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France : Poitou-Charentes

1.3 km (0.8 miles) E of Glénouze, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France
Approx. altitude: 106 m (347 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 180°

Accuracy: 81 m (265 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking north #3: Looking east #4: Looking south #5: Looking west #6: The road to La Corbinière #7: The farm #8: Map & GPS #9: B&B au chateau #10: Picnic pond #11: Primroses everywhere

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  47°N 0° (visit #2)  

#1: The confluence of 47° North and 0° at 81 m SSW

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

23-Apr-2013 -- The day before this visit I started in Boësses (48.152°N 2.448°E), where I visited my niece. I decided to avoid the “autoroute”, the “route nationale” and the big cities like Orleans and Tours. My destination was a camping in Rigny-Ussé where we stayed in 2001, visiting 47°N 1°E. The combination of a Michelin map and the navigation system of my car worked perfect. I drove via the D921 through the “Forêt d’Orléans” (passing by 48°N 2°E and crossed the river Loire at Jargeau. After 25 km I switched to the D61 at La Ferté Saint Aubin. Following this road the name changes from D61 to D103 and finally to D33. This D33 road brings you to the wonderful castle of Chambord (47.615°N 1.518°E ).

Here I realised that Chateau Chaumois sur Loire, that I intended to visit end of July, was only 40 km in the right direction. So I decided to visit the international garden exhibition at the castle’s premises and to look for a camping site. I found the camping which was in preparation for opening in a few days and due to the cold weather the start of the exhibition was delayed to next weekend. What a disappointment.

I followed the river Loire, deviated south of Tours and returned to the Loire heading for the original target. Also this camping was not yet open, so I backtracked 4 km to Rivarennes where I had seen camping. This camping (Les Terrasses, 47.268°N 0.351°E ) is open through the year.

The day of the visit I programmed my carkit to 47°N 0° EW and followed its instructions. From Rivarennes via Chinon to Loudun is about 40 km. On the D347 East from Loudun, driving north, turn left into the D47, direction Glendoze, After 6 km an agricultural road to the left leads to La Corbinière. The DCP is in a field at your right just before reaching the inhabited farm.

The field was just prepared for sowing so I stopped at the edge and took the photographs. The DCP is in the centre of the image at a distance of 81 m (EPE 3m). In the map the direction of the photographs and their number are marked and the GPS display of the camera position. The east looking photograph shows a part of the green area belonging to the farm; the other three photographs illustrate the agricultural character of the area.

Some 2 km before reaching the DCP I passed Chateau de Jalnay, which is a Bed & Breakfast. “Price: € 135 per night for two, breakfast included.” (Internet June 2013). Reservations via www.au-chateau.com. (47.0149°N 0.0198°E).

About 2 km after the DCP, past Glendouze, a fishing pond (46.9856°N 0.0191°W) is a beautiful place for a picnic.

Due to the sudden change in temperature the flowers alongside the roads exploded. I saw yellow primroses [11] in abundance almost everywhere.

 All pictures
#1: The confluence of 47° North and 0° at 81 m SSW
#2: Looking north
#3: Looking east
#4: Looking south
#5: Looking west
#6: The road to La Corbinière
#7: The farm
#8: Map & GPS
#9: B&B au chateau
#10: Picnic pond
#11: Primroses everywhere
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