Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


View Poll Results: What do I wish for you Sam & Jenny?
Congratulations on your wedding and every happiness! 371 63.97%
A long happy life together! 497 85.69%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 580. You may not vote on this poll

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 18th September 2010, 13:36   #166
Senior - BHPian
 
pjbiju's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Karamattom, Aluva, Kotagiri, Yercaud, Hospet, Indore, Nashik, Pune (now)
Posts: 1,178
Thanked: 460 Times
Default Pipe Organ

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Kapasi View Post
And stunning churches
Referring to http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...dsc_8222_l.jpg

Sam, did you hear the pipe organ being played. I have never listened to an actual pipe organ being played. I have only listened to them being played on digital keyboards. I wonder how many churches in India house actual pipe organs.

-Biju

p.s. Venice is beautiful. And Alappuzha (Alleppey) is called the Venice of the East.

Last edited by pjbiju : 18th September 2010 at 13:37.
pjbiju is offline  
Old 18th September 2010, 14:03   #167
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pjbiju View Post
Referring to http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...dsc_8222_l.jpg

Sam, did you hear the pipe organ being played. I have never listened to an actual pipe organ being played. I have only listened to them being played on digital keyboards. I wonder how many churches in India house actual pipe organs.

-Biju

p.s. Venice is beautiful. And Alappuzha (Alleppey) is called the Venice of the East.
Biju, that is a small pipe organ. There are some that deliver sound that makes your hair stand on end with pleasure. No keyboard or synthesizer can replicate this.

I have heard these before. One was played at my wedding ceremony too.

It is stunning.

Quote:
p.s. Venice is beautiful. And Alappuzha (Alleppey) is called the Venice of the East.
And rightly so. Both Jenny and I are huge fans of Kerala.

Quote:
I'm wondering how you could leave!
Because where we were planning to go, was unimaginably beautiful.

Stay tuned, I promise this travelogue will be one you will not forget.

Last edited by Sam Kapasi : 18th September 2010 at 14:05.
Sam Kapasi is offline  
Old 18th September 2010, 14:13   #168
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default Destination: Plitvice, Croatia

Jenny had suggested Plitvice (pronounced Plit-vitsey) in Croatia.

What? Inland Croatia?
Yes. This is definitely something we should see.

My vision of Croatia had been islands and beaches with the impossibly blue Adriatic sea. I had not planned on inland.

Plitvice? What about it?

I now refer to wikipedia

Quote:
Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Plitvice plateau which is surrounded by three mountains part of the Dinaric Alps: Plješevica mountain (Gornja Plješevica peak 1,640 m), Mala Kapela mountain (Seliški Vrh peak at 1,280 m), and Medveđak (884 m)


The national Park is underlain by karstic rock, mainly dolomite and limestone with associated lakes and caves, this has given rise to the most distinctive feature of the lakes.
Lakes

The lakes are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm per year.


The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two km˛, with the water exiting from the lowest lake to form the Korana River.


The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.


The lakes are divided into the 12 Upper Lakes (Gornja jezera) and the four Lower Lakes (Donja jezera)
Whoa.

Here's a satellite photo of the lake region.
Name:  388pxPlitvice.png
Views: 3940
Size:  446.8 KB<br /> <br />
And the location on the Croatian map.<br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-619pxcroatia_location_map.svg.png <br />
That sounded terribly interesting. OK, let's go with it. We're going to Plitvice!</div>   <div style=

Last edited by Sam Kapasi : 18th September 2010 at 14:17.
Sam Kapasi is offline  
Old 18th September 2010, 15:03   #169
Senior - BHPian
 
pjbiju's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Karamattom, Aluva, Kotagiri, Yercaud, Hospet, Indore, Nashik, Pune (now)
Posts: 1,178
Thanked: 460 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Kapasi View Post
Biju, that is a small pipe organ. There are some that deliver sound that makes your hair stand on end with pleasure. No keyboard or synthesizer can replicate this.

I have heard these before. One was played at my wedding ceremony too.

It is stunning.
Wow. You had the pipe organ being played for your wedding.

I have seen pictures of pipe organs as big as a big room and very tall. I used to accompany church singing (English songs) using reed organs (mostly German), accordians, keyboards including some very old hammond electronic keyboards with slider keys, but have never heard or played the pipe organ.

I am sure many of these must be still in use in many of European Churches.

An old Reed Organ
YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-reed_organ.jpg
Photo Courtesy: <a rel=Interests

An old hammond electronic keyboard
Name:  hammondB3.gif
Views: 23208
Size:  112.4 KB<br />
Photo Courtesy: <a rel=Megapost Sintetizadores ((Algo te llevas)) - Taringa!

Waiting for Croatia now and sorry for hijacking your HoneyMoonlogue.
pjbiju is offline  
Old 18th September 2010, 17:09   #170
BHPian
 
ashwinsid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 168
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

I envy you Sam Kapasi. Really. Sigh. For now, shall soak in all the wonderful pics and your narration and live the trip myself.
ashwinsid is offline  
Old 18th September 2010, 23:37   #171
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 7,841
Thanked: 7,226 Times
Default

Indeed, there are many pipe organs still in use in English churches. Some of them take up more than a whole room full of space. There are also concert hall organs that are absolute monsters. I experienced Mahler's second symphony, played by a big orchestra, with a big choir, and with a finale including the organ, at London's Royal Festival Hall. You get it through every pore of your body and every cell vibrates and... and... there is no amplification!

It's way better than the the Star Wars theme
Thad E Ginathom is offline  
Old 19th September 2010, 00:43   #172
BHPian
 
roadie_swift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 116
Thanked: 27 Times
Default

Sam, waiting eagerly, with bated breath, for Croatia.. Pls don't kill us.
roadie_swift is offline  
Old 19th September 2010, 01:05   #173
BHPian
 
mathranik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ahmedabad, GJ
Posts: 159
Thanked: 193 Times
Default

Sam - oh, man - you've inspired a lot of us to write, and even more of us to travel. And travel in the real sense of the word! You're crazy, and have found a soulmate who'd accompany you in your crazy journey of life. I am sure she feels privileged!
Amazing travelogue! It is not just the places you visit, or the quality of pictures, nor is it the drive - it is the way you do it. Hats off, dude!
mathranik is offline  
Old 19th September 2010, 17:08   #174
BHPian
 
SafeDrive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chennai
Posts: 411
Thanked: 47 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thad E Ginathom View Post
Wow, I love Venice already --- and I haven't even been there. I'm wondering how you could leave!
Gondolas? well, I guess I'd have probably spent all day on gondolas!
Thad, that woould probably be only until you convert the cost into rupees . After that you'd probably spend all day looking at gondolas. Unfortunatley this habit is built into almost all of us.

Sam - from your pictures, Venice looks really crowded. Is it always so?

And as pointed out earlier, parts of God's own country was also similar not very long ago. The main mode of transport then was the waterways and almost all the houses (at least of the better off folks) were constructed along them. The main enterance to these were also from the waterway. So you would "park" your boat, step through the gate into the courtyard and then to the living room. When the roadways took over this represented a peculiar problem as most of these houses now had to open up at the back to get an enternace. So the net result has been that these houses ended up having two living rooms and often enough you can see the kitchen towards the front of the house which from an Indian stand point looks odd.
SafeDrive is offline  
Old 19th September 2010, 22:46   #175
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 7,841
Thanked: 7,226 Times
Default

Converting the cost of anything European to Rupees is painful.

It works the other way around, too, when buying something like an imported food item in India. Only the other day I was heard to say, "Rs.240! But that's more than three quid!". The only way I justify very occasional purchases like that is that the mark up may be silly, but it's still cheaper than the air fare!

No doubt I'd be extra sad after comparing the cost to a day aboard a boat in and around Alleppey, but I'd probably still do it. I just love boats!
Thad E Ginathom is offline  
Old 20th September 2010, 00:40   #176
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default The journey continues

We pick up the car from the Park house and begin to drive to Trieste.

Right after we cross Trieste, we will cross the Italy-Slovenia border (but as I have mentioned before, there is no physical border or checkpost between the 2 countries.

We will drive past Trieste and enter Slovenia at Kozina. Kozina is already off the map of the Navigation device.

From here we will continue on the state highway for a short while cutting across to Pasjak. At Pasjak will be the border between Slovenia and Hrvatska (That's Croatia in the regional language, just like Deutschland is Germany) and officially we will have left the Schengen states and will be out of the EU.

YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8337_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8341_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8342_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8343_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8351_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8352_l.jpg <br /> <br />
To answer the many previous questions, I DO have a valid visa for Croatia. I had a great desire to visit Split island in Croatia and had planned on this earlier. I had applied for a Croatian visa in India before leaving.<br />
Croatia has no embassy in Mumbai (they do have an honorary consul) and the passport had to be sent to New Delhi with all the necessary papers.<br /> <br />
Let me say that it was as difficult to get a Croatian visa as it is to get a visa from any west european country. In fact I would say that the paperwork required is even higher (strange, considering that I already had many many Schengen visas and many visits too)<br /> <br />
Here's a long road video from Italy to Slovenia, enjoy.<br /> <br /> <div style='text-align:center; margin:20px 0px 20px 0px;'> <table summary='table' class='tborder' align='center' border='0' cellpadding='6' cellspacing='1' width='1' style='margin: auto;'> <thead> <tr> <td class='tcat' colspan='2'><a rel='nofollow' href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHTzzH_Cppg' target='_blank'>YouTube - Italy to Slovenia</a></td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td class='alt1' style='padding:0px;'><div style='margin-bottom: -3px; box-shadow: 0px 10px 30px -15px #222222;'><iframe id=


Soon we're at the border and it is time for passport control. Ashish see, a proper road immigration counter.

We're leaving the EU.

YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8353_l.jpg   <div style=
Sam Kapasi is offline   () Thanks
Old 20th September 2010, 02:02   #177
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 7,841
Thanked: 7,226 Times
Default

Sam, what is the origin of "Park House"? is this a translation from German or Italian?
Thad E Ginathom is offline  
Old 20th September 2010, 09:20   #178
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thad E Ginathom View Post
Sam, what is the origin of "Park House"? is this a translation from German or Italian?
I'm not sure. I'm not even sure if that is the right name. You see, the German word for it is "Parkhaus" - and so while driving with Jenny, we simply look for or address the need for a

Park House. Simple and easy. I guess some might call it a "Garage" - in india we usually refer to garage as a place where you get your car repaired.

It doesn't matter what it's called in any language I guess. All one needs to do it look for the big blue "P" sign.
Sam Kapasi is offline  
Old 20th September 2010, 15:58   #179
Senior - BHPian
 
pjbiju's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Karamattom, Aluva, Kotagiri, Yercaud, Hospet, Indore, Nashik, Pune (now)
Posts: 1,178
Thanked: 460 Times
Default

Sam, I have heard quite a few people say that driving in Italy is like driving in India. You have people driving like crazy, cutting lanes, jumping signals etc. Is that still true? I hope as a part of EU, this has changed.

-Biju
pjbiju is offline  
Old 20th September 2010, 16:24   #180
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default Hrvatska (Croatia!)

We're stopped at 2 places.

Starod in slovenia, where our passports are examined and mine is stamped with an exit sign. It is a most unusual stamp as it has a car sketched on it, as opposed to the plane symbol I am used to.

Jenny's is returned to her unstamped. European passports are not stamped during exit and re-entry. Which is a saving of a LOT of pages if you consider how many times Indian immigration stamps my pssport.

We drive though 100 metres of no man's land and then must stop in Pasjak, Hrvatska. Jenny's passport is quickly examined, stamped and returned. EU nationals have free access to Croatia.
My passport is examined, visa examined, passport stamped and returned.

We're in Croatia! Dobrodošli!!

YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8354.jpg <br /> <br /> <br />
Croatia has some pretty good Autobahns, starting from Rupa.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8359_l.jpg <br />
From where?<br /> <br />
Rupa.<br />
I begin to sing <i>RUPA, Ruuupa, Rupa frontline hai aaramdaayak...</i><br />
Blank look.<br /> <i>Yeh aaram ka maamla hai.</i> It's hilarious. For me.<br /> <i>What's so funny?<br />
Rupa is an underwear brand in India.</i><br /> <i>So?</i> She looks back at me straightfaced. Suddenly I feel a bit immature.<br /> <i>Nothing.</i> <br />
I take the ticket from the toll naka.<br /> <br />
From here we are to first go to the coastal city of Rijeka (pronounced Riyekah), but we will not stop here, we cannot stop today.<br /> <br />
We are to cover in excess of 400 kms, which would have been easy on the Autobahn, but we do not have Autobahns all the way.<br /> <br />
But yes, the road from Rupa to Rijeka is probably the most beautiful curvy and delicious Autobahn road I have driven on.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8360_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8361_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8366_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8368_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8374_l.jpg <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8376_l.jpg <br /> <br /> <br />
Beautiful construction, fantastic location and some really great mountains and tunnels.<br /> <br /> <a href=YetiBlog® - Of weddings and drivings.(France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia)-dsc_8377b_l.jpg
It is getting dark, sunset is here. We still have a long way to go on narrow roads.</div>   <div style=

Last edited by Sam Kapasi : 20th September 2010 at 16:42.
Sam Kapasi is offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
European Holiday: 13 days around Italy & France SnS_12 Travelogues 47 25th July 2016 16:29
A Solo trip to Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina mr.sinha Travelogues 75 5th August 2013 16:00
YetiBlog® - Greece! (and a wee bit of Germany) Sam Kapasi Travelogues 193 16th August 2011 17:49
A trip to France Swiss alps and Frankfurt(Germany) gajadonga Travelogues 99 6th November 2010 10:28
YetiBlog® - Snow, Germany and a Rather Blocked Nose Sam Kapasi Travelogues 153 5th May 2010 00:45


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 08:19.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks