Getting passed Paris

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  1. ralph-dot

    ralph-dot Read Only Funster

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    When in France I usually avoid driving anywhere near Paris but as we have to get from Zeebrugge to Blois it looks like we will have to. All of the sat navs we have tried, route us on the Boulevard Périphérique through Paris, how bad it this road and what other suggestions are they. A few years back we did try the A68 past Paris but this was very busy and took an age anyway. Note, it will be about midday on a Sunday.

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    Let the sat nav work for you !:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    So that way it OK?
     
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    We have done the Boulevard Périphérique many times. No problem at all, okay it can be busy.
    As long as you drive at a reasonable speed on your "own" lane there is no problem.

    The most imporant thing is to know well ahead were you have to leave it.

    Have a nice time
     
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    Thanks:thumb:

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  6. N Luyetund

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    Ralph... are you constrained by time?

    just stuck the start/end into Googlemaps and specified avoid tolls...... I like the drag to change facility :Wink:
     
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    not really constrained but we do not need to be hanging about
     
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    We will be travelling towards Blois at the end of the month but will go via Rouen and then the N154 to Orleans and so avoiding Paris altogether.
     
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    Hi,

    no worse than M25; avoid at normal congestion times and watch both lanes; inside and out.
     
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    We did consider that but it is at least another 60 miles and about an hour and a half.

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    Considering the volume of traffic around Paris I don't believe that there would be a time difference.
     
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    I've been on this road several time and as long as you know your exit no and keep on an eye out several exits before yours this will give you ample time to get in the correct lane. So you should be fine.
     
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    I like Paris but I do not want to drive there if at all possible. :BigGrin:

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    Hi Ralph, the Périphérique is OK, the main problem you'll encounter if at all, at busy times, are the lane changes, there are exits right and left and it can be a bit confusing. If you do need to change lanes, do it as soon as you can and don't be intimidated by those Parisiens why will do all they can to keep you in a lane that your desperate to get out of. Especially if you are indicating your intention. :BigGrin:
     
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    Did it last year Sunday, did it this year Thursday, both afternoon - let GPS take us round - and just like another comment - M25. Bit of patience needed.

    This year I'd thought of a big wide sweep round but couldn't be bothered to take the risk it could have been longer in time.

    It is good sport but having something BIG and white gives you some leverage, push them :)
     
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    Last time we took the longer way round Paris (on the A3 and A86/A4) we got stuck in traffic for over two hours and I vowed never to drive near Paris again, so I am worried that the inner ring road is worse.

    Ralph
     
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    Hi Ralph!


    You said you should be there on Sunday midday so i don't think you'll get stuck. Most of the Parisiens should still be on week end and usually they don't come back before 6.00pm:thumb:(6.00pm being the worst time to drive on a sunday!).Moreover there's no school holidays (beginning or ending) So don't worry too much, you should be able to manage!:Wink::BigGrin:


    Amicalement


    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    It's all in the hands of the gods.

    On the Friday, day after Paris, and delays into Dover due to high winds I realised leaving Dover for Oop North at 15:30 was a_bad_thing, but plodded on.

    In 25 years of doing that run it was the best ever. Our speed hardy dropped 'till the toll booths and we kept going, flying up the M11.

    Obviously I sacrificed the right chicken that day.
     
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    Will have to get a chicken then :Laughing:

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    Just to let everyone know, I will go back to my original plan of not going anywhere near Paris, it takes too long, I like to drive not sit in traffic.
     
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