Tagged With "France"

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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

GarryRF ·
Very interesting piece of history Paul. Puts some logic into how this anomaly came to be. I don't think I could sleep with all that water beneath me. Knowing that one day it will fall into the river below !
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

PHeymont ·
Odd thing...these were originally written separately and I only just noticed that both of them involved bridges financed by house-building on them. Might be interesting to see how many we can find where the shops or houses have survived. I can think of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Rialto bridge in Venice, but that's as far as I go...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

GarryRF ·
Gets to be an interesting subject when explored Medieval London Bridge - from an engraving in Eton College
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
This is turning into a rather scholarly discussion. I like that old etching, GarryRF! To the list of old bridges I'd like to add Pulteney Bridge in Bath, England, which I visited some time ago. Don't believe I have a photo of it. There are a number of modern bridges I've seen that have restaurants built into them, usually elevated (you have to take an elevator to get to them) and more for novelty and view than practicality of the entire thing (in the old days, at the Ponte Vecchio in...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Former Member ·
The pictures are so nice. We never thought that Marseilles looked like this. We thought it was a dreary port town. This makes us rethink any trips to the south of France. If we were to go hiking, how many days would be good there ? 2 ? 3 ? Thanks.
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

arion ·
Thank you, thank you, for this, Dr. F. This is an excellent time (November 11, Remembrance Day tomorrow) to be reminded of the D-Day assault. We were in Normandy in 1994, when they were marking the 50th anniversary of D Day, and one night we were having dinner in a restaurant and struck up a conversation with a young couple. They were a bit rough looking, a couple of Brits who were starting on a tour of France on their motorcycle but they had stopped off in Normandy at the beaches to "pay...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comment, Arion. It's hard not to be moved by D-Day. The vastness of the assault, the staggering loss of life (civilian and military). What most impressed me is that the local people remember. Not French people away from the coast, but those whose relatives went through the assault make a point of teaching their children and grandchildren the price paid to liberate them from the Nazi fascists. The Juno Beach Center, built by the Canadian Beach, really did a great job of...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Travel Rob ·
Thanks DrFumblefinger, It's been way too many years since I've seen the Normandy beaches. Your photos are very moving .
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
My Father received this from Dwight D Eisenhower at the start of D-Day:
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting and historic document, GarryRF. Many of those who landed on the D-Day beaches never spoke of this with anyone -- so horrible was the experience, so many wounded and killed among them. I'm curious --did your dad ever share these experiences with you?
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
Yes - my Dad and lots of other guys told me their stories! My Dad was in the Royal Navy and was taking landing craft full of soldiers from ship to shore - several times - under heavy fire! A guy I was doing work for had lots of photos and souvenirs on the walls of his house. Medals and maps. Newspaper cuttings and Badges. All in frames. I asked him how much he remembered of D-Day. "Every minute of every hour. Me and my mate had been together since the outbreak of war. Nearly 5 years. We were...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Several vets I know say that the Normandy beach landings as portrayed in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" are the way they remember it. Madness, chaos, noise, death, fear, adrenaline, more fear. And yet they ran into the madness. It takes a type of courage that's hard for us to imagine in the 21st century. Thanks for sharing that story, Garry.
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
When I was a little nipper and hadn't started school we would visit family at the weekend. No TV. No money. 1950's -you get the picture. So socialising with Dad's 9 brothers and sisters was as good as it got ! If you mentioned the War in some homes you'd be out the front door quicker than a Rat up a Drain pipe ! Others would tell you tales to make your hair curl. Tails of unbelievable bravery, absurdity and stupidity. The Ladies would tell the tale of how the American and Canadian GI's would...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Former Member ·
Thank you mr fumblefinger for your poignant description and photos. Our family lost my uncle at Omaha Beach. He was one of those young men caught up in the drama of war who did his best in a very bad situation. Several times during the 1980s and early 1990s, I made my way to northwestern France to visit the D-Day landing sites. At that time, I was struck by three things - the immaculate grounds and air of respect, the gratefulness of the French people and the fact that there were very few...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

WorkerBee ·
For me, these are the most interesting of the museum's cars that you have posted. The operation of French cars is sometimes quirky. It often seems that the designers are guided by their version of logic and are not trying to conform to the uniformity of standards accepted by other designers and manufacturers. To my eye, the beauty of the designs was ahead of their times.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you for the comment, WorkerBee. I agree that these were the most interesting cars, with such varied designs and mechanical specifications. And they were beautiful machines. The surprise for me in the museum were their Czech cars, of which I knew little. Very beautiful and with remarkable engineering. Would love to give one of them a drive! A car sophisticate like yourself would enjoy this unusual collection. It's worth going a little out of your way to see next time you make it to Florida.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DanielEllsworth ·
Truly this is a great car museum; I like this wonderful French car collection. I am looking to buy the 1952 DeLaHaye 235 car, but I am bit worried whether we will get their performance parts on the market or not. Though I have explored the salvage yard of sites like sturtevantauto.com , buyusedengine.com etc. but couldn’t find the specific model here. Can you please guide me on this?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Hello DanielEllsworth, My best bit of advice is to contact the museum staff directly, as they own and have refurbished all of these wonderful cars. They could give you much better information about restoration engine maintenance that I could. This is the link to their contact page on the website. I have found them to be very enthusiastic and helpful because of their love of and passion for the cars they own. Good luck with that 52! A beautiful machine!
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Re: Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, but no thanks!
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Re: Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

PHeymont ·
I'm with you there...I love spectacular views as much as the next guy, but when I'm looking down a long way I feel nervous chills...add that to a swaying bridge, and I'm, well, not there!
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Re: France: Baking up a fight over bread and hours

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm sorry, but this is just tooooooooo much regulation. The government should let bakers decide when they want to open or not. Free markets have a way of sorting this type of thing out beautifully.
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Re: France: Baking up a fight over bread and hours

PHeymont ·
I'm not so sure I trust free markets to run things so well...and I've seen mice run themselves to death on a treadmill. But I do think that it should be possible for bakeries to be open 24/7/365 as long as workers' hours are reasonable and there are enough of them.
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Re: France: Baking up a fight over bread and hours

GarryRF ·
In a free market, workers hours are never reasonable. If Pierre the Baker wont work a 14 hour day - then there are a million immigrants who will. Europeans you can work a maximum of 48 hours a week.
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Re: France: Baking up a fight over bread and hours

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont -- it's one thing for flights and traffic laws and such to be regulated where there is a greater common good. But the idea of a government regulating when bakers can make bread is absurd in concept and execution. It is this kind of nanny micromanagement that will ruin an economy. Surely the politicians can find better ways to spend their time.
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Re: Hot TGV Bargain, but Hurry: It's limited

Travel Rob ·
I took the Ouigo in 2013 from to Paris to Marseilles and I really enjoyed it. Here is some purchasing tips I learned at the time. Not sure how much has changed, hopefully someone can update us. https://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...igo-trains-in-france
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Re: Happy No-Border Birthday! Schengen celebrates 20 years

Travel Rob ·
Another part of the agreement is of interest to US travelers. We can only spend 90 days in the Schengen country for every 180 day period,without having to contend with Visas . I haven't heard too much about the consequences of overstaying the 90 days ,until I saw this comment online about getting a $500 fine for overstaying. http://www.latimes.com/travel/...-20150405-story.html More info on the 90/180 day rule http://www.latimes.com/travel/...20150329-story.html#
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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 Wild Horses of The Camargue, France

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent article and photos!!!
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Re: The Wild Horses of The Camargue, France

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating piece and beautiful photos! Thanks, Kirsten!
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Re: The Wild Horses of The Camargue, France

seesaw ·
Sounds like a lovely experience! And great photos....you can really feel the wild energy of the horses.
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PortMoresby ·
Sacrebleu!! I'm reading an article about famous French baker, Frédéric Pichard, (best croissant in Paris 2011). I direct readers to the photo of the croissant served to the author in the courtyard of the bakery. http://www.farine-mc.com/2014/...rederic-pichard.html Could this mean M. Pichard, too, should be thrown out of the European Union?
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Sacre bleu, indeed! PortMoresby has uncovered a dirty little secret which will not go unexposed for Gumbo readers! Here is the offending baked good, which perhaps should be called not croissant but ' bâtonant.' While I would not hold its shape against it, I might hold a bit of cherry preserves against it...
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PortMoresby ·
I feel it is my duty to sacrifice an hour while I'm in the city in April to seek out this misshapen example of the French baker's art at 88 rue Cambronne, and witness the outrage for myself. Five years ago, when judged best in Paris, were they shaped thusly? I promise to search and destroy...several, no doubt.
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Yes, that is a cappuccino with the curved croissant. Perhaps it's an indication of a closer alliance growing between French and Italian breakfasts as the UK and Britain negotiate over new treaty terms...
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

Travel Rob ·
I think they need an impartial judge, like me, to go test out both shapes of the croissant. I might need to stop in Italy for the cappuccino. And since I like yogurt for breakfast too, I might have to go to Greece and Bulgaria to settle which ones better.
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
These matters are too weighty to be settled by a single judge—a panel of judges is needed. My bag is always packed... Rob...are we flying Norwegian? perhaps we can check their breakfast on the way...
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PortMoresby ·
Those straight croissants look suspiciously like the ones I see in American bakeries. Conspiracy?
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Re: France, Britain at swords points over croissants

PHeymont ·
Perhaps that's a result of the U.S. and Britain sharing a "special relationship," which as Prime Minister Hugh Grant famously pointed out can be a "baaaad relationship."
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Re: Yes, Winter's coming: France gets first snow

DrFumblefinger ·
We almost got snowed in as we were leaving Krakow, Poland. Yes, it's that time of year when winter is letting us know it's coming.
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Re: Yes, Winter's coming: France gets first snow

GarryRF ·
Hurricane Joaquin crossed the Atlantic and got split in two by the jet stream. France got trapped in the middle of the two. Allowing cold air from Siberia to blow across northern Europe. So the Geese have arrived here on the wind too. 3 Weeks too early. Its what the remnants of Hurricanes do.
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Re: Where Was Gumbo? Paris. Where's the Statue? Everywhere!

GutterPup ·
Very interesting article, thank you!
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Re: Where Was Gumbo? Paris. Where's the Statue? Everywhere!

HistoryDigger ·
Wow. I had no idea there were so many, or where they all were. Cool story.
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Re: Happy No-Border Birthday! Schengen celebrates 20 years

Travel Rob ·
I don't share the nostalgia for border crossings, having experienced some of the worst crossings in the world in the late 80's And while Schengen said it wiped out land borders for travelers throughout most of Europe, I've still experienced controls in those countries . On one such occasion ,I took a bus from Brussels to Paris and the bus was stopped twice in France. ID was checked and people questioned. Even bags were inspected for people from Romania and Bulgaria.
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Re: Happy No-Border Birthday! Schengen celebrates 20 years

PHeymont ·
Interesting, given the history of prejudice against Romany, that those countries were singled out. At the time they were not yet Schengen members, either, although they are now in the process of joining, leaving only Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and UK out among EU members. The non-EU members of Schengen are Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
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Re: Happy No-Border Birthday! Schengen celebrates 20 years

DrFumblefinger ·
From a historic perspective, I think it's still a little early to know if this was all good for Europe or not. The border crossings are definitely easier and faster, and I, too, miss the passport stamps no longer on my pages. For me the greatest convenience is the common currency -- not having to change money so often, usually at a loss. Of course, some would argue that the Euro is the greatest weakness of the EU (will it survive?), so I'm not sure in the long run how this will all play out.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 29, 2014: The Night Birds

GarryRF ·
In the UK at twilight we get Starlings gathering for a dance just as the sun has set. 60 - 100 thousand gather to perform a spectacular formation dance in many locations. Then just as quick they'll dive back into the country side for another day. Usually lasts about 10 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Q-EbX6dso
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 29, 2014: The Night Birds

PHeymont ·
I'll bet that's generated a few "UFO" calls in its time...Spectacular!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 29, 2014: The Night Birds

GarryRF ·
Only from tourists ! We're used to seeing them PHeymont But we still watch in awe at natures magnificence.
 
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