Off To The Races Next Week:   Le Mans, Normandy, and Other Stops…..

Off To The Races Next Week: Le Mans, Normandy, and Other Stops…..

For the 5 of you that visit LufthansaFlyer.com regularly, apologies for the recent absence as I have been uber-busy with the real world career as well as covering a few motorsport events in my ‘neighborhood’.

However, that will change next week as I pack up the cameras and lenses and head for my first invasion of France to attend the 24 Hours of Le Mans.     As a ‘car guy’ it is one of those ‘must do’ bucket list items so off I go.

Never having been there, I’ve spent an unusually large amount of time on the due diligence so that I’m in the best positions at the best times.    I’ve gone as far as memorizing sunrise and sunset times and have a small note pad full of notes from other photographers who have shot there.    I look forward to the 2 or 3 sleepless days from Friday through Sunday afternoon.   I’m hoping for a little bit of rain during the overnight hours to catch some striking images.

After the race, I head to Bayeux which will act as my staging area for visiting the War Memorials and historic points of interest around the various beaches used by American, Canadian, and British forces during their landings at Normandy.    For me, the visit to Normandy will most likely wind up being the most meaningful part of the trip.

As far as my travels are concerned, I’ll be experiencing SAS Business Class for the first time on my outbound flights and will once again enjoy the great Business Class product that LOT Polish Airlines offers for my flights home.

So if you’re a car guy or gal, or a student of WW2, stay tuned during the next 2 weeks as I’ll have a lot of things to share.

 

 

Japanese Train Operator Apologizes For The Most Unlikely Of Reasons……

Japanese Train Operator Apologizes For The Most Unlikely Of Reasons……

Yes this is slightly off-topic for me, but when I saw the headline it made me smile and shake my head at the same time…..

Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company, a train operator in Tokyo, Japan  expressed regret when one of it’s scheduled trains left a station early on their Tsukuba Express line.  Wait for it……….A whopping 20 seconds early.

The offending train apparently departed the Minami-Nagareyama station 20 seconds prior to schedule, prompting the company to quickly enter damage control for the transgression.

According to the company, the train’s crew failed to check their watches to ensure they left exactly on time and the company issued an apology to customers that may have been adversely impacted by their rush to get out of the station.    The company noted that the train was supposed to leave at 9:44:40am but raced out of the station at 9:44:20am.   The operator also stated that the train crew has since received appropriate training (get it?) to ensure this does not happen again.

The apology from the company came quickly after this unfathomable sin stating, “We deeply apologize for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers”.    The operator also indicated that no customers expressed any outrage at this egregious lack of responsibility.    Apparently anyone that missed this train because of the miscue could catch the next train on the same line 4 minutes later.

Imagine if the airline industry adopted this kind of scrutiny to their timetable?  Haha and LOL.   🙂


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:  USA and Turkey Mutually Ban Visa Issuance For Visitors / Tourists

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: USA and Turkey Mutually Ban Visa Issuance For Visitors / Tourists

Over the past few hours, the USA and Turkey have banned the issuance of travel visas that effectively bans American citizens from entering Turkey, and vice versa.   Turkey issued their ban hours ago after the USA instituted the ban earlier on Monday (October 9).

This comes as part of the American protest over the arrest of a Turkish citizen who worked for the US Embassy in Ankara.  The Turks claim the employee has links to Fethullah Gulen, an individual that Turkey believes is behind terrorist attacks within their borders.

Typically, Americans traveling to Turkey simply buy their Visas at the airport in Istanbul or other points of entry and proceed to enter the country with no problem.  However, as a result of this suspension this is no longer possible and Americans traveling to Turkey in the near term will not be allowed to enter the country.   This ban applies to the online Turkish E-Visa system as well.

Turkish Airline flights between the USA and Turkey have not been impacted thus far.   No US based carrier flies to Turkey.

The situation is quite fluid so expect more updates.