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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:46 AM   #161
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I can't imagine how that town lived before Schengen.
I don't know, but before Schengen there was Benelux:
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The Benelux is an economic union in Western Europe comprising three neighbouring monarchies, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, which lie in the north western European region between France and Germany. The name is formed from the beginning of each country's name, and was created for the Benelux Customs Union, but is now used in a more generic way.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:48 AM   #162
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International border between France and the Netherlands.
Don't panic: Belgium still exist but this border is in St Martin / St Marteen is Caribeans
That website about borders has more photos.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 03:31 AM   #163
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Something a little different:
While in South America i took a bus between La Paz, Bolivia and Lima, Peru (32 hours!).

When the bus reached the border everyone had to get off the bus at the Bolivia side


Then walk across a small bridge (pedestrian only i think?) to the Peru side and enter the small customs office


And finally, catch a different bus from the chaotic bus depot on the Peru side
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Old November 12th, 2007, 11:00 AM   #164
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A couple of situations in Hertog (B) and Nassau (NL)

In this shop you walk between two different countries.
The vertical lines onder the flag, left is Belgium the right is Holland


Supermarket.


The neighbours downstrairs are Dutch, the neighbours upstairs are Belgiums.

The entry for the Dutch and Belgium neighbour



Policestation. Left Belgium police-logo, the right Dutch police-logo
Interesting photos.

May I inquire regarding how each country regulates the appropriate estate or land taxes (how do taxes get apportioned), and how does the police station handle criminals (where do the major crimes criminals get sent when they are caught for long-term detention?).
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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:01 PM   #165
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There is crime in small town belgium/nl ?
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Old November 12th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #166
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I don't know, but before Schengen there was Benelux:
I know what is Benelux. So different question: How it worked before Benelux?
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Old November 12th, 2007, 07:40 PM   #167
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Good thing that those two countries are at peace!



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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:52 AM   #168
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My wife and I took a 3-day vacation in Victoria, BC. On the way there, we took a ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC. Below are two crappy pictures of what the customs look like upon arrival to Victoria:





On the way back, we decided to take a ferry from Sidney, BC to Tsawwassen, BC and then cross the border at Blaine Port of Entry. Below is how the US check point looks like:



Looking back at the Canadian check point:



Welcome to the USA (supposed to be a patriotic banner, I suppose?):



At the end of the trip, I concluded that it is better to pass the customs at the sea port of entry because the waiting time is a lot shorter. It would be even more convenient to cross the border if... there was no border at all between the USA and Canada, but sadly it is not the case. On the contrary, the USA is tightening the admittance rules for entry from Canada
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:00 PM   #169
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Isn't it an idea to make some kind of a schengen pact between Canada and the United States? Like the free trade in Europe.

Canada is the only country to the north, and it's not like they belong to the axis of evil
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:27 PM   #170
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As far as I know, there doesn't exist any idea to make a Shengen-like pact between Canada and the USA. Like I said, the USA is tightening the custom procedures for visitors from Canada.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:11 PM   #171
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What are you complaining? Both countries have 10 million sq km. With crossing border just once, you have 20 million sq km to explore! That's sth Schengen can never achieve.

Interesting pics, btw.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:14 PM   #172
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Brazil - Peru Border

This is the border between the two countries on the cities of Assis Brasil/Brasil and Iñapari/Peru, on the Amazon region.

Brazilian road BR-317 to the border



Customs/Immigrations Brazilian side





After the customs, 2km more to the border bridge.





The bridge on the background











Welcome to Peru! The road then turns into a city street and there isn´t a unified control. You must search on the city for the immigrations and customs offices that are on different adress!



The road then goes to Puerto Maldonado through the forest (200km). After that, starts climbing the Andes Range until Cuzco, reaching in some points 4000m above the sea level!! But it´s not asphalted yet, all the road have heavy works going on and will be completed asphalted until 2010.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:50 PM   #173
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Wow, so you actually went there. As I thought - good road on the Brazilian side, crappy on the Peruvian. Really strange system of control on the Peruvian side of the border. How many weeks did it take you?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 05:29 PM   #174
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I have some from my home region (pics not by me, taken from www.allgaeu-humor.de):



Last posibility to buy cheese before leaving Baden-Württemberg to Bavaria.



German-Austrian border at the Mädelejoch (1970m), Allgäuer Alpen (in the mountains...). Notice the bore.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:02 PM   #175
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Where in Baden-Württemberg?
I spent a couple of weeks in Schwäbisch Hall many years ago
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:19 PM   #176
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Near Isny, in the Allgäu region, thats in the very south (between Lindau and Kempten).
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:23 PM   #177
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@ thun, I thought you were from Thun, Switzerland.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 09:07 PM   #178
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Does anyone here know whether on D/PL main border crossings(Pomellen, Frankfurt/Oder, Forst, Ludwigsdorf) the whole redundant infrastructure will be removed or not?

I' ve found many infos on that, but they were contradictory
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 09:31 PM   #179
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I don't think so. They all still exist in France, except very new border crossings, and that's only one as far as i know (Calais - Veurne).
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:12 PM   #180
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@ Verso: No, my nick derives from my initials. But I have relatives in Thun. Funny coincidence.
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