LA ROUTE BLEUE RN7 MENTON
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The RN7, known as the Route Bleue, is a historic French road that stretches 995 km from Paris to Menton on the Italian border. It passes through Lyon and Nice, leading travelers from the bustling Région Parisienne to the glamorous Cote d’Azur. The road is steeped in nostalgia and romanticism, having been immortalized in Charles Trenet’s song. Lapalisse holds an annual play, Embouteillage, reenacting the famous traffic jams on the RN7. The Poteau Michelin – Menton N7 sign is an exact reproduction of the original, with a Vinsign certificate and luxury postcard included.
The Route Nationale 7, or RN7, is often referred to as the queen among the old French roads. It has a rich history, having been originally built as Route Impériale 8 by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1811, and later becoming Route Nationale 7 in 1824. The RN7 stretches for 995 kilometers, running from Paris through Lyon and Nice, all the way to Menton at the Italian border.
The RN7 has become synonymous with French culture and is often associated with the glamourous Cote d’Azur, a popular holiday destination for centuries. In fact, the route was immortalized in the song “The Route Bleue” by Charles Trenet in 1955. It has an aura of romance and nostalgia that has made it a popular choice for road trips.
One of the RN7’s most famous traditions is the annual re-enactment of the traffic jams in Lapalisse, a town in Alier. The event, called “Embouteillage,” draws large crowds every year and is a testament to the road’s enduring legacy.
At the end of the RN7 in Menton stands the magnificent Poteau Michelin -Menton N7-, an exact reproduction of the panneau located at the Esplanade Jojo Armaldi since 1951. This sign marks the end of the famous Route Nationale N7 and is made up of three tiles with the characteristic Michelin border. The reproduction is of the highest quality, completely handmade and hand-painted, and features the authentic font that gives it an authentic look. Even the back of the sign is a work of art.
For those looking to own a piece of French road history, the Poteau Michelin -Menton N7- comes with a Vinsign certificate, a unique production number, and a luxury postcard with a picture and description of the original. It is a one-of-a-kind piece that is sure to impress any collector or enthusiast.
In conclusion, the RN7 is much more than just a road. It is a symbol of French culture and a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the country’s most iconic routes. From the bustling streets of Paris to the glamourous beaches of the Cote d’Azur, the RN7 continues to captivate travelers and inspire a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era.