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Dec 14th, 2004, 12:43 PM
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Have you seen the newest tallest bridge in France?

The inaugeration was performed today and the bridge is beautiful!!!!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6711265/?GT1=5936

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Dec 14th, 2004, 02:09 PM
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Ya gotta get up pretty early in the morning to beat a Fodorite to the punch:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34546231
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Dec 14th, 2004, 02:50 PM
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Here is another link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4095037.stm

Isn't it beautiful?
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:20 PM
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And how 'bout this one...

http://www.fodors.com/forums_reg/pgM...2&tid=34502523
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:26 PM
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Yes! Just saw it on BBC news. It's gorgeous!

It's private, not a cent of public money. The private interests are able to collect toll for the 75 years.

It was built on time and within budget. AND it is beautiful!

Meanwhile, back here in the Bay Area we have had to revise the new Bay Bridge to a less expensive, non-artistic version to please the Gubernator. Budget overruns. And stupid politics.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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easytraveler, too true!!! It is disgusting. How inept can the St.of Ca get? But a happy holiday to you and yours.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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My acrophobia is giving my stomach a twirl after one look. I'll drive under or around this one.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:42 PM
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I agree. It is beautiful, but I am not going over it!
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:49 PM
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Wow. I'll be the one hugging the inside lane at 20 mph.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:50 PM
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I am anxious to drive across it on our next trip. I'll try to stop for a pastis with Bové as I mentioned before We loved the beautiful bridge with sweeping views that crosses to the Ile Noirmoutier
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:53 PM
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Anyone for a bungee jump?
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Dec 14th, 2004, 04:17 PM
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My husband, the engineer, was wondering what effect the wind would have on the new bridge. I told him the wind would probably play La Marseillaise as it blows through the strings.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 08:28 PM
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Wind? Engineering? C'est la France! This bridge was conceived and built by artists!

Just kidding!

Almost certain that this zooms way up on my list of places I've got to go (bridges I've got to cross) in the remainder of my life.

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Dec 15th, 2004, 01:08 AM
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They say this new bridge is designed to withstand wind up to 250 km/hour (ca. miles/hour, which may happen occasionally in the area.
Above this level, they will have to temporarily close the bridge, since the whole thing will be "swinging"!!!!
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Dec 15th, 2004, 02:01 AM
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Hi

Thisn't all good news.

It will enable my mother in law to get here much faster.

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Dec 15th, 2004, 02:59 AM
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The new bridge was featured on a TV report last night. It crosses a deep valley near Millau, the glove-making capital of France. And it is an engineering stunner. Very beautiful, very clean, very unusual.
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Dec 15th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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Anybody know what route it is on?

We will be going through Millau next year.
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Dec 15th, 2004, 05:49 AM
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Hi

it is on the A75 Clermont Ferrand - Montpellier motorway.

Here is the link : http://www.a75.com

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Dec 15th, 2004, 06:39 AM
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Call me a cynic, but this thing looks like a metallic version of a string of those horrid palm trees we have here in So Calif.

Perhaps it's just me, but it is just a bridge, after all. An engineering feat maybe, but "art"? I suppose that is why art is subjective. (Still trying to figure out what all the excitement is about....)
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Dec 15th, 2004, 06:51 AM
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Thanks, Peter.

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