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The Ambler
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
North to Alaska: Ice Road Luxury Class Drivers
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Travel


For those who have not seen it, few things are as breathtaking and as wonderously beautiful as snow capped mountains peaked against a backdrop of pure blue sky.

Ice drops form in the crystals of your eyes and you could wish the entire world could at once have an enduring snapshot of such utter majesty and feel the rush of pure wind upon your bare cheeks as you gaze upon its magnificant spectacle!

Not to stop for long though as the true north continues its call for you to continually unravel its unfolding beauty down the road in the ribbon of life.

Mercedes is answering that call showcasing itself in style. A trailblazer unafraid to match its luxury against the elements.

When youre this far north

Arctic Adventure: Day 4 - Whitehorse, YT to Tok, Alaska




















 Having an AIR SCARF sounds like a definite plus!




Posted by mach1231 at 12:34 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:22 PM PST
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Kind of sad.
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Travel

I know what youre thinkin'...: "Ahhhh-,...a travel related entry".

Well this is kind of sad. Ju7st ran across this on the CBC North news site.


Apparently this place

(Google map coordinate) ...

is sadly no more thanks to a suspicious fire that is now under investigation.

Yukon lodge destroyed in fire

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But really good dope and travel pics are here. Whenever I post about the Yukon, I habitually drop mention the blazing fall colours and autumn travel. Have not traveled to the far north in over 35 years but in the words of Robert Service (who also cabined in North Delta BC once in his life)...there is a land that beckons and I will return I know I will


As far as winter travel goes, it doesnt need a boding from me to take mark of hindrance, this is the place that stops at nothing to make a river crossing out of ice. Check it....(got thermos?)

 And then theres this certified gem..

"There was a time when driving the Alaska Highway was a major life event, an event that might alter ones personality. It was a brutal undertaking that could even be life threatening."

The Alaska Highway has become The Great Frontier's road to adventure


See also

 Mush mush...mush!


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Posted by mach1231 at 2:25 PM PST
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Monday, October 22, 2012
America ReBuilds, Rebounds and Recovers
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Travel

"The W brand is known for being very hip, fresh and stylish," - Jim Gratton , Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association President

Westin Opens New Flagship Hotel in New York

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Westin Grand Central Fills Out The Old New York Helmsley



If you go........- tis about 1/2 mile; a stones throw from the Helmsley Building.

Posted by mach1231 at 3:13 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 3:24 PM PDT
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Sunday, May 6, 2012
Eminönü and Bond 23
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Travel

Fantastic shot of the new Bond film set in Turkey.


 Story behind shot here.


If I were Mr. James Bond I think I'd know where I'd stay.

built in 1892 by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits to accommodate the passengers arriving by train on the Orient Express from London and Paris, recently refurbished, room 411 is where Agatha Christie wrote 'Murder on the Orient Express'.

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Or perhaps  here.

But of course there's always this one.


Or check this one out.


Looks like the local tourist business has been slightly stirred this time.

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Berlin's new airport opens for its first flights June 3.

Slow idyllic historical tourist route.

 Otherwise, how to get there fast and cheap.


Posted by mach1231 at 2:44 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 9:19 PM PDT
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
POst WAr Time Travel
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Travel

"...- Germans told me similar tales about the silence surrounding their parents and grandparents' wartime experiences.."

 To me a statement like that is dense with both volumes of innuendo and curiousity. But not too much curiousity of course..

Tour guides convey Holocaust's message


Posted by mach1231 at 10:52 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:56 AM PDT
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Monday, March 14, 2011
Numbers and numerals
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Travel

Hard to believe


I still dont believe this , can you say it again for me?

There are over 25,000 castles in Germany..

t-w-e-n-t-y--f-i-v-e THOUSAND....???


!!!!!!1!!!!!! !!,1292519944,4/stock-photo-man-with-a-look-of-shock-on-his-face-67326526.jpg

THOUSAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ???????????


Germany reinvents itself as tourist magnet




Posted by mach1231 at 4:15 PM PDT
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Travel with experts
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Travel




Wow. I wish. A little bit too short notice for me. Unless something a kin to a miracle happens....



Recently retired, I am sure this man has many gems of wisdom to share and pass a long.


 But is now a good time?

Posted by mach1231 at 1:55 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:05 AM PDT
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Mood:  bright
Topic: Travel

Polluting the landscape for,.-....................5,000 years.



Posted by mach1231 at 7:28 PM PDT
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
Ever been?
Mood:  lazy
Topic: Travel

Check out our collection of burning forest fires over the summer.


 I am sad and sorry to report that after 7 days of forest fire smoke cloaking our city; that surely would be nothing more than a daily grind to 3 million people in Los Angeles (alas, we are only 80,000)...when the air finally did clear, finally cleared!, ... I went out for a nice lung exhilerating walk and breath of fresh air, to celebrate and enjoy my self, to my disapointment I encountered a total of five to ten people on the cities sidewalks to share with. In a total of 4-5 hours.

The rest had seized the opprtunity by hopping into their SUV,s trucks and 4x4' what seemed to be that typical 'yahooozah' type style only a Prince Georgian would know.

I lost sheer track of the number of vehicles with 4-5 empty seats. Many were crew cab trucks with 4 empty seats and one driver. This town just loves it trucks and jeeps and SUVs.  I did see a few pedal cyclists. Walkers and cyclers tend to be very far and few inbetween.

But some links in case you are interested in our great province.

Its an awesome place to travel ...

And there be just a small miniscule sample, the most I could assemble in 5 minutes. If you really want to take a long drink from the waters here for a good travel experience, I would recommend taking your time, such as a good 2-5 days to cover between Vancouver and Prince George (and that would be about 1/7th of the good mainsteam routes to take for travel)


...otherwise youre just letting the scenery pass you by through closed windows...

International and out of province visitors, great place to start is here...


Posted by mach1231 at 10:34 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, August 23, 2010 7:29 PM PDT
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Just for Fun
Mood:  cool
Topic: Travel


Started out having a good morning on-line..


















...but I could have stayed all day here.




Posted by mach1231 at 10:37 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, May 28, 2010 10:38 AM PDT
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