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motorway aires: 15

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motorway aires[1]
aire de Garonne, A62

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using metal in gothic cathedral construction illustrated

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Germans in France .
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on first arriving in France - driving
France is not England

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France’s western isles: Ile de Ré
France’s western iles: Ile d’Oleron

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la Belle Epoque illustrated
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Pic du Midi - observing stars clearly, A64 illustrated
Carcassonne, A61: world heritage fortified city illustrated

Space City, Toulouse

the French umbrella & Aurillac

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the Citroën 2CV: a French motoring icon

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New translation, the Magna Carta



Motorway aires are designed to provide a suitable environment for relaxing, refreshing and recovering during the long, hard journeys. As well as facilities of often dubious nature, picnic tables and seats, a telephone kiosk, there are often optional extras such as a play area or a display related to some local interest or event.

Entrance to the shopping area at the Aire de Garonne
Entrance to the shopping area at the Aire de Garonne

aire de garonne

Many large motorway aires are franchised from the major petrol companies, such as Total or Esso. However, major French supermarket chains have bought into motorway aires, and every so often you will find an aire that is run by, say, Carrefour or Leclerc.

This Leclerc aire is a pleasant surprise, being clean inside and out, and well-appointed. And the prices are slightly lower than those in other aires with shopping and fuel.

Here is a picture essay of the Aire de Garonne:

 interior view at the aire de Garonne
Interior view



Dining area

TV viewing room

A young but classic French garden, with children’s play areas beyond.
Outside: a young but classic French garden, with children’s play areas beyond

Neat picnic tables next to roadside parking in the Garonne aire
Neat picnic tables next to roadside parking.


Gift packs of Violets of Toulouse products.
The pack at left front is priced at 24€ [2007].


Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, after Paris, Marseille and Lyon. It has a strong aerospace industry, manufacturing both the Airbus passenger craft and Ariane space rockets.

Toulouse is known as la Cité Rose - the Pink City - on account of the distinctive pinky-red bricks used for muchof the town architecture.

Toulouse is known as the City of violets. Violets were first introduced in St Jory, to the north-west of Toulouse, in the 19th century.
The Toulouse Football (soccer) team is nicknamed The Violets!

sketch map locating the aire de garonne

The northbound aire de Garonne [Garonne sud] is situated between the towns of Valence d’Agen (sortie 8) and Castelsarrasin (sortie 9). It not connected to the aire de Garonne sud, which is also an aire with fuel and shops.

The aire de Garonne is in Département 47 - Lot et Garonne.


sketch map locating Garonne aire
Sketch map locating the aire de Garonne


end notes

  1. aire: in this context, an area —
    aire de loisirs: recreation area;
    aire de pique-nique: picnic area;
    aire de repos: rest area;
    aire de services: services , motorway (GB) or freeway (US) service station.
on first arriving in France - driving motorway aires, introduction
travelling by rail to and within France Les Pyrénées, A64 Poey de Lascar, A64
aires on the A75 autoroute from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers Pic du Midi, A64
Hastingues, A64
Dunes, A62
Mas d’Agenais, A62
aires on the A89 autoroute from Bordeaux to Clermont-Ferrand and beyond Pech Loubat, A61
Port-Lauragais, A61
Mas d’Agenais, A62
Garonne, A62
aires on the busy A7 autoroute from Lyons to Marseille Ayguesvives, A61
Renneville, A61
Catalan village, A9
Tavel, A9
aires on the motorway to Spain - the A9 autoroute three aires on the canal du midi, A61 Lozay, A10
Poitou-Charente, A10
aires on the autoroute of two seas - the A62 Carcassonne, A61 Les Bréguières, A8
A65 : the autoroute de Gascogne, from Langon to Pau
aires on the other autoroute of two seas - A64 and A61 the French Wild West, Bordeaux to the Spanish border - the N10 and A63
in Poitou-Charentes: motorway aires on the A83 aires on the A20 - the Occitane, from Brive to Montauban
in Poitou-Charentes - aires on the A837 motorway in Poitou-Charentes - the A87 motorway and its aires
from Lyon to Switzerland and Italy - motorway aires on the A42 and A40

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