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France : Languedoc-Roussillon

2.3 km (1.4 miles) SW of Massillargues-Attuech, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Approx. altitude: 169 m (554 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 176°W

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

#2: the Temple of Nîmes #3: the Arena of Nîmes #4: the hamlet of Bouzene #5: the Camping #6: GPS #7: view to the North #8: view to the East #9: view to the West #10: on the motorway A9

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  44°N 4°E (visit #2)  

#1: view to the South

(visited by Captain Peter)

13-Jul-2004 -- After my visit to 45N 5E, and where I had lost my eyeglasses I went until the ancient Roman town of Nîmes where I had overnight.

At 9 a.m., when the shops open, I started to find an optician in order to get new eyglasses fixed. They way led me to the Arena which nobody must miss when at Nîmes.

Finally I found an optician and with the typical mediterrranean indifference I was told that eyeglasses first of all must never be made without an oculist's advice and prescription and second that such things take time and cannot be arranged within half an hour. But fortunately: first I do speak fluently French and second I have experience with the mediterranean indifference. At the beginning everything is not so easy, even impossible, but when you do argue in the proper way you get what you want. So I invented some stories and finally the young lady fixed me an immediate appointment with an oculist.

After having glared through the various machines of Docteur Jean Agot he found out that I am neither short-sighted nor long-sighted and that i do not need any eyeglasses. This is what I had expected, as all oculists tell me the same story. I humbly asked him whether he probably has any explanation from where my blurred vision comes, then? Finally he found out what I knew since many years: I am astigmatic. Doctors from Southern Europe must be treated in a very special way: Never tell them what your problem is, but let them find out themselves. This makes them proud. Well, now I had my piece of paper for the optician and they fixed the eyglasses within two hours.

Finally I could continue! I drove North in direction Alès, and at Cassagnoles I bent left into the D982 in direction Anduze. Shortly after the village of Attuech I bent left into the D35. After having passed the hamlet of Bouzene I saw the signs to the Camping Area where the confluence is supposed to be.

I drove up to the Camping which indeed is not in the best maintained condition, but still visited by several people.

I followed a dirt road which obviously leads to some houses scattered in the area, and after a few minutes I was at the confluence.

I attach the views to North, East, South and West.

After this visit I continued in direction Montpellier, where i took again the motorway A9 to Southwest in direction Barcelona.


 All pictures
#1: view to the South
#2: the Temple of Nîmes
#3: the Arena of Nîmes
#4: the hamlet of Bouzene
#5: the Camping
#6: GPS
#7: view to the North
#8: view to the East
#9: view to the West
#10: on the motorway A9
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