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Old April 10th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #5961
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Pointe Helbronner is located on the cable car line above the Mont-Blanc massif & glaciers between Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy), this cable car line, which is the highest one in Europe, reaches 3778 m at the Aiguille du Midi "station"
Klein Matterhorn cable car reaches 3,820 m.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 01:47 AM   #5962
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:53 AM   #5963
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IN-CRE-DI-BLE!!!!!

More pics... and more info about that border, please!!!!
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Old April 11th, 2012, 03:04 AM   #5964
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Another mountain ski resort border. This time between France and Spain in the RN-134 / N-330.
Down of the mountains we have the 8,1 km Somport tunnel which avoids to cross these mountains.

The road is one of the old Pilgrim's St. James lane.


At Spain there is a down-hill ski resort, the oldest in Spain (just 1 km away from border) and a very small part of a cross-country ski.
At France there is the major part of the cross-country ski resort.

In fact, the cross-country ski resort is called "Candanchu - Le Somport" and is absolutely international.

Here you can have a map of the Candanchu ski resort

It is only in Spanish. You can see the different ski lanes and the colour (a lot of black ones!!). In the right you have "circuito de fondo" that it is part of the "Candanchu-Le Somport"

http://www.candanchu.com/imagenes/plano.pdf

This is the map of the French side but the border appears.
In the left, the Somport mountain pass. All the ski lanes and in black, the border. Most of them are at France but not all, so you can do cross-country skiing in a binational ski resort

http://www.lesomport.com/images/plandespistes.pdf
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Old April 11th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #5965
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Klein Matterhorn cable car reaches 3,820 m.
Klein Matterhorn is the mountain you can see in my previous picture:
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taken by me
It is reachable by cable car only from Zermatt, but they are building another cable car to there from Testa Grigia Plateau Rosa, which is where I took the picture.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 11:09 AM   #5966
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About the Somport border

This is Candanchú ski resort. It is in Spain but the border (and St. James Pilgrim's highest point of the route) is behind the forest. The valley that goes ahead takes to Astun ski resort (3 km from Candanchu), the mountains in the left makes border with France

The cross-country ski will start in the left but very soon will be France with no signals.






Same photo on winter. The border is again behind the forest in the middle of the photo. All the top left side of the photo is France




This resort is in Spain but in the left of the photo you have the cross-country ski which is almost all in France
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:14 PM   #5967
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Klein Matterhorn cable car reaches 3,820 m.
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Speaking of which, here is the Franco-Italian border at the Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m (11,358 ft)).
Pointe Helbronner is located on the cable car line above the Mont-Blanc massif & glaciers between Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy), this cable car line, which was the highest in the World when it opened in 1955, reaches 3,778 m at the Aiguille du Midi "station" (where the summit terrace & the restaurant are at 3,842m). I took the entire line two times, and I have to say that it's quite spectacular, especially the view above glaciers, and of course the view of the Mont-Blanc and all the other 4,000m+ summits.
BTW, as far as I know, the Klein Matterhorn lift is not precisely a "cable car line" between two resorts/cities but simply a "cable car lift", unlike the line/connection between Chamonix and Courmayeur (which is 21km long and includes, among others, the Aiguille du Midi cable car lift), so that's why I wrote that this cable car line is the highest one in Europe.

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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #5968
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Correct. Its record was short-lived, though, because in 1960 the Merida cable car in Venezuela reached 4,765m

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9rida_cable_car
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Old April 12th, 2012, 03:26 AM   #5969
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BTW, as far as I know, the Klein Matterhorn lift is not precisely a "cable car line" between two resorts/cities but simply a "cable car lift", unlike the line/connection between Chamonix and Courmayeur (which is 21km long and includes, among others, the Aiguille du Midi cable car lift), so that's why I wrote that this cable car line is the highest one in Europe.
People don't use the cable car to get from Chamonix to Courmayeur (you have a tunnel for that), but to get to Aiguille du Midi.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 05:29 AM   #5970
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Mae Sai (Thailand) → Tachileik (Myanmar)
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...and towards Myanmar in the north:




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Old April 12th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #5971
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Bietingen (DE) - Thayngen (CH)

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Old April 12th, 2012, 10:33 AM   #5972
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Entering the Netherlands at seaport in Hoek van Holland:



The lower, illegible sign is the "keep right" reminder for islanders.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #5973
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People don't use the cable car to get from Chamonix to Courmayeur (you have a tunnel for that), but to get to Aiguille du Midi.
Well, during summer (especially because the connection with Courmayeur is closed during winter), much more people than you think take the line entirely (From Cham. to Courmayeur e.g. to enjoy a good meal in one of the great restaurants of Courmayeur, or for food shopping etc) and then back to France by bus by the Tunnel (and vice versa).
I did it twice as I wrote earlier, and trust me we were far from being alone to buy such a ticket. Actually this trip with the view above glaciers etc is a tourist attraction by itself... Much more than the Aiguille du Midi ascend.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #5976
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Border crossing Ljubelj/Loibl between Slovenia/Yugoslavia and Austria in 1980s:


An Austrian trying to smuggle coffee into SLO/YU (probably a Yugoslav working in Austria or an Austrian trying to sell coffee in Yugoslavia):

http://www.delo.si/druzba/panorama/c...-prasek_2.html
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Old April 26th, 2012, 02:05 AM   #5977
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Was illegal to import coffee?

I read the maximum quantities to import to my country for these goods and today they allow until 600 EUR in any kind of food (some of them have more restrictions, but not food). They only make controls at Andorra and Gibraltar because from France, Portugal and Morocco or by plane it doesn't worth to make smuggling with these goods.
(and from Andorra and Gibraltar it is not the best bussiness...)
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Old April 26th, 2012, 04:22 AM   #5978
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Was illegal to import coffee?
Only 1 kg per person (so the whole family went shopping, not just a driver). There was hardly any real coffee in Yugoslavia in 1980s, just cheap copies (like "coffee" from cereals).
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Was illegal to import coffee?

I read the maximum quantities to import to my country for these goods and today they allow until 600 EUR in any kind of food (some of them have more restrictions, but not food). They only make controls at Andorra and Gibraltar because from France, Portugal and Morocco or by plane it doesn't worth to make smuggling with these goods.
(and from Andorra and Gibraltar it is not the best bussiness...)
600 EUR? If I remember, the EU-regulated limit is 300 EUR in the non-air traffic in case of importing goods from non-EU countries.
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Only 1 kg per person (so the whole family went shopping, not just a driver). There was hardly any real coffee in Yugoslavia in 1980s, just cheap copies (like "coffee" from cereals).
Why? Was difficult for foreign companies export there?
Italians went to Yugoslavia to buy cheap fuel, cigarettes and meat.
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