The road has always been the place of exchange and encounter: merchandise, ideas, peoples and cultures. All in one, it has been a pathway and a pivot, a getaway and gathering place, as such roads feed our nomadic yearnings. From St-James’ Way to the Silk Road crossing the Asian continent, emblematic routes reveal the history of humanity, just as other local roads map the human movements, whether voluntary or mandatory, of individuals and entire communities.

Today, when travelling these roads, tourists seek to create, maintain or relive their individual, family, community or national memories. They then attempt to revive their collective memory. In this temporal and spatial ambiance of travel, where tourists are freed of their daily identities, they become more open to making new acquaintances. In so doing they both create and confirm their memories, heritage and descendents.

Traveled routes with guideposts marking liaisons between places, creating a sense of territorial belonging, implanting memorial vectors, these paths may then be queried from their varied facets: economically, geographically, anthropologically or culturally.

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