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Old April 3rd, 2015, 08:28 PM   #31201
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 11:53 PM   #31202
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I'll be greeting from somewhere tomorrow... If I find wi-fi connection .
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Old April 4th, 2015, 01:26 AM   #31203
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Where are you travelling to?
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Old April 4th, 2015, 10:11 AM   #31204
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Yey greetings from northern Germany, where today the weather is beautiful. The sun is shining and there're no clouds.

On Thursday I drove from Heidelberg/Karlsruhe to my home in northern Germany. As always it was horrible due to easter holidays. Between Darmstadt and Gießen there were 3 traffic jams. The A5 between Homberg (Ohm) and the Hattenbacher Dreieck was also more or less just one long traffic jam.

So I decided to take the B3->A49 route for the first time. And it was a nice road. The B3 till the Ohm bridge is absoluty nice to drive and the B3 till the A49 is very scenic. And the A49 is a very empty motorway. You can do easily 200km/h without having to slow down until Kassel. If you drive south to north during holidays or vice versa, then I'll recommend this route, if there're traffic jams on the A7/A5 between Kassel and Gießen.

(I just forget to film this route, but next time I'll do so)
The whole trip took circa 7h 15min. (Including one break I did which took 20min. So it's okay. On average I drove 100km/h. I did this trip already with an average speed of 140km/h, but conditions for that are very seldom)
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Old April 4th, 2015, 04:33 PM   #31205
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Meanwhile in Rome:
The author wasn't the owner of the Ferrari, a Dutch tourist, but the owner of a private car park, that was bringing the supercar out for his customer. He pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.



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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old April 4th, 2015, 07:53 PM   #31206
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I'm back to Spain. I wasn't able to greet from either Pau or Lourdes. At least I got a bunch of routes in the other side of the Pyrenees.
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Old April 5th, 2015, 12:23 AM   #31207
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I'm back to Spain. I wasn't able to greet from either Pau or Lourdes. At least I got a bunch of routes in the other side of the Pyrenees.
A day-trip?

I kinda regret I didn't travel through the mountains within easy reach of home before I relocated to the Netherlands.

Which is your favorite international border road crossing between France or Andorra and Spain?
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Old April 5th, 2015, 10:48 AM   #31208
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Old April 6th, 2015, 12:55 PM   #31209
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Some people are quite reckless with expensive machines

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Old April 6th, 2015, 09:21 PM   #31210
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Some people are quite reckless with expensive machines
With this comment I expected to see a disastrous crash, but instead, this one was an epic win! Still crazy, though.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 03:51 PM   #31211
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Britain has introduced checks for those leaving the country today. At the moment its only on ferry and rail exits but it will be fully implemented throughout Britain by June this year.

http://news.sky.com/story/1460561/al...ked-on-uk-exit
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Old April 8th, 2015, 05:54 PM   #31212
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Britain has introduced checks for those leaving the country today. At the moment its only on ferry and rail exits but it will be fully implemented throughout Britain by June this year.

http://news.sky.com/story/1460561/al...ked-on-uk-exit
direction Ireland too?
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Old April 8th, 2015, 06:56 PM   #31213
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In the past year I traveled to Britain almost every month, every time travelling by airplane. I was surprised that there were no checks when leaving UK.

There will be a lot of things to be done to implement this. All the waiting halls in British airports are the same for UK/abroad flights. Now they have to split them into 2, which is no easy task.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 11:15 PM   #31214
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A day-trip?
Yup, a day trip. I have parts of Southwestern France within reach.

Now that I remembered that discussion we had recently about French numbers, that same day I bought something to eat, and the total amounted to 'cinq euro quatre-vingts' (5.80 €).
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Old April 8th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #31215
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Yup, a day trip. I have parts of Southwestern France within reach..
Have you crossed all road passes between F and E? What are your favorites?
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Old April 8th, 2015, 11:36 PM   #31216
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Have you crossed all road passes between F and E? What are your favorites?
Nope, I only crossed the four ones in my province, and in addition the AP-7/A9 near Le Perthus, a couple in Navarre, and the westernmost ones in the Basque Country. Personally my favorite is the boat that goes back and forth between Hondarribia and Hendaye, which is the westernmost border crossing.

Now what I was going to say. If you click in the North Pacific Ocean in (the new) Google Maps, it might say it's an emerald island .
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Old April 11th, 2015, 10:10 PM   #31217
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Another useful feature removed from GMaps (even classic, I never use the new one): house numbers.

Idiots.
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Old April 12th, 2015, 12:54 AM   #31218
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I don't understand those new G Maps - it has less features, it is much more cumbersome to use it with awkward controls and it is way slower. And yet they don't address those problems, they are making Google Maps even worse.
I'm afraid what to use when GMaps classic will stop working (that should happen in next months)
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Old April 12th, 2015, 12:56 AM   #31219
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direction Ireland too?
I highly doubt it, that would be a massive political issue. ID isn't required to cross from the Republic to the UK though airlines do ask for photo ID and the Gardaí does check ID at entry in airports, though not at ports or land crossings.

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so consequently all air passengers must pass through Irish immigration checks, administered by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). While British citizens are not required to be in possession of a valid travel document as a condition of entry, they may be required to satisfy immigration officials as to their nationality.

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In the past year I traveled to Britain almost every month, every time travelling by airplane. I was surprised that there were no checks when leaving UK.

There will be a lot of things to be done to implement this. All the waiting halls in British airports are the same for UK/abroad flights. Now they have to split them into 2, which is no easy task.
They do sometimes put up booths in the section between security and duty free, I guess they'll just stay up now. If I understand the BBC article on the issue correctly, it seems that airline or port staff will be doing the data collection, not border guards.

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Old April 12th, 2015, 01:08 AM   #31220
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I'm afraid what to use when GMaps classic will stop working (that should happen in next months)
Especially street view.
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