Tagged With "England"

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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

DrFumblefinger ·
I live in Calgary now and people often have the impression it's a cowboy town -- which it is, but it's really a modern oil-economy based city as well. A view of the city's skyline. How far away are those beaches from Liverpool itself, Garry? What I most like about them is how uncrowded they are. Is the water warm enough to swim in or only for those with a strong constitution?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
The Temperatures for Liverpool rely on the strength of the Gulf Stream which sends warm water up from the Caribbean to the West of the UK. It follows the Jet Stream. It means that we can grow Palm Trees in the West - right up to Scotland ! Without this we would freeze in winter because we're that far North. Near to the Latitude of Alaska. But we don't !
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

Man Overboard ·
Does the Gulf Stream also bring a harvest of tasty fish with it ? Does the pattern of currents vary so that the Gulf Stream brings warmer waters closer to shore at some times than at other times ?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
No - no more Fish. Fish like Cod and Haddock like the colder waters of the UK. Too much heat and they go further North to Iceland. The Gulf Stream often gets caught in a pattern. Its been stuck for months now, bringing us warm water to raise temperatures. At this time of year we get an overnight frost and cool days. But we've had 50f at night and over 60f during the day. My outdoor Tomato's are still healthy and near ready for picking! Thanks to the Gulf stream ! The warmer waters hit the...
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
England is covered with thousands of miles of man made Canals. They were the Highways of the Industrial Revolution. Carrying Cotton, Coal, Timber all over the country. The boats they used were pulled by horses which walked along the tow path. Every mile or two you'll find a pub to stop and relax. Maybe a meal too. I love walking by the canals. Back to nature and peaceful. LEEDS TO LIVERPOOL CANAL. This is Haskayne. 8 miles north of Liverpool.
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Re: Walking in England

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for bringing walking in England to my attention. I have been walking more when I travel (beteen cities,from the airport. etc and have found out its very hard or impossible walking in and out of some places. I gave up trying to get out of CDG airport on foot one trip. Walking does give you a totally different perspective,thats for sure.
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Re: Walking in England

DrFumblefinger ·
Like you, I love to explore places on foot. I live next to one of the greatest wilderness places in the world, the Canadian Rockies, so this is where I like to hike. It's never been about speed or conquest, though I do love to make it to the top of a pass or ridge simply because the views are so fantastic. It's about the journey. I never walk without my camera and love to stop for photos, or to watch a doe and fawn, or some quail hurrying to shelter. Often I've shared these photos on this...
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
Here's a walk that fits the bill DrF !! Follows the peaks of hills and mountains that will take you to Hadrian's Wall. 256 Miles of wilderness. http://penninewayassociation.co.uk/the-route
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Re: Walking in England

DrFumblefinger ·
Sounds fascinating, GarryRF, but also hard work. Would likely take about 3-4 weeks to complete, time I just don't have right now.....
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
Just a tease DrF ! But many of those walkways that follow the canals are suitable for travellers on bicycles and the bonus is there is no hills ! Thousands of Europeans see it as an alternate style of vacation.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 29, 2014: Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, England

DrFumblefinger ·
An interesting home and tale about Bess who knew best... I wouldn't have known about Bess if you hadn't shared these photos. Thanks!
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Re: Town Hall, Manchester, England (Where Gumbo Was)

Roderick Simpson ·
Manchester City Hall featured in the news last night, as it was there that the Brexit Referendum result was officially announced.
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Re: Town Hall, Manchester, England (Where Gumbo Was)

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! I loved Manchester. You showed some great details of Town Hall that I missed.
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Re: June 11, 2016: Royal Heads in the Sand

DrFumblefinger ·
A remarkable likeness of the Royal couple -- more life like than the real thing!
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

spacesXplaces ·
I enjoyed Birmingham's architecture a lot, it has changed and it is still changing in a pleasant way. Unfortunately many British people are stuck to the old image of other UK cities, the same can be said for other cities such as Manchester or Leeds. They are totally underestimated because people think they still are those kind of purely industrial minor cities devoted to production but it's not like this anymore. A weekend or day trip is enough to make you change your mind
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

spacesXplaces ·
Thanks Rob! Really glad you like them!
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

Travel Rob ·
Wow! Love your photos of Birmingham!
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

PHeymont ·
Wow! Not the Birmingham I ever dreamed of! I wasn't actually dreaming of it, but I did have a mental image, which I now realize was stuck at about 1830. Thanks for the views and insights...
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Re: Scotland's vote may help ax high flying tax

GarryRF ·
UK Air passenger duty for under 12's will be abolished from May 2015. Under 16's will have to wait until 2016.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day: April 15th, 2014. Deck Chairs in Hyde Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I, too, am tempted to stretch out and take a nap. Fond memories of Hyde Park. My wife and I stayed within a block of this great park during our honeymoon some years ago.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day: April 15th, 2014. Deck Chairs in Hyde Park

Andre Pur ·
It will be very nice to see those chairs in our central park in my county, maybe someday.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day: Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England

DrFumblefinger ·
I love the gardens of the place! Were they expansive?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day: Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England

PortMoresby ·
As you may know, DrF, a number of houses in the UK are known as much or more for their gardens as for the houses. Not so in this case, although what they have sets the house off perfectly. The rest is more natural landscape as you can see in the bottom picture. I love the fact that the house is the star, as it should be in this case, and the gardens are a compliment.
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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: Weymouth's tribute to the brave.

GarryRF ·
Very touching blog. Thanks.
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Re: Weymouth's tribute to the brave.

PHeymont ·
Together with the Finding Reiner series, this post helps remind us of the individuals and the effects on their communities. We've been seeing large and small memorials in France this past week. We were stunned, viewing the memorial in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, to note that there are over 100 names on the WWI memorial, many with similar, even identical names, contrasted with only a half-dozen or so from WWII, and then other numbers from other wars. The large losses in France in the First World...
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Re: Weymouth's tribute to the brave.

GarryRF ·
During WW1, before conscription was announced, young men were encouraged to join by local dignitaries and celebrities. Hundreds of Regiments of Infantry were formed with names such as the Liverpool Pals and the Bolton Pals - all made up of men from the same town. Many regiments were completely lost to combat in France. Small towns had lost all their young men to war and were left with no one coming home. Regiments after 1916 were drawn from several towns and cities.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

DrFumblefinger ·
A brilliant photo, Mac! A perfect moment on a perfect day! Appreciate you sharing it with us One of my favorite pictures on this website.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

Red Rover ·
my gramms wore that dress and had that luggage ! awesome picture. this girl is SO pretty.
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Re: Alfred the Great's bones found!

PHeymont ·
This seems to be a good year for royal discoveries; the remains of Richard III were found under a parking lot in Leicester last year. Now if only someone could locate Jimmy Hoffa...and Judge Crater!
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Re: Alfred the Great's bones found!

DrFumblefinger ·
I don't think we'll find Hoffa until they start tearing down some of these old ball stadiums... Somewhere deep in the concrete I think!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

PHeymont ·
Well, leaving aside anyone's feelings about royalty or whatever (play nice, everyone!), someone has to do the chores and mopping up, and the gatekeeper above is not alone in that...this picture is from the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace ("Christopher Robin went down with Alice...") After the impressive parade and band performance, this fellow and two or three others were left behind to store the music stands...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

GarryRF ·
Learning to respect the Religions and Cultures of others is an important step that opens your mind to the world around you and everyone's unique differences.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: " Learning to respect the Religions and Cultures of others is an important step..." Indeed, it is. And combined with a sense of humor, I could not agree more.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

GarryRF ·
When I stay with Family in the US I'm told there are many cultural subjects to avoid. I don't talk about your recent history, religion, your politics or your gun laws. With or without a sense of humour ! So I'll tread on the side of caution and not upset the natives !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by CICAK: "I always travel with an open mind... Bring on the tasty, warm beer !" And the cider, something for everyone. One cannot argue with such good sense!
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Re: Alnwick Castle, England

Marilyn Jones ·
First of all your photos are brilliant! So beautiful! I was there in 2002 and took a tour of the inside; fascinating! Your post brought back all those wonderful memories. Thank you!! Well done!!
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Re: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, England.

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautiful images of an amazing place! Thanks for sharing these, Paul. And welcome to TravelGumbo!
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Re: England gets a coast-to-coast canoe route

GarryRF ·
The Leeds - Liverpool canal as it passes by me in Liverpool:
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Re: England gets a coast-to-coast canoe route

PHeymont ·
Can we count on you to make a coast-to-coast transit your next project! Looks like fun, even for we of a certain age...
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Re: England gets a coast-to-coast canoe route

GarryRF ·
As you can see from this photo - the tow path makes an excellent route for cycling too. And walkers. No traffic or roads to cross. Friends often take their canoes for a paddle. Others just go fishing. Maybe just a walk in silence - except for the occasional canalside pub where they have a kids playground. And the ducks quacking. (No shooting allowed)
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Re: Oh, to be in England! Now that April's...snowing!

GarryRF ·
The weather here in northern England has cooled off - was 72f and now 50f. But its still sunny, pleasant and dry. Too dry - just had to water the flowers ! Apple Blossom in the garden - just now ....
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

GarryRF ·
The first thing that surprises me on this blog is how eager people are to believe any of the pure drivel that film makers produce. Yahoo send a team to London to be controversial. That's the script. They don't want to tell a story of people who are just like the folks you left behind in America. No. That's not going to grab anyone's attention. PHeymont has lived in both countries and knowingly avoids such divisive journalism. Wherever you travel in the world you find people who are giving ,...
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

TravelGirlJenn ·
Interesting. I work in San Francisco near the Ferry Building and frequently jaunt down to Pier 39 on my lunch break for exercise. Tourist alley, especially now that they have a new cruise terminal between the Ferry Building and Pier 39. Just today I nearly fell into a couple who stopped to take a picture of Coit Tower, speaking in an English accent. I moved on and got out of their way. 'Tis different when the shoe is on another foot, I suppose.
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

GarryRF ·
It's been more than 50 years since the book "The Ugly American" was published. Does he still exist ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzsBh2WsFCQ
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

PHeymont ·
Like all myths exaggerated with a grain of truth or not, he lives on, along with his companions the Snobby Brit, the Nasty Frenchman, the Pushy German and all the rest. These days, it’s easy to find articles creating new misconceptions about Japanese and Chinese tourists. Point being, whatever these so-called “national characters” are, they are built on ignorance and prejudice; it is one of the great things about travel that they seldom survive actual experience.
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

GarryRF ·
As always Paul... the voice of reason. Thank you !
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