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France : Auvergne

near Charbonnières-les-Vieilles, Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France
Approx. altitude: 607 m (1991 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 46°S 177°W

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

#2: GPS screen #3: East view #4: North view #5: South view #6: West view #7: Fairy tale castle in the french outback #8: Hairy Donkey

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  46°N 3°E (visit #3)  

#1: Panoramic view shot from the point

(visited by Philippe Burtin)

01-Sep-2013 -- On my way back home from Paris to Montpellier on Sunday Sept 3rd, I visited 2 CP that lie a few kilometers west of the highway in one the French outback of the region Auvergne. Both N46 E3 and N45 E3 haven’t been visited since 2005.

This point is in a field used as pasture for livestock. I parked my car in the small village named Charbonnière les vieilles and walked east on a country road for 400 meters. The gate of the field was opened and there was no sign of private property. I zeroed the point easily but the coordinate changed just at the time of the shooting.

Soon after, I met the landowner who arrived to work in his vegetable garden 20 meters west of the point. He seemed very interested to learn that a CP could be found in his field but couldn’t understand why it was necessary to visit them. One of his question was : what is actually on the point ? I answered : nothing. He just couldn’t get that I was so far from home to see “nothing”.

Not much to see in the area with only a few minutes to spend on a side trip. En route to the point I passed a nice castle with a brand new roofing and a field where I had the chance to see a donkey of a specific French breed called “Âne du Poitou”.


 All pictures
#1: Panoramic view shot from the point
#2: GPS screen
#3: East view
#4: North view
#5: South view
#6: West view
#7: Fairy tale castle in the french outback
#8: Hairy Donkey
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  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
18-Aug-14  17-Aug-14  Rainer Mautz  yes  pending