Tagged With "Europe"

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Re: Traveling to Europe soon? It may pay to prepay...

Travel Rob ·
I do think it's a good year to add Europe. And with cheap airfares available now for spring and summer all the more reason Another currency that has has dropped compared to the US dollar recently is the Canadian Dollar. http://www.theglobeandmail.com...air/article22446079/
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Re: AirBerlin Black Friday: $499 to Europe R/T!

Travel Rob ·
It's a fantastic deal! Milan is a budget airline hub too so you can go to a lot Europe for not much more. Time to buy those spring break tickets
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Re: For those who hate Heathrow, Gatwick plans new allure

DrFumblefinger ·
I would hate for Heathrow to get any more complex to get around in that it already is. I like flying into Gatwick, although a lot of carriers don't offer that airport from at least my part of NorthAmerica.
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Re: For those who hate Heathrow, Gatwick plans new allure

PortMoresby ·
Maybe part of a proposal for Heathrow could include making it less complex to negotiate. I've never had a problem with it, although I know it's the airport people love to hate. Never having flown into Gatwick, I can't compare. The other 2 I have used are Stansted & Luton, but, like Gatwick, transport to them is limited compared to Heathrow. I'd prefer they get it all right at one, rather than have 4 less than convenient. Maybe I'll just charter a plane and go into City next time, which I...
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Re: For those who hate Heathrow, Gatwick plans new allure

PHeymont ·
Gatwick, if selected, will have much better transportation than now; in fact, they are committed to building it even with one runway. Every 2.5 minutes, into Central London. DrF: Gatwick is hoping this will bring some North American flights again; US Airways was the last North American carrier into Gatwick, and they stopped in 2009, sucked into the great vacuum of Heathrow. Gatwick used to have a lot of N. America business back when restrictive legislation limited the number of their flights...
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Re: For those who hate Heathrow, Gatwick plans new allure

PortMoresby ·
There is no problem with London City, I wasn't suggesting expansion. Au contraire, and for those who can use it, it's the best.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Hello DrF, there are direct flights from Sicily to Malta and also a daily ferry. Yes, many visitors take in Sicily when coming to Malta, or they combine it with other European destinations. There also regular cruises around the Mediterranean which stop in the Grand Harbour for a day.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

TatToo ·
It does not seem fair that one place should have so much going on. Worse, it is less fair that I am not there ! Thanks for the great pics and a bit of history. What are the good months to visit for water sports like paragliding ? Is it winder or the surf stronger some months than others ?
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Thanks for your comments TatToo. Summer is the best time for water sports,from May to October. Most operators usually shut down over winter. There isn't much surf to speak of unless there is an exceptionally stormy day, but the northern parts of the island are more suited for windsurfing and paragliding as the winds from the northern Mediterranean tend to have more strength in them
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great piece about a great destination most of us have not heard a lot about. Would you know if there are direct flights between Malta and Sicily, Islandman? How would you recommend connecting these two. I think a great way to spend two or three weeks would be to combine stops at Sicily and Malta.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks IslandMan! Your history insights and photos do make it look like an ideal travel destination.
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Re: Catching the Tour de France 2014

DrFumblefinger ·
What fun! Glad your iPhone was working (hanging on to you was the least your hubbie could do) and am actually surprised at how fast its shutter speed is. These guys are really moving and most cameras would have caught them with a blur except in the sports setting (very fast shutter speeds). I think all big events like this are best enjoyed with new friends over a glass of one's favorite beverage! Thanks for sharing this moment. Most of us will never see the tour first hand, but now we know...
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Re: Catching the Tour de France 2014

Travel Rob ·
I've missed it by days a few years ,but it sure looks like fun! Hopefully one day I'll catch it. Thanks for letting us enjoy the Tour from a distance!
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Re: Catching the Tour de France 2014

Carlin Scherer ·
Love the pics, but we need one of "Hansie" holding you up. Such fun for you both!!!!!! xxxmoi
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept 2, 2014: Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Travel Rob ·
Thanks ,great to see the Jardin du Luxembourg in different seasons.It is one of my favorite places in the summer for people watching.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 4, 2014: Empty Cafe, Paris

Travel Rob ·
What a cool shot!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 4, 2014: Empty Cafe, Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent -- almost sad -- photo, Islandman. Tables and chairs are made for folks to rest and enjoy.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sep 15, 2015: Pit Lane, Mdina Grand Prix

GarryRF ·
I was having lunch in Mdina. Our waiter was a boy about 8 years old. He asked if I'd ever seen a train. "Of course I have. Maybe 4 a day" "When I save enough to leave Malta I want to see a train" he said. Then he asked my Mother in Law if she was my sister. She slipped him a few dollars. He'll soon have enough - I thought - to see a train - even at 8.
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Re: Europe's cost-of-living has wide range

PortMoresby ·
There are websites devoted to helping people sort out the possibilities worldwide. This is one I've found useful: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp
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Re: Channel ferries: more than a nostalgia trip

Travel Rob ·
The buses ,like Megabus ,sometimes use the ferries as well and it's a great way to break up a bus trip. They make you disembark the bus for safety reasons while the ferry is moving and you can watch the view and get something to eat.
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Re: Channel ferries: more than a nostalgia trip

PortMoresby ·
A timely post, PHeymont. Trying to simplify a proposed trip to the UK and Portugal, and also slip in a bit of Spain along the way, I'm seriously considering the ferries from the south coast of England to Bilbao & environs, then train down to Portugal. I'm sure it will save me money, as opposed to trains, using the ferries, most of which I wasn't aware of until I took a good look at the broken lines showing ferry routes on Google maps.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

PHeymont ·
I may be a city boy, but I've done my research. We're talking about alces alces here, and in North America it's a moose, while in Europe the same species is called elk. Wasn't me who called it, by the way, but the European press.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating. Who would have thought our European friends would call a moose an elk. (wonder what they call an elk?) Maybe we should just call him "Bullwinkle", and be done with it.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

DrFumblefinger ·
An afterthought, moose meat is pretty tough and often gamey. Elk meat is quite tender and tasty, to the point where they are grown as a "crop" in the Rocky Mountain region. You'll often find elk tenderloin in fine dining restaurants through the Rockies.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

PHeymont ·
Perhaps in their view, they are wondering why we call an elk a moose! What you are calling elk is not alces alces but cervus canadensis , clearly a neighbor of yours, and native to North America and Eastern Asia. It's also called 'wapiti,' which is a native American word. The initial confusion seems to have come from Europeans who named things after what they thought the animal resembled. Hence, for instance, our robin is no robin at all, but a thrush.
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Re: Wild times in Denmark: Elk, wolves and jackals return

DrFumblefinger ·
I am glad to hear that wildlife is returning to Denmark. Many radicals would have you believe this is impossible, but with good stewardship and efforts at conservation, it clearly can work. PHeymont, I know you are a big city boy who rarely sees any wild animals except pigeons, but there is a difference between a moose and an elk. Your top photo is of a cow moose. They are massive and have legs that go on forever -- all the better to eat water vegetation with. This is what elk look like. The...
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Re: Will sunken treasure mean more tourists for Colombia?

DrFumblefinger ·
Great story! I would presume the Columbians have their treasure ship under pretty tight wraps, but that won't stop a few treasure hunters from trying to scavenge a bit of it for themselves. Has the makings of a great movie.
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Re: Will sunken treasure mean more tourists for Colombia?

PHeymont ·
There was actually a commercial salvor who tried to lay claim to this one a few years ago, before it was actually located...and there are some who think the treasure belongs to Spain!
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Re: New security changes to make travel harder and easier

DrFumblefinger ·
Don't know if it's a problem for Brits, Garry. But it is not a problems for Canadians and Americans, some of whom cross the border every day. Perhaps it was your dry sense of British humor?!?......which I like, but which a border guard might not.
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Re: New security changes to make travel harder and easier

GarryRF ·
Is driving from Canada into the US a problem for Brits ? Last time I was held up for some time having to go into the office and complete forms. I was in the US 48 hours earlier but they had do it all again.
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Re: New security changes to make travel harder and easier

GarryRF ·
Perhaps he didn't enjoy being reminded that our Queen Elizabeth II still owns Canada ! We had to complete another Visa Waiver Form. But they were extremely polite.
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Re: New security changes to make travel harder and easier

DrFumblefinger ·
Most every Canadian city has this pre-clearance, which really is formal immigration and customs inspection. Once through, you're in the USA, even though still in Canada. The lines move quickly and it certainly beats the zoo you find on arrival at immigration and customs at major US airports.
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Re: New security changes to make travel harder and easier

Travel Rob ·
I've been through pre clearance in Canada and it does save time when entering the States.
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

PHeymont ·
Since we're on turn-of-the-last-century clocks, here are a couple more. The first is the facade clock of the Musee d'Orsay itself, seen from the inside looking out over the Seine, and the second is a detail of the clock tower designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner for the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. Just clockin' in...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

GarryRF ·
Back in the time when a watch was a sign of affluence these timepieces must have been a great show of wealth. This clock in Chester England was erected on the cities two thousand year old Roman Walls at about the same time as your example.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

IslandMan ·
Now THAT'S a clock, Garry....sensational!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

Samantha ·
This was one of my favorite museums in Paris. It is absolutely gorgeous like Islandman said. I love impressionist art and this place had quite a bit. I look forward to going back again one day. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

DrFumblefinger ·
Surprises can be fun, but I enjoy researching a destination before I get there. Still, I can see the appeal of the idea to a lot of people.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

Travel Rob ·
The cost seems pretty reasonable too. It is a good idea because it exposes you to cities that you wouldn't of picked on your own. Sometimes those cities end up being your favorites. I think TG's destination page is like that too. I now want to go so many places that were not remotely on my radar.
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A weekend...I don't know where...

PHeymont ·
Wonder Tour is offering cheap weekend breaks in Europe...but you don't find out where you're headed until just before you go.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

PHeymont ·
Rob, I thought of you when I first found this...it sounds like you and me: Anything to be on the road, hardly matters where!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Islandman , How that brings back memories! Beautiful country and wonderful people.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

Steve ·
I was driving across Poland to Czech Republic in October and decided to spend a night in Cracow and was surprised by several things: The town was jumping on a weeknight, which made hotels expensive (relative to other places in Poland), and a vacancy hard to find. Everyone in town seemed to be under 30 years old, kind of the Portland of Eastern Europe. Parking was hard to find and costly. Once in a hotel and parked, the town was an absolute delight to walk around with beautiful streets and...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

PHeymont ·
The obwarzanek seems very similar to the Turkish simet, sold on corners all over Istanbul, and also cheap. Mostly sesame version, but occasionally others. A really good snack, and also excellent with kaymak, the buffalo milk creme fraiche.
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Re: Liberland awaits: who will be the first tourist?

DrFumblefinger ·
This may actually turn out to be a tax haven. It might be very successful.
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Re: Finding Reiner 4: Who Was He?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for another moving piece. Those illustrations by Maria Lebedeva are museum quality!
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

HistoryDigger ·
UPDATE ON REPLACING AN iPHONE 5 IN EUROPE: Cologne's Apple store didn't have a US iPhone 5 in stock and the technician offered to order one for us. However, the phone would not arrive for a week, and we would be in London by then. So we made an Apple store genius bar appointment at London's Stratford City-Westfield location near the Olympic Park. WARNING: we made this appointment a week in advance, which is standard for Genius Bar schedules in Europe. (For laptop appointments, the wait is...
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

DrFumblefinger ·
Moral of the story: don't flush your iPhone down the john! What a saga! I'm curious to see how it all plays out.
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