On the road again

Travelling from the UK to central or southern France means an inevitable detour around Paris, except at night, when crossing the city itself becomes a realistic option.

You have a choice: the Francilienne, or outer ring-road, or the Périférique, the band of tarmac that isolates the sophisticated city of Paris from its scarier suburbs or banlieues.

This set of photos documents a trip from the UK the the centre of France via the Channel Tunnel. After a night in a cheap hotel in Boulogne we get an early start on the A16, round Paris and in and out of tunnels on the Périf and on to the A6, stopping for lunch at a service station on the A77.