Welcome to the IES Travel Blog.
This is where our international work force posts updates and images from their overseas assignments, allowing you to sample life on the road.
At IES our work spans several continents, so to give you an insight into the activities of our people as they rack up the air and road miles, we have launched this blog as a platform for them to send you their scoops from the front line.
You can expect despatches featuring the food, tradition and landmarks which our teams come across while on foreign soil, as well as snapshots of the sometimes complex projects which we undertake on behalf of our clients in locations around the world. So get to know the amazing individuals who we send to all four corners of the globe, and join the journey on the IES Travel Blog!
It was a gruelling (but rewarding) couple of days for Matt!
Back to back cycling, followed by a hike part way up Monte Tronador on snow shoes to see the Manso glacier.
Tronador (in Spanish Cerro Tronador) is an extinct stratovolcano in the southern Andes. Tronador is notable for the many glaciers covering parts of its flanks.
Today is a landmark day.
Can you believe, Brian has now stayed a staggering 1000 nights in the Wellcome Inn, Barkarby, Sweden. Brian has been supporting Silex Microsystems AB with semiconductor field service support for 6 years.
Brian is planning to celebrate the occasion with friends (staff) from the hotel.
Matt braves sub-zero temperatures and bitter winds to descend Volcon Osarno (a volcano) in Chile. 15km downhill in less than perfect conditions. However, the amazing volcanic scenery was worth it. The views, as well as speed and adrenalin achieved on this trail were truly unforgettable.
Its feet up momentarily for Matt, whilst sailing across beautiful Lago Frias.
Lago Frias has a brilliant deep blue-green hue and is crowned by mountains and cleaving glaciers. Simply breath-taking!
Now it's back on the bike to follow the trail of Che Guevara!
Sales Director, Matt, has taken some time out to explore South America on two wheels. Follow his adventures here!
The first stop on the journey was San Carlos de Bariloche in Northwest Patagonia.
Matt stopped to take in the breathtaking views of Nahuel Huapi Lake (followed by a well-deserved glass of Malbec!).
An interesting fact about Nahuel Huapi Lake is that, despite being nowhere near any ocean and being located at high altitude, it is home for kelp gull and the blue eyed cormorant, otherwise strictly marine birds.
Whilst working on an install project, our team got the chance to explore the delights of Clamecy. This magnificent church pictured, is Saint Martin’s collegiate church, built between 1235 and 1365. The church is an important example of Gothic architecture in Alsace.
Whilst working in Austria, Paul got the opportunity to visit Maria Wörth. The idyllic peninsula of Maria Wörth is set on the south bank of the Wörthersee. Maria Wörth gets its enchanting charteristics from the two churches situated in the middle of the lake. The water of Wörthersee is beautifully clear and of drinking quality.
Whilst working on an Implanter disassembly in Austria, Glen had the opportunity to visit Pyramidenkogel Observation Tower. The tower stands at an impressive 850 metres tall and is the tallest of its type in the world, made up from just wood and steel. Definitely worth a visit!
Amit from IES' marketing team flew to New Delhi, India, to complete an intensive 4-day course in Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Read Amit's top 4 tips for visiting New Delhi:
1. Transport - Delhi Metro is the best way to commute within the city. It is very economical and will save you a lot of time. TukTuk rides are fun too. Tip – Avoid travelling at rush hour!
2. Accommodation – For Budget hotels try Paharganj near New Delhi Railway Station. Zostel near New Delhi Railway station is very popular among international travellers.
3. Night life – Warehouse Café and Lord of the Drinks in Connaught Place are worth visiting.
4. Avoid Delhi Belly – Avoid eating junk or street food at roadside outlets unless they are tidy and clean. Recommend visiting Karims Restaurant in Old Delhi, Barbeque Nation in Connaught Place or Gulati & Havemore at Pandara Road market.
James, Steve and Glen took advantage of some time off whilst in Dallas to visit Gas Monkey Garage!
If you like classic cars - this is the place to visit - where they turn rust into gold!
The team at Gas Monkey Garage search the far flung corners of Texas and surrounding states for forgotten and derelict classic cars to buy and restore at their Garage.
Beast from the East has arrived in Ireland! Whilst providing CE Marking support to Analog, Martin found himself stranded for 2 days, with cancelled flights home and impassable roads.
Travelling from Manchester to Hull, Dave has come to a complete standstill on the M62 Northbound.
It's business as usual at IES HQ... but take care on those roads!
There was no chance Clive was driving to the office today from Glascoed. Safety first!
It's amazing who you can bump into whilst travelling on IES jobs...
James makes a new friend whilst travelling back from working at Intel Albuquerque. And Jools finds a new backing singer!
The Welcome Inn in Barkarby, Sweden, is a very fimiliar sight for Brian. Whilst providing FSE support to Silex Microsystems in 2017, Brian stayed at the Welcome Inn for over 200 nights!
Meetings followed by more meetings. It has been a busy couple of days for Tim and Shelley whilst in Barcelona!
Unfortunately there was no time to enjoy the boundless culture and fabled architecture of Barcelona - there's always next time!
James managed to squeeze in a spot of wine tasting whilst visiting Portland on a job. The producer is called Antica Terra and they produce a very special Rosa from the Pino Noir grape, the wine is called Angelicall. Simply delicious and well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Varian VIISTA shipping kit in production
Peter had the opportunity to explore Baghdad whilst on a Digital Press Install. What a place - great views and interesting experiences!
Now that is an entrance! Here's Gary stood at the foot of The Tsuzumi ("drum") Gate at JR Kanazawa Station. Exploring Ishikawa on a rare day off.
Did you know? This 13.7m high gate is supported by two thick pillars and is designed to evoke the image of the Tsuzumi - drums played by hand in Noh Theatre and Kaga Hosho performances.
The architects chose this drum-inspired construction to greet visitors with a structure themed around the city’s beloved Noh performances which is a Japanese performing art which dates back to the 14th century.
Enjoying a well-earned team dinner after a busy day exhibiting at SEMICON Europa.
On a project in China, our engineers came across this claw machine with packs of cigarettes instead of soft toys and some unusual local delights at a supermarket - Donkey Jerkey and Chicken feet, plain or in Soy Sauce.
It was Steve's turn to take the company Porsche for a spin... for a weekend away in Stratford-upon-Avon!
Some impressive sights in Italy, en route to a CE Marking job. Martin stops to take in the view at the foot of Mont Blanc.
It's amazing what you see on your travels - I am now on a donut diet to avoid abduction! Chris M
Here's Dave K taking in the colours, sights and sounds of Toyko!
A typical day for our export packing team on the road - by Steve H.
It was a troublesome journey to site for Pete. A broken rental car in Chicago led to delays getting to Green Bay. However, whilst waiting for the tow truck, Pete spotted his next rental car - a '67 Ford Mustang!
There have already been some 'ballooning marvellous' sights at this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta!
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that cannot be missed!
One of the perks of working at IES is that you get to drive this beauty – a 1984 Porsche Carrera. Amit drove his family in style to enjoy a weekend in London.
Beautiful Staffelberg. Kevan walked a whooping 42k steps and climbed 102 stairs climbed on his day off! But the views were worth it...
Recommendation: If you are in Michelau in Oberfranken and looking for somewhere nice to eat, we recommend Karolinenhöhe nestled in the beautiful Franconian landscape.
On the other side of the world, Ian experienced some local delights in the Philippines... including a Sizzling Sisig! This is a local dish made up from a pigs face, including ear, jowl, snout and tongue. It’s delicious by all accounts!
Did you know? San Agustin Church is a Roman Catholic church located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. It is also a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO and one of the National Historical Landmark of Philippines. It is famous for its magnificent architecture, a 16th-century crucifix, the choir seats carved in molave with ivory inlays of the 17th century and the set of 16 huge and beautiful chandeliers from Paris.
Whilst working in Germany, Simon enjoyed a tasty Bratwurst and made a new German friend!
Recommendation: The Rosengrauerei Pößneck. This well-known local brewery has been running since 1866 by members of the Wagner family. They pride themselves in keeping a part of the highly esteemed Thuringian bridal tradition.