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Where in the World is Gumbo #5.5

1-P1010155Another Half-Week Wonder: Member JohnT grabbed the honors on WITW #5.


So, here we go with another puzzle. I hope it lasts until Tuesday morning, when the answer, with details, will be revealed. 


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Oh, the trials of being a Late Night Gumbo!

Puzzle #5.5 is, hopefully, quite puzzling...but PortMoresby made that remark without even seeing the picture...because I accidentally posted the puzzle without it.


It is now in place...have at it, friends, and do your best to astound me again!


The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Interesting clues here but nothing definitive. The vegetation growing through the cobblestones might indicate a moderate climate throughout the year. This path appears to be residential and not one frequented by tourists. Maybe Mediterranean or a colonial city in the Americas. The cobblestones are on the small side and are more common, I think, in southern Europe. Also the light fixtures are a modern design and not typical of a city trying very hard to preserve the old look and feel of the place. All in all a 'lived in' place; not heavily touristed, at least in this part of the city. Maybe somewhere in Spain, France, Italy or, my guess, Greece. Of all the candidate cities there I am going to guess it is in the old walled city of Rhodes.

Worker Bee -  This does look a lot like the medieval lanes of Rhodes.  Except - Those southern European spots do not usually have tidy postboxes and glossy wooden doors.


The lane is well kept and recently repaired.  I agree that it is a proper residential area.  While the overall feel is something Spanish or Italian, because of the postbox and tidiness, I am thinking Kilkenny, Lyon, Quimper or even Brighton.


The stone ( is that stone ?) used in that recent doorway lintel is similar to the "honeystone" quarried near and used in Bath, England.  What do you make of the thin metal and PVC downspouts ?  Do you recognize the fat fendered bicycle ?



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Just so everyone knows: From now on, the puzzle remains, in most cases, open until the Tuesday morning unveiling of the answer.


Gumbo had a pleasant Saturday realizing there's no reason to call the puzzle before everyone has had a chance to weigh in, even if someone does get the answer. After all, who are we to deprive others of a different opinion?


So, guess on, and your only true clue is: If a hint is given by the puzzler, you'll know it's needed. And if no hint is given, it only means that progress is being made. Gee, is everyone ready for a post about the Delphic Oracle?

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

It might very well be St.-Paul-de-Vence.  I've never been there so can't say.  However, it doesn't seem tidy enough for France.  At least where I've been in France.  I think the French are more particular about details in their medieval towns than this picture seems to indicate.  I suppose it could be in a very out-of-the-way corner but, still, it just doesn't seem French to me for that reason.

Fiendishly difficult! By the metal down pipes and the mailbox style, I would say it is France. From the cobbles and arched doors, it has to be one of a hundred medieval towns there.... Ah well, a shot in the dark - Carcasonne would be my guess. Nice one PH, thanks.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."  Henry Miller

Waterloo...I can foot is starting to tremble over an imaginary clutch just thinking about it..


I agree that it looks a little haphazard to be french. I'm thinking peloponnese? Where is that type of smaller white cobblestone used ? And what is that on the facing of the archway?

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JohnT, the answer to your question "what is that on the facing of the archway" can be revealed. It is a number of large iron staples apparently used to repair damage to the stonework.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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