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Old September 7th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #1921
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Flags: EU, Austria, Slovenia, Italy

Difference between the flags:

Hungary-Italy


Latvia-Austria


Slovákia-Slovenia

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Old September 7th, 2009, 01:50 AM   #1922
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Austria, Slovenia and Hungary have a tripoint too. When I was there, it was the only time I crossed the short Slovenian-Burgenland border. I also saw a total solar eclipse that day.

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Old September 7th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #1923
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The only tripoints I've visited so far are the NL/B/D tripoint and the A/I/SLO tripoint.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 08:42 PM   #1924
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Slovákia-Slovenia
Why have they these wannabe-Russian flags?
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Old September 7th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #1925
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Why have they these wannabe-Russian flags?
The white - blue - red combination is considered as a Panslavic symbolism. You find them on the flags of Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Czech Republic.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 10:38 PM   #1926
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And the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Paraguay etc.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:17 PM   #1927
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Yeah, same colors, just a different order.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:47 PM   #1928
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The white - blue - red combination is considered as a Panslavic symbolism. You find them on the flags of Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Czech Republic.
Actually the flag of Czech republic is former Czechoslovak where the blue triangle represented Slovakia, otherwise the real Czech flag is like polish one, white and red.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 10:37 PM   #1929
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Why have they these wannabe-Russian flags?
Actually Slovenia and Russia have wannabe Slovak flag. Russians just copied flag of WW2 Slovak Republic and Slovenians copied flag of nowadays Slovakia, but they at least replaced our coat of arms.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #1930
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Actually Slovenia and Russia have wannabe Slovak flag. Russians just copied flag of WW2 Slovak Republic and Slovenians copied flag of nowadays Slovakia, but they at least replaced our coat of arms.
You mean the Slovenian flag of 1991 copied the Slovak flag of 1993? The flag of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia (1944-1991) had the same colors. It was actually first exposed in 1848.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #1931
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You mean the Slovenian flag of 1991 copied the Slovak flag of 1993? The flag of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia (1944-1991) had the same colors. It was actually first exposed in 1848.
Damn Slovenians, how did you managed to copy Slovak flag even before it was introduced?

But, seriously. Before 1992 Slovakia had flag which was basically the same as present Russian flag or flag of WW2 Slovakia, but then to make it different from those flags (well, Slovakia is not Russia and it's also not legal successor of WW2 Slovakia) we put also coat of arms there. BTW, both Slovak and Slovenian flags were actually created in 1848 during Spring of Nations.

However, Slovenia wants to introduce new flag so this debate is pointless:
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Old September 9th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #1932
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With the same colors. The flag is staying the same actually.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #1933
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A few photos from the Rainbow Bridge crossing between Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, ON.




New York in the foreground and Ontario in the background.


To the left is Ontario and to the right New York








New York left, Ontario right.



We had to pay a toll of 50 cents to get back into the States which was weird....I've never seen a pedestrian crossing where you have to pay. My relatives got a little hassled at the border because they have Polish passports but after about 20 different interrogating questions they finally let us through. And the Canadian side was far nicer than the New York side. When we drove into Niagara, I already thought that the city looked not the best. And once we crossed into Canada and walked around it pretty put its New York counterpart to shame.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 09:37 AM   #1934
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Niagara Falls, NY is a very typical 'Rust Belt' industrial USA town that has seen better times (it's in a DEEP decline) while Niagara Falls, ON is tourist-central for the eastern Great Lakes region - and it is almost a law that one must have been recently married to visit it.



I see that the Canadian customs guys neglected to ask for you to present a marriage license to verify a wedding date within the past 3 months.





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Old September 9th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #1935
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Looks like you got yourself some great company
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Old September 9th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #1936
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Niagara Falls, NY is a very typical 'Rust Belt' industrial USA town that has seen better times (it's in a DEEP decline) while Niagara Falls, ON is tourist-central for the eastern Great Lakes region - and it is almost a law that one must have been recently married to visit it.



I see that the Canadian customs guys neglected to ask for you to present a marriage license to verify a wedding date within the past 3 months.





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When we showed him our documents and saw that their passports were from Poland, that's when the fun started. Why are you coming to Canada? Where did you come from? Where are you going? I see...how long did it take you to drive here? What time did you leave Chicago? Where are you going afterwards? About approximately how long of a drive is to get to New York City? Where will you stay? How long are you staying there? When are you returning home? And on and on and on. But he was nice about it and I think his point was to trip me up incase I was lying so I would stumble on my words. The line was a lot longer to get back to New York but the guards there just waved us on through. He barely said two words to us before letting us go haha.
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We're the only two people in our family who really enjoy traveling and don't mind driving long distances just to see something and snap a few pictures. It's nice to have someone to share the travel obsession with haha.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #1938
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We're the only two people in our family who really enjoy traveling and don't mind driving long distances just to see something and snap a few pictures. It's nice to have someone to share the travel obsession with haha.
Unless she's your wife, you should introduce her to Chris next time you decide to visit the Netherlands
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Old September 9th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #1939
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Austria, Slovenia and Hungary have a tripoint too. When I was there, it was the only time I crossed the short Slovenian-Burgenland border. I also saw a total solar eclipse that day.
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The only tripoints I've visited so far are the NL/B/D tripoint and the A/I/SLO tripoint.
And has anybody seen the polish-slovakian-ukrainian tripoint?
It's in the Bieszczady Mountains on the Krzemieniec Peak.
Of course due to Schengen you can can cross the border between Poland and Slovakia as often as you want. Unfortunately you cannot go to the ukrainian side (well at least not more then few meters just like I did )




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Old September 9th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #1940
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I have only visited the NL-BE-DE tripoint and I have been as close as possible to FR-LU-DE (since that one is in the water). That's all.

Not many people know that the NL-BE-DE tripoint has been a quadraplepoint (does this word exist anyway?) in the 19th and the begin of the 20th century? The 'extra' country was called Neutral-Moresnet. See here for more details. In the area which is now Belgiaum territory, old bordermarkers can still be found.

Below the map:
Orange (1) is the Netherlands
Yellow (2) was Belgium in those days
Blue (3) was neutral-Moresnet and lies now in Belgium
Green (4) was Germany. Parts ot that area are nouw Belgian.
The line marked with the letter C is the nowadays border between Belgium and Germany, the borders BE-NL and DE-NL are unchanged.

The gray line B is a railwaytrack.

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