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Overcrowded and full, New Zealand

Thought for the day..”There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”

New Zealand continues to be overrun with tourists.   Whilst the tourist board seems to think that ever increasing numbers of tourists are a wonderful thing, those people who are in New Zealand are now seeing the effects over too many tourists.   Accommodation is full in many places, cafes are packed out, roads are busier than they have ever been (=more accidents)  and the national parks and nature are suffering (and suffering is the word) from the onslaught.    And there is no end in sight.     Airlines are putting on more and more flights (particularly from China) and are upping frequencies.     Trying to get reservations for accommodation at the moment is a nightmare and the once quiet country is now far from quiet and unspoilt.

The number of tourists has now passed 3.42 million a year, (population of NZ is about 4.7 million), and is growing by over 10%.     So the overcrowding at the popular tourists sights is becoming serious.     This also means that the nature and wildlife is suffering too.    Imagine driving into Milford Sound (which is in a national park) and arriving before 0900 only to find that ALL parking was already full and that officials were telling arriving motorists to turn around and drive out again.

And the worst part…..there is no end in sight.   Quiet, peaceful and quaint it might once have been.   Not now.

Today’s photo comes from the Old Town in Bergen, Norway.    It started out as a quick snapshot in colour, and was converted to B&W.    Just lucky that there was somebody in the sunlight in the ideal position.   Another reason why it is good to always have the camera ready.

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and another photo from the archives…..sunset over Norway from an aircraft window…..

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Down the alleys of Stockholm

Thought for the day…”It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”

Am I missing the point?    Went into a local sports shop (part of a large international chain) and could not understand why a sports shop has escalators to go up and down between the different floors.   This is the same chain of sports shops which sells running machines and keep fit equipment, yet they have escalators between floors.  Am I missing the point?

Lovely photo of the alleys in the medieval part of Stockholm, Sweden.  This part of Stockholm (actually an island) is known as ‘Gamla Stan’, or Old Town, and dates from the 13th century.  In the 19th century the area was a slum, but from the 1970s the area was restored.   Fuji X-T10 camera & 18-55mm lens.

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and another photo from the archives….pondering the moment in Ethiopia…..

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Sunshine in Stockholm, Sweden

Thought for the day…” Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”    (Einstein)

” Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts”.

Although not very tall, the City Hall Tower in the centre of Stockholm does give great views of the Gamla Stan (Old Town) in the Swedish captal of Stockholm.   Stockholm is home to about 900 000 people, and lies at 59 degrees north and has daily ferry links to Finland, Estonia and Latvia.  Visible in the photo is the island of Riddarholmen (which means Knights Island) with its pointed church, and behind that, the Gamla Stan (Old Town), and in the harbour behind, the ferries to Finland (and a couple of visiting cruise ships too).  Despite its image as a modern, Scandinavian centre, areas of the city such as Tensta and Rinkeby in the suburbs suffer from high crime and racial problems (including some riots not long back).    Stockholm, in a similar way to London, suffered a great plague.    It has over 100 museums, including the ABBA museum.  The photo shows Stockholm on a summers day, but summer here is very short, and for much of the year it is cold and dark, which the sea freezing during the winter months.    Not a place for a winter holiday !!

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And another photo out of the archives….a hard day in Tallinn, Estonia…..

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New, looking old – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…’ Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits”.

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”.

The world gets more crazy.    Apparently, the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment centre (which is called a sewage works to you and me), near Seattle, USA is now promoting itself as the perfect place for weddings.  Advertising on its Facebook page, it lists the things that it can offer for your perfect wedding….lots of parking, dance floor and  full catering.   Renting the sewage works costs USD 2000 for 8 hours.   Apparently, there is no smell.

A photo from the Finnish capital of Helsinki for the photo today.   It started as a colour photo, but was then converted to black and white and then finally to Sepia, to give it an old look.  On the skyline is the Lutheran cathedaral, and below that on the left is the Helsinki town hall.   Much of the centre of Helsinki Iincluding the Lutheran Cathedral) was designed by the German architect, Engel and has a Russian style.   Indeed, parts of Helsinki look so much like Russia that in the 1970s and 1980s it was used as a copy of Russia when making films.   With faster trains to Russia now, then there are many more Russian visitors, as well as day trippers from Sweden who arrive on the overnight ferries.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 23rd June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..”  On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key”.

” Needing someone is like needing a parachute.  If they are not there the first time, chances are you will not be needing them again”.

With all the publicity at the moment for the 787 and the Paris Air show, there are some interesting facts about the world’s longest flights.  On 9th November 2005, a  Boeing 777 -200LR flew from Hong Kong to London  eastwards, covering 21 602km in 22 hours 22 minutes.  The aircraft carried 8 pilots for this flight.   But the overall record flight is surprisingly still held by a propellor driven aircraft, the Lockheed Starliner.   The TWA flight from London to San Fransisco via the Polar route on 1 October 1957 flew for 23 hours 19 minutes non-stop.  Between 1943 and 1945, Qantas operated a Catalina flying boat between Western Australia and Sri Lanka, with a flight time of between 28 hours and 33 hours, called the Double Sunrise service.   Until November this year, the Singapore Airlines flight from Newark to Singapore (15 345 km) holds the current record for the longest flight, with a flight time of 18 hours 45 minutes.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 4th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” We all have stumbling blocks, the import thing is turning them into stepping stones”

” You do not know where you are going if you are always looking back”.

Built on more than 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden lies at almost 60 degrees north, meaning cold and dark winters and a short summer.  The city has a population of around 900 000 people, although over 2 million live in the metropolitan area.  It is said to have one of the world’s most expensive public transport systems in the world.  Sweden is also said to have the highest number of Mcdonalds stores per capita in the world.

The photo today is from Stockholm, looking across the water towards the Gamla Stan/Old Town, on 1st May 2013

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 23 April – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else, you are the one that actually gets burnt”.

”  The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions”.

The first photo is said to have been ‘the view from the window’ which was taken in 1826 by Joseph Niepce.  The exposure for this photo lasted 8 hours !!   Fox Talbot is credited with inventing the photographic negative in 1839.  The first colour photograph was taken in 1861 by James Maxwell.  The first digital camera came around 1973, and made a photo of 100 pixels X 100 pixels.  There are 12 Hassleblad cameras on the moon, they were left there in order that more lunar rock samples could be brought back to earth.

And another photo out of the archives…taken a time ago, but showing the old town in Funchal, Madeira.

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Photo of the day Saturday 6th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”Take care of your body, it is the only place that you have to live”.

“Practice puts brains in your muscles”.        “Good humour is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison”.

Off to Switzerland for the photo today, and to the Old Town in Zurich.  Switzerland has a population of around 8 million people, with about 63% of them speaking Swiss-German.  Around 20% speak French and around 6% speak Italian.   Apparently, there are more banks than dentists in Switzerland, and also more Starbucks coffee shops than banks.  Zurich is also home to Europe’s largest clock face.   According to Bilanz business magazine, the richest man in Switzerland is Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish founder of IKEA.  The city of Zurich also has over 1200 fountains, with around 1.9 million people living in the Zurich metropolitan area.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 31st March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….”‘Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often ”    (Mae West).

“You only live once, but if you do it right then once is enough”  (Mae West)

A photo today from possibly the oldest capital in Europe, Tallinn capital of Estonia.  It apparently appeared on a world map made by an Arab cartographer in 1154.   Tallinn is competing with the German city of Lubeck for the claim of the birthplace of marzipan, first made here by Kalev in 1806.    If you take account of all the farthest islands and points of Europe, then the centre of Europe falls in Estonia.  Estonia also claims to have the most number of spas per capita, with 40 spas for 1.3 million people.    The photo captures some spring sunshine in the Old Town.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 21st March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Do not take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive”

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance”

Off to Tbilisi, Georgia for the photo today.  Georgia is not well known but has been an important crossroad on the east-west routes for centuries.  Home to more than 100 different ethnic groups, it has a population of about 1.4 million people.  It became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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