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Old 3rd October 2011, 13:58   #151
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Default Day 3: #4 The Road Trip

Enough of my drivel, its time to show the road!
Roads in Europe, even Autobahns are quite different from what you get used to in USA. They are narrower, have more traffic in general, and there is always quite a bit of construction going on.
Speed limit is 130kmph on autobahns, unless otherwise indicated.
Tunnels have a 100kmph limit.

If you come in from a restricted zone like 100kmph to an unrestricted zone(130kmph), you see a white round circle with a line across.

It means "All limits end'.

Now this does not mean that you start driving at 200kmph. All it means is that you have to follow the natural speed limit of that road.
In Austria its 130kmph, in Switzerland its 120, and in Germany, its "Go as fast as you can without wetting your pants"

Right now we were in Austria, so such sections mean 130kmh.

Unfortunately there were few of them.
Most were 100kmph either due to construction or due to tunnels.

The other major difference is the cars.
In USofA everything is big. Corolla is a compact car and something like a swift may be classified as a scooter.
Europe is lot like us.
Cars there are smaller, and small sports cars are pretty common.

So are convertibles like MG Rover, and the Mini Cooper.

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"Go as fast as you can without wetting your pants"

Corolla is a compact car and something like a swift may be classified as a scooter.

@Tanveer : Now, that's just downright "HI-larious".
Love your sense of humor.
Very few travelogue where I'm enjoying the writings as much as the pics.

And the snaps ==> just ...O-M-G (in a good way ofcourse).
Picture purrrfect.
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Old 3rd October 2011, 22:33   #153
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The other major difference is the cars.
In USofA everything is big. Corolla is a compact car and something like a swift may be classified as a scooter.
Europe is lot like us.

Gas station was another relevation.
Unlike USA where you pay inside and then fill fuel, here you just fill fuel, and then walk into the pump to pay.
Rightly said about size of cars. However I'm not sure if the Corolla, Civic, Lancer etc. versions in India are built bigger than their US counterparts, or they simply "appear" bigger because of the relative size of other cars on the road. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are actually built slightly bigger for the India market to sell them in the 'luxury' segment, but that does not apply to the next level cars like Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. A Lancer I once rented in the US looked and felt really puny in size compared to the one available in India.

Actually in the US, unless you are paying in cash (and that too in states other than New Jersey), almost all gas pumps have credit card swiping on the pump itself, so mostly you don't have to go inside unless you want to pee after pumping.

In NJ, its 'full service' though (an attendant pumps it in for you => nice way to generate employment, I guess). This reminds me of a joke. This guy comes to visit New York for the first time. So he is going around everywhere and soon he feels the need to take a leak, but can't find any public toilet anywhere. So in desperation, he lets himself loose at a corner of Empire State Building. But as luck would have it, a police car is passing by, catches him and gives him a ticket. That night he calls his friend in India and says "Arrey yaha raaste mein susu karne se police pakadta hai !!!". His friend is really amazed and says "Kya ajeeb desh hai, idhar to khud ko pakadna parta hai !!!"

Keep writing, enjoying every word.
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Europe is full of cameras. Cameras everywhere. ITs that infy uid guys wet dream I tell you.
I did not get it
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True about Camera, the best part is, you can click anything anywhere in Europe and no one would mind it unlike in USA where you have to be careful if you are clicking someone's house or any private property. I have clicked 100s of houses in Europe but nobody has any problem with that. Once I clicked someone's private garden in front of them and they were smiling that I liked their garden
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This is one amazing log. And as expected, lovely photographs accompanied with great story-telling. Tanveer, please post more soon, can't wait.
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Default Day 3: #5 Hallstat

Hallstatt is a little lakeside hamlet by a lake which is obviously called Hallstatter See. Now See means lake in german, so all lake names are followed by See.

We had stopped a few kms before the actual town, so I really had not idea what it looked like at that point, however, here is a telephoto shot, which tells you it indeed is a town worth visiting.

Coming to think of it, I can not think of any little Hamlet in Austria, which is not worth visiting.
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Actually in the US, unless you are paying in cash (and that too in states other than New Jersey), almost all gas pumps have credit card swiping on the pump itself, so mostly you don't have to go inside unless you want to pee after pumping. .
Actually almost all Europe pumps also accept credit cards. We just were using cash to pay, because with credit card, most cards charge markup fee for foreign exchange transactions. Some do not, but after checking with all the banks with whom I own credit cards, I came to know all my credit cards have this fee thingy. So we were in cash more. In US it would have meant paying something before filling, however, here it was fill it first, and then walk in and pay later

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I did not get it
Hmmm... you can search the UID thingy..
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True about Camera, the best part is, you can click anything anywhere in Europe and no one would mind it unlike in USA where you have to be careful if you are clicking someone's house or any private property. I have clicked 100s of houses in Europe but nobody has any problem with that. Once I clicked someone's private garden in front of them and they were smiling that I liked their garden
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This is one amazing log. And as expected, lovely photographs accompanied with great story-telling. Tanveer, please post more soon, can't wait.
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Woww, Hallstat seems to be a photographers delight. Oh I so wish to visit these European places for atleast a month and doing nothing but to soak in to the beauty and clicking like a madman. Oh I wish..
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Can you spot the picasso?
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Hey Tanveer,
Is it the second one from right going anti-clock wise.
If it is true then it's due to the brilliant description of santro-wagonR-omni combo in the earlier posts.
Keep on writing .....

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Absolutely mind blowing coverage Tanvir! Shots are superb. Yes, your high ISO images are looking very neutral in terms of tone. Love them.
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Woww, Hallstat seems to be a photographers delight. Oh I so wish to visit these European places for atleast a month and doing nothing but to soak in to the beauty and clicking like a madman. Oh I wish..
Yes, it is. Too bad all hotels here were too too expensive! I am told, around 20th sept or later, hotel prices crash quite significantly
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Hey Tanveer,
Is it the second one from right going anti-clock wise.
If it is true then it's due to the brilliant description of santro-wagonR-omni combo in the earlier posts.
Keep on writing .....

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Absolutely mind blowing coverage Tanvir! Shots are superb. Yes, your high ISO images are looking very neutral in terms of tone. Love them.
Thanks Rudra!
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Default Day 3: #6 Onward... To Innsbruck!

And so, it was time, to head forward, towards innsbruck. However, this was not the immediate destination. With Fusch programmed into Zanavi, we started proceeding towards Grossglockner high alpine road.
However it was 4:30 already, and even though you had light till 8pm, to do the grossglockener, we should be there by 6, which was quite impossible. But we had no business in Innsbruck today, except to go to our hotel and sleep, so why not burn some fuel.
The tunnel immediately after innsbruck
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the speed limit was 100kmph, but on these twisting roads, even 60 is a daunting tast. To give credit where its due, the scary mobile was a great handler. Maybe its the 207s underpinnings, or a mere twist of fate on the engineering floor, the french had indeed made a gread handling 90 donkey powered mini MPV.<br />
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Great going TSK ! Did you do all the driving yourself ? 671 kms ie. Google shows a beautiful covered bridge at Innsbruck....did you get to see that ?
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Austria is very much similar to Switzerland in terms of beauty, I have visited only Hallstatt in Austria. I will plan for Innsbruck after reading your travelog
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