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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine is shortly to travel to Thailand to visit his son. He's going by train. Turkey - various Stahns - China - Lao - Mornighton Crescent.

China does not believe this is possible and only issues a visa on production of airline reservation. You have to make a reservation (but not actually pay for the ticket) with an airline, get the visa, cancel the reservation and buy a train ticket.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could go by sea.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"the Man In Seat 61" - the fount of all knowledge about non-air travel

www.seat61.com
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking about that sort of thing for a trip to Greece. It took two days each way and cost double the airfare! Could be a good sight seeing trip though.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
I was thinking about that sort of thing for a trip to Greece. It took two days each way and cost double the airfare! Could be a good sight seeing trip though.


Two days isn't bad. It would take longer on horseback! Besides, life is a journey, not a destination.

FWIW, there's a great overnight ferry that runs between Italy and Greece. My son and I drove down to Turkey and Syria a few years ago, and came back that way. The ferry goes to Igoumenitsa in Northwest Greece. Nothern Greece is fabulous; green and mountainous. Quite unlike the area further south.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the day, Wordsworth and Coleridge walked to Italy.
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One of our ladies, when aged 32, cycled to India Laughing

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Murphy is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She followed this by volunteering with Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal, and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Murphy took a break from travel writing following the birth of her daughter, and then wrote about her travels with Rachel in India, Pakistan, South America, Madagascar and Cameroon. She later wrote about her solo trips through Romania, Africa, Laos, the states of the former Yugoslavia, and Siberia. In 2005 she visited Cuba with her daughter and three granddaughters.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't checked the link, but would that be Dervla Murphy by any chance? If so I've read a few of her books. Great reads.
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Tarrel wrote:
Haven't checked the link, but would that be Dervla Murphy by any chance? If so I've read a few of her books. Great reads.


The very one. 'Intrepid' was invented for her likes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Airports Commissions critique:
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A key issue in the airport expansion debate is whether or not a new runway would be compatible with national climate change commitments. The Airports Commission gives the impression that the issue has been fully considered, but in fact a number of questions remain to be answered.

We have three major concerns about the Commissions approach to analysing the climate change implications of airport expansion. Below each issue we have given our recommendations of what the Airports Commission needs to do before publishing its final report. We would urge everybody responding to the Airports Commissions consultation, which closes on the 3rd February, to include our three recommendations in their response to questions 4, 5 or 6.

http://www.aef.org.uk/2015/01/20/carbon-gap-airports-commissions-new-runway/
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the Consultation form - deadline 3rd Feb.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/increasing-the-uks-long-term-aviation-capacity
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
Back in the day, Wordsworth and Coleridge walked to Italy.


I'm going to pay my respects to my dad at the cemetary on Fathers' Day. I'm walking there as it's only 400 miles (ish).

https://awalktoremember2015.wordpress.com
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boisdevie wrote:
biffvernon wrote:
Back in the day, Wordsworth and Coleridge walked to Italy.


I'm going to pay my respects to my dad at the cemetary on Fathers' Day. I'm walking there as it's only 400 miles (ish).

https://awalktoremember2015.wordpress.com


boisdevie, have you read As I Walked Out One Midsummer's Morning by Laurie Lee? An enthralling read.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

boisdevie wrote:


I'm going to pay my respects to my dad at the cemetary on Fathers' Day. I'm walking there as it's only 400 miles (ish).

https://awalktoremember2015.wordpress.com


Nice one.

My friend, Ian, is now somewhere in the middle of Asia:
https://traintriptothailandblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/second-day/
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