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Re: The Biggest Plane You've Never Seen

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks rather like a stuffed goose trying to take flight. The kind of aircraft that belongs in an aviation museum, not in the sky.
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Re: The Beluga gets even bigger

GarryRF ·
It's a beautiful sight as it passes over Liverpool. Descending into Hawarden Airport. It collects new Airbus wings and then returns to Germany. This aircraft is so big it appears to be stationary in the sky as it passes above.
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

PortMoresby ·
I'm interested in the darker stone or brick construction right in the center of the top photo. Did I miss a reference to it or is it an illusion?
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

PHeymont ·
If you're referring to the marked area below, it's not an illusion, but not part of a building, either! There are buildings further up the hill, but not that close to the castle.
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

PortMoresby ·
No, in the lower left of that one, right below the individual tree on the left and below your circle. Put your finger dead center of the top photo and it's there, just above the 2 gothic windows, between the 2 halves of the castle. Looks like a modern construction and appears to be leaning left, 2 chimneys.
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

PHeymont ·
Ah, now I see what you meant. No, nothing esoteric. It's actually part of the roofline of one of the buildings; the black area with the rectangles is just the shadow of part of the windowless wall adjoining it. Here's what it looks like without the shadow...
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

PortMoresby ·
I see now, it's a shadow giving the illusion that was confusing me. Now it's just a case of disappearing chimneys. A very interesting building.
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

DrFumblefinger ·
Nice memories of a fun place to visit. I seem to recall there's an interesting old pharmacy/pharmacist museum in the Castle. Not exactly the kind of thing you find often.
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Re: Heidelberg Castle: Where Gumbo Was (#135)

PHeymont ·
You might be amazed at how many pharmacy museums there are, aside from the one in Heidelberg...this LINK takes you to a 100+ page list of them in the U.S. and Canada. We've also found them in Spain and Italy, and just now noticed that there's one in Krakow, where I believe you are at the moment! Here's a LINK to that one!
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Re: Lunar Eclipse at Lowell Observatory, Arizona

Roderick Simpson ·
In Calgary this time the Supermoon was obscured by super clouds. However, the sky was clear in April and I took this from my bedroom window.
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Re: From Brasov to Bran Castle and Rasnov

Travel Rob ·
Great description and photos, put me right back there!
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Re: From Brasov to Bran Castle and Rasnov

DrFumblefinger ·
I would like to address Linn's question about the view from Rasnov. It is a spectacular view. You have definitely been spoiled!
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Re: Bamburgh Castle, England

Marilyn Jones ·
Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland looks amazing. I often visit northeast England to see friends; I will certainly try to visit the castle the next time I make the trip!
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Re: Bamburgh Castle, England

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure that I've ever seen more perspectives of a single castle than through your great photographic eye in this essay, Ian. Beautifully done!
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Re: September 3, 2016: Rainbow(s) over the Kootenay Rockies

GarryRF ·
An ever changing canvas of art. Sometimes you just have to stop - and take in the beauty of nature. As the sun was setting last week - the sky turned a shade of purple. And the cars that were white - had a UV look to them. Spooky - never seen it before. Probably pollution in the distance. Taken by a friend: Pier Head, Liverpool, England 29 Aug '16
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Re: Conwy Castle, Wales

Intrepid Berkeley Explorer ·
The castle is part of my Intrepid Berkeley Explorer video of Wales, Northern Ireland & Ireland, "My Pub Runneth Over Too". Video Plays at: http://www.adventurepics.com/I...MyPubRunnethOver.mp4 Stills at: http://intrepidberkeleyexplorer.com/Page4.html
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Re: World's scariest hiking trail?

Dr.Y ·
Ha ha Port, if scattered from the "fish back", you will not likely reach the "flat ground or water" there. Most likely will be blown upwards towards the sky
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

GarryRF ·
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is the richest woman in the World. She has a fortune of 33 Trillion Dollars (including assets) When she is resident in Windsor Castle she has 24 hour security as you'd expect. She doesn't annoy the Staff who work through the night by going around the Castle turning off the lights !! I've heard a few Drongo's down under calling her Maj but don't use that name in the UK as you'll offend people.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

PortMoresby ·
Oh my, someone's gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.
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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: Whom did you say was flying this plane?

Former Member ·
Originally Posted by Bling: Have there been problems with the Google car ? It is interesting technology. As for wanting a human in the aircraft, we can all tell stories of car "accidents" that involved human error, not the mechanics of the machine. Maybe, maybe not. But there's only a couple or so of those on the road for testing. Whole lot different in a sky full of people, don't you think?
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Re: Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, Kennedy Space Center

GarryRF ·
Last launch I watched was from the East Coast of Florida - maybe near Cocoa Beach. The Sky was complete darkness, just a few stars and the moon. We were listening to the launch radio station from about T minus 15 minutes - as NASA described the last minute checks. A few seconds before launch time you could see the ground at Cape Canaveral illuminated like a bright white flare. The steam from the launch pad turned into a white cloud and on "Zero" the rocket was moving slowly into the air. For...
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Re: Films that affected your Travel destinations

GarryRF ·
Originally Posted by Travel Luver: I really enjoyed the Harry Potter movies! Gave me a real sense of England, and of course all that magical stuff was great! Hope to visit England some day. We'd love you to come and visit England but I hope you wont be a bit disappointed when you don't see any Nimbus 2000s crossing the sky. But we have some wonderful Castles and Steam Trains.
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Re: Bye Bye Sky-High Rental Car Fees

Former Member ·
Thanks, that was a good article. I got some ideas from it! I always get confused about whether I need to take insurance from the rental and it's always sky-high. I have some credit cards that say they cover it, but I hadn't realized that a lot of time my own car insurance would cover me with the rental. Boy, have we wasted a bunch! The other idea I liked there was taking pictures of the car before you leave their office so you can show them if they try to say you scratched up the car. Feels...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? #177

GarryRF ·
Yes Rob ! I've narrowed it down to 32 possibles. If we stray into Canada - then it's somewhere near the number of stars in the sky. And that's just the Red ones ! Another 5 Days to go ......
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Re: July 29, 2016: Still Life with Remnants

GarryRF ·
If you smoke under the open sky in New York is it not permitted ?
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Re: Last light. Embleton Bay Northumberland. Half an hour after sunset

GarryRF ·
One of the amazing features of the North of England is how long the day is. I love waking at 4am with the sun shining on my bed. And sitting in the garden until the sky goes a dark blue for the 3 hours of night. The Twilight Zone maybe. No mosquitoes and a glass of Prosecco. Fine end to the day.
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Re: Bread, Heidelberg Bismarckplatz

Travel Rob ·
I agree. I love German bakeries and their prices too!
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Re: November 15, 2017: Liechtenstein Castle, Lower Austria

DrFumblefinger ·
It does seem the perfect stereotype of a medieval castle. Lovely photos, Professor!
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Re: Krumlov Castle, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Where Gumbo was #68

Roderick Simpson ·
I first visited Cesky Krumlov in 1995, when it was still being restored and the tower repainted, as it had deteriorated during the communist period. I would also advise anyone visiting the area also to see nearby Rozmberk, which is a pretty village with a quite impressive castle, but with far fewer tourists (First 2 pictures). Prague is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but there is much more to see in the Czech Republic including Cesky Krumlov and South Bohemia.
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Re: Krumlov Castle, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Where Gumbo was #68

GarryRF ·
Cesky Krumlov like many of the cities behind the old "iron Curtain" seem to be frozen in time. I'm glad I visited eastern Europe before the arrival of McRonalds appeared on street corners. The Czech Republic has produced excellent cars for 50 years but was starved of cash by Moscow for many years. But it's just now become one of the top producers in Europe.
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

GarryRF ·
This debate seems to accept that the profit margins of Trans-Atlantic Flights are squeezed by costs outside the carriers control. The only solution they have is squeeze more seats in to control income. Last month I paid £759 ($1245) for 1 seat UK to Philadelphia - Return - with an American Airline. 7 hours in the sky. Each way. My £759 will also get me a flight to the Caribbean from the UK. 10 hours in the sky. 14 nights in a hotel. Food and drink included. And flight back. The Caribbean...
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Re: Where in the World is Travelgumbo? #57

GarryRF ·
When Charlie goes up in the elevator - the Wonkavator - and crashes through the glass ceiling. Looking down on his house from the sky. Its one of those old films you can watch repeatedly ! Nördlingen, Bavaria, Germany
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Re: Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, March 20, 2015: The Cerne Giant

GarryRF ·
Perhaps we had a local UFO group over a thousand years ago. This is another feature best viewed from the sky. Recent archaeological radar of the surrounding soil found - beneath his left hand - there was a cloak and a severed head. But good taste has allowed this to erode away.
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Re: Castle Caerphilly, Wales. Where Gumbo Was #41

GarryRF ·
Great photos DrF ! Caerphilly Castle is still alive and kicking today. You can have your Wedding in there.
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Re: Castle Caerphilly, Wales. Where Gumbo Was #41

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the info, Garry! It would be a great setting for a wedding (on a nice day). Although I suspect my wife wouldn't like me getting married again, not even to you, Garry!
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Re: Castle Caerphilly, Wales. Where Gumbo Was #41

GarryRF ·
Many couples like to re-affirm their vows after 25 years. Many older couples in England (and Wales) had a Wedding ceremony that was frugal because of circumstances. Plus - you can invite the Kids! It's a woman thing - means nothing to us men !
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#39)

Mac ·
Ah ha! Either an interesting camera technique or it is indeed a wonderfully detailed model train set, I suspect the latter. Oh, but where?? There are many big boys out there in the world who would love to have a Union Pacific loco running around in the loft. I have seen reports of some fantastic layouts in Germany but it could be anywhere methinks.... I tried to take a photo of just such a loco coming towards me in Canada and stood by the track in readiness. Thinking to be friendly, I was...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 29, 2015: Forever blowing bubbles...

DrFumblefinger ·
It's clear European buskers like making bubbles. But this guy is a piker compared to the POD I featured from Luxembourg way back when TravelGumbo was just an infant in 2013. Here's the link to that, and the photo so that we can compare which fish is bigger!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 2, 2015: Fire above Las Vegas!

Marilyn Jones ·
Awesome photo! It is so rare to get this kind of brilliant photo from the sky! Great capture.
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Re: Why You should visit Nevada's Valley of Fire

DrFumblefinger ·
You are correct, GarryRF. There have been a number of movies filmed in the park. Lifted straight from Wikipedia , here is a listing of these: Film History : Valley of Fire is a popular location for shooting automobile commercials and other commercial photography. It has provided a setting for the following films and television shows: The Professionals with Burt Lancaster , Lee Marvin , and Claudia Cardinale was filmed in 1966. As of November 2012 a piece of the movie set is still up for...
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Re: Eclipse 20 March '15 UK

GarryRF ·
All the Birds came down from the sky. The temperature dropped from 10c/50f to 5c/41f in a few minutes and a wind started to blow. Cars put their lights on and I was freezing cold outside in my T-Shirt. But I'll remember it well. Two total and one partial eclipse so far !
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Re: Observatory of New York's One World Trade Center to Open May 29th

PHeymont ·
At those prices, they can certainly claim to be "sky-high!" That's $116 for a family of four for an elevator ride. And even at that, it's only a couple of dollars more than the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, and the same as the Empire State Building charges for its 86th floor deck, with an additional charge for the top deck. It seems a shame that families on a budget have no access to the iconic "NY from the air" view that their children may be clamoring for.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo, #104

GarryRF ·
A wonderful man I had the privilege to meet many years ago told me a story. He was a pilot with the Royal Air Force 1939 - 45 in WW2. "You young people today - you talk of the stress you suffer. You stop your motor car and in the rear view mirror you see someone flashing their headlights at you. You get a stress attack and curse him. When I was a young man I suffered the same problem. The flashing lights I could see in my rear view mirror were the machine guns on the wings of a Messerschmitt...
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Re: Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg (Where Gumbo Was #125)

HistoryDigger ·
Great piece. Thanks for posting the details about the church and Maas, which I find fascinating. Travel IS about story and exploration. Why else travel if not to learn?
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Re: Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg (Where Gumbo Was #125)

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a fascinating bit of history, PHeymont. I'm not sure I know of another church that was literally physically divided to serve two congregations. Anyone else know of any?
 
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