The concept of Balades Fluviales
A tourist and historic guide: To discover leaks differently, know the history of waterways, but also the culture, the heritage, the history of the stages on his way, that they involve big cities or villages.
A practical guide: All the addresses and the practical information for his strolls, to find near his position: the rents of boats, strolls and cruises, the places of visit, the marinas and the stopping places, but also hotels, campings, restaurants at the water's edge.
A multimedia guide: Photos, videos, texts mark out routes and stages, to live again several centuries of history, the construction of works of engineering, the past big events or to come, reports. A participative guide: To share the memory of waterways and stages. To share his discoveries: good addresses, photos, videos, comments. To create an alive and interactive device..
Users' targets: Cyclists, Walkers, nautical Sportsmen, Tourists / Boats of rent without licences, Tourists / Boats to passengers, Tourists / river Liners, Fishermen, Hosts of private barges, private Sailors.
The objectives of the project:
Value the river heritage and the regions of France. Support communities having invested in infrastructures along a waterway. Develop the traffic on a wide public, by valuing the heritage and the places to be visited. Promote the international waterways on the platform of Apple to increase the fame and the visibility of waterways in France. Create interactive strolls by the use of QR Codes along waterways, but also on monuments, to tell the story of these heritage.
Bring free services for the general public: for the French and foreign tourists, make them discover on the spot or during the preparation of their stay the cultural and historic wealth of these heritage, generate new ideas of stays or strolls. For all the users of the leak: walkers, sailors, followers of water sports (kayak, rowing), fishermen, make them discover all the activities near their position (places of visit, restaurants, but also practical information: stations, taxi).
For the inhabitants of health resorts, make them discover differently their usual environment so that they re-appropriate, discover or rediscover of a new look these heritage.
Tools and contents already realized:
Mobile site: 2 versions (French and English)
Already rewarded: the mobile site obtained the label Proxima Mobile of the Ministry of Industry, the Energy and the digital Economy and the Ministry of Research which aims at creating the first European portal of services of general interest on mobile.
To consult the mobile site on your smartphone:
Web site: 2 versions (French and English) To discover from one these heritage and download digital contents to be consulted during these strolls: books, audios guides, movies turned in the region... Numerous artists declared their flame to a leak, writers, painters... Our objective is to enchant your strolls with the creation of new digital contents by means of the current artists to let surprise by the look of an artist. To consult the project on your computer:
Contents of the current database: 7 ponds in France: the Seine, Centre-Bourgogne, the South and Southwest, the West, the Saône and the Rhône, is, the North and Picardy. 35 routes: of Manche in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Atlantic Ocean 237 common stages More than 2 000 activities and about 1 000 photos and videos. These tools were the outcome of several months of work dedicated to an exceptional heritage of beauty, to value, to protect and to to transmit. He would not have been able to exist without the participation of numerous actors every enthusiasts and volunteers who set of their time besides their numerous missions. This heritage is the biggest of Europe, for financial reasons we were obliged to choose between the numerous routes existing in France.
We now need you to continue this beautiful adventure. Why an iPhone application and/or Androïd? To offer a constant service to the French users The current mobile site is available for consultation by all the mobiles and the digital tablets, but request to have a connection to internet by the 3G, what does not raise problem in cities, but what can be complicated sometimes more on the towpath at the water's edge or on certain regions of France which are not well covered. These applications shall need no more connection to internet, it will be enough to download the data before the departure or during zones covered to have all the informations in your mobile.
To offer to the foreign tourists on our territory a new service in mobility, during their discovery of these heritage. The internet connection from a mobile for a foreign tourist is very expensive to the user, so he can before his departure download the data to consult them on the spot thanks to the version in English of the site.
Who am I?
I life and navigates for more than 20 years an old transport ship of goods dating 1923. I discovered at first the river heritage by renting with my friend Laurence a boat of rent between Auxerre and Joigny, and there: "love at first sight". Having spent all my licences, we have buy our 1st 5 meter boat and we left navigating to the discovery of these wonderful river heritage. Numerous engine failures made us discover another aspect of this environment: the mutual aid, the solidarity, the universe of the canal transport and the sailing. Numerous bargemen repaired us in all the hard knocks, in spite of working days already well filled (they leave early in the morning and moor often very late in the evening).
Besides discovering a wonderful heritage, we discovered a corporation made by traditions, by values, by stories transmitted by generation in generation.