Chinese tombs

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  50°N 2°E (visit #12) (secondary) 

#1: The point and view to the North

(visited by Jean-Luc Frérotte and Natalie Vanderstraeten)

English

03-mai-2013 -- Les vacances sont presque finies. Sur le chemin du retour, nous passons visiter la confluence 50N 2E. Très facile à trouver au sud-est de Longpré-les-Corps-Saints (j'adore tous ces noms étonnants de villages français !), le point est dans un champ de colza tout près d'une route.

Confluence pas très jolie : trop de lignes électriques dans le paysage, et le colza ne semble pas fort productif… La vallée de la somme toute proche est beaucoup plus intéressante.

Juste avant de venir sur ce point, nous avons visité le cimetière chinois de Nolette, près de Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, à une vingtaine de km. C'est une histoire intéressante que peu de gens connaissent. Des milliers de chinois sont venus travailler en France pour remplacer les soldats français occupés à se battre pendant la première guerre mondiale, et beaucoup sont morts, à cause des mauvaises conditions de vie et aussi de la grippe espagnole de 1918-1919. 849 chinois sont enterrés là et c'est le plus grand cimetière chinois d'Europe. On peut trouver les détails de l'histoire sur un site Wikipedia.

Nous poursuivons ensuite notre retour en passant par le point 50N 4E.

English

03-May-2013 -- the holidays are almost finished. On our way back home, we come to visit the confluence 50N 2E. Very easy to find in the south-east of Longpré-les-Corps-Saints (I like all these funny names of French villages!), the point is in a field of colza very close to a road.

Not a very nice confluence: too many electric lines in the landscape, and colza does not seem highly productive… The nearby valley of the Somme is much more interesting.

Just before coming on this point, we visited the Chinese cemetery of Nolette, close to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme at about twenty km. It is an interesting story that few people know. Thousands of Chinese workers came to work in France to replace the French soldiers busy to fight during the First World War; many of them died because of bad living conditions and also the famous Spanish influenza in 1918-1919. 849 Chinese men are buried there and it is the largest Chinese cemetery in Europe. Details of the story can be found on the site Wikipedia.

We continue then our trip to home via the confluence 50N 4E.


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#1: The point and view to the North
#2: View to the East
#3: View to the South
#4: View to th West
#5: Coordinates on the GPS
#6: Nat and Jean-Luc on the point in the colza
#7: The colza
#8: The village of Condé-Folie
#9: The gate of the Chinese cemetery of Nolette
#10: One of the Chinese tombs
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