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AA Route cards for the Côte D'Azur French Riviera circa late 1960s

 

 

The route information was current in the late Sixties. The French are in the habit of renumbering their roads, with the major RN routes being reclassified as D roads where they traffic to use an adjacent Autoroute. Original 1960s information is useful in re-establishing historic routes.

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AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Avignon to Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence to Brignoles
Brignoles to Fréjus
Fréjus - Nice

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Nice to Menton
Avignon to Marseille

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Sisteron to Castellane
Castellane to Cannes
Sisteron to Manosque
Manosque to Marseille
Manosque to Hyères

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Castellane to Fréjus
Castellane to St Tropez
Digne to Brignoles

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Brignoles to Hyères
Aix-en-Provence to La Ciotat
Aix-en-Provence to Toulon

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Aix-en-Provence to Hyères
Brignoles to St Tropez
Avignon to Castellane

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s
Maps of the Côte D'Azur showing distances circa 1960s

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Avignon to Draguignan

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Draguignan to Nice
Marseille to Brignoles
Marseille to Toulon

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

Toulon to Fréjus
Fréjus to Cannes
Cannes to Nice

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

 

GAZETTEER

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

In the final paragraphs of Moonraker (1955) Fleming describes the route that Bond will use to tour across France:

The 1953 Mark VI had an open touring body. It was battleship grey like the old 4 1/2 litre that had gone to its grave in a Maidstone garage, and the dark blue leather upholstery gave a luxurious hiss as he climbed awkwardly in beside the test driver.
Half an hour later the driver helped him out at the corner of Birdcage Walk and Queen Anne's Gate. "We could get more speed out of her if you want it, sir," he said. "If we could have her back for a fortnight we could tune her to do well over the hundred."
"Later," said Bond. "She's sold. On one condition. That you get her over to the ferry terminal at Calais by tomorrow evening."
The test driver grinned. "Roger," he said. "I'll take her over myself. See you on the pier, sir."
"Fine," said Bond. "Go easy on A20. The Dover road's a dangerous place these days."
"Don't worry, sir," said the driver, thinking that this man must be a bit of a cissy for all that he seemed to know plenty about motor-cars. "Piece of cake."
"Not every day," said Bond with a smile. "See you at Calais."
Without waiting for a reply, he limped off with his stick through the dusty bars of evening sunlight that filtered down through the trees in the park.
Bond sat down on one of the seats opposite the island in the lake and took out his cigarette-case and lit a cigarette. He looked at his watch. Five minutes to six. He reminded himself that she was the sort of girl who would be punctual. He had reserved the corner table for dinner. And then? But first there would be the long luxurious planning. What would she like? Where would she like to go? Where had she ever been? Germany, of course. France? Miss out Paris. They could do that on their way back. Get as far as they could the first night, away from the Pas de Calais. There was that farmhouse with the wonderful food between Montreuil and Etaples. Then the fast sweep down to the Loire. The little places near the river for a few days. Not the chateau towns. Places like Beaugency, for instance. Then slowly south, always keeping to the western roads, avoiding the five-star life. Slowly exploring. Bond pulled himself up. Exploring what? Each other? Was he getting serious about this girl?
"James."
It was a clear, high, rather nervous voice. Not the voice he had expected.
He looked up. She was standing a few feet away from him. He noticed that she was wearing a black beret at a rakish angle and that she looked exciting and mysterious like someone you see driving by abroad, alone in an open car, someone unattainable and more desirable than anyone you have ever known. Someone who is on her way to make love to somebody else. Someone who is not for you.

 

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