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France : Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

3.9 km (2.4 miles) SSE of Les Mées, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Approx. altitude: 725 m (2378 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 174°W

Accuracy: 12 m (39 ft)
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#2: Lavender field near confluence point #3: "Beautiful" black-yellow spider in lavender field #4: View on confluence point from about 20 m distance #5: Photo of GPS at a position as close as possible to the confluence point #6: The visitors

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  44°N 6°E (visit #1)  

#1: View on the confluence point in the scrub

(visited by Michael Wößner and Anja Köhne)

10-Aug-2001 -- A short time after discovering the Degree Confluence Project on the internet, we happened to travel from Basel, Switzerland where we live, to Aix-en-Provence, France. As we did the trip by car, we certainly had to check if there were any confluence points not being registered yet. We were lucky enough to find even two situated close to our traveling route.

This one at 44°N 6°E was the first on our way down to the Provence. As we had a whole day for the trip, we didn't take the highway all the way, but drove the "Route Nationale". In Les Mées we left the A51 and drove east, at first on a small road, which finally became an even smaller and unpaved road. We drove as close as possible to the confluence point and parked the car at the side of the road.

From there on it looked like "some 300 meters to the west" on our GPS. We started our walk through a beautiful lavender field, which lost its beauty all at once when we discovered the big, black-yellow spiders. They were quite numerous and built their nets between the lavender rows, so that we had to climb over a net every ten meters.

Behind the field we walked a short distance on a road (which would have led us around the lavender field, as we discovered on our way back), which we left again for another field, heading directly towards a dense scrub. The confluence point lay in the middle of the scrub, therefore we took some photos outside on the field before we went back to the car, keeping to the road this time.


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#1: View on the confluence point in the scrub
#2: Lavender field near confluence point
#3: "Beautiful" black-yellow spider in lavender field
#4: View on confluence point from about 20 m distance
#5: Photo of GPS at a position as close as possible to the confluence point
#6: The visitors
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