Tagged With "cathedral"

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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

Rosemary Collier ·
Dr. Fumblefingers, you take amazing photos! We can't wait to go. Reminds me of the sweet song my mother used to sing around our house when I was a girl: "It's a long way to Tipperary."
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a long way to Tipperary, but it's worth the journey! You'll love your visit to Ireland, Rosemary. It's just a fun destination.
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Re: Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

Former Member ·
This is spectacular. A good example of one of those places that is just sitting there, not really getting a lot of attention from US travelers.
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Re: Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Chatterbot2. Yes, Quebec is relatively under-touristed, especially when compared to Europe. If you want to visit a 400 year old European stype fortress, don't want to fly across the Atlantic, want to go to place where French is the dominant language, want great food and friendly folks, then Quebec City should be at the top of your travel list.
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Re: Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

Former Member ·
The Quebecois were very amused at my attempts to speak French. It is always great to see people laugh.
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Re: Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
They may laugh, Chatterbot2, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that your fumbling attempts to speak their language melted their hearts. You were a valued guest, if not one of them, after trying.
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Re: Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

Former Member ·
Monsieur, vous êtes très gentil de le dire. I do try to make a stab at the local language wherever I travel. Around the world, people are amazingly patient with my mangling of their language. It does create good entertainment. Almost always, my puzzled efforts put people at ease. They are instantly willing to help "the poor confused thing".
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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

rbciao ·
Dr. Fumblefinger, Nice slideshow with great pics. We were in Venice in 2012 for 6 or 7 days and made an excursion to Burano as a day trip. The first thing we noticed was that tourism has reached the tiny island. There was a new docking station for the vaporetti and all sorts of kiosks selling the usual stuff. The first time we were there was in 2008 and it was a sleepy island that time seemed to forget. In fact, we came across four elderly ladies sitting on a bench gabbing and knitting. I...
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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

DrFumblefinger ·
Great memories, rbciao! I'd like to head back to Burano some day, maybe spend 2-3 days there, just kicking back and enjoying the ambiance. We were there in May and it was not at all heavily touristed at that time, though certainly the shops were there to lighten the load of your Euro heavy wallet! Their lace was truly beautiful and my wife just couldn't resist!
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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

rbciao ·
I would like to also stay on Burano if I could find a place with air conditioning.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 4, 2013: St. Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Former Member ·
Fascinating picture, with the sky as a rose window!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 4, 2013: St. Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg, Manitoba

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, Ready2Go! The photo doesn't do justice to the size and scale of the place, but it is a lovely setting. I never thought about the sky as a rose window, but why not?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 22, 2014: Greek Cathedral, Vienna

IslandMan ·
..just beautiful..
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Re: Cologne Cathedral, Germany. Where Gumbo Was #83

HistoryDigger ·
One of my all-time favorites, in a town I adore. Thanks for the lovely photos. Now I can gaze at them and pretend to be back there. Sigh!
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Re: St. David's Cathedral, Wales. Where Gumbo was #80

GarryRF ·
The name Dewi is most famously borne by the patron saint of Wales, Saint David - Welsh: Dewi Sant, Road sign English and Welsh The other famous Dewi is one of three cartoon ducks. Hewy -Dewi and Louis.
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Re: A Day in Chartres

PortMoresby ·
A beautiful report DrF. My feeling is that the best of all views of the cathedral is down by the river, as you suggest, where the perspective changes and one feels the intent of the location of the church, to dwarf us mere humans by the power of the building and, by inference, of God, the dominance of the building over the town magnified. I visited once long ago, then more recently with my mother and now feel a return visit may be in the cards.
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Re: A Day in Chartres

PHeymont ·
I'm also a long-ago visitor (1995), and your report has definitely put it in the picture for 2017. My first encounter was even earlier, in a 1960s college course, where slides of the Cathedral were the main visuals for our study of Gothic architecture. Another worthwhile stop in Chartres, near the old main post office, is this monument to Jean Moulin, a martyr for the Resistance. He was prefect of Chartres at the beginning of the war.
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Re: A Day in Chartres

GarryRF ·
Another City worthy of a thousand "picture post cards". So much more rewarding than being stuck in a long line of "Move along" tourists. Take time to appreciate the thousand years of devotion by 300 generations.
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Re: A Day in Chartres

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comments, everyone. Chartres is a special place. We did it as a daytrip but I'd like to spend a few days here in the future. The cathedral is one of the most fascinating I've ever visited. And the town is charming.
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Re: Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec. Where Gumbo was, #73

GarryRF ·
Tastefully rebuilt to maintain its original style.
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Re: Old San Juan: Beautiful...and not all old

IslandMan ·
It is beautiful, PH, especially the old part with its colorful buildings in different styles
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Re: Old San Juan: Beautiful...and not all old

Jonathan L ·
Plaza de Armas is NOT the premier pigeon feeding spot in San Juan. The honor goes to the near by Plaza de las Palomas (Plaza of the Doves). This park has a wall with literal Pigeon holes and is the home to hundreds of the birds. There are machine to buy food and if you stand real still they will land on your hands and arms to eat.
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Re: Old San Juan: Beautiful...and not all old

PHeymont ·
I stand corrected...and astonished!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

GarryRF ·
Great pictures - I hope you can add some more ! Looks like you were there when its HOT !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

Non Stop Destination ·
Thank you! I visited Spain in July, and temperatures were around 30-35 degrees. Pretty hot At the time, I didn't have a good camera with me, so I only took photos with my phone. I could add a few more. I will probably add a post on my blog about my time in Spain. Originally Posted by GarryRF: Great pictures - I hope you can add some more ! Looks like you were there when its HOT !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 8, 2015: Toledo and Madrid

GarryRF ·
The Moorish influence on the architecture of Spain is amazing ! Love it
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Re: Rio de Janiero - Part 2

PortMoresby ·
I requested a can for recycling recently from the collection company. It was delivered with my address in black marker on the lid. The house number was correct but they got the street name wrong, calling it Sugarloaf. Maybe it's a sign!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 8, 2013 : The Sanctuary Knocker, Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage site

DrFumblefinger ·
It's an impressive image, Mac, made all the more interesting by the story behind it. One sometimes forgets the role the church played in "forgiveness" acts through the centuries. I'm always astounded at the quality of craftsmanship behind these thousand year old items. In many ways, we've lost ground, not improved on their skills. Thanks for the education, and sharing this photo!
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

arion ·
Re the name "Montreal": there is a town in France with the same name so it is not certain that the City of Montreal is called that because of Mont Royal. Apart from that small quibble, I heartily agree with all you have written about my home city. Oh, wait ... it really isn't so that "almost everyone speaks English quite well". Venture east of Blvd St Laurent and you'll soon find that isn't the case. But then the average visitor, unless by accident, will not find him/herself in the part of...
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your note, Arion! I really didn't run into anyone in Montreal who couldn't speak some English. My French is weak at best, but got by here. That certainly wasn't the case as we headed further east. Maybe we can convince you to do a piece on the "hidden Montreal" -- the places only locals know about. I'd like to explore some of them the next time I'm there.
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

arion ·
Hmmm. Hidden Montreal. I'll have to think about that.
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

DrFumblefinger ·
Please do. I think it would be great!
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

Travel Rob ·
Yes Arion,please do. There are a lot of us US travelers that are really unfamiliar with what our great neighboring country has to see.
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

arion ·
I'll give it some thought while cruising the Hawaiian Islands later this month, if I have a minute when not learning to hula dance, eat poi and look down into volcano craters. Aloha from Montreal, in the Province of Quebec where our provincial government wants to pass a law making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the hijab, for Jewish men to wear the skull cap (forget the proper name) and for South Asian men to wear turbans, if they work in government institutions (i.e. schools,...
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

DrFumblefinger ·
A word of warning about poi. It's even more tasteless than you've heard.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Former Member ·
In Europe, I have had good luck finding value accommodations at Booking.com and Europe-Stays. com. Those sites list hostels with their ratings and prices. A quick peek for June shows several promising choices for around $ 21 USD per bed per night. Unless you just want company, you might budget hotels pricing similar to the hostels. They often charge per person, not per room, which is a big help for the solo traveler. Tune Hotels will work for the London part of your trip, but they are not in...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Red Rover. My last trip I was supposed to go to Edinburgh ,but went to Liverpool instead . I guess I remembered The Tune Hotel from the untaken trip .
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Hank ·
Tnanks TravelRob! some great points here. I can see I'm going to enjoy Liverpool and especially want to explore that Beatles history. They're like part of the family. Rob, did you have any advice on hostels in Liverpool? Presume there's probably a lot but was wondering if you had a recommendation?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Hank ,I'd check the Tune Hotel for rates. Maybe Garryrf can weigh in on cheap accomodations too.I didn't stay in any hostels while there.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm ready for a visit. The Beatles history alone is worth the trip! Liverpool has a "reputation" as being a "dirty, industrial" city. I presume that was not the Liverpool you experienced, Rob?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
In a way, most of the places in the world worth visiting have some history of being "dirty, industrial" places--that's where people cluster and societies are forged. The ancient cities of the Middle East and Greece, and Rome itself were like that! We recently visited the excavated Roman city under central Barcelona, and were surprised to see how much of the area in the center of the ancient city was given over to commercial laundry, large-scale dye works and industrial-scale wine-making. The...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
No offense intended, PHeymont. I was trying to make a point that the modern reality is very different than the "reputation".
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
No offense taken...your remark just started me on a train of thought that stopped at a new station!
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Liverpool has never been a Dirty Industrial City. Shipping, sugar and timber have all been the source of employment. All that you would associate with the Industrial Revolution - Mills, Chimneys and the Cotton trade had no connection.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
No, not thinking of mills and chimneys, necessarily--note my very pre-Industrial Revolution examples--but certainly industrial, and by the nature of sizable cities with people living in close quarters and with the side-products of their industry, an argument can be made for dirty. It's not a slam...it's just the condition of cities that are alive. Here's a quotation, by the way, from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: The industrial revolution in England had by the beginning...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Not only is Liverpool a great city to visit,but it has so many great places for daytrips that make staying there an excellent base. And to me it seems prices are half the cost of London. One thing Garry might expand on in the thousands of European tourists that are coming there for the day or weekend ,thanks to the budget flights. It has a very international feel to it.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Here's a good quote Paul PORTRAIT OF AN UNHEALTHY CITY - NEW YORK INTHE 1800'S by David Rosner Columbia University When a horse died, its carcass would be left to rot until it had disintegrated enough for someone to pick up the pieces. Children would play with dead horses lying on the streets. In addition to lacking street cleaning, the city also had no sewage system and no flush toilets. Garbage--which included both human and animal waste--was basically thrown out windows and onto city...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: According to JECH, there is an exhibit of reconstructed "back houses" at the Liverpool Museum of Liverpool Life. That must be a fascinating museum! And the author mentioned that while most of the back houses were town down in urban renewal, the few that remain have been turned into luxury housing! I visited a block of "back to backs" in Birmingham, the last left after thousands were demolished in the move to urban renewal in the city center. They've been...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
Garry...I certainly did not mean to pick on Liverpool, or to pick it out of the very large crowd consisting of all large cities of the time. My point was that the reputation that Dr. F mentioned was not untrue--but was also nothing special about Liverpool. All the great and interesting places have been through that stage, and to some extent it will never end. While Prof. Rosner's description is a little simplified and sensationalized, it could serve as a prototype for writing about most...
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