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Old May 4th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #4321
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A typically understated border between the Republic of Ireland & the UK...



Only the sign telling you to use MPH (KM/H the other way) highlights the border. There's not even signs to tell you what local authority you're entering into, let alone the actual state.
I wish the border between Canada and the US was like that. But it's only getting worse and worse with time
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Old May 4th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #4322
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There used to be customs there, and smaller crossings were blocked off. There was also a police presence on both sides, sometimes more than others, although passports were never required to cross the border

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Old May 4th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #4323
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Fascinating. Thanx for the corrections.

Getting around in Europe must have been a total PITA a couple of generations ago.

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Old May 4th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #4324
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Adinkerke(B) - Ghyvelde(F)

When I first appeared on this border crossing it seemed to me quite weird. What's such unusual about it? Let's have a look:



We are beginning in Belgium.

On the left hand side we can see back of Belgian inviting board.


Then French, after several hundreds metres.






Then, after 2 kilometres driving they say we'll get into France after another 200 metres...???



Well, let's check it again in the following morning.

Ghyvelde, route D601, direction Belgium.




Top left the sign saying 200m to France.












So, the actual border comes here, on crossroads.


Looking towards Belgium.




We can see border's road.






Mentined border's road.






Borderline.






As you noticed there is kind of mess on French side. No EU stars and remained older sing informing about entering French territory while you are already there.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 11:32 PM   #4325
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Fascinating. Thanx for the corrections.

Getting around in Europe must have been a total PITA a couple of generations ago.

Mike
Not really. Unless you were travelling between known hotspots (NI & Eire, East Europe-West Europe) I've travelled Europe extensively and long before Shengen came into being crossing from one country to another was a mere formality.

Mind you, I'm starting to get heartily pissed off at our customs/immigration hitlers here in Blighty. 1984 is up and running smoothly.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 11:41 PM   #4326
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I'd like to see the UK join schengen, but I don't see that happening
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Old May 5th, 2011, 01:35 AM   #4327
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Since Gareth et al brought this topic up once again, I thought it would be nice to add this photo to his memorabilia:

Yes, that's an Irish flag on the County Armagh Side.

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Old May 5th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #4328
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I wish the border between Canada and the US was like that. But it's only getting worse and worse with time
Border controls surrounding the 6 counties in the north of Ireland wouldn't be accepted by the Irish. No matter how many roads were blocked, it wasn't to be successful as the british army found out to their detriment and frustration. The issue was (and still is) about sovereignty. Many people just resorted to crossing by fields instead.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 10:29 AM   #4329
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None of your photos in this page and the last work for me piotr71
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Old May 5th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #4330
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They do work. Sometimes it's just a matter of browser cache and such.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 10:02 PM   #4331
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General speed limits on Romanian Roads:



Picture taken after entering Romania from Hungary at Nădlac.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #4332
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Unfortunately it's several hours worth of driving before you encounter a motorway from that point. I bet there is a huge amount of rural population in Romania who have never seen a motorway.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #4333
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Unfortunately it's several hours worth of driving before you encounter a motorway from that point.
The closest Romanian motorways from that spot are A1 Sibiu bypass (319 km, 4h30m) and A3 near Cluj (305 km, 4h10m), but hopefully next year the closest motorway will be only 41 km (35min) away. Even more, the motorway that will pass near Nadlac and connect with the Hungarian M43 was tenedered and awarded and this days the contract should be signed.

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I bet there is a huge amount of rural population in Romania who have never seen a motorway.
This is true. For example, my cousin has never been on a Romanian motorway, but he has been on motorways in Hungary, Austria or Finland for example. I personally was on A1 and A2 (just a small part of it) many years ago (I was 12 years old or something like that). After I got my licence I drove on A1 (Bucharest - Pitesti) and A3 (Cluj - Turda) only once. Just compare this stats: I clinched 171 km of motorways in Romania and 4162 km abroad (stats from Clinched Highway Mapping).
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Old May 6th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #4334
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Unfortunately it's several hours worth of driving before you encounter a motorway from that point. I bet there is a huge amount of rural population in Romania who have never seen a motorway.
And urban too . Unfortunately.
And even the Prime minister is sometimes confused on that matter.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #4335
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Since when is the speed limit 100 km/h outside settlements in Romania? Or it has always been 100?
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Since when is the speed limit 100 km/h outside settlements in Romania? Or it has always been 100?
Speed limits on rural roads was always 100 km/h on DN (Drum National = National Road).

On other roads (DJ = Drum Județean - County Road; DC = Drum Comunal - Local Road) it is 90 km/h.
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I travelled along the A1 Motorway in Romania in 1988 and we overtook a horse & cart.
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I travelled along the A1 Motorway in Romania in 1988 and we overtook a horse & cart.
A1 motorway, Romania, 1982:

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That looks like the same cart!
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