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"Le parc possède une table d'orientation."

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3/4/2013, 10:01:27 PM

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Is there another word for "table d'orientation" other than "viewpoint"? It's not a very common word in English. I'm imagining that this park has some sort of hill overlooking some vast expanse. If that's the case then you'd just say the park has a view (usually of whatever you're looking at).

3/4/2013, 10:01:27 PM

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It is "an orientation table", which is a flat board with all aspects of the view drawn on it with directions and place names on it.

3/4/2013, 10:08:45 PM

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Ahh, like the "You are here" map at theme parks or subway stations... been speaking English my whole life and still don't know a great name to call that thing. Thanks for the explanation.

3/4/2013, 10:11:59 PM

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Not exactly like the “You are here map”. A « table d'orientation » is something like that (http://www.planisphere-carto.fr/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/to-la-bruyere.jpg) that you can find to help you locate not yourself but the elements in the landscape. As Sitesurf said, it is like a table, flat and horizontal, and you place yourself behind it. Here is one example, from the side (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3025762/G0060538-3.png): you would look in the direction of the arrows.

3/4/2013, 10:40:51 PM

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Well done!

3/5/2013, 1:22:21 PM
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