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!
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.