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Old March 4th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #19501
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In the latest Top Gear episode, where the team travel to Africa to find the source of river Nile, Jeremy compared Lake Victoria size with Latvia.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #19502
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Booked a 3 night stay in Venice area for Catholic Eastern period 29.03-01.04.
Thinking in doing something like this as route http://goo.gl/maps/JKpjO

What do you think? Any recommendations? I'm planning to visit Venice and islands nearby for the first 3 days, maybe on the first day stop somewhere on the way (where? Udine?), and also stop somewhere on the last day on the way back (Verona? Lake Garda?)

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Old March 4th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #19503
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In the latest Top Gear episode, where the team travel to Africa to find the source of river Nile, Jeremy compared Lake Victoria size with Latvia.
Because everybody in the world know how big Latvia is
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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 March 4th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #19504
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He did not compare it with Lithuania though.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #19505
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http://falkvinge.net/2013/03/04/afte...om-north-korea

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People using The Pirate Bay right now will observe that it’s slightly slower than usual. Earlier today, the Norwegian Pirate Party sent a press release that they no longer supplied bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, as the party’s uplink had caved to threats from the copyright industry about kicking out The Pirate Bay. (This remains a concern in itself.)

Ten minutes after that article was posted, The Pirate Bay came back online with a new provider that was as-yet unidentified. The swarm has worked and discovered the origins of the new provider: North Korea.

This has all sorts of interesting geopolitical consequences.

(For the technically interested, the last link in the traceroute chain is 175.45.177.217. A whois lookup will tell you that this is an ISP based in North Korea.)

North Korea may have the one government on this planet which takes pride in asking Hollywood and United States interests to take a hike in the most public way imaginable. Many more governments could do well to learn that particular idea, even if they don’t need to pick up the other things that the NK government is up to.

The world’s most resilient site for safeguarding freedom of expression, going against the political interests of the United States’ elite cronyists, is now run from North Korea. Imagine that.

This is going to be really fun to watch. The local convenience store may run out of popcorn when this becomes known.

UPDATE: The operators of The Pirate Bay confirm the story in a press release with comments: “This is truly an ironic situation. We have been fighting for a free world, and our opponents are mostly huge corporations from the United States of America, a place where freedom and freedom of speech is said to be held high. At the same time, companies from that country is chasing a competitor from other countries, bribing police and lawmakers, threatening political parties and physically hunting people from our crew. And to our help comes a government famous in our part of the world for locking people up for their thoughts and forbidding access to information.”
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Old March 4th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #19506
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@bogdymol: I'm sick and tired about winter, snow and coldness

Must I watch out for some special signs in Italy that ban access of cars in some places (I remember reading something about this)?
Also I remember reading something about parking spaces in Italy, about color marking?

Thanks!
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Old March 4th, 2013, 10:34 PM   #19507
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Yes, it was a Venetian fortress in the XV century and it's shaped as a star with 9 corners.
Don't forget Aquileia, with its famous Roman ruins. Also Cividale and Grado are nice towns.
I haven't been to any of them.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 10:35 PM   #19508
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piratebay is inaccessible from Italy since last year...
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@bogdymol: I'm sick and tired about winter, snow and coldness

Must I watch out for some special signs in Italy that ban access of cars in some places (I remember reading something about this)?
Also I remember reading something about parking spaces in Italy, about color marking?

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Usually blue markings means pay parking spots, white are free and orange are reserved for handicapped people. But better look at the vertical signs, some white spots are pay parkings too.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #19510
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I haven't been to any of them.
been to all of 'em except Palmanova
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Old March 4th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #19511
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been to all of 'em except Palmanova
Really? It's half hour from you!
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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 March 4th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #19512
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Once I mistakenly drove through Monfalcone.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #19513
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Once I mistakenly drove through Monfalcone.
In which sense mistakenly?
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Old March 5th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #19514
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I couldn't pay for A4 with my bank card for some reason, so I went back to the last interchange (Monfalcone ovest) and I just drove through the town on SS14.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #19515
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Must I watch out for some special signs in Italy that ban access of cars in some places (I remember reading something about this)?
Also I remember reading something about parking spaces in Italy, about color marking?
Many city centres have "z.t.l." zones which you should avoid at all (there may be allowed access times but just to be sure...). But those areas are usually pretty deep into the city, so you should have no reason to get there with the car.
Once you have defined your trip we can get more parking advices

I suggest a morning or afternoon in Padova, the city centre is the most interesting in Veneto after Venice. Verona is nice too but it's tiny, it ends up pretty soon.
I may be hanging around in Padova, I study there.

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I don't know how much you know Brescia, but there is not much room for a surface tram. Brescia is narrow, between two high hills, and traffic is nigthmare, always.
Same as many EU towns standard solution: you reserve a lane on wider roads (outside the old walls), and let the tram go through the narrow center on a path shared with pedestrians and bikes; and doing so you renew the center urban environment and improve modern traffic management on major routes... and still costs a gazillion less than a subway.

Fitting a tram seemed impossible almost everywhere, before they did it... because traffic is seen as a limit and not as a symptom
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Old March 5th, 2013, 02:52 AM   #19516
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Really? It's half hour from you!
actually less, but I guess it's not such a touristic town. except for outlets, but I don't do outlets
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Old March 5th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #19517
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I haven't been to any of them.
neither have I. and i have passed there plenty of times (travelling to more interesting places ). i haven't neither been to Trieste, just passed the suburb once the nearest places to I-SLO border where i spent some more time were Manzano (business) and Portogruaro (shopping in 90es). and i had a dinner in Sgonico once
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been to all of 'em except Palmanova
Just take the Google Street View tour.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #19519
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the nearest places to I-SLO border where i spent some more time were Manzano ...
Had to google it. But I guess I was close when I drove on SR56 from Udine to Gorizia 15 years ago.
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Had to google it. But I guess I was close when I drove on SR56 from Udine to Gorizia 15 years ago.
Where there's the giant chair.
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