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Old 29th April 2010, 15:23   #76
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Now I know why Shakespeare was inspired to write so many plays---the countryside is England is so alluring.

The magnificent views, coupled with the fab weather (bright and sunny, though cold at 12 deg Celsius), provokes your poetic instincts that lie within you.

Haven't seen the Scottish meadows though.

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Venu Saar, In England, Yorkshire is most beautiful country. Its got lakes meadows and what not. Did you visit Bronte Country where the Bronte Sister ( Emily & Charlotte of Wuthering Heights Fame) lived their entire live. Also one of the best roads in Yorkshire is the Snake Pass (Snake Pass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) between Manchester & Sheffield
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Venu Saar, In England, Yorkshire is most beautiful country. Its got lakes meadows and what not. Did you visit Bronte Country where the Bronte Sister ( Emily & Charlotte of Wuthering Heights Fame) lived their entire live. Also one of the best roads in Yorkshire is the Snake Pass (Snake Pass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) between Manchester & Sheffield
Thanks for the info, MC. Alas, we had only one day to explore the surroundings of Leeds, whilst our womenfolk did some shopping. So we could only drive around for around 50 miles near the Airport area---places like Otley and Bingley are all I can remember.

Even those hilly countryside villages were so endearing. The locals surely know how to spend time---the pic of the toy boat was taken near a small reservoir atop a hilly, grassy slope. We found half a dozen middle-aged guys operating their remote controlled boats in it, despite the chilly wind.

I'd love to retire at a place like that for sure !!
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Venu Saar, In England, Yorkshire is most beautiful country. Its got lakes meadows and what not. Did you visit Bronte Country where the Bronte Sister ( Emily & Charlotte of Wuthering Heights Fame) lived their entire live. Also one of the best roads in Yorkshire is the Snake Pass (Snake Pass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) between Manchester & Sheffield
I'd say that lake district beats yorkshire hands down. There's a scenic rail route from Carlisle to Settle (which comes in Yorkshire dales) that goes through the Lake district. Amazing stuff.
Of course, shortly I'll continue on my Yorkshire dales trekkalogue that's been held for a long while.
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I'd say that lake district beats yorkshire hands down. There's a scenic rail route from Carlisle to Settle (which comes in Yorkshire dales) that goes through the Lake district. Amazing stuff.
Of course, shortly I'll continue on my Yorkshire dales trekkalogue that's been held for a long while.
Wow, so you too have travelled on a similar path as me? Look forward to your trekkalogues.
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Sir. I had a travel pattern which you have surprisingly followed. Guess what Ramkya is another person who is moving around the same route. There's a pattern!
I'm pretty sure that I'd have followed the same pattern that some one somewhere has done before me.
I'd already started on the Yorkshire trekkalogue. But it came to a grinding halt due to paucity of time. Now that I'm finishing off my other log (pune - tirunelveli), I'll jumpstart this over the weekend.
Here's the URL of the other log if it may interest you.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post1742116 (Mother of all treks)

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Sir. I had a travel pattern which you have surprisingly followed. Guess what Ramkya is another person who is moving around the same route. There's a pattern!
I'm pretty sure that I'd have followed the same pattern that some one somewhere has done before me.
I'd already started on the Yorkshire trekkalogue. But it came to a grinding halt due to paucity of time. Now that I'm finishing off my other log (pune - tirunelveli), I'll jumpstart this over the weekend.
Here's the URL of the other log if it may interest you.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post1742116 (Mother of all treks)
Ok gothca. I do remember seeing that fascinating thread when I was at DC.
Do find time and post more pics.
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Couple of interesting pictures in and around Luray Caverns. . .
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When you said interesting I didn't really expect pic 4
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When you said interesting I didn't really expect pic 4
+1 to that. ( I guess all MIT minds think alike )

I'm unable to find what is interesting in Pic 4. May be you should elaborate!
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I think that is the maze near the Luray Caverns--I mean the first pic.. Kids really enjoy the treasure hunt.
There is also a good collection of vintage cars at that spot.
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Default Vintage cars collection at Luray Caverns

What's interesting is that for the price of the ticket to the caverns, we could also see the vintage collection at that place. Cars ranged from Rolls Royce to Mercs to Fords--incl the first mass-produced car, the model T.


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My hospitable host for most of the US trips:
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With this, our trip to Luray and Shenandoah ended.

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Default Final 2 days at US

With barely two days remaining after our Shenandoah trip, we could visit the Dulles Air and Space Museum (Steven Udvar museum), which is as big as the main Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at DC, but this is right next to the Dulles airport in Virginia.

We could also take a walk to the National Mall area in DC to get the first glimpses of the famous Cherry Blossom festival (that was witnessed by our PM and other VIPs a couple of weeks later).

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The original Enola Gay that bombed Hiroshima to smithereens with the first Atom Bomb used in warfare:

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The mighty Concord, that flew till 2006

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The SR 71 Blackbird, that flew so high that Soviets could not ever shoot it down (it was de-commissioned a few years back as it was a terrific fuel guzzler)

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The F4 Phantom used by Pakis in the 71 war, but did not stand a chance against the technologicaly inferior MiG 21 used by our guys, owing to our superior flying skills

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The Sabre jet used by Pakis that never stood a chance against our Gnats:

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The space shuttle Enterprise in person:

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I don't know how I missed the dulles museum. But nice to see pieces of history on display here.
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+1 to that. ( I guess all MIT minds think alike )

I'm unable to find what is interesting in Pic 4. May be you should elaborate!
Do I really need to explain?? I thought it will bring in some excitement/smile to this thread that's all :-)

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I think that is the maze near the Luray Caverns--I mean the first pic.. Kids really enjoy the treasure hunt.
There is also a good collection of vintage cars at that spot.
The 2nd pic needs some explanation though. . .the image is the reflection of the ceiling of the cavern in 1 or 2 inches deep water poodle formed because of seepage!!

Yeah, that car museum is interesting, I liked it a lot.
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Do I really need to explain?? I thought it will bring in some excitement/smile to this thread that's all :-)



The 2nd pic needs some explanation though. . .the image is the reflection of the ceiling of the cavern in 1 or 2 inches deep water poodle formed because of seepage!!
Well, I still didn't expect the 4th pic to bring excitement/ smile. Vnabhi saab has got in the best with amazing pics of smithsonians! The emola gay was a terrific find too! But took your pic in good sense of humour and hence the teaser question.

The second pic is self explanatory. We could make the reflection. Here's photos taken from my small time point and shoot taken in 2003. Excuse the camera shake. It's a point and shoot and not SLR.
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