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France : Bourgogne

1.9 km (1.2 miles) N of Corgengoux, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne, France
Approx. altitude: 200 m (656 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 175°W

Accuracy: 99 m (324 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking south #3: Looking west #4: Chris #5: GPS

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  47°N 5°E (visit #1)  

#1: Looking north

(visited by Richard Rutledge)

15-Jul-2000 -- We are in Dijon, having arrived earlier this morning. There is an airshow going on at the airport just south of town. Occasionally the aircraft stray our way. We are told that this is an international show with participants from Italy, Germany and others.

We are heading for North 47 E5, which is nearly due south of Dijon. The route takes us down along Burgundy road. This is the only part of France to produce Burgundy wine. Only about 8,000 acres to supply all of this country, and export to the rest of the world.

We headed south out of Dijon on N74, towards Beaune and through Nuits-St. George. North of Beaune we headed east and south on D 2 passing through small, quaint villages, Moux, Longvay and Corberon. At Corberon a storm found us and was raining rather heavily and hailing (pea-size). We are steering by GPS trying to find a position due west of our target. With lightening, thunder, and windshield wipers at full speed we proceeded -- slowly. Luckily there is very little traffic out here except for three bicyclists. Chris stopped the car and offered the bicyclists shelter in the car. But they laughed the rain off and declined our offer.

We have drifted to a point 500 meters due west of the target and the rain is still pouring. We continued south a short way and found a field road heading east. We turned off of D 2, and cautiously proceeded. We are in a rented Renault SUV looking vehicle and are unsure of its capabilities in the rain and on at best, an unimproved road. At a point 500 meters south of the target we stop. As luck would have it there is a power line running north and south here. There is also an access "path" running along side the power lines.

The storm is letting up so we waited several minutes then leaving Marylin to guard the car and make any excuses needed; Chris and I set off. The fields on either side of us contain wheat, and to the north and west is a large field of sunflowers. As we approached a point just west of the confluence, we spooked a deer that had been grazing in the wheat.

The service path brought us to a point 100 meters west of the target. The target was in the wheat field. It is too muddy to walk into the field and I suppose the owner would not be pleased that we trampled his wheat. We took pictures of the confluence (N47E5ConfluenceAt100Meters.jpg), Chris (N47E5Chris.jpg), looking north, south and west. Also one of the GPS display (N47E5GPSDisplay.jpg)

A beautiful part of France -- from wine vineyards to wheat and sunflowers divided up by rolling tree-lined hills. But we aren’t finished for today -- it is off to Switzerland -- well almost. On to N47 E6!


 All pictures
#1: Looking north
#2: Looking south
#3: Looking west
#4: Chris
#5: GPS
#6: Confluence at 100 meters
#7: Just south of Dijon
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