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Old January 24th, 2016, 01:15 AM   #14161
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Isn't the latter route too short for partying? If I remember correctly the faster routes only take 2 h. Of course possible to extend it, but still...
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Old January 24th, 2016, 02:36 AM   #14162
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Isn't the latter route too short for partying? If I remember correctly the faster routes only take 2 h. Of course possible to extend it, but still...
I think there's one journey that's specifically for it - I seem to recall that Tallink at least offer a sailing that includes 4 hours in Tallinn and an overnight stay on board in Tallinn harbour before returning to Helsinki. From what I remember, people basically drink on board, get even more drunk in Tallinn (you can spend 4 hours in Tallinn) drink even more on board, then pass out at some silly hour in the morning.

edit : checked it, and basically, it works like this. You can get a return (with a cabin) for 4 adults for 100 Euro on a Saturday night, or as little as 48 Euro during the week. Let's say you go at the weekend - the ferry leaves Helsinki at 18:30 and arrives in Tallinn at 22:00. You've been drinking already on the ferry, so you go and hit up some nightlife in Tallinn. You need to be back by 2am or they won't let you on the boat until later in the morning. So people get back on the ferry at 2am and keep partying until morning. The ferry stays in Tallinn until 12:30 and arrives in Helsinki at 16:00, so you can easily party till dawn and sleep it off.

My friend sent me a message saying that you can often find discount codes as well, so it's quite normal to pay less than 10 Euro per person for the trip. Tallink make a huge amount of money on alcohol/cigarette sales (you can park your car on board for 30 Euro) so they can afford to run the crossing for next to nothing.

By the way, I've found out why there's no booze ferry from Aland to Finland. The law in Finland only allows people travelling to/from Aland to import 2 litres of beer.

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Old January 24th, 2016, 02:47 AM   #14163
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Norwegians get drunk in Sweden, the Swedish in Denmark and the Danish in Germany. Germans get drunk anywhere...
What about the French?
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Old January 24th, 2016, 02:57 AM   #14164
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French are too refined to ever get drunk. At least not like boorish Germans and English
They just have other ways
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Old January 24th, 2016, 03:06 AM   #14165
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General Maximus is from Limoges. :-)

N'est-ce pas, mon général ?
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Old January 24th, 2016, 06:48 AM   #14166
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Just to write the final definitive point about Aland and the reference earlier to an invisible border - it's not true. Aland has Customs stations at Langnas, Mariehamn and Eckero, as well as at Mariehamn Airport. For the Alandstrafiken ferries, there's an agreement with the Finnish tax authorities that declarations can be made onboard the ferries to mainland Finland.

In short, the Customs line exists and is controlled - just that it's simply not visible on the Alandstrafiken routes because there's no need for a physical presence. Alandstrafiken doesn't sell tax-free goods, so there's no need to have controls at the ports. Commercial traffic will be advised by the ferry staff of the need to make the declaration, and there's information on board to help anyone else that might need to make such a declaration.
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Old January 24th, 2016, 11:36 AM   #14167
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French are too refined to ever get drunk. At least not like boorish Germans and English
They just have other ways
Well They just go on the othe side of the street , to Menen




Halluin-Menen
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Old January 24th, 2016, 01:26 PM   #14168
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Just to write the final definitive point about Aland and the reference earlier to an invisible border - it's not true. Aland has Customs stations at Langnas, Mariehamn and Eckero, as well as at Mariehamn Airport. For the Alandstrafiken ferries, there's an agreement with the Finnish tax authorities that declarations can be made onboard the ferries to mainland Finland.

In short, the Customs line exists and is controlled - just that it's simply not visible on the Alandstrafiken routes because there's no need for a physical presence. Alandstrafiken doesn't sell tax-free goods, so there's no need to have controls at the ports. Commercial traffic will be advised by the ferry staff of the need to make the declaration, and there's information on board to help anyone else that might need to make such a declaration.
Having some non-zero experience about the local conditions and priorities might bring some degree of credibility.
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Old January 24th, 2016, 07:59 PM   #14169
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Well They just go on the othe side of the street , to Menen




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"Maison belge" in Menen? I'm surprised the Taalaktiekomitee (sp?) hasn't vandalized that sign.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 03:40 AM   #14170
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N -> RUS border, Storskog/Kirkenes. I guess it's a recent photo from this winter.
Northernmost sign with the small Luxembourgish village mentioned?



(Src - http://www.krone.at/Welt/Norwegen_As...k-Story-492097)
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Old January 27th, 2016, 11:02 AM   #14171
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Another border...





Blue Water Bridge from Sarnia, ON, CDN to Port Huron, MI, USA.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 04:50 PM   #14172
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Canada US Border website

http://www.clui.org/section/united-d...acanada-border

I found this very interesting website on the Canada US border. Descriptions and photos of line houses and border crossing information.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 05:06 PM   #14173
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Wow... a huge document. It would require a time to read entirely

Btw... what about Alaska borders?
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Old January 28th, 2016, 12:52 PM   #14174
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Another border...




Blue Water Bridge from Sarnia, ON, CDN to Port Huron, MI, USA.
Wow, so you can drive a little faster across the bridge if you're Canadian then (or any other nationality that adheres to the metric system)? That's cool.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 08:34 PM   #14175
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I'd say that anyone can drive 50 km/h (31 mph). Or maybe it's 50 km/h on the Canadian side of the bridge and 30 mph (48 km/h) on the American side.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 01:31 AM   #14176
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Wow, so you can drive a little faster across the bridge if you're Canadian then (or any other nationality that adheres to the metric system)? That's cool.
Exactly. I drove it with 80 km/h (downhill is pretty steep...)

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I'd say that anyone can drive 50 km/h (31 mph). Or maybe it's 50 km/h on the Canadian side of the bridge and 30 mph (48 km/h) on the American side.
No is just one speed limit the whole bridge. When you cross the border is more or less in middle of bridge, but at the end of the bridge is the border checkpoint, so you can't really go that fast. I can't imagine police would be looking there for speeders (or even how, since they would have to be on the "outside" of the checkpoint)
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Old January 29th, 2016, 12:28 PM   #14177
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Exactly. I drove it with 80 km/h (downhill is pretty steep...)

No is just one speed limit the whole bridge. When you cross the border is more or less in middle of bridge, but at the end of the bridge is the border checkpoint, so you can't really go that fast. I can't imagine police would be looking there for speeders (or even how, since they would have to be on the "outside" of the checkpoint)
In reality if you're doing 30MPH/50km/h on the bridge you're usually getting passed anyway - even by heavies or you end up with people driving right up your rear!
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Old January 29th, 2016, 02:45 PM   #14178
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The Lainici pass ( or the pass of Surduc ) today located in the county of Hunedoara , Romania ... untill first world war , this was the place where the Austro-Hungarian Empire and and the Kingdom of Romania had their border crossing ...

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Old January 29th, 2016, 02:54 PM   #14179
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year 1934 - Tripoint Romania-Yugoslavia-Hungary
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Old January 29th, 2016, 06:49 PM   #14180
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=segFpceQUFk

BORDER WATCHERS 1970 Documentary .. made by the american govenrment .. hahahhahahaha.... USSR propaganda is nothing compared with what these guys were doing
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