Photo Adventures with Curiosity and Learning

February 23, 2008: Valencia and the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

GPS Visualizer provides some neat tools for converting from GPS file formats to Google Earth / Maps format. Here is an interactive Google Map of our trip. You can zoom in on the airports and Valencia and Singapore to see the detail.

    Somthing about the colors
  • Red is the SQ 378 route from Changi to Valencia.
  • Cyan is the return, SQ 377, route.

We left Changi at 23:35 Friday night on our way to work with Javier Saiz and his Biomedical Engineering group at the Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Valenci. Our tracks from Singapore, over the southern border of Iraq to Milano, then to Barcelona and then to Valencia

feb 22 Sin Milano

While waiting to depart, I took a few photos outside the window

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And Ellen smiling and enjoying the comfort of her special small space on the Boeing 777 by Singapore Airlines (SQ 378). The seat folds down into a flat bed and its possible to actually sleep.

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A flight landing

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Here we are moving from Terminal 3 to the runway

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Afer 12 hours of flying we approached Milano

feb 22 Milano approach

After stopping, all the support vehicles lined up like a Formula 1 start

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Then an hour later, we departed Milano about 6:45am. Here is an Alitalia flight next door A fog was approaching.

feb 23 9423 milano sq378 taxi

and made our way past the control tower as the fog increased.

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Passing a number of flights docked at the terminal with more fog

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Then it was follow the little green lights.

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and wait for the fog to lift

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After a small wait for the fog to lift, we had take-off. What a view - the Italian alps with snow peaks - from the Google Earth view. The green line is our flight path (with altitude)

feb 22 alps italy

Mike recently took some rather good photos of the lunar eclipse. Here is a just after full moon, over the Alps. Mike did better, but I was higher. The early morning sun provided very nice soft light.

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From Google Earth - I think this is about where we were

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Another view of the moon

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And another.

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So many possible views of the Alps

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Then we passed over Marseille

feb 22 marseille

And a view of the French coast

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The harbor area of Barcelona as we approached the airport.

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Another view of the harbor area

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Just before landing, a view of the harbor and the mountains in the background

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We landed at Barcelona - then waited until our 13:00 flight to Valencia. Here is the landing and takeoff tracks in and out of Barcelona.

feb 23 barcelona landing takeoff

And the tracks as we approached Valencia

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feb 23 valencia landing

After settling in at the University guest house, I took a walk to the beach.

Where we are staying

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A view of some university buildings from our room

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A building

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more construction

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A typical street

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The Mediterranean

feb 23 9529 Mediterranean

And a fun place

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The beach and a young lady standing on a man

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Here was a mom and boy washing his crocs.

feb 23 9540 mom boy croc ship


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The beach

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Until tomorrow

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C. Frank Starmer