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The Open Road – New Zealand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Do not put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket”.

” Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle”.

Off to New Zealand for todays photo, and a picture from one of the three main routes (state highway 73)  that crosses the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.    Having left the flat plains of Canterubury behind, the road climbs up through Porters Pass (939m) then descends in the mountains before climbing again up to Arthurs Pass (925m) then descends steeply towards the west coast.    The main road is seen here at the bottom of this descent, not far from the settlement of Jackson, which now boasts a 5 star resort.  Jackson is more famous for its pub and also its gourmet pies, a New Zealand tradition.   An excellent, scenic drive or cycle if you are in New Zealand, highly recommended.   Non-stop it will take around 3 hours from Christchurch to the West Coast, but with scenery like this, then you are bound to stop for photos.   The view here is looking eastwards, back towards the Southern Alps.

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Big Brother and something fishy – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Being happy does not mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections”.

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(photo from Infowars.com)   Bad news for all people who take photographs.  Sad to read that a new Hungarian law will now make it illegal for people to photograph other people in public places without their express permission.  Questions are already being asked about how it will affect tourists, who naturally want to take photos in places like Budapest (filled with people in the streets), but also how it will affect reporters trying to photograph news items.   Very bad of the Hungarian government to try and stop photography in this way, definitely a very backward step.    If they start enforcing this no photographing of people rule, then it will be a very good reason to avoid visiting Hungary.    It is bad enough to read about the problems that photographers have in the USA now, but it seems that the restrictions are spreading.   Big Brother/1984 has happened, just that it started later than predicted.  Hungarian citizens may wish to avoid this place in Texas in  the USA though…..they would definitely got caught on camera here….just for entering a beach….

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The photo today comes from a fishing village in Korea, Gampo.   Lots of fish and also seaweed is dried here, and despite the village only having around 7200 residents, it is said that there are over 240 seafood restaurants here.   Raw fish dishes (hoe) and also abalone soup (jeonboktang) and grilled seafood is popular.

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On the menu tonight – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”  Life was much easier when APPLE and BLACKBERRY were just fruits”.

” Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings”.

One of the delights of foreign travel are the unusual foods that you find, especially in the local markets.  Today’s photo comes from a trip about 10 years ago to Laos, and shows some of the foods on offer in the market.    Fried frogs and also fried rat are for sale here, together with something in the centre of the display which I can only guess what it is (any ideas????).  Squirrels on a stick and snake are also common, and wild birds also feature on the menus.    Far better is the local Lao (arabica)  coffee, which is surprisingly good.    And to finish off the meal…..Lao Lao, or the local whisky, made from rice.   Very strong of course, and the one that I tasted had been made in old oil barrels.    The oil gave the whisky an extra taste.  The Scotch may use old brandy and cognac barrels to give their whisky a special taste, but the Lao secret was oil barrels.  Definitely different.   If oil is not to your taste then you can also get Lao whisky infused with snake.  They claimed that snake-infused whisky has medicinal properties and that it can be used as an aphrodisiac.   Not tried that one, nor the fried frogs or squirrels.    There are limits, sometimes.

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Soothing sunet – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life”.

Time to dig another photo out of the archives, and since it is Friday then a nice sunset to finish off the week.   Do deep from the archives comes this sunset photo.   The colours of a sunset are actually caused by dust, and also the way that light diffracts as the sun appears to move lower.   Nine major planets orbit the sun, which is around 149 600 km away from the Earth. All the planets also orbit the Sun in the same direction, which is anti-clockwise.   Solar activity is on an 11 year cycle, where every 11 years it reaches it maxium.  The sun also reverses its polarity every 11 years, with the Magnetic North becoming the magnetic South.

As the colours change so fast at this time of day, a series of photos were taken, then the one with the best colour was selected.   The photo has been cropped from the original.

If the good people at Air France Customer Service are reading this, then I would really appreciate it if they could reply to emails and sort out the 2012 refund problem.  Answering emails does not appear to be their strong point.

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Norwegian nature reflections – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If you want light to come into your life, then you need to be standing where it is shining”.

Early morning (and a perfect morning) in Voss, Norway in the photo today.   It is hard not to get wonderful photos on days like these, especially in Norway where there is so much scenery like this.    Voss, population about 13 500 people,  is a summer and also a winter (ski) resort, and is on the route of the famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ Tour.  It is on the main Oslo to Bergen rail line, which is in itself a great tourist attraction.   Voss also hosts an annual extreme sports week at the end of June each year, including skydiving, and para-bungy.    If you take the letters N.O.R.W.A.Y then, according to the tourist board, it stands for No Other Region Will Amaze You.  Amazing !

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747 with a history – Not the Quality Resort Spa Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”    (Albert Einstein).

Watching a TV program recently about the 747 Jumbo Jet, and learnt a few interesting things.   Originally, the 747 was intended as a temporary aircraft until Boeing had developed its supersonic transport aircraft, but when that project was abandoned then the 747 became the big success story for Boeing.   Many years ago I saw this aircraft in Korea, not far from the capital Seoul.   It was being used at that time as a restaurant, but it was a mystery how they had got the aircraft into that location, which was surrounded by hills and big apartments.   During the TV program, a former Pan Am stewardess was interviewed, and she talked about working on the aircraft in the photo, including what had happened on 30 July 1971.   The pilot had miscalculated take-off speeds whilst taking off from San Fransisco bound for Tokyo, and had hit the runway approach lights.  These then punctured the aircraft and entered the cabin, seriously injuring 2 passengers.  The aircraft was able to land despite losing 3 of its 4 hydraulic systems.    The landing was dramatic, including large bounces and a fire from the landing gear, with the aircraft coming to a stop resting on its tail, nose in the air.

Amazingly, despite all the damage, the aircraft was repaired and returned to service, initially with Air Zaire, but later again with Pan Am (but with a new name!).   It continued to fly for Pan Am until 1991, then went to Aerolineas Argentina and also Kabo Air Nigeria before finally ending its flying days in 1999.    It was then used as a restaurant in Korea until 2010, when it was cut up.   Interesting history behind the photo!!

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Down the Subway – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”.   ” Does age come with experience or experience with age?”

Did you see the story in the news about Peter Shankmann, who was given a ticket for running in Central Park, New York, before the official opening time?  He was training for an Ironman Triathlon, but was stopped by police for running before the official opening time.   He claims that there were no signs, gates or notices banning running, and intends to fight the charges in court later.   So apparently the police in New York have nothing better to do than ticket innocent runners.  Crazy.

The photo today comes from Slovenia, a lovely place for a holiday.  Previously part of Yugoslavia (until 1991), Slovenia has a population of around 2 million.   Around 50% of the country is forrested.  It is said that it is the only country in the world to have the word ‘LOVE” in it.  The capital is Ljublana, which is where today’s photo was taken.    Late afternoon light has illuminated this subway and the grafitti nicely, whilst the two pedestrians provide a nice balance.    A good photo needs good light, and the light was just right for this photo.

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Colourful healthy eating – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” If you cannot return a favour, then pass it on “.

”  Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears”.

Always good to fill the frame with lots of colour, and today’s photo is another shot from a local market….always a good place to find lots of local colours.  Nice contrast here between the dark skin and the colourful fruit.   Again this photo shows what you can do with an ordinary, cheap consumer camera.  Who needs 24 mega pixels and lenses costing thousands of dollars???

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