Sunday, July 29, 2007

Where in the World?

Perparing for takeoff from Oakland ...


Clouds over Mono Lake.


Numerous tower cumulous clouds required a lot of weaving, back and forth. We were at FL350 when this was taken. Kudos to the flight crew for providing a pretty smooth ride, considering the circumstances.


After a boarding a connecting flight, we entered some high level clouds and tightened our seatbelts. A shiny coin to the first person to name the aircraft, based solely on this photo of the wing.


More tower CUs on the second leg, and more bumps, too.


Here are some visual clues as to our location.




This is one of the more unusual scooters I saw ...


The last time I was here, nearly twenty years ago, I don't recall the police carrying firearms. They do now.


And if you haven't figured out yet where I am, this photo should be a dead giveaway ...

19 comments:

sydost said...

My guess is that the wing belongs to Boeing 777.

Big Country said...

Bienvenue a Paris. I lived there for a while a few years back. It is a fantastic city.

Have fun!

Cheers,
BC

Eric said...

The vortex generators say that's a 777 wing! Have fun in the UK and a safe trip back.

Anonymous said...

AC: 777-200
location: Paris,France

cheers!

Eric said...

Or France, rather... that cab threw me off.

phil said...

777 and paris? That is an awesome wing.

Michael said...

DC-10 / Paris

Did I win, Did I win?

:D

Enjoy your vacation!

John said...

John,

Enjoy Paris. Was that a 767 you flew on?

Anonymous said...

Paris?
Did you see the end of the tour de france?

jeff said...

The bike rental photo makes me think... France.

Head in the Clouds said...

Love your blog! Great mix of information and musings. I know you're on vacation... but 2 questions for you when you have a few minutes. My hubsand and I just finished our privates... and are starting work on our IFR. We have a 172 with a G1000, and our instructor is somewhat new to the G1000. 1) Is there a way to see the rate of roll on a G1000 (like you would be able to see on a normal turn coordinator)? 2) How do you practice partial panel in the G1000? Thanks! And enjoy Paris!

Gian-Paolo said...

I'm pretty sure that's a 777 wing. It might be a 767 though: it's difficult to judge given the angle of the photo.

Hamish said...

Ooohhh!!! Me, me — I know, I know!!! It's Berkeley, right? I recognise the bikes on Sproul... :-)

Mongo said...

Bienvienue! Have a wonderful stay!

Anonymous said...

Paris?

John said...

Geez, you guys are a smart lot. Or my clues are too easy.

Yes, it was Paris and the correct guess on the aircraft wing was ... (drum roll please) Boeing 777-200.

The last stage of the Tour was last Sunday about two blocks from our hotel, but we missed it. Had a train to catch to another city. More photos to follow ...

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your writings but I must say this blog was a lot more exciting when you were sometimes carrying more ice than cargo, making zero zero NDB approaches into one-way strips and regularly sleeping on an FBO couch with 4 A.M. vending-machine breakfasts.

Now you're complaining about the air conditioning on the express trains.

Foo foo . . .

John said...

Anonymous,

Last I checked, no one was being held against their will and being forced to read what I write. If you don't find my blog exciting enough, you're welcome to stop reading it.

You must have me confused with some other former freight dog. I never flew a zero-zero NDB approach in a Caravan since that wouldn't be allowed under Part 135. I did my share of airframe ice, but that wasn't for entertainment.

Lastly, Anonymous, let me say I just LOVE your poetry ...

Anonymous said...

That 3 wheeled scooter is the Piaggio MP3, which they sell in the states.

Here is a link to a Vespa (Piaggio) dealer in Oceanside, California. The link points to PDF brochures.

http://www.vespaoceanside.com/Portal/Brochures/tabid/58/Default.aspx