Tagged With "London"

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Re: London buses to get free 'Hopper' transfers

Travel Rob ·
Remember that you can't buy a ticket with cash on the bus and because of how they secure the drivers, hard to ask any directions at all.
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Re: London buses to get free 'Hopper' transfers

GarryRF ·
This new plan has been running for 25 years in countries willing to make progress. Like Australia.
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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: VisitBritain, British Air point out "undiscovered places"

Travel Rob ·
VisitBritian is my favorite official tourist info agency and what they are doing really is working .
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Re: London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot.

GarryRF ·
Many older buildings and structures in the UK get a Grade 1 or 2 "Listed Building" Preservation Order. Some orders include the interior too. Helps to stop the spread of faceless skyscrapers with no lasting architectural qualities. Enjoyed watching that film. Thanks PM.
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Re: London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot.

PHeymont ·
Thank you for that fascinating link! The similarities are as startling as the differences (including the freeing up of Marble Arch from its gates and stone guardians). I've passed it along to my daughter, whose teenage students were sure the other day that color films were only about 30 years old...
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Re: London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot.

PortMoresby ·
It's possible that the images are hand colored, an art with which I have some experience although still photos only. One would have to dig deeper to find out the timing of the use of color stock. I suspect there were a number of phases so it would depend on one's definition. Read here while I go watch a movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ng_and_hand_coloring
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Re: London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot.

PHeymont ·
Back to research, and found that between 1903 and 35 there were quite a few colored films, colored in the sense of dye being added (usually by mechanical, not hand, process). 1935's Technicolor Process 4 was the first true color film, made with 4 negatives (CMYK). Claude Friese-Greene, responsible for the London film, used a process (started by his father) that used multiple copies of black and white negatives, rephotographing them through different color filters.
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Re: London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot.

PortMoresby ·
I do love film. Let me count the ways.
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Re: London In 1927, Recreated Shot For Shot.

Travel Rob ·
Thanks PortMoresby. I too was struck by the similarities.No mistaking that's London. I wonder How many cities would still be that recognizable in 90 or so years?
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Re: Where We Went: London, Paris, Toronto

PortMoresby ·
What's also interesting about the information is that it's from hotels.com which says in the first line it's helping us find "the best cities around the world". I'm not sure I buy the premise that popular is best. Another index I also find VERY interesting, in the quest to locate interesting places for longer stays on a budget, is the cost of living index for places around the world. While visitor costs and resident costs are not the same, still, it's an interesting tool and also gives us...
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Re: Where We Went: London, Paris, Toronto

PHeymont ·
That's a great point! I never like "best" lists, anyway...and like to stray into any place that looks good and take a chance on whether it's "Zagat-quality." The cost of living is interesting, too, especially for travelers on tight budgets; my experience in Portugal last summer (see BLOG here on TravelGumbo) has sent a couple of younger colleagues off to plan Portugal trips instead of more expensive parts of Europe.
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Re: Laughter Set in Stone: Fun with Statues

PHeymont ·
Well, here's another I would have included in the original post—except I didn't remember I had it! Unintentionally ironic or not...it speaks up for a local guy in an unusual way!
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Re: Laughter Set in Stone: Fun with Statues

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a fun piece, PHeymont! I, too, have noticed larger numbers of whimsical statues. The city this struck me in the most was Bratislava, in Slovakia. For example, here's their "Men at Work" And here's one that's a tribute to shutterbugs like you and me.
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Re: Laughter Set in Stone: Fun with Statues

PHeymont ·
Thanks! those are great...we need a bit more humor in everyday life!
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Re: A Bridge to Everywhere

Travel Rob ·
I like bridges in gardens too. Something just so peaceful about them. Here's one from Rikugien Gardens Tokyo
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Re: A Bridge to Everywhere

PortMoresby ·
A good one, PHeymont!
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Re: Wow! Iceland Express successor adds U.S. flights

Travel Rob ·
I really am excited about hearing this.I was a big fan of Iceland Express, so I'm hoping Wow will offer the same consistent low prices to North America as they did.
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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: Marriott Teleports Guests to a Marriott Future

DrFumblefinger ·
It looks quite cool! If someone actually goes to one of the places its being displayed, please post a comment so we can hear directly how the experience was.
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Re: Marriott Teleports Guests to a Marriott Future

PortMoresby ·
The "bleeding edge"? Ouch. Is that akin to hair-brained? Maybe not.
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Re: Marriott Teleports Guests to a Marriott Future

PHeymont ·
I can’t remember who coined the term, but it was intended to convey a sense of being so far out on the “leading edge” that one might easily cut oneself on some unfortunate reality…
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Re: Belles lettres et de belles choses: A wanderer's gallery

PHeymont ·
Another find for the Belles Lettres category: The 19th-c sign atop the older part of Madrid's Atocha rail station.
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Re: Belles lettres et de belles choses: A wanderer's gallery

PHeymont ·
An apology...I mixed my files and misidentified the girl reading her stack of bronze books; we met her in Seville, not Lisbon!
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Re: Strictly for the Birds...

PHeymont ·
While searching for some other photos, I came across these two that might have joined the birds above. One is a scene of well-mannered pigeons on a rail at the Musee Rodin in Paris, perhaps waiting their turn to annoy diners in the garden cafe; the other is yet another of those ironic meetings of statue-fied dignity with feathered pit stop...
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Re: Airbnb's stunt: floating a house on the Thames

PortMoresby ·
Enter here, https://www.airbnb.com/night-at/floating-house if you live in the UK, care to write an essay, have an Airbnb account and can stay in the house on May 22nd.
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Re: French Embassy in London Fights to Block Tycoon's Basement Car Museum

DrFumblefinger ·
The French slow to complain?? Can't say I've heard that recently. But I don't see how this car museum is a threat to French security. Certainly they must have constructed a secure facility.
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Re: French Embassy in London Fights to Block Tycoon's Basement Car Museum

Travel Rob ·
This story struck me as odd because I don't think these high profile embassies would make very good neighbors and I thought they would be the last to complain.
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Re: French Embassy in London Fights to Block Tycoon's Basement Car Museum

Travel Rob ·
Update: The French lost their bid to block Mr. Hunt's basement. http://www.halsteadgazette.co....basement_completion/
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Re: London's tiny landmarks celebrate 150 years

GarryRF ·
Most Londoners think they'll fall off the edge of the World if they leave London. Just like the Monty Python film - The Meaning of Life.
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Re: London's tiny landmarks celebrate 150 years

GarryRF ·
You will see these blue plaques all around the UK. Canada. Europe and Australia. Rumour has it they have migrated to the US too. You'll find over 100 in Liverpool, England where I live. The most visited is the plaque to John Lennon born here in Liverpool. Murdered in New York. Paul McCartney may get one - but only 20 years after he passes away. He's in no rush - so I think he's avoiding New York. Lennon mosaic in Central Park NY
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Re: London's tiny landmarks celebrate 150 years

PHeymont ·
Just like those London papers not to mention the rest of the world! I'll be looking for them in Liverpool later this month...
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Re: January 13, 2016: Trafalgar Square. London

TravelingCanuck ·
Great place to visit. Was the giant blue rooster still there on the 4th plinth?
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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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Delta, Virgin Atlantic swap flights and add cities

PHeymont ·
Virgin will take over Delta's Portland to London service, while Delta shifts its plane to open a new Portland to UK service.
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Re: More Then & Now Photos.

PHeymont ·
Sigh... 1908 to 2013 comparisons give me a thrill and glow. 1980 to 2013 comparisons make me feel time is passing me by I wonder why!
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Re: Londonist: Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

PHeymont ·
Those Londonist folks are great to know about...I wonder if there are similar projects for other cities (of course...I'm thinking Paris).
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Re: Londonist: Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

PortMoresby ·
Take your pick, here .
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Re: Alternative London Tube Maps.

PortMoresby ·
On the subject of "ghost" stations, tours are offered of Aldwych station, used for movies now, including the latest incarnation of 'Sherlock'. Find out how here .
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Re: Alternative London Tube Maps.

PortMoresby ·
And yet another London "map", replacing real place names with book titles. Curiouser and curiouser. Have a look .
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Re: Alternative London Tube Maps.

PortMoresby ·
And map-ish, London from above, beautiful pictures . I could go on and on, and apparently mean to!
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Re: New code for London's buskers: Sing, share, go, please!

Travel Rob ·
Good to see some common sense rules that street performers,the public,businesses and police can support. Sounds like they struck the right balance . I hope others cities follow London's lead rather that ban all performers if problems arise.
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Re: Toronto scales new heights in Tourism

DrFumblefinger ·
I don't think Rob Ford had anything to do with it. Toronto, like any major city in the world, has enough variety of things to see and do to entertain anyone for a week. Our best wishes to Mr. Ford who is dealing with a malignant soft tissue tumor.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 4, 2015: Take a Seat, Please!

Jonathan L ·
This looks like fun. Did you do this while you were taking the picture or in your computer at home?
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