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  1. The inspiration for the Disney castles and real life location shots for the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a song me and my semi pro school touring choir would sing in concert when the movie was possible, and the song is on our first record album recorded in 1971 that I performed on, on the now defunct Astrolog record label. But that album and two others paid for our tours which covered more than ten thousand miles of the US and Canada. This marvelous scenery can be found here and for final perspective I have included a shot from one of my several visits to this castle. The forests are enhanced by Simheaven and the framerate is much better than the author predicted, even with autogen at its max... https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/50359-neuschwanstein-castle/ John
  2. Nostalgic touches to today's sim with a nice freeware B17 on a solo flight from Gatwick across the channel, then over Holland... John
  3. I have always loved this aircraft, only flew on it twice on Horizon airlines.... It had a jet like look, was quite nice to fly in, and there is a nice freeware model for Xplane11. Flying over SimHeaven's forests out of Shannon Ireland... John
  4. When I flew FS2 so many years ago, way back in 1984 on my Commodore SX-64, I would always enjoy flying from either Meigs, O'hare or Midway down to Champagne-Urbana. In real life, in 2000, I flew from St. Louis to Champagne once on a business trip. I was not looking forward to it, my clients were angry with my employer for poor training and I was sent down at my employer's cost to retrain them. When I got there, they said they had decided they might sell their hotel, they did just not know how to run what they had just purchased. But they were kind to me, they knew I was in the hot seat, and I spent the next week teaching them how to run a hotel, and also I had to inform them I discovered one of their employees was stealing from them, something I had to be sure of before I informed them, so I informed my employer first and told them I had no choice but to inform the client. I knew the employee could not be arrested, my client confronted the employee with what I had discovered and the employee agreed to resign with some dignity and with out a record of a felony. I had done my best, and my client decided to keep their hotel now that they knew the hole where they were losing money was fixed and they later became a job reference for a great job I had for five years, such is my fond memory of Champagne, the sim that made it famous, and my real life flight into that airport on a propjet puddlejumper out of St. Louis. John
  5. Not often shown in Xplane11, beautiful Tennessee scenery flying towards the great smoky mountains. I stayed in Townsend TN just outside the park while I was assigned to work there and install a network and do network training for the Best Western Cades cove Inn. I drove my employee and I into the Smoky Mountains National Park, then on towards Dollywood on the way back to Townsend, just beautiful scenery. Another link for the wonderful Simheaven forests improvement for Xplan11 gracefully given to me by another forum member. It has added wonderful depth to Xplane11's autogen and landclass, in and of itself the best Autogen and landclass IMHO for any sim. http://simheaven.com/simdownloads/dense-forests/ https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-townsend/best-western-cades-cove-inn/propertyCode.43178.html
  6. Many simmers take off out of Sion but they miss half the journey, I like Lausanne, where I stayed one night in 1987, taking the train by Chillon Castle the next morning then hopping to Milan. I was poet laureate in my high school and college and I have toured Chillon a couple of times, another poet visiting that castle. I also overnighted in beautiful Montreaux in 1989. Sharing this set which highlights Sion and Gampfel in the Rhone Valley from up high, with sites of the Matterhorn and other similar looking alps in the Distance. The real pic is one I took of the Matterhorn while I was staying in traffic free Zermatt in 1982. Our tour guide, Anna Marie Greene of TWA tours, told us we lucked out to have clear warm weather during our entire stay in Zermatt, it is very rare to get a shot of the Matterhorn like I did, and it was taken with a simple Kodak camera and scanned with my first scanner. I hiked the alpine valley above traffic free Zermatt after being coaxed to look for Edelweiss to woo the girls on my tour, but I was told it is only found in very high alpine meadows and unlike the sound of music, does not greet the Von Trapps every morning. When I finished my hike absent of Edelweiss I simply told my tour director that no girl was worth that trouble, lol.... But when I returned to Europe in '95 years later on a trip where I was disappointed I could not take my newlywed wife since my employer paid for me to work in Bologna, I picked up my new bride a Venetian pendant, more beautiful than Edelweiss with the Millefiori flowered design in yellow, her fav color. The Matterhorn pic was shot while I was riding up the Gornergrat rack railway. https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attractions/Gornergrat John
  7. I just found this update on Simheaven: In a few days, X-Europe will be online to download. It’s a new scenery using XP11 objects like the standard scenery, but the objects are not set on an autogen rule, they are set like they are in OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, which leads to a more realistic (some people say stunning) look and feel. Meanwhile the release candidate is generated, you could see results of different demo flights with older versions on YouTube, even a comparism between various scenery configurations (Ortho4Xp, Standard, X-Europe): http://simheaven.com/category/xp10/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZzxqygX3ZRF5rIlZuEE7RA/videos
  8. Alabeo's Cardinal attempting to summit the Alps on a trip to Italy, passing the mighty Matterhorn and Gornergrat, with Switzerland's highest peaks on display... John
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