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Wow WH. It is a strange thing to look down on clouds when you are not on a plane! I always think it is strange to drive into clouds when going up a mountain too. Beautiful picture; please post more!


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Thanks ! everyone like my picture , it's Phu tok at Chiangkan of Loei.
Your pictures are wonderful too, I never go to western and I like aisle seat  ;D

For this picture, I drove up to Phutapburk mountain in Phetchaboon province during end of rain season.
I drove up hill at night to see sun rise and drove down hill in mist.  ;)
I felt like I can reach cloud in the sky.  ;)
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Long live to long learn


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Brought back memories, been to Phu Thab Boek in October 2015. Many places to stay have been demolished since.

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Great pictures WH and Robert! WH, if you are using your mobile to take pictures you can download an app called Snapseed. It makes it very easy to edit your pictures, add text, add effects etc.


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I've just returned from a two week trip around various parts. Whilst it was business I took the camera with me.

First port of call was BKK. Had a couple of client dinners. The first in the Banyan Tree. Vertigo was closed because of the weather so we ate in the restaurant. Probably the best food I have ever eaten in Thailand. The next night was another dinner in Lebua. Weather was bad again, and what a disappointment. Shockingly expensive and poor quality. Never again.

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From BKK to Manila. Stayed at the Peninsular, which was fantastic. I've never stayed in a hotel with an orchestra playing in the lobby... But I thought Manila was grotty and had a undercurrent of danger. You have to go through metal detectors everywhere, sniffer dogs, men with big guns etc.

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From Manila to HK. Love HK. (there are some errant pictures of Manila mixed in; the hotel is the Pen). The Temple is Man Mo (?).

From there to Dubai. Meeting was in the Dubai Mall. It's Ramadan so even getting a coffee is a chore, but I thought it was an amazing place (to visit).

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Not a photo by a member, but by Dave Silvester. This is Peter Hickman in knee-down action on his way to winning yesterday's Superbike TT.

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Yes great pics. I love HK and recall when the Caledonian(?) building - the one with the ferris wheel in front of it, was just about the tallest building there. I recall on my first visit in 1980, eating at a revolving restaurant at the Furama(?) hotel, right on the quayside, it was on the 22nd floor and there were virtually uninterrupted views throughout. They pulled it down.

They even pulled down the wonderful colonial Repulse Bay Hotel on the waterfront at erm, Repulse Bay, and then rebuilt it again as it was, because of the outcry!

Amazing place.


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Yes great pics. I love HK and recall when the Caledonian(?) building - the one with the ferris wheel in front of it, was just about the tallest building there. I recall on my first visit in 1980, eating at a revolving restaurant at the Furama(?) hotel, right on the quayside, it was on the 22nd floor and there were virtually uninterrupted views throughout. They pulled it down.

They even pulled down the wonderful colonial Repulse Bay Hotel on the waterfront at erm, Repulse Bay, and then rebuilt it again as it was, because of the outcry!

Amazing place.

Someone told me that the HSBC building was constructed in a way that would allow it to be dismantled and moved; it was at the time of the handover. I had a meeting in there: it is not the nicest building. I agree with you Caller; it is an amazing place but not somewhere I would like to live!


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I agree with you Caller; it is an amazing place but not somewhere I would like to live!

Not now. But years ago, I would have jumped at the chance. I tried so hard as a lowly civil servant to get moved there, but I was young and naïve then.


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Looking through some old pixs of a trip to Chiang Mai and saw these from a trip to an orchid farm.


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Really great pictures. I hope you've printed these and have them on display: they would look amazing! I am sure there must be some great printing companies in Thailand, but the stand-out in Europe is Whitewall, https://www.whitewall.com/uk. I think your pictures as acrylics would leap off the wall.


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Some from Sicily. These are from Palermo.

I am not afraid to drive anywhere, but Palermo was very scary. Every car is bashed to bits: it is like a demolition derby in the real world. But the city is stunning. The black and white picture of the pillar is there because that is a quote from the Koran. Sicily was very progressive, and the cathedral originally a mosque. This remains from those days, but is ignored by the guides...

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And some more. The beach behind the flag of Sicily has just been voted the best in Italy. Can't disagree...

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This is the Valley of the Temples, a simply amazing place but NOT A VALLEY.....

On the first Sunday of each month entrance is free. We got there early and it was okay, but by 11am it was absolutely mobbed and bloody hot.

The villa in the first picture is in the middle of the complex. It was owned by an Englishman, who saved the whole site from the ignorant locals who just wanted the rock to build. He also funded the archaeology department at the local university. Kudos to Sicily; they know what he did and they really acknowledge him now.

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Some more, mainly Erice which is a mountain-top town. Amazing place.

The temple (which looks like a temple) is Segesta. Familiar to all of us who watched Jason and The Argonauts every Christmas - this is where they filmed the bits where he fights the skeleton soldiers (in the days of stop motion).

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Bit of a mixture here.

One of my son climbing a tiny bit of Mount Etna. To get here, we had to drive a LONG WAY up the mountain. Then get in a cable car. Then walk. There are 4x4 trucks that go higher and we should have done that. Even then you would be literally miles from the top, which is good because it is erupting.

What a place that is. You scrape 1cm off the surface and the ground is hot. This sounds like exaggeration, but it isn't. Etna is a proper volcano, the 9th biggest in the world. On the drive down we stopped at the remains of a house covered by the most recent eruption. Just the roof was visible. The rest of the house buried. And a two story house.

Other pictures are Paterno, my wife's family name and where her family emigrated from. Also, almost literally a hot-bed of mafia-dom.

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These are mainly a place called Tonnara di Scopello; tuna fishing was big business and this was one of the places it happened. Now there is no tuna fishing, they are protected. The place is a tourist resort; you pay to get in (you pay for everything in Sicily). Very pretty place though.

The day after we were there it was closed to the public. Google were having an environmental conference. 120 private jets and a fleet of private yachts arrived. One rule for you.........

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These last photos are from Liverpool. We had a couple of days there on the way back. Liverpool is transformed; if you haven't been there recently, it is a great city now, with lots to see and do. There are some great museums and galleries.

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