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Delta/Tarom To Romania, Serbia & Croatia 150+pics  
User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1397 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14377 times:

Hi everyone,

I wasn’t so sure about writing a report about my trip to Europe this summer because my pictures are NOT some of the best I’ve done, but after I’ve had a lot of requests from people that have read my previous trip repots, so I said, oh “why the hell not?” Also a lot of you wanted me to include some pics from my trip there as well, not only the aviation portion, and since those pictures are much better than the ones from my flight I decided to include them. Besides, Easter Europe is way underestimated when it comes to its natural beauty and its people and I’d like to share some of that with you.

I used to live in Calgary, but about a year ago, I’ve moved to Vancouver, BC to be closer to my family. My dream was always to fly from Bucharest to New York (non-stop) and sice Tarom is no longer doing that route, I decided to fly with Delta Airlines, which during the summe of 2008 (when this trip took place) were still orperating non-stop flights from John F. Kennedy Intl. to Bucharest, Henry Coanda. (Used to be called Otopeni). So my flight was as follows. Delta Airlies (Boeing 757) from SEA to JFK and Delta Airlines from JFK to OTP. I also purchased a separate ticket with Tarom, from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca. A lot of firsts for me. First non-stop trans-Atlantic flight to Romania, first time on Delta, first time on Tarom, first time on an Airbus A318, first time on an internal flight in Romania.

I left my home in North Vancouver, BC around 9 pm Wednesday August 13th and drove about 40 km to the border between British Columbia and Washington State and once I drove through customs I drove another 2 hours South on Interstate 5 to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I got there around 1:00am and parked my car at the long term economy parking. My flight to New York would depart at 6 am, so I had about 5 hours to wait. I froze my butt off due to the insane amount of air conditioning, so even though I found a decent place to sleep, I still couldn’t. Those 5 hours went by pretty slow, but once I got through security I managed to have some breakfast and warmed up after a hot cup of coffee.

I boarded the 757 and had a comfy window seat near the back of the aircraft. I chated with my seat-mate, a nice girl from Seattle, but after take-off I quickly fell asleep and didn’t wake up until we reached this city… can anyone guess? … It’s pretty easy.

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I fell asleep again and once I woke up again I saw something rather familiar. Two very known cities to me. One of them was Detroit and the other one Windsor, Ontario, the city I grew up in. I quickly reached to grab my camera, but by the time I managed to turn it on, I only grabbed a quick shot of Pelee Island. I also have a pilot report here when I flew over it in a Cessna 172. You can see that here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/117818/

Pelee Island
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Dupa inca vreo ora si, am inceput sa aterizam la New-York John F. Kennedy International Airport. Am facut ceva viraje in stinga / dreapta, am luat-o deasupra atlanticului si dupa un approach lung am aterizat pe una din nenumaratele piste a JFK-ului. Am avut un taxi destul de scurt spre terminal, dupa care am debarcat si m-am indreptat spre poarta unde era sa fie urmatorul meu zbor spre Bucuresti.

After about an hour we started out approach into JFK. We made a few left / right turns and headed out over the Atlantic after which turned back toward the West and we touched down onto one of Kennedy’s many runways. I couldn’t even guess. Maybe some help here from the local a.netters? After landing I headed toward my next gate of departure… to Bucharest.

Approach into JFK:


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A Kalita Air Boeing 747 Cargo
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After landing … a BA747
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Swiss A330, Air India B777 and Singapore 747
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LAN Chile B767
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An Emirates B777
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Virgin Atlantic A340-600 with a Delta MD
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Swiss A330
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Once I got to my gate, I started to feel “at home in Romania”. The majority of the passengers were speaking Romanian, in their loud nature… (LOL). I kept quiet and waited around until we boarded the plane. Once I reached my seat, I was very happy to see that my seat-mate was a VERY CUTE girl named Cristina and she came to visit her brother in New York. We started chatting right away and before we knew it we were pushed back and taxiing to one of the runways for take-off. It was good because the sky was turning grey and it seemed like there were some thunderstorms heading toward the airport.
All the sudden the plane stopped and the pilots shut down both engines. The captain came on and said that some bags were left behind, so we had to stop and load them up. Okay great, I thought. It could be my bags, so I rather wait an extra 15 minutes than have my bag lost.

While the bags were being loaded, I could see thunder and then it starting raining like mad. Great! We’re not moving anywhere… and that was the case… We waited there for more than 4 hours. I was starting to worry because I had to catch a flight in Romania with Tarom to Cluj and I would’ve been screwed if this plane was going to be more than 6 hours late. Anyway people started to get restless, kids to cry, the F/As were trying their best to assure everyone we’d be leaving, but they failed miserably. People are just not very understanding… I personally had a lot of fun chatting with Cristina. Once the thunderstorms were gone, planes started to take off ,but I’ve never seen such congestion at an airport in my entire life. I counted at least 3 Lufthansa jets, 4 British Airways, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Finnair, Lot, Aeroflot and so on. I think all the Europe flights were delayed. By the time we took off, it was dark outside and 5 hours behind schedule and I wasn’t looking forward to 10 more hours in that seat, on my way to Bucharest.

Cristina and I spent most of our time talking, looking at photos on our laptops. I didn’t sleep very much, maybe 30 – 40 minutes. The pilots managed to catch up about 2 missed hours, so we ended up in Bucharest about three hours later than planned. Not too bad, considering we wasted the five hours in New York.

Landing in Bucuresti
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The water-park near the airport.
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One of Tarom’s hangars. Has this been painted in the last 10 years? I remember when I flew there in 1998 it was the same…
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I have no idea what this “mini-tower” is.


Bucharest’s control tower, being renovated


Pulling up to our gate… Somewhere in that glass terminal, there’s a restaurant where my friend Bogdan was waiting (read paragraph below and see his photos)


After landing I passed through the Romanian customs without anything other than a quick check of the passport and a very short “hello” and “thank you”. I grabbed my luggage and said good-bye to Cristina (which by the way, I still keep in touch with), and headed out of the “security area”, where I was very surprised to see one of my “online colleague” Bogdan from Romanian Spotters, greet me. We went over to the Tarom check-in desk for my local flight to Cluj-Napoca and noticed it was still closed. We went and had a few Romanian beers (that I’ve been craving for the past 5 years) and chatted about plane spotting and other aviation related stuff. I didn’t take any photos, because the authorities in Romania are very much against people taking photos, but here are some photos that my Bogdan took, while our plane was pulling up to the gate. The next 8 photos are credited to him:

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A Swiss A320, which one day fellow a.netter Sandro will fly into OTP (right buddy?)
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Our Delta 767 pulling up to the gate.
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Once I checked in to the Tarom desk, I said goodbye to my buddy and I proceeded toward security. I waited at the gate for a bit then drove boarded a bus which brought us to the Tarom Airbus A318. I couldn’t take any photos because you’re not really allowed to take pictures in Romania, so I opted to keep my camera in its bag. The flight from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca was pretty quick, about 40 minutes. The aircraft was brand-new and it was in top shape. The flight attendants were good looking, professional, but I didn’t see even the smallest smile. Once I landed in Cluj my best friend Ovidiu (Ovi for short) waited for me and we grabbed a quick pizza and a beer then drove about 2 hours to his town, called Hateg, just outside Hunedoara. I was pretty tired by the time we got home, but we still stayed up and polished a bottle of Canadian whiskey before we hit the sack.

The following morning we were supposed to drive to Timisoara to pick up my friend Dana, who was coming by train from Belgrade. She’s from Calgary, but at that time, she was visiting Croatia / Serbia with some friends, since her family is from Otočac, Croatia. The following 10 days were absolutely mad. I went to my home town of Alba Iulia, Timisoara, a bunch of other places throughout Transilvania, back to Belgrade, to Zagreb, Split, Makarska, Bosnia and even managed to get down to Dubrovnik, Croatia. In Croatia we spent about 10 days with Ovi, Dana and her Polish friend from Calgary, Justyna, who was also visiting Europe. She had flown into Zagreb, then took a bus to Makarska, Croatia.


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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1397 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14464 times:

... And here are some pictures from my trip….

ALBA-IULIA

Ovi and I in front of my old (communist style) flat, in Alba Iulia, where I used to live until 1993 when I moved to Canada
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Dana and I in front of my old building
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Me somewhere in Alba Iulia


Statue of “Michael the Brave” in Alba-Iulia. Ovi, Dana and I
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Some more photos from Alba Iulia




We also visited my aunt in the countryside, somewhere in the Apuseni Mountains, in Transilvania
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Dana and I in the Romanian country side.
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My cousin Flaviu, Me, Dana and my aunt
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Very beautiful place
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Ovi and I
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Dana fascinatd by “Florica the Cow” how we ended up naming the poor cow…
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A “communist era” pack of smokes… that I found in the glove compartment of this old Aro “SUV”… You can imagine, it’s not used very often.
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My three cousins are very talented and accomplished Romanian folk musicians. They play with all the famous singers in Romania and have lots of TV appearances / concerts.
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SERBIA & CROATIA

[B]BELGRADE


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After visiting my aunt in the country-side, Ovi, Dana and I drove from Romania to Makarska, Croatia, going through Belgrade, Zagreb and Split. It was my first time to Croatia and I was really looking to spending the next 8 + days there. We arrived in Makarska at 5 am, then after sleeping about 3 hours in the car, we went to look for a flat to rent out. We found one, for about 60 Euros / night, withi two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, etc. It was perfect for the 4 of us (Justyna was due to arrive later that day from Poland, via Malev to Zagreb and then the bus)

CROATIA

Ovi and at a outside patio in Makarska, waiting for our drinks.
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And another one… this time waiting for Justyna to arrive …..
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Dana and I
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Justyna, Ovi and I
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Dana playing with a local puppy


The four of us at a cool club in Makarska, Croatia.
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After spending the entire night at the club we headed directly to the beach. Here’s Ovi having a smoke and me finish up what’s left of a cigar.
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Look at that scenery… Dana and Justyna enjoying the early morning water… still (somewhat dressed) with what they wore at the club.
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And the girls…The tops got wet, so they had to dry… Ovi and I did not complain…  
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From left to right: Justyna, Me, Dana and Ovi
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Pictures from Makarska, Croatia
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Dana getting ready for the beach… LOL …


View from our rented flat
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At the beach
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Ovi and I having a beer on the … not so sandy… beach
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Dana relaxing…
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Dana and I before going to the club


Unfortunately Ovi had a business emergency in Romania and had to leave earlier than expected… I was “stuck” with two girls… Hmmm horrible.
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Some girls from Bosnia, Justyna and I… after three of the biggest Long Island Iced Teas I’ve ever had in my life… I was … feeling it…
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Dana and I sharing a drink…


Before leaving Croatia, we rented a car and drove from Makarska to Dubrovnik, where we spent an entire day.

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

It was interesting driving a manual transmission car, after all this time… especially through the narrow hilly streets of Croatia.
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Dana, taking care of me, bandaging my foot, after I stepped on broken glass.
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Makarska from ontop the mountain highway.
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Some small town near Makarska
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Justyna and Dana
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On our way to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia (the famous bridge)
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Old town in Dubrovnik


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Me in the old town of Drubrovnik… some sailboats.. my 2nd passion.


Old town at night
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We headed back to Makarska the same night and the following morning we took a bus to Zagreb, where we said goodbye to Justyna. She was headed on a flight to Warsaw and Dana and I bought overnight train tickets to Belgrade, in the sleeping compartment. The next morning around 8 am we arrived in Belgrade, where I said goodbye to Dana, (who would stay there for a few more days, then head back to Canada with some girlfriends). Ovi came to Belgrade too and picked me up, after which, we drove back to Romania.

[Edited 2009-01-17 17:33:09]


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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1397 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14409 times:

On our way to Hateg, we stopped in Timisoara because I had to meet some people from a local airline (I’m trying to fly for), after which I picked my little cousin Sabina, who was flying in from Copenhagen, Denmark for her very first trip to Romania (she’s half Danish half Romanian). It’s a long story, but she also met her grandma for the very first time. We visited some family in Transilvania for a couple of days, then her and I took an overnight train to Bucharest, in the sleeping car. Very nice and comfy with two bunk beds. In Bucharest we stayed with her grandma (my grandpa’s sister) and that night I went out with my friend Andra to a cool club in Bucharest. Again, I didn’t sleep the entire night because I partied too much.

Adrian, one of my friends from Alba-Iulia and member of the Romanian Spotters community.
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Adrian and I in Alba Iulia
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Sabine in the train, before arriving in Bucharest
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Just having woken up… I don’t think it was the best time for pictures
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Some pictures from around Bucharest.
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(The new) Canadian Embassy in Buchearest


My aunt (Sabina’s grandma), me and Andra, my friend from Bucharest, who lives there studying medicine.
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Again, after not sleeping for the entire night, Andra and I went to bring Sabina to the airport. She would fly with Malev, from Bucharest to Copenhagen, via Budapest. After dropping her off, we returned to the university campus, where Andra was staying and slep a bit, since my plane would not leave until 1:00pm. After grabbing my luggage and saying good-bye to my grandma, we took a taxi to the airport once again. Andra came with me and stayed until I had to leave to my gate. I didn’t take too many pictures until I boarded the airplane, because I didn’t want any trouble from the local authorities

Me at the airport after a night of partying…. I was a little hung over and thirsty.
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My friend Andra… Not only is she really cute, she’s also very nice and quite smart
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Some photos from Bucharest Henry Coanda Intl Airport (used to be called Otopeni). Tarom Boeing 737-700
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A Tarom Boeing 737 with two company Airbus 318s
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Alitalia MD
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BA A320
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KLM B737-900? (I’m not sure if it’s an 800 or 900)
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Swiss A319
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Bucharest’s Terminal
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Once we boarded, we took off pretty fast. My seat mate went to sleep right away, probably hung over like me, but I stayed to take some photos…

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Take off from Bucharest
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The city of Ploiesti
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City of Sibiu
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I was ecstatic to fly over my home town of Alba-Iulia, where I was born and grew up until I moved to Canada in 1993
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Interior of the Delta Boeing 767
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Prague, Czech Republic
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The airport in Prague
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Somewhere in Holland. I’m not sure where though…
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Once over Holland I fell asleep. I was so tired. I slept all the way across the Atlantic and woke up somewhere near the Canadian Coast… Newfoundland
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Landing in New York
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Once we landed in New York, my battery died. I was too tired for photos anyway. I met a Romanian girl who was going to Florida and we decided to have some dinner before our flights. She was on the same flight as me from Bucharest. I waited a few more hours in New York then boarded my plane to Seattle, again a Boeing 757. I arrived in Seattle close to midnight, but I was well rested since I slept the entire way. I had no problem to drive back to Canada for two hours. By the time I got home, I was already about 4 am and it was Labour Day…

I can say that I had a great vacation and managed to get some things done there that will enable me to move back to Europe soon and fly a really nice turboprop (keeping my fingers crossed), but before that, I think it’ll be 6 months of ATPL Modular Course at a school which I’m still trying to pick as of now… I have a few in mind in UK, Serbia and Romania.


I hope you have enjoyed my report and please leave some comments. I would greatly appreciate that

Kind regards,

Vio
Vancouver, Canada

P.S. This trip was originally written in Romanian for the Romanian Spotters Webpage, so if you find any Romanian text in it, I apologize. I must have overlooked it.



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User currently offlineMikeSA From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14342 times:

Good TR, why can't you take pictures in Romania, Do all transatlantic DL 767 have the personal in flight entertainment systems- did yours?. What did you think of Delta?

Also, did you enjoy Dubrovnik, I've heard good things about it?



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User currently offlineShamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14333 times:

Nice report. I always wondered what DL were like to OTP, having seen them there a few times.

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
because the authorities in Romania are very much against people taking photos

Lol. Yea. Many evenings i've sat by the window in the restaurant at OTP having a beer, and the signs say no photos. I always take a few photos and always the waitress comes over and tells me 'it's not permitted', like her other job is a security agent. lol. I always just smile and say 'ok'.

Have also been a regular on the Belgrade - Timosoara train. Looks better in summer than it does in the depths of winter I must say ; )

[Edited 2009-01-17 17:31:03]

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14278 times:

What a GREAT read. A real beautiful country that is for sure and makes me want to visit it real soon. Thanks!


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User currently offlineAUSisAwesome From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14126 times:

Awesome TR! It is great to here about Dubrovnik. I have been there myself and it is just beautiful, and whre did you stay in Dubrovnik?

- AUSisAwesome



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User currently offlineNickbbu From Romania, joined Jan 2007, 185 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13553 times:

Fantastic trip report Vio.
I greatly enjoyed too see so many non-aviation pictures. Sometimes we forget that flying takes us to our destination, so we should focus in our trip reports on the destination too, not just on the flight itself. Next time I write a TR I will take the courage to include more pictures with the city I visit, not just a few.

I liked the pictures with the Romanian countryside, it looks just great. During the last few years I visited mostly Europe and North America than our country. Even though I still visited most of it as a child and as a teen, I think it’s time to see it again. Unfortunately there are so many misconceptions about Romania, especially in Europe, they should all come here and see with their own eyes what beautiful country really is.

You had them all in this trip: flights, beautiful places and girls. I wonder what do you like more, girls or... girls?  Wink

I would have liked to meet you in Bucharest when you landed, but at that time I was in the U.S. Maybe next time. But at least you met our Romanian Spotters buddies.

Congrats for the report again!
Nick



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13531 times:

Thank you for posting pictures of Romania / Transylvania and your friends. Great to look at. I was there in 1992. I also used to go to Windsor and would stay at the Hilton which I always enjoyed but it must be an old hotel now.

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13500 times:

Great report. Thanks for that. And so many pictures  Silly

btw, you flew over Holland. I try to help a bit, you can relook yourself on Google Earth or something like that. First picture you seem to overfly the city of 'Urk' looking right towards the province of Friesland. Then you cross the 'IJsselmeer'. Second picture you look right on the city of 'Den Helder' and the island of 'Texel'. You can even figure out the airstip of naval airbase of Den Helder/De Kooy (EHDK) in the second picture. This airport now usually is visited by large helicopters bringing goods and employees to the oil platforms in the Northsea. Also a British small airline operates a weekly service by Beech 200's when I remember correctly.

Bye,
Eric



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13415 times:

Thanks for the interesting trip report; thanks also for the photos of your holiday in Europe.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13268 times:

Nice report and great non Av photos. Its nice to see that sometimes. Nice pics from Serbia/Croatia and Romania. Id love to visit OTP one day.

Thanks for the great report.

OA260


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3427 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13199 times:

Hey Vio, great stuff! Loved the pics of the countryside. You're quite right, eastern Europe is totally underrated. I really don't know why, i mean, just look at those girls Big grin Looks like you had a blast, I think I'll have to join you on one of your trips in the not too distant future Big grin It seems that LX decided to follow you to every airport you traveled through.

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):

A Swiss A320, which one day fellow a.netter Sandro will fly into OTP (right buddy?)

Certainly  Wink


User currently offlineMashimaro1 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 13138 times:

WOW!

I usually don't comment on trip reports but this one definitely blew me away! Your holiday photos of Romania were so fascinating - each seemed to tell portray such different aspects of Romania.

A truly worthwhile read, well done!


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7529 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12763 times:

Thanks for the attempt, unfortunately like always the case, you already ran out of bandwith from photobucket so most of your pictures are not viewable.


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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7560 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12746 times:

What an awesome report Vio! It really is one of the very best I have read. Thank you very much for taking the time to write it and for sharing your vacation with us. I really hope you will post another report soon, but more than that I hope you will soon be flying in Romania!  Smile

Cheers buddy and have a great week!



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 12666 times:

Hola Vio!

Excellent TR on your holidays home.

Loved all those pics of Romania and the Croatian coast, it looks super.

As some say Eastern Europe is really underrated. I have just started visitng it last year. Budapest was my first stop and I hope some others will follow soon.

Loved the paragraph in Romanian... as a speaker of other four Latin languages (Catalan, Spanish, French and Italian) not so easy to follow.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 12557 times:

Hey, Vio,

what a great story.

And all that fantastic pics, well done, for sure worth the time to read.

I also like your style bringing local details and aviation together.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 12547 times:

Hi nice trip report! Glad that you have visited my hometown Belgrade.

But I couldn't view 90% of photos! It said ''bandwith exceeded'' !! Any solution to this? because I would like to see other photos too.

Cheers, Alex


User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1397 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12276 times:

HI ! I HAVE RESOLVED THE BANDWITH PROBLEM BY UPGRADING TO PHOTOBUCKET PRO. ALL PHOTOS SHOULD WORK NOW

Okay... so where we?

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I greatly appreciate it.

Quoting MikeSA (Reply 3):
Good TR, why can't you take pictures in Romania, Do all transatlantic DL 767 have the personal in flight entertainment systems- did yours?. What did you think of Delta?

Also, did you enjoy Dubrovnik, I've heard good things about it?

Thanks for the comments. The authorities in Romania don't like anyone taking pictures, because most have the "old school mentality" from the "good old Soviet times". The truth is, that at Otopeni, there's also a military installtion, with a fleet of presidential planes and airforce helicopters. Maybe that's one of the reasons. The good thing is that they're starting to allow us spotters more and more. You can see a lot of more pictures from Romania, on the Romanian Spotters website. Check it out (Google it, or click on my proifle and I have a link there). Delta was pretty dissapointing. No in-flight PTVs on their 767 and the service left a lot to be desired, but oh well.. C'est la vie. It doesn't even come close to LH or even AC.

Quoting Shamrock104 (Reply 4):
Lol. Yea. Many evenings i've sat by the window in the restaurant at OTP having a beer

Oh yeah? Is there a reason you go there so often?  Smile That's cool though. I hope you enjoyed Romania.

Quoting AUSisAwesome (Reply 6):
whre did you stay in Dubrovnik?

We were only there for the day. We left Makarska in the morning and returned the same evening, so we didn't really sleep there. I drove back while the girls were both asleep.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
btw, you flew over Holland. I try to help a bit

Oh thank you! That was really good info. At least now I know where it is. THanks so much.!

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 12):
I really don't know why, i mean, just look at those girls Looks like you had a blast, I think I'll have to join you on one of your trips in the not too distant future

When I move to Romania and we both get a break from flying, we'll get some nice ladies and take a trip to Croatia or to Greece. Should be fun... If not, you know, Finland ALWAYS does the trick... And we're both huge fans of Finnish women!  Wink


And and also thanks to everyone else for their kind comments! The bandwith has been solved, so it should be no problem now!



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User currently offlineJetSetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12093 times:

I agree with everyone else! Really great report and I really felt like I was part of your trip!

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1397 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12044 times:



Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 7):
Fantastic trip report Vio.
I greatly enjoyed too see so many non-aviation pictures. Sometimes we forget that flying takes us to our destination, so we should focus in our trip reports on the destination too, not just on the flight itself

Thanks Nick! For sure. I love to include some pics from the places.. I mean the flights are great, but I find out a lot about the places people go to, and because of some A.net reports, I ended up going certain places as well...

Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 7):
You had them all in this trip: flights, beautiful places and girls. I wonder what do you like more, girls or... girls?

Ah... The answer is .... BOTH!!! HAHAHA...  Wink Especially Eastern European girls... Oh man, can't beat them...

Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 7):
I would have liked to meet you in Bucharest when you landed,

Something tells me we're gonna meet up soon...  Smile

Quoting JetSetter629 (Reply 20):
I agree with everyone else! Really great report and I really felt like I was part of your trip!

Thank you very much!!!



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2296 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12040 times:

Mare job on this trepied report I hope la spre visit acolo curînd cu tu! Tu certainly had nişte timp

Once again great job!  

Sorry for the poor Romanian ! I tried!

[Edited 2009-01-18 20:58:53]


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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1397 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12033 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 22):
Mare job on this trepied report I hope la spre visit acolo curînd cu tu! Tu certainly had nişte timp

LOL... nice attempt at Romanian. love it! I think what you meant to say was

"Good job on this trip report. I hope I can come visit there with you soon! You certainly had some time"

What you need to say is:

Frumos reportajul. Sper sa pot sa vin sa vizitez acolo cu tine cat de curand. Tu chiar ai ceva timp

But hey thanks for the comment!

Cheers...



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11968 times:
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Great report! In regards to your first landing at JFK, that's the Beltway visual into runway 13L. My favorite landing in JFK.

What better thing is there than a report like this, which combines my local airport (JFK) with a country I've wanted so desperately to visit my entire life (Croatia), and some of the, honestly, best looking girls I've seen posted on this website??

Great job.

TIS



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25 AlexEU : Thanx for added pics! btw, what happened to Tarom A310?
26 Tb727 : Great pics! All places I want to go since my brother in law is from Serbia and my best friend is from Romania! This trip report makes we want to go mo
27 9W748Capt : What a fantastic report! Romania looks absolutely beautiful and off the beaten path from a tourist standpoint - not to mention the ladies! Too bad abo
28 UAopsMGR : Great TR! Really enjoyed the pics from my homeland!
29 YVRLTN : Excellent report Vio Do you ever spot at YVR?? I work there, so am usually around. Havent met many a.netters here. There are plenty of nice girls in t
30 Vio : Thanks for reading Croatia is such an amazing country. If I had one bad thing to say about it, is that very few people speak English there (by compar
31 Trintocan : Hey Vio, a great trip report indeed. I certainly liked the mixture of photos from your travels across Eastern Europe balancing out the airport and air
32 BA319-131 : Hi Vio, Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing. Liked the scenic pictures, very nice - as were the pictures of the girls Regards Mark
33 Vio : Thank you. This trip was long overdue, but time constraints prevented me for doing it for A.net, besides, I was a little ticked off at them so I didn
34 Dc863 : The pictures and your trip look incredible! I got a little teary eyed seeing DBV. I stayed there every summer from 1981-88. A lot of memories there. I
35 DALCE : What a great report! Eastern Europe really has a lot to offer, you really must have had a great time. The countryside is simply amazing, and not to me
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