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Old September 13th, 2008, 04:55 PM   #121
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^Holy .... Wow! That motorway is amazing!
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Old September 13th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #122
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I don't know if it's amazing, to be frank I find it butt-ugly.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 08:19 PM   #123
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how about something beautiful for a change.

i took these photos coming back from tahoe back in july. im gonna post some pix of i-80 in the interstate thread. these photos here are of california state highways 12 and 121, through the wine region of napa and sonoma counties.
scenes like this are literally 5-10 minutes away from my house in downtown santa rosa. thank god in i live in california.



























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Old September 13th, 2008, 08:35 PM   #124
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California's Vinest
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Old September 13th, 2008, 10:25 PM   #125
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Where do they get these names? I can't even pronounce them.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 11:07 PM   #126
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I can't pronounce most Slovenian names either

However, the ones posted above shouldn't be a problem for me.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 11:24 PM   #127
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Try Welsh:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Or Dutch:
Gasselterboerveenschemond
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Old September 14th, 2008, 04:35 AM   #128
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I can't pronounce most Slovenian names either
Yeah, but Slovenian names in Slovenia is normal, whereas these exotic names in an English-speaking country, such as US... I wonder, if Americans have troubles pronouncing them. And what's with smilies again?
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Old September 14th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #129
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Yeah, but Slovenian names in Slovenia is normal, whereas these exotic names in an English-speaking country, such as US... I wonder, if Americans have troubles pronouncing them. And what's with smilies again?
well, its all a matter of what ur used to. sonoma and napa are world famous wine regions, i hope u can pronounce those (maybe wiki will help u). calistoga to me seems easier than 'ljubljana'.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 09:41 AM   #130
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Yeah, but Slovenian names in Slovenia is normal, whereas these exotic names in an English-speaking country, such as US... I wonder, if Americans have troubles pronouncing them. And what's with smilies again?
Much of the place names in California are Spanish and Native American in origin. Otherwise they are probably named after people who settled or developed the area. No trouble pronouncing when you are exposed to it. The thing is much of the names are anglicized anyway like the way Los Angeles is pronounced etc.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #131
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Verso, most of these names (not sure on Berryessa) have Roman roots because this area was originally a part of Spanish possessions.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 11:23 AM   #132
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And there are still lots of Spanish people. In the Boston underground, all signs are both in English and in Spanish: This vehicle is equipped with...../Este vehiculo es equipado...... or sth like that
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Okay, I admit these particular names aren't really hard to pronounce, still they are exotic. And many others are hard for me to pronounce, especially the English (American) way.

@Timon: in Boston?
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Old September 14th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #134
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Isn't Boston a little too far away from Mexico?
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Old September 15th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #136
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Yes, but lots of Spanish speaking people live there.
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The Northeast has a very large Spanish speaking population from the Caribbean as in Puerto Rico, Dominican, etc. Mexicans are mostly southwest, but overall all kinds of spanish speakers live everywhere with concentration in the southwest and northeast. Bilingual usage is becoming more and more prevalent like on safety signs and announcements, obviously road signs don't need to be bilingual since there isn't much grammar on them anyway.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #138
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Nice pictures of California wine country. It should be pointed out though that Hwy 101 is a mix of four lane freeway and two lane highway from wine country up to the Oregon border. A nice drive, if you have the time and patience.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 07:29 AM   #139
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Nice pictures of California wine country. It should be pointed out though that Hwy 101 is a mix of four lane freeway and two lane highway from wine country up to the Oregon border. A nice drive, if you have the time and patience.
101 has got to be one of my favorite roads. its runs all up and down cali, serving as an important route connecting la and the bay area. here in santa rosa, its being widened to a 6 lane freeway with carpool lanes.

ive driven up to newport beach in ore on the 101. its stunning: wine country, redwoods, rocky cliffs and bridges. very beautiful.
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Nice view of State Route 7 in New York, near Albany.
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