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A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland) Many think South Iceland offers the island’s most spectacular scenery.  It’s hard to argue with this except to say that we found all of Iceland to be filled with...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 23, 2013: Iceland's Black Sand Beach

PHeymont ·
Dramatic light and landscape mark the beach at Vik, Iceland, famous for its black sand, which is composed of basalt, worn down over centuries from volcanic lava. The day of our visit, fog moved in and out, shrouding the beach in fog and turning the...
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The Eagle Has Landed

PHeymont ·
The Eagle Has Landed
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Roast Carrots with Mustard Ice Cream

PHeymont ·
Roast Carrots with Mustard  Ice Cream
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Black Beer, Prague

PHeymont ·
Black Beer, Prague
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DrFumblefinger ·
It's a combination I never would have dreamed of.......
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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
  I love visiting the state of Hawaii.  Although I have enjoyed all the Hawaiian islands I have visited (Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island), my favorite island would be Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island).  The diversity of the Hawaii...
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
Some beautiful photos, Ottoman! I'm fond of black sand beaches because you only find them in places with active volcanoes, and I love volcanoes. White sand beaches are generally formed from the breakdown of coral (often by parrotfish, who eat it and clear the fine particles out the other end). This beach isn't that large, but the black sand is striking. And the turtles -- how lovely they are. They look soooo relaxed. Makes me want to take a nap in that warm sand, too!
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Venezuelan Currency Manipulators Clog Air Ticket System

PHeymont ·
http://skift.com/2013/09/25/ve...es-are-almost-empty/
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Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

PHeymont ·
Gumbo’s latest visit was to the famous Black Church of Brasov, Romania, the largest Gothic church in the country, and the largest Lutheran church there. As you can see from the picture, it isn’t really black anymore, but it got that name...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Still Country Photo ·
We used to have Black Bears in our backyard all the time growing up.  They would eat the vegetables out of our garden and turn over our garbage cans.  We didn't go out after dark and had to pay attention to noises in the trees when we were...
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Song at 35,000 feet

DrFumblefinger ·
Southwest airlines posted a fun clip of a band (the Black Cadillacs) performing a song they wrote in Memphis, in a 737 flying to Memphis.  The plane's public address system provides far from a perfect sound environment, but the passengers seem to...
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Georgia to build a port along China's historic Silk Road route

Travel Rob ·
Georgia announced plans yesterday to build a new $2.5 billion deep-water Black Sea port along the historic Silk Road route.
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Emirates Black Friday Companion Fare Sale Ends Sunday

Travel Rob ·
Emirates is having a Black Friday sale from their 10 US hubs for two people. The sale ends at 11:59 pm (EST) on November 29, 2015. Outbound travel must be from Jan. 9th through  May 6 and the return must be  by May 10th. ...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

PHeymont ·
I haven't really "lived" with bears, but I've experienced their resourcefulness, both in campgrounds where we had to store our food up high and away from trees, and at a summer rental. At that house, they kept opening the steel container for the garbage cans. I weighted the lids with stones, and they brushed them aside. I put even larger and heavier rocks on the next time (making it truly inconvenient for me), and they simply pushed over the whole container. My wife wisely advised me to...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Jean ·
Enjoyed your photos Still Country. Brought back many memories. Haven't been lucky enough to see one this year but it is really exciting for me when I see my first bear of the season.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Still Country Photo ·
Hi Mr. Heymont, thanks for your story. Yes, they are strong and it is nearly impossible to stop them from getting in to something that they really want in to. They used to dump our garbage all the time and Dad tried everything but to no avail. Finally, he chained them all together, three big barrels, and that finally stopped the bears from being able to overturn them. They still dug inside and sometimes spread the garbage around a little but it did help a bit. We would also try to burn it...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

DrFumblefinger ·
The black bears in Yosemite NP are among the most aggressive and clever in the world. They've been known to pull down a locked closed car door to get at a picnic hamper or cooler in the back seat. They are amazingly strong -- imagine the power needed to peel a locked steel car door off its hinges. And they share this knowledge from generation to generation! Once a bear has eaten human feed, they are "spoiled" forever and often become more aggressive in their hunt for food and may even need...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
Congratulations Worker Bee! Nice write up PHeymont! The Black Church holds some significant memories for me personally as does the whole city. In the aerial shot, if you look closely, you will also find some drab communist era apartment buildings. The time of Ceausescu and the Securitate was a time no one who lived in the country will forget. It was also Romania's baby boom when a lot people of people were born due to no birth control. The Romanian people are talented and o pen and I...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Hey , i'm so happy that you made this blog about Brasov, my city , happy that someone figure it about and posted the right answer about the puzzle. Everything said here is true, and to add more info about this destination, remind that The Black Church is the most photographied attraction in Romania, and right behind it with Dracula Bran Castle.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

PHeymont ·
And speaking of Dracula: Bela Lugosi, the actor who made that role famous, was actually born in Transylvania!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
oh i didn't knew that thank you PHey for the info!!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
i searched some info about Bela Lugosi and he was born in Lugoj county but for what i know this city is not in Transylvania, is it in Banat, which is a western part of Romania
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

TravelandNature ·
Andredeya - Oh. We are learning a lot from you ! Thanks
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
PHeymont - The character Dracula was based on the real life very interesting Vlad Tepes. 'Vlad the Impaler' And although he was very cruel ,is considered a patriot by many Romanians still. http://www.donlinke.com/drakula/vlad.htm
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

PHeymont ·
I'm not sure whether it is a case of shifting borders, or of seeking publicity, but Lugosi's official biography said Transylvania...but can you trust Hollywood? Hmmm....
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Yes the legend of Dracula is based on the actions of Vlad Dracul the Impaler , but Bram Stoker made the history more famous, we all know that:d
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
I think it's only for seeking publicity i don't know maybe i'm wrong i don't know the story
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

DrFumblefinger ·
It would be an interesting blog post -- Visiting Dracula's castle!
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Former Member ·
I can make it possible
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Andredeya: I can make it possible It would be our pleasure at TravelGumbo to give that fine piece a home, Andredeya!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

TravelandNature ·
Sweeet !
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Wait for it this time i promise i will do it just fine
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
Years ago ,I went. It wasn't as big of a tourist draw back then. If I'm remembering right, they told me at the time it might not of been one of Vlad castles,but I guess that makes little difference in the enjoyment.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Well Rob this is absolutely a mystery
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Re: The Bear Blog

59nationalparks ·
I want to clarify a point I made about bear safety. The only time that anyone would want to fight back against a Grizzly Bear is when the bear Is mauling you continuously. Other strategies such as bear spray or rolling use into a ball are appropriate.
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Re: The Bear Blog

DrFumblefinger ·
I really enjoyed this post and your beautiful photos! Makes me want to head into the bush to see if I can see some bears again. I've never seen a photo of a sow bear nursing its cubs, so this is an extemely rare photo! In all my hiking, I've only ever run into 3 black bears on the trail and those were heading away from me, cautiously looking back. That's a good thing. Where you usually spot bears is when you drive. If safe, I love to pull off the road and take a good look, maybe take some...
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Where Gumbo Was (#9): Poiana Brasov, Romania

PHeymont ·
 Worker Bee has done it again. On Wednesday, by e-mail, he took a shot and hit a similar church 6 hours drive away—and then came back with the right town, the right church, the same link Gumbo found to the Bollywood video—and the...
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Bosphorus Cruises in February (Turkey)

PHeymont ·
I'm preparing for a mid-February week in Istanbul, and would like to include a Bosphorus cruise, specifically one of the more-or-less all-day ones that goes up to the Black Sea, has a lunch break at a small port on the Black Sea, and then returns....
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Istanbul shows off models for new airport

PHeymont ·
Scheduled to open in 2018, Istanbul's new airport will feature the world's largest single terminal building, able to handle 90 million passengers a year.
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October 20, 2017: Black Middens Bastle House, Northumberland

Ian Cook ·
Black Middens Bastle is a rectangular mid to late 16th century stone two storey defensible farmhouse in Northumberland.
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The Bear Blog

59nationalparks ·
  I had a hunch when Shelly and I were planning our 59 National Park in 59 weeks tour that wildlife would be center stage.  I knew that the buffalo would roam in Yellowstone, that the tropical fish would dance...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was (#9): Poiana Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
This area brings back fond memories I remember falling a lot too because I was unable to buy good boots in an era when Romania rationed just about everything. The hike from Brasov to Poiana is a nice one and there is a bus as well if you don't have a car. Besides skiing, there is also a good tourist restaurant in Poiana that serves hunters food. Not sure if the outdoor ice skating rink is still there?
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Re: Ethiopia Musings: 7) The Money

DrFumblefinger ·
I have really enjoyed this series Lester! Your insights are entertaining and often fascinating. I have always assumed that Ethiopia is a safe place to travel. Was that your impression as well?
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Re: Ethiopia Musings: 7) The Money

Lestertheinvestor ·
Trust, but verify is a famous quote. Same thing here, safe, but be wary!
 
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