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 Post subject: Viaduc de Millau
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:17 am 
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I've seen this stunning bridge :ymapplause: but not driven across it..
Health Warning: nice video - spoilt only by that chimp Clarkson who appears at 02:05..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbQc5QgH4Ws&feature=player_embedded

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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A fine structure indeed.
The viaduct and the completion of the A75 have opened up that previously little known part of central southern France.
Yes I know it from the late 1980s,we used to cross the Massif Central south from Clermont Ferrand by the tortuous N9 to get to our holiday house at St Jean de Bruel in the valley of the Dourbie.
The Causse de Larzac was a wild and wonderful area populated mainly by the brebis that provide the milk for Rocquefort cheese.

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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One of the things on my to do list!

If I ever get back to France, I want to ride across it (preferably not on a windy day)

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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We visited it many times whilst it was being built, and crossed it on the first weekend it opened.
Wonderful construction and as we see it not a huge eyesore over the valley.

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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Not at all..
What was it like to drive over? For someone who spent his working life in aircraft, I suffer from vertigo :ymsick: on man-made structures. I did read somewhere that this bridge doesn't induce that..
I'm not convinced though!

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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A bit of useless information about the bridge, the first person to drive over the bridge when it was first opened, was the first person to dive off the bridge, a few months later

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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I'll save that for when it goes quiet in the snug.. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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Piperade wrote:
Not at all..
What was it like to drive over? For someone who spent his working life in aircraft, I suffer from vertigo :ymsick: on man-made structures. I did read somewhere that this bridge doesn't induce that..
I'm not convinced though!



Pretty good. Although all around was very foggy on the second crossing the bridge was in the clear, looked fantastic. there are wind vanes all along which stops you seeing straight down so there's no sense of the height which you are at.
Looks bloody impressive from below too, a stop at the info centre is worth the time taken to drive there.
I must say also that whilst it was being built the web site was very informative and always up to date, unlike Brive airport site which was crap.

http://www.leviaducdemillau.com/#/accueil/

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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No real sensation of hight when on it, standing right at the bottom of one of the towers and looking up does! Well worth a visit. I've been twice.

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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We were there on Saturday with the village trip. You don't really get the full majesty of it driving across. You can't look down Pip. :-bd
We went to the visitor centre which is underneath at the northern end and you certainly get the wow factor looking up.
We used to see it as it was being built each time we went down through Millau to our house in the Midi. It's a beautiful road to travel on from Clermont Ferrand south to the sea. Free motorway (except for the bridge now of course).
I bet Millau sees a great difference in traffic and in business as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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I was near there for a rowing weekend at Pareloup and on the Sunday we went to a nearby village and saw the mighty bridge spanning the valley. Impressive.. I even felt vertigo on the ground looking up! :-? ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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I've driven it in both directions... once in a car - OK I suppose but you can't see that much.

Then I drove across in a truck - far, far better experience. Sitting higher you can really see just how high up you are - the views are pretty amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Viaduc de Millau
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In all honesty driving over in both directions was disappointing! We have yet to do the drive down into Millau where i believe you get a much better idea of its magnitude... Driving over you don't seem to realise how far down the town is and how much time one saves as to compared with driving behind a wagon up / out of Millau (so i have been told).

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