LA ROUTE BLEUE RN7
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The RN7, once called Route Impériale 8 by Napoleon, stretches 995km from Paris to Menton at the Italian border. It passes through Lyon and Nice, leading travelers from the lively Région Parisienne to the glamorous Cote d’Azur. This historic road is steeped in romance and nostalgia, and is famous for being the Route des vacances. The iconic Route Bleue sign, located in Lapalisse since the 1930s, is now available as a high-quality, hand-made reproduction complete with a Vinsign certificate and a luxury postcard.
The Route Nationale 7, also known as the RN7, is a historic road in France that has gained a reputation as the “queen among the old French roads.” Its construction was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1811 as the Route Impériale 8, which later became the Route Nationale 7 in 1824. The RN7 spans a distance of 995 kilometers, starting from Paris and passing through Lyon and Nice before reaching Menton at the Italian border.
Traversing through the heart of France, the RN7 offers a scenic and historic journey from the bustling capital city of Paris to the glamorous French Riviera, a popular holiday destination since time immemorial. The road’s significance is further amplified by its mention in Charles Trenet’s famous song “La Route Bleue” in 1955, which added to its aura of romance and nostalgic feelings.
The RN7 has a special place in the hearts of the French people, with its historic status as the “Route des vacances” (Holiday Route) and its association with summer road trips and family vacations. The road is also celebrated in the annual play called “Embouteillage,” held in Lapalisse (Alier), where the traffic jams on the RN7 are recreated.
One of the iconic symbols of the RN7 is the panneau Route Bleue, an exact replica of the original sign located in Lapalisse since the early 1930s. The panneau is a work of art, meticulously hand-crafted and painted with the authentic font. Even the back of the sign is designed to match the original.
The panneau Route Bleue is a premium quality product that comes with a Vinsign certificate, a unique production number, and a luxury postcard with a picture and description of the original sign. It is a perfect souvenir for anyone who has traveled the RN7 or is planning to embark on this historic and scenic road trip. With its rich history and cultural significance, the RN7 continues to enchant and captivate travelers from all over the world.