14-Dec-2012 -- I had to go from Montpellier to Bordeaux on Friday, 14 December to attend the annual meeting of the steering committee of IIFARMU. I took this opportunity to visit 44N 1E and 44N 0 on 14 December and 44N 2E on my way back on 15 December.
There are a few reasons explaining why this point was my main objective during this 3-points-trip: first this would be my first visit of a CP on the original meridian, second, the point is one of the few French points that have been visited only once, and third, the first visit dating back in 2001 was made during summer and the landscape visible from the point was obturated by the pre-harvest corn.
By the way, the point has not been zeroed during this first visit. This CP is located in a remote area called in French “les landes” wich is a very large forested area. It is however easy to reach as there is a paved road until 300 m of the point. There was no difficulty in locating the point but my visit was once again made under a shower making the harvested corn field very muddy.
I easily zeroed the point quite in the middle of the field. Some hunters were out that day and my visit was made with surrounding sounds of barking dogs and shotguns coming from the woods framing the field.
On my way back to the highway, I made a short stop at Houeilles where I visited the fortified church (built during the 13th century). This building benefited from many architectural upgrading over the following centuries. On the front porch one can see the revolutionary moto “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” that was added during the French revolution. Close to the church one can also see a nice example of a typical “landaise” house.