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Old July 4th, 2011, 12:17 AM   #21
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I'll get them up for you in the next few days. You live in Helsingborg? Got pictures of that as well, from a distance at Helsingor, as well as getting of the ferry at Helsingborg. Route via E4 Stockholm, Sundsvall, then cut across towards Vilaminastad...
Wow, that sounds amazing, looking forward to it!
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Old July 4th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #22
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Wow, that sounds amazing, looking forward to it!
Tell you what, you find the first leg of the journey - from the UK to Afsluitdijk, Holland here on http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q...20with%20Pake/ - and I'll upload the leg from Holland to Norway later...
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Old September 5th, 2011, 08:22 PM   #23
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Northern Sweden: northern Sweden, border with Norway: Outside hotel in Mo-i-Rana, Norway: and final delivery in Mo-i-Rana at steel plant. For this one pallet I drove from Northampton to Norway:
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Old September 5th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #24
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@Road_UK... http://cmap.m-plex.com/index.php
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Old September 5th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #25
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Some pics of my journeys on the road

Liechtenstein: Passing through Vaduz


Germany: going to Eisenach (Thüringen)


Germany: entering in Frankfurt Am Main (Hessen)


Germany: somewhere in Allgäu, going to to Füssen (Bayern)


Germany: just parked in München, 06.30 am (Bayern)


Germany: entering in Münster (Nordrhein-Westfalen)


Germany: entering in Rottweil (Baden-Württemberg)


Switzerland: Sustenpass (Uri/Bern)


Switzerland: San Bernardino pass (Ticino/Graubünden)


Switzerland: Julierpass (Graubünden)


Switzerland: Maloja pass (Graubünden)


France: entering in Strasbourg (Alsace)


France: arrived to L'Ile Rousse (Corsica)


Hungary: on the road from Szekesfehervar to Komarno (Slovakia)


Monaco: panoramic view on the way to Monte-Carlo


Netherlands: arrived in Amsterdam


Luxembourg: Luxembourg city in cold morning of February (a ghost town!)


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Old September 5th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #26
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Great pics!

Now, I have three things to say about this thread:

1) What's wrong with non-European journeys on the road?
2) What's the difference between this and the road trips thread?
3) I'm jealous!
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Old September 5th, 2011, 10:19 PM   #27
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Road UK, I think you have my dream job! I love driving in Europe!

I'm leaving for a European holiday this coming week, and will be there for 3 weeks, with stops in Amsterdam, Leipzig, Prague, Vienna, Munich, Zurich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt (for the IIA), Luxembourg, Brussels, and back to Amsterdam. Lots of km's and road pictures!
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Old September 5th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #28
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Luxembourg: Luxembourg city in cold morning of February (a ghost town!)
Luxembourg appears much more metropolitan than it actually is. It has only 88 000 inhabitants.
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If count also the journeys by bus...

Spain: going from Valladolid (Castilla-Leon) to Oviedo (Asturias)


Spain: going from Oviedo (Asturias) to Santander (Cantabria) [the city in the pic is Santander]


Spain: island road trip of La Gomera (Canary Islands)


Spain: island trip of Tenerife (Canary Islands)


Hungary: bus trip from Milan to Budapest (Budapest in the pic)


Czech Republic: going from Prague to Plzen
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Old September 5th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #30
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Luxembourg appears much more metropolitan than it actually is. It has only 88 000 inhabitants.
It was, if I remember well, Sunday around 10.00 in the morning. It was quite impressive to see no cars and no people in the streets...neither my town which has only 1000 inhabitants is so empty in winter
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Old September 6th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #31
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Great pics!

Now, I have three things to say about this thread:

1) What's wrong with non-European journeys on the road? Um... I don't know
2) What's the difference between this and the road trips thread? Um... I don't know
3) I'm jealous Oh dear
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Old September 14th, 2011, 12:57 AM   #32
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just a couple of photos from last 2 days...

A10 [A]

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walserberg

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A8 [D] Inntall

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Old September 14th, 2011, 03:03 AM   #33
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What I'll never get is why you're not allowed to go any faster than 60 at the Walserberg... I mean, what makes this situation so dangerous to justify such a speed limit? The boarder?
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Old September 14th, 2011, 03:36 AM   #34
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there are limit 40 schengen border crossings as well. btw: at german-french border near Haguenau french douanne stopped me and checked my car. it was pleasant.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #35
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Folks,

I'm just back from a two-and-a-bit week trip from Dublin to France, Austria, Italy and back. The route was:

Dublin - Rosslare - ferry - Cherbourg - Amiens - Reims - Strasbourg - Stuttgart - Saalbach - Brenner - Bellagio (via A4) - Mont Blanc tunnel - Annecy - Lyon - Poitiers - Roscoff - ferry - Rosslare - Dublin.

Here are some of the pics.

Part 1: France
This year we decided to avoid Paris and stay in Amiens instead, so this meant that instead of taking the N13/A13 route, we took the A29 and the Pont Normandie for the first time. Here are some shots of the approaches.

1. On the A13 between Caen and Rouen, we approach the junction with the A29.
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2. On the A29
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3. Approaching the bridge, the A29 ends and the road becomes the N1029.
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4. Cyclists and pedestrians are allowed on the bridge.
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5. On the bridge itself.
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6. Shortly after the toll station on the northern bank of the Seine, this smaller bridge spans a canal.
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7. View towards the setting sun and Le Havre from the canal bridge.
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8. Between Amiens and Reims.
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Overall, driving on the autoroutes is just as I remembered. Excellent surfaces, clear signage, not too much traffic, well-behaved drivers, but expensive! Without doubt the most pleasant driving experiences of the trip.

Part 2: Germany
We didn't actually stay in Germany, but used the A5 and A8 to cut across from Strasbourg to Austria (stopping in the Porsche museum near Stuttgart on the way).

This was also how I remembered driving in Germany: lots of road works, lots of trucks, lots of traffic. The A5 is being upgraded to 2x3 lanes south of Karlsruhe, so there were plenty of contraflows and 80 km/h limits. The A8 is also being upgraded from its original 2x2 Reichsautobahn (narrow lanes, no shoulders) to 2x3 wides lanes and shoulders. Half the time was spent at 80 km/h, the rest at 140 km/h! Some pics:

1. Approaching exit 76. On one of the improved sections
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2. Approaching the A99, which we used to bypass Munich city centre to the north.
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3. The A8 reappears the far side of Munich. Close to Rosenheim, there are 2x3 lanes but no shoulders, and some lovely views of the Alps.
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4. At Rosenheim we took the A93 south into Austria, where the atmosphere turned distinctly alpine.
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Overall, the facilities on the German Autobahnen are good, the signage is clear, and the thrill of being allowed to go as fast as your car can go are all great plus points. However there are just too many road works and too much traffic to make it beat France's autoroutes in my opinion!

Part 3: Austria
After heading east to stay a few days in Saalbach, we headed south once more into Italy using the Brenner pass. I'd never done this drive before, so was looking forward to it. Here are some pics on the approach to the pass.

Overall, driving on Austrian autobahnen is pleasant enough, and the 10-day vingette isn't too expensive (€7.90). The signage is, however, ugly and often confusing. Fuel is cheaper than Germany.

1. On the A13 south of Innsbruck, the approaching the Europabrucke. Presumably because of all the engineering involved, there's a toll of €8 for cars (on top of the vingette) to use the A13, which also features the only hairpin bend I've ever seen on the mainline of a motorway (just before the toll booths).
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2. On the 820 metre long Europabrucke.
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3. Ski slopes in summer!
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4. Another Talbrucke.
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5. The Autobahn here is actually on a bridge.
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6. Closer to the pass now. I love the colours on this one.
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7. The Brenner pass, highest motorway pass in Europe, and the border with Italy.
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Part 4: Italy

Hmm, Italy! Some lovely mountain autostradas, but the drivers are pretty poor (middle lane hogging, not indicating to change lanes, insanely aggressive tailgating), and the direction signage is also pretty horrible. On the plus side, the tolls aren't as expensive as in France!

1. Welcome to Italy: the Austrian A13 becomes the Italian A22, with narrower lanes but no less spectacular scenery on the route down the valley to Bozen/Bolzano. This area of Italy is predominantly German-speaking, so the signs are billinugal. I see there's a requirement to have your dipped headlights on on autostradae and dual carriageways -- when did this come in?
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2. The rest of these shots are taken on the A5 and the approach to the Mont Blanc tunnel. Before Aoste.
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3. Lots of tunnels on this section too, which have repeaters to maintain mobile phone coverage in the tunnels.
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4. Mont Blanc.
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5. The tunnel admin complex on the Italian side. Note the thermal detectors, which are there to prevent a recurrence of the catastrophic 1999 tunnel fire.
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6. Tunnel portal. You must maintain 150 metre separation in the single-bore tunnel, and drive between 50 and 70 km/h.
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That's all the pics -- hope you enjoyed them!

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Old September 18th, 2011, 08:17 PM   #36
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5. On the bridge itself.
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6. Shortly after the toll station on the northern bank of the Seine, this smaller bridge spans a canal.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #37
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I did. I drove a large part of the route myself last week. I live alongside your route in Mayrhofen (exit Wiesing/Zillertal of the A12) - but last week I drove from Holland to Magdeburg - Calais - Munich via Cologne/Frankfurt - Brescia via Innsbruck/Brenner/Verona, then home to Mayrhofen via Brenner, then next day back to Italy: Reggio Emillia via Brenner - back home to Mayrhofen for an hour, then Gent, Belgium via Munich/Frankfurt/Cologne - then Halifax via Calais and London - and I'm now in Stevenage waiting for my next trip.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #38
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Wow I LOVE the Pont de Normadie.
I'd keep on going back and forth all day long!!!

Well, I like Britsh Motorway also. At least the ones I drove on: Stansted-Orbital-B'ham and Kent-East Anglia

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1. On the A13 south of Innsbruck, the approaching the Europabrucke. Presumably because of all the engineering involved, there's a toll of €8 for cars (on top of the vingette) to use the A13.
These toll sections are called a "Sondermautstrecke". A vignette is actually not required on these sections, but most Sondermautstrecken are located on transit routes, so you will end up with both a vignette and separate tolls. The Brenner Autobahn is only one of a handful of toll sections that cross the Alps, other examples are the Felbertauern, Tauern, Pyhrn and Arlberg transit routes. Only east-west traffic in northern Austria (A1) and north-south traffic in far east Austria (A2) do not have such "Sondermautstrecken".
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your photos are outstanding, csd. good work!
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