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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:54 PM   #3681
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Old November 5th, 2010, 12:20 AM   #3682
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Old November 5th, 2010, 04:34 AM   #3683
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Yeah, 'cause it's that easy, isn't it?
The Swedes did it. If the Swedes did it, I don't see why Hong Kong couldn't do it. Especially considering that very few people in Hong Kong drive, which should make switching sides easy.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 01:29 PM   #3684
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Makov(SK)-Bumbalka(CZ)

The map below shows a distance between the terminal and actual border.







The terminal.







The other side of the terminal.




Road nr 18 towards Czech Republik and actual border crossing.







1 km to Czechia.


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Old November 5th, 2010, 01:42 PM   #3685
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There is another border crossing on that road, it is the one that goes to Vsetin on road 487. They put the border terminal near Makov because people going to Vsetin using that road, have to cross through the Slovak territory for a couple of kms and it was quite annoying passing through border checks only becaue they had to cross Slovakia to reach Vsetin.Before this big terminal was built, there was actually a small czech booth at the real border.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 01:43 PM   #3686
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Borderline road.











Bus stop on Czech's side.


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Old November 5th, 2010, 02:23 PM   #3687
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The border of Switzerland and France between Les Verrieres and Verrieres-de-Joux.

From Switzerland to France.
Swiss border post. The real border is just behind the border post.
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The French border post is situated some 150 m to the west of the border and you have to know that French customs are closed from 20.00 to 06.00.
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French border post
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And back to Switzerland
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Old November 5th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #3688
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OMG, how depressing.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #3689
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Old November 5th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #3690
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Old November 5th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #3691
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Some of these territories hardly have 1 road. Like the Pitcairn Islands and many other island nations in the Pacific which used to be part of the British empire.
Pitcairn still is a British dependency, it's the paedophile island.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 02:50 AM   #3692
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The Swedes did it. If the Swedes did it, I don't see why Hong Kong couldn't do it. Especially considering that very few people in Hong Kong drive, which should make switching sides easy.
Very few people drive? Traffic in Hong Kong is mad busy, for goodness sake. Comparing it to Sweden in the 1960s is just plain daft. It's infinately, infinately more easy to design facilities for crossover at the border points.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #3693
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Historic border crossing between Italy and Germany in Ljubljana suburb:

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Old November 6th, 2010, 04:09 AM   #3694
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Pitcairn still is a British dependency
Yes, but it's almost totally dependent on French Polynesia for its basic needs and communications with the rest of the world. In the long term, I don't know if a permanent population is sustainable there.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #3695
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Historic border crossing between Italy and Germany in Ljubljana suburb:

Thanks for this very interesting photograph.
Just wanted to add, this border only existed for two years (1941-1943).
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Old November 6th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #3696
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Old November 8th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #3697
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Very interesting pic from Laibach/Ljubljana... Maybe there should be a place somewhere on SC for such fascinating historical documents.

I have to contribute a link on this topic, hereunder you can find four some very fascinating pictures from the border between Poland and the Free City of Danzig taken in 1937.

http://www.kukri.de/danzig.html
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Old November 8th, 2010, 11:41 PM   #3698
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Old November 9th, 2010, 12:50 AM   #3699
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Old November 9th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #3700
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Anyway, we found that cache and another FTF opportunity in the area and so we then headed off to the tripoint.


The tripoint is only about 200m from the main road and clearly open for access - up as far as the fence. The fence is new since Jan's previous visit and unfortunately, although it ended only about 40m from the tripoint itself, was sufficient to discourage me from running over to do the run around the tripoint marker itself, thereby robbing me of an LTRU border crossing (I picked up a PLRU a short time later - see upcoming pics).


Closer view of the tripoint. If you compare this photo with those on Jan's site it would appear that the Russian border marker is still located on Lithuanian territory. There is also, now, a fence approaching the tripoint from the Polish side - it does not seem to have much practical purpose but might, perhaps, delineate the internal Polish municipal border that make this a quadripoint as well.


Big notice saying you could no go closer than 5m from the border. You could hardly say you hadn't spotted it!! However, it also says you can't take photos of the border area or of the land beyond it - so having broken one rule already maybe I shouldn't have worried so much.


And some nice touristy stuff.


The whole display board.


This is a view along the Russia (left), Lithuania (right) border - looking north.


This is the view along the Poland (left), Russia (right) border - looking west.


This is a view along the Lithuania (left), Poland (right) border - looking east.


Zoomed in on Russia/Lithuania.


Looking back at the tripoint from where I was considering making a run for it.


Looks close? Not when the camera is not zoomed in! It was just not worth the risk!


Artur (right) and me in front of the tripoint.


Jan and Artur in front of the tripoint.


Me taking one of those other photos (photo courtesy of Jan Krogh)

So - no border crossing happened there - but Jan figured that if we drove a short distance to the west there was a village with a track that led right up to the Russian border.


He was right - that's Russia over there.


There is a path leading up from the road to the border line, and a broken fence at the top of it. Off I head. (Photo courtesy of Jan Krogh)


And there, just a few metres away - an opportunity for a PLRU crossing.


Made it -(and back again safely) - me in Russia. (Photo courtesy of Jan Krogh)


Along the border line to the east - Russia on the left.

OK - now it's off to have some lunch and check out the border with Belarus.


Get out the tripod for a "team photo" (I really must wash that car with its Estonian dirt on it!).

Navigating our way to the BYLTPL was fun but with the laptop and the Soviet era topo maps connected to the GPS we eventually found our way to within 1km of the tripoint which Jan had previously recorded the position of on his handheld GPSr. We stopped the car once the forest tracks became too challenging for the VW and proceeded on foot through the woods. The spring flowers were just starting to appear on the forest floor - this is really one of my favourite times of year to be in the woods - before all the bugs are out and while you can still see through the trees before there are too many leaves on them. Anyway, we were following Jan's GPSr along the top of a ridge when I looked down and said "That looks like a Belorussian border marker" (it being green and red and all). Oops - it looks like Jan's coordinates might have been for a border marker further south than the tripoint (1788 perhaps - see his website). So we scrambled down the hill and were met with a significantly different vista than what Jan had encountered on his previous trip. Of course the undergrowth was much less (that having been later in the year) but, more than that, there was some major construction going on along the BYPL border to demarcate it more clearly as well as to ensure that the river's boundaries were not going to change. In retrospect we were lucky we had gone on a Saturday since had it been a weekday there would probably have been construction crews working there and we would have had great difficulty investigating the tripoint.

This tripoint is in the middle of the river and the river was reasonably full so, without wading gear, we could not attempt a circuit of the point itself - we confined ourselves to the BYPL bank of the river for our photographs and exploration.


Well, here I am in Belarus and you can clearly see the Lithuanian marker in the background along with the Lithuanian guards' hut - but where is the Polish marker?


Ah - that's where it is - temporarily removed for construction to take place.


This is looking south along the Belarus (left), Poland (right) border towards BM 1788 (pictured on Jan's website linked to earlier).


To give a better impression of the work being done on the river bank I took this series of photos going anti-clockwise - this one is looking towards the BYPL border - you can see the PL marker on the ground.


Round to the left a bit looking along the line of the Lithuania (left), Belarus (right) border - tripoint in the middle of the river.

Looking northwards along the Poland (left), Lithuania (right) border.

And finally - I took a few more brave steps into Belarus to get this shot along the Lithuania (left), Belarus (right) border - i.e. looking east south-east.


Meanwhile Jan is taking a photo of me taking the last photo, while standing safely in Poland.


We then headed back to the car, drove out to the surfaced roads (grounding out the rental car a bit on the way causing some minor consternation when the engine warning light came on and didn't go off again for at least 75km), said our farewells to Artur at the bus-stop in Giby, and Jan and I headed back to Vilnius. We got back to Vilnius safely, depsite my getting a 50 Lats "pay on the spot" speeding ticket on the way for doing 110km in a 90 km zone - open straight road - definite ticket bait territory - (thanks Jan for talking them down from 100 Lats), and found one more FTF geocache in Vilnius before picking up Jan's car. But all was not simple - his car had a flat tyre when we got back and I disappeared off (thinking I was following him whereas it was someone else with a similar car) - but with the power of the mobile phone we reconnected so we could go to the petrol station together, fill up, get my rental car washed (finally!!) and I could head off to Riga where I was to stay the last night before catching my plane. However, warning - avoid Riga hotels on a Saturday night - they are full of drunken Brits who have come to the "stag party capital of Europe" on super cheap flights from the likes of Ryanair. Not a pretty sight and makes me want to hide my UK passport

Thanks Jan and Artur for the company - it was a great day - one I shall never forget, made all the better by doing it with you guys. Looking forward to the next expedition!!

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