Tagged With "Bridges"

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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

DrFumblefinger ·
It`s impressive to see those big freighters making their way through that narrow canal, just clearing that interesting bridge!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

Theodore Behr ·
Love the bridge. I like cool designs like this. Hey -- I'm going to Minneapolis in 2 months. Is it worth going to Duluth for a day in the winter time? Or does the place shut down then?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hello again Theodore Sorry for the late response to your question. Personally, I do not think it is worth the time and effort it would take for you to drive to Duluth from Minneapolis for only one day in the winter time. The ride from Minneapolis to Duluth one way on Interstate 35 will take you 2.5 hours, and that's under good driving conditions. In the winter, chances are you will encounter bad weather, and that will definitely add to your driving time. Duluth doesn't shut down in the...
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Re: Ayres Natural Bridge Park - Wyoming's First Tourist Attraction

Travel Luver ·
A really lovely destination!
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Re: Ayres Natural Bridge Park - Wyoming's First Tourist Attraction

DrFumblefinger ·
A lovely spot and the kind of discovery that can make a trip special, Thanks for sharing it with us, Sam.
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

IslandMan ·
great pic Dr F and impressive and creative architecture. Calgary looks like a beautiful city. When is a good time to visit?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

Dr.Y ·
Glad you like the pictures IslandMan. Yes Calgary and near by Banff National Park are beautiful parts of the world worth visit. If you are not into ski, summer (please note, it is very short here) is the best time to come. Let me know, I will take you to the best spot to see the bridge! Have a good day. Dr.Y
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

DrFumblefinger ·
Completely agree with my colleague and dear friend. (Folks may not know that Dr.Y and Dr.F are specialists in the same field). If you want the best weather and maybe to attend the Calgary stampede, come in early July. Warmest weather (and the summers are beautiful, non humid and the days long) is July and August. My favorite time of year is in September, especially the week after labor day. The crowds are greatly thinned, the weather is still lovely, and the alpine areas of the mountains are...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

PHeymont ·
In that third picture, the skyscrapers seem almost to float in a different plane from the foreground...Great image! By the way, near the bottom right of that picture, I can just make out another interesting-looking bridge--can someone tell us a bit more about that?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

Dr.Y ·
You have sharp eyes PHeymont! The third and fourth pictures are taken from the Crescent Hights, a small hill on the North bank of the Bow River. In the Calgary downtown core area, there are three bridges (tow for pedestrians and cyclists; one for cars) connecting the skyscrapers on the South bank and residential areas on the North bank of the river. The peace bridge is out of the picture 3 frame and in all other 3 pictures.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

DrFumblefinger ·
DrY, is that bridge (bottom right) maybe the one the C-train (public transit) takes across the river?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

Dr.Y ·
The bridge on the bottom right of the picture 3 is called Bow River Pathway. It's a pedestrian/cycling bridge connecting the downtown ore - Prince's Island Park - The North bank of Bow river. The Peace bridge and C-train bridge are further west! Ha Ha Karl, you need get out more
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

DrFumblefinger ·
I do need to get out more! Of course, I live south of downtown while you look at this view every day. We'll need to go for a walk there this summer, DrY! Prince's Island is a great place for those visiting Calgary. A lovely island oasis right off downtown. Wonderful escape from bustle of a city and literally just a minute from it all.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

Xenophile ·
This bridge is neat. When Evan and I were doing our walkabout through downtown and then to the university we crossed the Bow and headed west. A couple of minutes later we came across this bridge and experienced some crosser's remorse at our previous choice of bridge.
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

rbciao ·
Great pics. We were there this past August and were very impressed with the Eiffel Tower. It was truly fantastic accomplishment and the views are spectacular. The day we were there we had pre-purchased our tickets online, but did not use them. The morning of our scheduled day it was pouring down rain and we were tired, so we stayed in bed. Later in the morning the skies cleared and we went over to the tower. Since we missed our time we had to purchase another two tickets. it was still worth...
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, Pheymont. Even we who imagine we know the city have gotten a whole new perspective. Point of view is everything! And, having been up the tower once long ago, I'm again struck by how much higher it seems looking down than it appears from the below or from a distance.
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Thanks! Certainly true also about how different it can appear at different angles from below, as in Dr. Fumblefinger's blog here the other day!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

Travel Rob ·
PHeymont-What a spectacular answer page to the puzzle!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PortMoresby ·
The remains of Rome are great to see, it cannot be denied, but it's those lovely little bridges that will be the target when I go to Arles. And I will, no doubt. The village within the walls reminds me of the "anfiteatro" in Lucca Italy. It was filled by houses until the 19th century when it was cleared, leaving the ring of buildings on the perimeter and creating the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. I had the good fortune of renting a large apartment in the perimeter ring of buildings, overlooking...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PHeymont ·
When you get to Arles, you may want to look at another bridge, this one crossing the Rhone. The clip below is from this website , which also has several other side-by-side comparisons of his paintings and today. The bridge here is modified or replaced, but the steps and the walk along the Rhone have not. And here's another image from my visit, looking down the Canal d'Arles from near the Langlois Bridge (the official name of the "Van Gogh Bridge.")
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PortMoresby ·
Thanks again, PHeymont. I'll certainly be back for more tips before I go to Arles. This website is becoming dangerous!
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Re: Manhattan from the Other Shore

IslandMan ·
excellent article and collection of pictures, PH. The Manhattan skyline is always fascinating to look at and the history of it is equally interesting
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Re: Jan. 26, 2016: Beggars Bridge, River Esk

Ian Cook ·
Beautiful shots Paul.
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Re: Jan. 26, 2016: Beggars Bridge, River Esk

Samantha ·
I love bridges and this ones looks amazing. Thanks for sharing
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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: Calabria to Sicily: A bridge too far?

DrFumblefinger ·
I like it when people take on huge tasks and succeed at them. The American Space Program was like that -- expensive, risky, exciting and one of man kind's greatest achievements. This bridge would be a great engineering triump. And I think it would be important to link Sicily more closely to Italy. It would make the island much more accessible and allow freer flow of people. 9 billion Euros is a lot of money, but is probably comparable to the debt the US government runs up in a few days, so...
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Re: Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

Jonathan L ·
Interesting, The George Washington Bridge is always undergoing repainting. It takes about 2 years to completely repaint the bridge, and when they finish they start again.
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Re: Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

DrFumblefinger ·
I guess this is true of all the great bridges. I know the same happens at the Golden Gate Bridge in san Francisco.
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Re: Oresund Bridge to get mammoth paint job

PHeymont ·
We have a friend who has worked as a bridge painter, including, I believe, the GWB. He told us that the pace of the painting and the size of the crew is calibrated to make it a permanent job. The big difference for the Oresund is the vast amount of surface...
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Re: London's Tower Bridge, inside and out

TravelingCanuck ·
Great photos of a very unique bridge.
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Re: London's Tower Bridge, inside and out

Marilyn Jones ·
It's been nearly 20 years since I took the tour...you wrote an excellent article and your photos -- especially the one of the entire bridge -- are wonderful!!!
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Re: London's Tower Bridge, inside and out

Travel Rob ·
An incredible write up !
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Re: July 28, 2016: Coit Tower, San Francisco, California

DrFumblefinger ·
It really is one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Thanks for reminding us of these great views!
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Re: Take a Walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

ViewFromTheChairPhotography ·
Looks like an amazing and beautiful place indeed.
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Re: Take a Walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

TravelingCanuck ·
Great blog and pictures. Glad you enjoyed your visit. We took our kids there about 10 years ago on a visit to Vancouver. It is a beautiful place to visit. Thanks.
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Re: Take a Walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

Samantha ·
Thanks for the comments guys. It is a beautiful and so glad someone suggested we visit. Hope to spend more time there on a future visit. One time wasn't enough, lol. Thanks again.
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Re: Gold Country California: South Yuba River

PHeymont ·
This looks like the kind of place it's so easy to drive past, unknowing, unless someone tells you to look for it and be rewarded. One of the reasons I sometimes like to "shunpike!"
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Re: Gold Country California: South Yuba River

PortMoresby ·
I learned a new word this morning, a good one! I suppose in relation to an interstate, it is indeed, shunpiking. But in the foothills, Hwy 49, the road over the new bridge, is the main artery through the area. All things relative.
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Re: Gold Country California: South Yuba River

Dgems ·
Thank you for the recap!! I was a great hike the second time, on paper and in pictorial form.......less hot and exhausting. But it was a great experience!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 17, 2014: Manhattan Distortion

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks almost like a reflection in a pool of water.
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Re: Boston's Beautiful Public Garden

Travel Luver ·
It's a great garden and a wonderful place to go for a walk or jog at the end of a summer's day.
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Re: Walking across the Ohio: Big Four Bridge, Louisville

PHeymont ·
No big city involved, but it reminds me of early teen years, walking the old railroad-then-highway bridge across the Missouri River from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The best part was the birds-eye view of the tugs and barges, and the long views downriver. Sadly, that one is gone, now.
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Re: Walking across the Ohio: Big Four Bridge, Louisville

Samantha ·
Great post Jonathan. I love bridges and really enjoyed reading about this one and all its history. It's definitely being adding it my to-do list! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Walking across the Ohio: Big Four Bridge, Louisville

DrFumblefinger ·
Great travel experience and a fun place from which to see the landscape! Thanks, Jonathan.
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Re: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

GarryRF ·
Did you count the steps up ? Looks like an Olympian task !
 
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