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The Motor Routes of France To the Châteaux of Touraine, Biarritz, the Pyrenees, the Riviera, & the Rhone Valley

The Motor Routes of France
To the Châteaux of Touraine, Biarritz, the Pyrenees, the Riviera, & the Rhone Valley
Author: Home Gordon
Title: The Motor Routes of France To the Châteaux of Touraine, Biarritz, the Pyrenees, the Riviera, & the Rhone Valley
Release Date: 2018-05-10
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Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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Index:A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,Y,Z

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THE MOTOR ROUTES
OF FRANCE
·
TO THE CHÂTEAUX OF TOURAINE, BIARRITZ, THE
PYRENEES, THE RIVIERA, AND THE
RHONE VALLEY

ALREADY PUBLISHED IN THE
SAME SERIES
MOTOR ROUTES
OF ENGLAND
SOUTHERN SECTION
(South of the Thames)
With 24 Illustrations in Colour
Cloth, 5s. net (by post, 5s. 4d.)
Leather, 7s. 6d. net (by post, 7s. 10d.)

“The touring motorist ... will find Mr. Home exactly the sort ofcompanion who will add sensibly to the pleasures of the day’s run.All along the main roads he gossips brightly of history,architecture, and archæology, and manages to convey a large amountof information without being unpleasantly didactic.”—Pall MallGazette.


TO BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY
MOTOR ROUTES
OF ENGLAND

WESTERN SECTION

A. AND C. BLACK, SOHO SQUARE, LONDON

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CHARTRES.

The Cathedral towering above the old roofs of the city from near thePorte Guillaume.

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THE
MOTOR ROUTES
OF FRANCE

TO THE CHÂTEAUX OF TOURAINE,
BIARRITZ,   THE   PYRENEES,   THE
RIVIERA,  &  THE  RHONE  VALLEY

BY
G O R D O N   H O M E

WITH
16 FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR, 16 IN
BLACK AND WHITE, AND 60 MAPS & PLANS


ADAM   AND   CHARLES   BLACK
SOHO SQUARE, LONDON · MCMX
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‘O’er the Flaminian way he bade the axle glow—
For there, our young Antomedon first tried
His powers, there loved the rapid car to guide.’
Juvenal.
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PREFACE

The fascination of a motor tour through France can scarcely beexaggerated. It is a country eminently suited to the new method of roadtravel, for with the spaces between the towns traversed by wide nationalways going to their objectives as straight as the contours of thecountry will permit, no one feels that the presence of a rapid car isdestroying the peace or beauty of the neighbourhood. And yet in the tourdescribed in this book there is a huge diversity of scenery, from thewheat plains of the North to the mountains and sea of the South.

Great pains have been taken to embody in the small compass of a bookthat will easily slip into an overcoat pocket all that is essential forthe motorist to know both before and during the tour. At the same time,the large clear type of the first volume of this series has beenretained in order that there may be no difficulty in reading while thecar is in motion.

Dr. Kirk’s practical notes are the result of much experience, and theyneed only be supplemented by a word as to hotel charges. In every casethe wise{vi} tourist discusses prices with the manager or proprietor beforehe takes his car into the courtyard or garage. By doing so he knowsexactly what his bill will amount to in the morning, and he is quitesure of no overcharge. If no arrangement is made on arrival, one must beprepared for any charge, notwithstanding the prices given in guides orthe hotel books published by the Touring Club de France.

For those who either do not possess cars or do not wish to take theirown abroad, the simplest method is to hire a car in England. Theauthor’s experience of hiring from the Daimler Company has been sosatisfactory that he is glad of this opportunity of recommending theircars. To Mr. A. H. Hallam Murray the author is greatly indebted forpermission to reproduce four of his delightful pictures from ‘On the OldRoad through France to Florence.’

As in the previous volume of this series, a list of dates of prominentevents in French history and of the Kings of France is given in theAppendix.

The author would greatly appreciate any suggestions for improving thebook, and would much like to hear of any inaccuracies which may havecrept in.

GORDON HOME.

43, Gloucester Street,
London, S. W.

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CONTENTS

SECTION PAGE
I.Havre to Rouen, Dieppe to Rouen, and Calais and Boulogne to Rouen1
II.Rouen to Evreux27
III.Evreux to Chartres50
IV.Chartres to Orleans62
V.Orleans to Tours80
VI.Tours to Poitiers116
VII.Poitiers to Angoulême138
VIII.Angoulême to Bergerac152
IX.Bergerac to Mont-de-Marsan167
X.Mont-de-Marsan to Biarritz175
XI.Biarritz to Pamplona and San Sebastian, Spain193
XII.Biarritz to Pau218
XIII.Pau to St. Gaudens227
XIV.St. Gaudens to Carcassonne241
XV.Carcassonne to Montpellier254
XVI.Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence272
XVII.Aix-en-Provence to Cannes292
XVIII.Cannes to San Remo305
XIX.Aix-en-Provence to Avignon324
XX.Avignon to Valence{viii}320
XXI.Valence to St. Étienne346
XXII.St. Étienne to Moulins356
XXIII.Moulins to Briare364
XXIV.Briare to Melun375
XXV.Melun to St. Germain-en-Laye383
XXVI.St. Germain-en-Laye to Gisors390
XXVII.Gisors to Rouen400
XXVIII.Gisors to Dieppe417
Hints on Touring in France, by John L. Kirk420
French and Italian Road Warnings426
A Table of the Dates of the Chief Events in French History430
Index:A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,Y,Z435

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

IN COLOUR
1.ChartresFrontispiece
 FACING PAGE
2.Caudebec-en-Caux12
3.The Towers of St. Ouen, Rouen40
4.The Road near Rouen49
5.Amboise105
6.The Château of Chenonceaux112
7.The Limestone Cavern on the Road near Mas d’Azil248
8.The Pyrenees in Spring257
9.Narbonne265
10.The Castle at Tarascon272
11.On the Coast of the Estérels305
12.Cap Martin312
13.The Mouth of the Roya at Ventimiglia321
14.An Arched Street in Apricale, Italy328
15.The Roman Arch at Orange344
16.Château Gaillard, Normandy412
IN BLACK AND WHITE
1.Rouen Cathedral from the South57
2.Approaching Chartres64
3.Old Gabled Houses at Tours{x}121
4.The Street of Narvate128
5.Shoeing a Bullock in the Basque Country201
6.One of the Gates of Pamplona208
7.The Limestone Gorge in the Pyrenees betweenPamplona and Tolosa217
8.The Fortified Bridge at Orthez224
9.A picturesque Corner of St. Lizier243
10.The Cloisters at St. Lizier246
11.On the Ramparts of the Cité of Carcassonne259
12.The Arcaded Square of Mirepoix262
13.The Greek Theatre at Arles289
14.The Romanesque Bridge at Avignon296
15.The Tour de l’Horloge at Moulins361
16.The Fifteenth Century Fireplace in the Hôtel du Grand Cerf at Le Grand Andely368
IN THE TEXT
Plan of the Château of Blois, p. 95.
How Biarritz was visited in 1813, p. 188.
Twenty-eight Route Maps.
Thirty-one Town Plans.
AT END OF BOOK

Folding Map of France, showing all the routes described and otheralternative routes to which some reference is given.

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THE
MOTOR ROUTES OF FRANCE

ERRATA

The amount of ‘£48 10s. 0d.’ on page 420 should read ‘£89 3s. 4d.’;and the grand total at the foot of the page should be ‘£102 16s. 4d.’

(OMITTING JUMIÈGES, 89 KILOMETRES)

DISTANCES ALONG THE ROUTE

 Kil.Miles.
Havre to Harfleur7
Harfleur to Lillebonne via St. Romain de Colbosc2918
Lillebonne to Caudebec1610
Caudebec to Jumièges14½9
Jumièges to Duclair7
Duclair to St. Martin Boscherville9
St. Martin Boscherville to Rouen11

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THE
MOTOR   ROUTES   OF   FRANCE

TO THE CHÂTEAUX OF TOURAINE, BIARRITZ,
THE PYRENEES, THE RIVIERA, AND
THE RHONE VALLEY

SECTION I
HAVRE TO ROUEN, 58¼ MILES
(93½ KILOMETRES)
(OMITTING JUMIÈGES, 89 KILOMETRES)

DISTANCES ALONG THE ROUTE

 Kil.Miles.
Havre to Harfleur7
Harfleur to Lillebonne via
St. Romain de Colbosc2918
Lillebonne to Caudebec1610
Caudebec to Jumièges14½9
Jumièges to Duclair7
Duclair to St. Martin Boscherville9
St. Martin Boscherville to Rouen11

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DIEPPE TO ROUEN, 36 MILES

(58 KILOMETRES)

DISTANCES ALONG THE ROUTE

 Kil.Miles.
Dieppe to Tôtes2918
Tôtes to Maromme2415
Maromme to Rouen53

BOULOGNE TO ROUEN, 109½ MILES

(176 KILOMETRES)

DISTANCES ALONG THE ROUTE

 Kil.Miles.
Boulogne to Montreuil (via Samer)3521½
Montreuil to Abbeville4025
Abbeville to Neufchâtel5635
Neufchâtel to Rouen4528
CALAIS TO BOULOGNE
1. By the coast3924
2. By Marquise3622

NOTES FOR DRIVERS

Harfleur.—On the way to St. Romain, a long ascent, with fourturns.

St. Romain de Colbosc.—Steam tramway.

Lillebonne.—After leaving the town, a steep ascent, with sharpbends.

Caudebec-en-Caux.—A long, winding descent; 5 kilometres farther, adangerous level crossing (passage à niveau).

Canteleu.—Steep, winding descent into Rouen for 3 kilometres.{3}

In bad weather, when the roads are likely to be sticky and greasy,the route by the Seine described

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