I'm a little confused... Are you posting this because there's not an OT travel thread, or because you were unaware that we DO have a travel forum?
PS nice pics.
So I searched 'travel', but I didn't come across an existing thread in OT. (inb4wehaveatravelforum!!1!)
I recently went to Peru with my wife. I was going to post some of these in the hiking thread, but since there isn't much hiking going on in these pictures, and we have a thread for everything except travel, I thought I'd start off the OT Travel thread.
Flying over the Andes on our way to Cusco:
Driving from Cusco to Ollantaytambo:
Stopping along the way to see some ruins. These were at about 11K ft above sa level...probably not a good idea to start a trip that high up (got altitude sickness 5 days into the trip).
The entrance into Ollantaytambo. We spend about 4 days here. It was an awesome little town. Good food too! Had delicious Alpaca steak, and some of the best burritos I've ever had here.
view of town from the local ruins:
A little street near our hotel. What was really neat was that it seemed like the foundations of the houses were basically the same as the ruins, except they hadn't been abandoned.
When we arrived at Machu Picchu it was still really foggy. There are a TON of trails/hikes nearby that you never hear about so we went to check some out until the fog burned off. It was a good thing we didn't wake up at 4:00am for the sunrise. We couldn't see 10 feet in front ofus when we arrived at 8am. There is a drop off the side in this picture of a few hundred feet. It was a really neat hike.
The sun finally came out around 12 or so:
We decided to take a hike up the mountain behind where I took the picture above from. We still call it the death hike. It was basically a staircase up a mountain, and combined with the onset of altitude sickness we were just beat to hell by it. The view was great though (and we didn't even go all the way to the top!). That little green clearing is what you also see in the previous picture.
Next we went back to Cusco. Its a neat city. Something like 300K people living over 10,000ft above sea level. Pics haven't been loaded yet, so I'll load some later.
Lastly it was on to Lima. Didn't spend much time there, but did check out the changing of the guard, a mall on an ocean side cliff, and some catacombs. Its a city of 9M people or so, with sidewalks smaller than my neighborhood. It felt a little cramped. The seafood was mind blowing. The ceviche is the best seafood dish I've ever had...and my wife is from Maine.
Changing of the guard is slightly different than in England.
We've begun discussing our next destination. The short list so far is Southeast Asia (Thailand or Vietnam), Iceland, Costa Rica or Argentina.
So where has OT been recently?
OP I saw your post on the canon nikon thread and saw you went to Peru, I went last year too and then proceeded to stalk your threads to see if you had pictures of your trip.
You flew over the Andes, I went to the Andes. My pockets weren't big enough to go to Cusco.
I visited the Ancash region, Huaraz being the main city was beautiful, and I was amazed at the diversity there were people from all over the world there. I visited the ruins in the area and then the Cordillera Blanca. I have tons of photos but I just never got to editing them or even converting them to Jpeg format. I have these for now.
llanganuco 3 by BrianCerna, on Flickr
llanganuco 2 by BrianCerna, on Flickr
llanganuco by BrianCerna, on Flickr
moon over the Andes by BrianCerna, on Flickr
The highest I went was 12,464 feet. which is at the lake, but the highest peak in the cordillera is 22,199feet which is the Huascaran mountain.
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Nowhere recently, unfortunately.
I just had a buddy offer to let me stay with him in England and another friend offer to let me use his car in Ireland. Too bad I accepted a full-time job a few weeks ago and can afford to go-- but don't have the vacation time.
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Just finished up a study abroad in London last week. I was gone from the first week in January until now. While I was gone I visited Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, and Denmark. I also got to tour Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Mini Cooper. It was the most fun four months I think I have ever had. I have about a zillion pictures I took that I could put in here but this would become a huge thread...
I'll hopefully be able to visit my brother in Bordeaux France withing the next half year or so. He managed to finagle his way into getting his UK passport so he's staying there for the time being.
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Prior to that we might be doing a weeklong family trip to Ireland with the inlaws, wife's sister and huband. It'd be a weeklong pubcrawl.
Leaving on Friday afternoon for the great American experience that is Disney. Not my choice of vacation spots but I'm being a team player with the wife and kids on this one...just once.
Damn, a lot of amazing pictures. Peru looks incredible. I would probably have altitude sickness with the quickness if I went there. Visiting Macchu Picchu is definitely something that's on my bucket list. Astonishing to think that the Incas felt like they should build a town up there so high in the Andes.
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Well, I'm currently studying abroad in Salzburg and just got back from a weekend trip to Berlin. Been to:
Hallein/Bad Durnnberg, Austria
Nürburg(for the 'Ring, duh)
That's it so far, I've got until June 2 here. The program is taking my group to Vienna too, I'm going to try to get to Bratislava. A few of us are going to try to get to Prague as well before we leave. I'd like to explore more of Austria, it's such a beautiful country. Here are a few pics from travels so far.
View of the Alps from the University in Salzburg.
A Passage decorated for Easter.
Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich.
St. Peters Church cemetery, it's one of the oldest churches in Salzburg. St. Rupert, founder of "modern" Salzburg is buried in the church.
A view over Slazburg from a cannon emplacement in Festung Hohensalzburg. The church is the Salzburg Cathedral and former residence of the ruling Bishops of Salzburg.
My brother and I(on the left) posing with Sabine Schmitz at the 4-14 VLN race at the Nürburgring.
No caption really necessary here. This was taken in the Bad Durrnberg salt mine, not sure if this is on the German or Austrian side of the mine.
Neo-Gothic cathedral in Linz, Austria.
An evening view of the "Altstadt" and Hohensalzburg. Pics really don't show how high the fortress really sits above the city.
Great Patriotic War memorial in Berlin.
An original section of Berlin wall pretty much how it was when it was still in use.
What's left of the foundation of houses that were demolished because the occupants kept jumping out their windows into West Berlin since their house was the border.
was in Montego Bay Jamaica a few weeks back
sunrise at Sandals
hangin out with the local people that live/work there, really cool people
Scotchies (was on travel channel) had to go
hanging out with our driver there for lunch, great guy
half a chicken, 1/2 lb pork & 2 beers for $22 USD
Basically sums it up
Ireland isn't on many peoples travel radars when planning a trip to Europe but it is one of my favorite places. I liked it so much that I actually moved there for awhile. Its pretty expensive but it is an absolutely gorgeous place. The people are tremendous. I'm considering moving back there once I finish my degrees
Wow some great places, pictures and exotic locations in this thread, I've been loads of places in Europe, so for me travelling to the states is quite far flung. Last year a couple of friends and I did this-
My buddy Chris at the Grand Canyon
LA from Mulholland Drive at night.
C&C in Irvine,
Went a bunch of other places, through Texas, Tennessee and Florida.
Ended in NYC,
6 weeks of great fun. I'm coming back for 2 weeks in Florida come June 16th but it's not really the same
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Nice pics everyone.. I'd post some but my Photobucket account is maxed out.
We've been busy since last summer:
Oktoberfest, including BMW and Audi museums
Starting next week through the summer:
DTM race in Nürnberg- possible
Rallye Germany with a stop in Nürburg on the way down
Ireland- BIG driving trip
I think that's it...
Ireland should be interesting. My wife has been there, but neither my parents or I have been. We plan on flying into Dublin, renting a car and then hitting the southern portion of the country. I've never driven stick in a RHD car... but my dad has. Both my mom and wife can drive a manual, but I don't think they'll be doing any driving on this trip! We've already mapped out most of the trip.
Now to go give Photobucket some money for the "premier" account...
I really want to visit Machu Picchu. It's on my list of places to travel in the next few years.
This fall it's going to be Europe. Land in Frankfurt, visit the Porsche Museum and drive the Nurburgring (any suggestions of where to stay at the Ring, which car to rent would be appreciated) and probably see some castles. Open to suggestions for the few days we are in Germany.
After that we drive to Poland to visit my GF's grandparents and extended family. We will be all over Poland for a week and a half. Then we fly to Greece for a week and then home. The only part we haven't done much planning around is the time we're in Germany. I have to organize a lot of that.
I've stayed at Hotel zur Burg twice and my brother stayed at Hotel am Tiergarten. Both are FANTASTIC hotels, right in the village of Nürburg not more than 5 minutes from the Touristenfahrten entrance.
I've always had my POV, but one of my friends from work rented a prepped Suzuki Swift from Rent4Ring: http://www.rent4ring.de/ He did the 2 lap deal for 160€ - which included insurance, fuel, a two lap card (52€ value alone), and the car. I rode along for one lap and it was fantastic! I was very impressed with the car! He went with the stage one car because it was pretty cold the day we were there and the stage two had racing slicks...
There's also Rent Racecar: http://www.rentracecar.de/ - I have no experience with them though...
I think the Swift would be fine, my parents have decided to come along on the trip. And then we meet up with my in-laws in Poland too (who are heading over a week earlier). Anyway, I want to rent a Swift as i'm sure it'd be plenty of car for a first timer. My dad, who is a 62 year old Porsche 930 owner (he has 2 of them street/race prep), doesn't want to drive some piss-cutter FWD car. Might have to track down one of the older M3's that are available there for him.
comparing the free accounts that each offer, flickr's upload quality is way better and doesn't downsize pictures. this is basic knowledge, so if anyone who has experience can chime in and correct me, feel free to.
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