Tagged With "Italy"

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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

rbciao ·
Dr. Fumblefinger, Nice slideshow with great pics. We were in Venice in 2012 for 6 or 7 days and made an excursion to Burano as a day trip. The first thing we noticed was that tourism has reached the tiny island. There was a new docking station for the vaporetti and all sorts of kiosks selling the usual stuff. The first time we were there was in 2008 and it was a sleepy island that time seemed to forget. In fact, we came across four elderly ladies sitting on a bench gabbing and knitting. I...
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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

DrFumblefinger ·
Great memories, rbciao! I'd like to head back to Burano some day, maybe spend 2-3 days there, just kicking back and enjoying the ambiance. We were there in May and it was not at all heavily touristed at that time, though certainly the shops were there to lighten the load of your Euro heavy wallet! Their lace was truly beautiful and my wife just couldn't resist!
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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

rbciao ·
I would like to also stay on Burano if I could find a place with air conditioning.
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Re: Italy joins anti-food-waste movement

GarryRF ·
In my local UK store I can buy a 5 Kilo bag (10 pound) of irregular shaped fruit and veg for £2 ($3) in prime condition. It's to help low income families but there's plenty more where it came from. The photo above looks like fruit that's ready for the trash. That's not the idea behind the scheme that's all across Europe. Wonky Potato !
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Re: Italy joins anti-food-waste movement

DrFumblefinger ·
Garry, it looks like the wonky veggies are fresh but misshapen. A good marketing idea to sell them separately. I think the idea behind the law is to prevent food waste. There are many tons of food discarded by restaurants and stores every day, as the article lays out. If this food could be channeled to food banks and such a day or two earlier, it would cut down a lot of waste. That is a noble effort, if it works. I like Italy's law of incentives better than France's. The carrot is more...
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Re: Italy joins anti-food-waste movement

GarryRF ·
We've seen so many examples of fields of freshly cropped food getting ploughed back into the land because it doesn't conform to standards. More than enough for the disadvantaged people. So we have a donation point on the way out of food stores too. Then all donations go to Food Banks in the area. Waste is waste. There is so much more food can be saved at source - farms - than the pickings of a few restaurants. Stores in the UK already have a tie-in with a deserving local charity for removing...
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

TravelingCanuck ·
You are correct. I was there mid April and there was a light dusting of snow falling. I will be back in the fall or new year again and plan on checking out more murals for a part 2.
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! Those murals are incredible!
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

TravelingCanuck ·
Thanks. What is nice is that most murals has some link to the cultural, ethnic or historical aspect of Winnipeg. They show a diverse cross-section of the life of the city over the years.
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

PHeymont ·
Looking forward to Part 2...some of the ones you've showed us here are incredible.
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

TravelingCanuck ·
Thank you. If my schedule is good I will be back to Winnipeg in the fall sometime and plan to do more for a part 2.
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

DrFumblefinger ·
Very informative and interesting post, TravelingCanuck! I lived in Winnipeg for about a dozen years during my teens and early 20s, and go back often to visit my elderly father who still lives there in a retirement home. I've seen some of the street art in the city, but not these very interesting murals. I note on the Valour mural photos there appears to be white stuff falling from the sky. This could, of course, happen almost any time of year in Winnipeg. Anyways, thanks for sharing and hope...
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Re: The Glorious Mosaics of Ravenna

PortMoresby ·
Remarkable.
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Re: The Glorious Mosaics of Ravenna

DrFumblefinger ·
It is remarkable, PortMoresby! And it reminds me I need to get some new tile in the bathroom soon......
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 18, 2014: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

DrFumblefinger ·
Rumor has it that even the deranged Adolph Hitler saw the significance and beauty of the bridge and refused to bomb it as he retreated from Italy. Perhaps the only decent thing that man ever did.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 18, 2014: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

rbciao ·
We've been to Florence many, many times and never tire of its amenities. The city will always have a special place in my heart because my oldest son was a souvenir of our last night there in 1980...Pensione Desiree on Via Fiume. When we returned to Florence in 1988 with two children we stayed at Pensione Desiree again. When I explained the circumstances to the owners, Ugo and his wife, she grabbed Tommy and gave him a big kiss. They fussed over us the entire time we were there. We went back...
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Re: Following the European Beer Trail: Oktoberfest to Sorrento

PHeymont ·
Thanks! I enjoyed this...and hope that Sorrento's beer makes it here to the U.S. I'm going to contact our local importers to see if there's a chance!
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Re: Following the European Beer Trail: Oktoberfest to Sorrento

DrFumblefinger ·
My curiosity is also piqued about this Italian beer. Not sure if I tried beer in Italy. Wine seems to be flowing out of ever crack in every building, but I'll need to give it a try next time I'm there. Hi praise from a Canadian, I might add.
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Re: Following the European Beer Trail: Oktoberfest to Sorrento

GarryRF ·
Peroni is a good example of Italian Beer. Crisp tasting with a malty flavour. A white frothy head and sparkling. Available around the world. Drunk with Pizza and Italian food at UK restaurants.
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

PortMoresby ·
Are you a worrier? Do you run to the doctor at the first sign of possible trouble? Are you particularly clumsy and break bones? If the answers are no, as it sounds like they might be, I'd say don't bother with the insurance. If you need an English speaking doctor in Italy you'll find one. Your hotel or any pharmacy will help. It won't cost an arm & a leg if rumor is true. I don't know precisely because even though I travel a lot I answered no to all my questions too, don't need doctors...
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

SueZee ·
Thanks, PortMoresby. No, I'm not worried about seeing a doctor. I'm more worried about getting my cousins off my back. Someone else told me that there's an organization that puts out a list of English-speaking doctors all over the world--do you know anything about that? Thanks again...
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

PortMoresby ·
SueZee, I'm sure there is but, as I mentioned, I just don't think you need to worry about it. As a last resort you can call the embassy if the first line of defense, hotels & pharmacies, can't help. Very unlikely. Tell your cousins only rank beginners and sick people spend time worrying that could be enjoyed planning their trip.
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi SueZee, I agree with PortMoresby. Embassies, pharmacies, hotel concierges, etc are a great help. I think that would be your first line of advice, if needed. There is a website that might be helpful, featuring English speaking physicians abroad. I know nothing about this organization, so it's not a recommendation -- just a resource. Here's that link.
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

PHeymont ·
Here's another resource that might help you: The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers. It's a non-profit, it's been around a long time, and you can join for free. IAMAT provides a directory of doctors around the world who speak fluent English and have been checked out by the organization for standards and certification. You can read more about them and join here: http://www.iamat.org/
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Re: Spring Honeymoon Help

DrFumblefinger ·
Congratulations SueZee! We're delighted in your marriage, and you've picked a great country in which to honeymoon. May is not too early to go to Italy, although pack a light jacket just in case. The crowds won't be there yet and you'll save some money when compared to the peak summer season. Where to go is very much a matter of taste. Most definitely you need to go to Venice and I'd say spend at least 5 days here, maybe with a day trip or two (such as to the glass making island of Murano or...
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

Mac ·
SueZee, wherever you travel in the world your hotel will find you a suitable doctor who will speak enough English for your needs - just like Dr.F says - and Italy will have plenty. Don't bother with lists as they will always be out of date by the time you might want to use them, plus it will no doubt not list a great doc that the hotel knows is just around the corner! At the worst the hotel will have an English speaking staff member sit with you to help translate. Conversely, I do think that...
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

PortMoresby ·
Mac says, a good travel insurance policy is an absolute requirement - The part he left off was "for me", for him. Insurance, any kind, is playing the odds. When you buy it you're betting you'll have a disaster. When you don't you're figuring the likelihood of a dire event is low. If you take an occasional trip of short duration and can afford insurance, sure, why not. When the number & length of trips begins to mount and the budget becomes more of an issue then maybe not. It's called...
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

Mac ·
Like you say PortM, it is all about "right for me" choices. I generally insure us 2 adults on an annual basis - covers all our trips - and costs about USD 300 p.a. It's a choice thing
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

DrFumblefinger ·
As with many things travel, insurance is a matter of choice. Travel Health Insurance seems to be a lot more expensive in the US than elsewhere. Policies in the US usually include trip cancellation and medical coverage and often run 5-6% the cost of a trip. Given the amount you travel, Mac, the investment of a few hundred dollars a year seems prudent to me. But when I was 30 the thought of insurance never crossed my mind. Not once. A few years ago I did start buying trip cancellation (and...
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Re: Family Takes Year Off to Travel the World

Waterloo ·
They did not take a year "off"; they took a year "on" to live life. What lucky kids ! What lucky parents ! Bully on this family for making that "luck" happen.
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Re: Family Takes Year Off to Travel the World

DrFumblefinger ·
What a great adventure. Not for everyone, but I can't think of anything that would bond a family more than an experience like this. Thanks for sharing this one, Travelrob!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 18 2013: Milan's Bronze Typist

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy the photo and the story, PHeymont, but am drawn to the typewriter. In a few more generations, children will be wondering, "what's that strange thing the man is holding on his lap?" I still remember owning and using a typewriter, but few under the age of 30 do. I recall reading a SciFi short story collection written in the 1950s not long ago that featured a story about a journalist traveling on a space ship. He needed to keep his typewriter anchored so that it didn't float away in...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 18 2013: Milan's Bronze Typist

PHeymont ·
I was struck, actually, by the size of the typewriter (sort of like an Olivetti Lettera 22, the chic portable of the 1960s). When Montanelli started out, surely a typewriter you could put on your knees was as strange an idea as computers were in our childhood (I'm giving away my age, I know)!
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Re: SNCF: Oooops, we made the trains too big!

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm astounded at the level of incompetence! Does SNCF order trains without providing manufacturing specifics, like how tall and wide a train should be? Really?
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Re: SNCF: Oooops, we made the trains too big!

PHeymont ·
I suspect, although without evidence, that since the trains are very close to the previous size, that someone looked, saw a fairly familiar measurement and said, say “2.6 meters…that’s not so different from 2.5…OK!” Puts me in mind of the rocket that missed Mars because one team was measuring in metric units and the other in English… http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric.02/
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Re: Arthur Ave -NYC's Real Little Italy

PHeymont ·
When my kids were younger, Arthur Avenue made a great end to a day at the Bronx Zoo or Botanical Garden...I'm glad it's still going!
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Re: France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

Mac ·
These fixed cameras are signposted and on maps so you have to be pretty unfortunate (or silly) to get 'done' by them. Far worse are their sneaky cameras that are hidden in roadside trash bins, under hedges and all sorts of camouflage. These are normally in villages where it makes real sense to slow right down.
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Re: France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

DrFumblefinger ·
I suspected you were one of those 4.5 million foreigners that got tagged, Mac.....
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Re: Sweden claims 'best pizza' title. Yes, Sweden!

Travel Rob ·
It looks Delicious!
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Re: Italian town bans barking

DrFumblefinger ·
If this ban will be enforced, it is effectively a ban on having dogs in that town, because by their nature, dogs will bark. Some do it more than others, but they all will bark sometime. You can try to control and discipline them, but that will have limited success. People love their dogs. I know that's true of me and it's true of many others. Doesn't sound like the kind of place I'd want to live in.
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Re: Italian town bans barking

PHeymont ·
Calling Dr. Pavlov! We need you back to work on some other aspects of dog behavior. Seriously, it should be possible to train dogs not to bark; the question is what other behaviors would be affected?
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Re: Italian town bans barking

Travel Rob ·
I've had a couple of barkless Basenjis before -but they made other noises besides barking, so I guess that breed still doesn't qualify in Controne
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Re: Italian town bans barking

DrFumblefinger ·
You might be able to train dogs to bark less, but the only way you can get them not to bark is to surgically transect the nerves that go to their vocal cords, or to surgically mutilate the cords so they don't work any more. Sounds very compassionate, doesn't it?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2015: South of Naples

IslandMan ·
looks beautiful...great pictures
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2015: South of Naples

DrFumblefinger ·
Great adventure! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2015: South of Naples

GarryRF ·
Did you discover any wines that you'd like to share ? I love trying a wine that's unknown to me. Like Gancia Asti came as a pleasant surprise.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2015: South of Naples

TravelingCanuck ·
Sounds like a wonderful way to end a jaunt around Italy. So how did you travel through Italy? By train or car?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2015: South of Naples

Non Stop Destination ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: Did you discover any wines that you'd like to share ? I love trying a wine that's unknown to me. Like Gancia Asti came as a pleasant surprise. I love the Asti wines, and really enjoyed the Chianti wines, but I've forgotten the names of any specific wines I enjoyed in Italy I'm afraid. I do recommend the South African Durbanville Hills Chardonnay
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2015: South of Naples

Travel Luver ·
What a beautiful and amazing landscape! I wouldn't want to leave.
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Re: Park of Monsters, Bomarzo, Italy: Where Gumbo Was #47

Travel Rob ·
What a cool place to take kids to! Or kids of all ages ,because I want to see it too!
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