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Re: Bratislava: An overlooked travel destination

Former Member ·
Thanks for the great pics! I've only ever seen Bratislava from the river while on a Budapest to Vienna ferry...but now you've put it on the menu for our next time in Vienna. Worth noting: since Ryanair flights to "Vienna" actually land at Bratislava, it's a good opportunity for budget flyers to pay a visit before or after their time in Vienna.
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Re: Bratislava: An overlooked travel destination

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, Ready2Go! I didn't know about Ryanair landing there. Bratislava has the benefit of being much cheaper than Vienna, so if you want to spend time in the region, your budget will go much further here than in Austria. Also, it's much less heavily touristed, and in some of the side streets you'll feel like you've got the place to yourself.
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

PHeymont ·
We had a two-day flying visit to Strasbourg (pre-TGV) a few years ago and loved it...and now you've pushed it way high up the re-visit list! Thanks...
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

Travel Rob ·
Wonderful photos and descriptions! I'll be adding Strasbourg to my travel list!
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

DrFumblefinger ·
What a beautiful and great destination! I've also not visited it before but it's definitely on my radar. How much time would you recommend for a first time visit?
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

HistoryDigger ·
DrFumblefinger— A few days could be enough in Strasbourg itself, but if you want to tour the vineyards, I'd stay a week in the area. You could stay two nights in Strasbourg and then a night or two in Riquewihr and beyond. And I'd suggest renting a car to go at your own pace. For my next trip, I will plan at least full week in the region because I want to stop at the vineyards and visit more of the museums. And don't forget Chateau Haut Koenigsburg.
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

DrFumblefinger ·
I love English castles, and this is a beautiful one with a great story! Thanks for sharing it, Mac!
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

GarryRF ·
This view answers an observation made to me - on my last US visit from the UK. "Why do English houses have long narrow windows?" No wonder it's so dark in the winter !
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

Mac ·
GarryRF - my friend, quite right, it must have been terribly cold in those enormous high-ceiling rooms before central heating. A big roaring fire - great but all the heat goes straight up the chimney. So tall narrow windows give maximum light with minimum heat-loss.
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

GarryRF ·
A big roaring fire - and an Inglenook Fireplace. Central heating is fine. But you cant make toast ! This 17th Century example from Wiki
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

Mac ·
Yes GarryRF - hot crumpet is always a delight!! :-)
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

GarryRF ·
Hot crumpet is what cold winter nights were made for ! And a Firkin of Scrumpy to tickle your buds.
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Re: Lulworth Castle, Dorset - the hunts and the fire

Mac ·
Ah yes, a good firkin by the fire!! Delightful :-)
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: (Part 10) Northern Ireland's Antrim Coast

Travel Rob ·
Somehow i've managed to skip over Northern Ireland and Ireland on my travels. After seeing your blog and photos, I have to change that.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: (Part 10) Northern Ireland's Antrim Coast

GarryRF ·
To see the most remote and probably the most beautiful parts of NI you need to have a car. It's best to rent locally as a Ferry from Britain, and return, is quite expensive. If you just want a "Flying visit" to Belfast or Dublin you can catch a plane from Liverpool to either city for a bargain. Maybe stay a few nights in Ireland.
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Re: The Legend of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)

Travel Rob ·
Andredeya, thanks for sharing ! Have perceptions changed now of Vlad Tepes in Romania?When I was there ,he still was looked upon as a cruel but heroic figure in Romania
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Re: The Legend of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)

Former Member ·
The perception i think it's the same, but in my opinion is not a heroic legend, just impressive and of course cruel :
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Re: The Legend of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you so very much for this fascinating piece on Dracula!! I grew up scared of vampires as a small boy because I''d watched Bela Lugosi when I was a little to young to understand. But at least I knew I was safe in the day, as vampires could not come into the sunlight. Amazing what an industry Vampires have become, with hundreds of movies, television series and books written about them. You've give us yet another reason to visit Romania. The country moves further and further up my list of...
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Re: The Legend of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)

Former Member ·
Well first thank you for reading my post:d I just want to share what my country can offer I'll start with the wine cuz' you know we talk here about vampires and stuff. Our land can provide fine wines also, because we have a vast grapevine crops, the most in the land Dobrogea, which starts from the near field of Bucharest and goes all the way through the country and reach its fullest near the Constanta county (the county near the sea). Also we have a some wine tours, which you can follow if...
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Re: The Legend of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)

DrFumblefinger ·
It all sounds excellent! I'm looking forward to hearing about Romanian food and to visiting your beautiful country, Andredeya!
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Re: The Legend of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)

Former Member ·
oh wow, thank you, i'm looking forward from you by posting about your trip in Romania
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Re: The Magic Worlds of Sintra

Jonathan L ·
I love this post. It poored the day I went to Sintra. All I saw was the National Palace, rain and fog. Thank you for all of these great pictures of places i would love to actually get to see when I go back Portugal.
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Re: The Magic Worlds of Sintra

NonstopFromJFK ·
Travel Luver: thanks! Your profile says Portugal is an upcoming trip for you.. are you going soon? Jonathan: Doesn't it suck when weather gets in the way of you fully enjoying a destination you've been looking forward to? We got lucky in Sintra, but it rained for 2 days straight in Porto when we were there.
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Re: The Magic Worlds of Sintra

Jonathan L ·
http://travels2ndhalf.blogspot...lisboa-it-rains.html
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Re: The Magic Worlds of Sintra

Travel Luver ·
I was hoping to go to Portugal this year, nonStop, but had to postpone it because if my dad's poor health. Hopefully 2015!
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Re: The Magic Worlds of Sintra

Mac ·
Beautiful photos, thanks and a fascinating tour of the delights of Sintra. We went there in great haste by car and it just was not a good day so saw little of it's delights that you have shown us. Many thanks!
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Re: The Magic Worlds of Sintra

Travel Luver ·
Beautiful photos of an AMAZING place!
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Re: Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

Caroline Coupe ·
Thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed! There is so much to do here in Copenhagen that I've lived here 6 months and still have a long list of places left to visit. I hope you all get the opportunity to experience Copenhagen again, whether for the first time or a return visit.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

My Thatched Hut ·
Great article. Thank you. Would like to go.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

DrFumblefinger ·
What a fascinating destination! Thanks so much for sharing this unique place with us.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

PHeymont ·
Thanks for a fascinating look...and especially for adding to my sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic involvement in what we so often think of as a European culture based on Christian/Jewish roots alone. My recent visits in southern France, Spain and the Greek islands have been reminders of how much more diverse our roots are than, possibly, even our present!
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travel Rob ·
Great piece on a country been wanting to see for some time!Are there any precautions for eating the food or for the drinking water in Albania?
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
Originally Posted by My Thatched Hut: Great article. Thank you. Would like to go. Thank you. It is a great destination, combining history, beautiful surroundings, friendly people and tasty food. Feel free to read my other post from Albania on www.travellinn.net to plan a full round trip.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Thanks for a fascinating look...and especially for adding to my sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic involvement in what we so often think of as a European culture based on Christian/Jewish roots alone. My recent visits in southern France, Spain and the Greek islands have been reminders of how much more diverse our roots are than, possibly, even our present! Thanks. I think it is important to know a bit about the places you visit, to understand the...
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: Great piece on a country been wanting to see for some time!Are there any precautions for eating the food or for the drinking water in Albania? Thanks! Regarding food, I basically like to try everything I have never eaten before. That meant quite a few things in Albania, without being sick. The tap water is said not to be the best so I mostly bought bottled, but I have been drinking water in taps along the road coming down from the mountains without any problems.
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Re: Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

Travel Rob ·
Thank you Caroline for sharing. Very comprhensive and I look forward to taking your info when I visit!
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Re: Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

PHeymont ·
Ah, the regrets you've given me! I spent a pleasant nearly-a-week in Copenhagen a few years ago, and now you remind me of all the things that couldn't fit into the time...No cure but to go back. Seriously, thanks for a great insight into a fascinating city!
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Re: Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

IslandMan ·
wonderful, wonderful....another one to add to the list....thank you
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Re: Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

DrFumblefinger ·
I think it's a great and informative post!. I've yet to visit Copenhagen, but can see you'd need most of a week here, including day trips. Sounds like a perfect one 7-10 day get away destination.
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Re: Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

PHeymont ·
P.S....for those with a little more time, about 40 minutes past Malmo is Ystad, a medieval town that is setting and home to the Wallender detective series.
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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: 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: 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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