Tagged With "Europe"

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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

DrFumblefinger ·
Surprises can be fun, but I enjoy researching a destination before I get there. Still, I can see the appeal of the idea to a lot of people.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

PHeymont ·
Rob, I thought of you when I first found this...it sounds like you and me: Anything to be on the road, hardly matters where!
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

Travel Rob ·
The cost seems pretty reasonable too. It is a good idea because it exposes you to cities that you wouldn't of picked on your own. Sometimes those cities end up being your favorites. I think TG's destination page is like that too. I now want to go so many places that were not remotely on my radar.
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Re: Left Hand Drive Vs Right Hand Drive Countries

GarryRF ·
When two moving Stagecoaches were facing each other on a narrow track the driver would crack the whip - using his right hand - and cause the Horses to shy to the left and away from the noise it made. So they passed each other without hindrance.
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Re: Left Hand Drive Vs Right Hand Drive Countries

George G. ·
On September 3rd, 1967 Dagen H (or “H-Day”), short for Högertrafikomläggningen (“the right-hand traffic diversion”) millions of Swedes switched from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right. Looks like fun from a distance.
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Re: Left Hand Drive Vs Right Hand Drive Countries

PHeymont ·
The Swedish experience is fascinating. Here's a link to more details. What makes it especially fascinating is that Sweden had always had cars with the driver and steering on the left, initially American imports, but had driven on the left. I would have expected a surge in minor accidents at the time of the change, but instead, the article says, the accident rate dropped sharply because drivers were now better placed to deal with oncoming traffic!
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Former Member ·
What an interesting group of islands. Thanks so much for this article. Wondering - Do people get around mostly by boat ? Is English widely spoken ?
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Hello F-car, people mainly use their cars to get around, which is a pity as the roads are not the best and there are far too many cars for the roads to cope with. There is an extensive bus network which I found more preferable to driving. Boats are used more for leisure but there are many fisherman who make their living from the sea. Although the Maltese have their own language, English is widely spoken and visitors get by without problems. Many locals also speak Italian (them being our...
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks so much Island Man.What a great post! I'll definetly include a visit to Malta in my future travel plans.
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Re: Nova: Building the Great Cathedrals.

PHeymont ·
I like your comparison: it's a feat that we take for granted, but at the time was astonishing. Actually, I'm not sure I really DO take the great cathedrals for granted, as I try to imagine their building without advanced mathematics or heavy lifting equipment.
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Re: Nova: Building the Great Cathedrals.

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the heads up on that. There are few things I enjoy doing more in Europe than to spend a half day exploring a great cathedral! If people haven't read it yet, I'd highly recommend Ken Follett's great book, "The Pillars of the Earth" , a work of fiction set in Medieval times and focused on the building of these great churches.
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Re: Nova: Building the Great Cathedrals.

PortMoresby ·
The Follet book is a good one and made into a decent miniseries with an excellent cast: http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/T...srl&trkid=222336
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Re: Your opinion of Bulgaria

Travel Rob ·
Travelling Buzz- I really like Bulgaria and sometimes crave the plain yogurt sweetened with honey that you get there. As far as the Black Sea ,it really reminds me of the US's Gulf Coast. Costs are lower and the beaches are great for swimming I'm anxious to hear more from you about Bulgaria's UNESCO sights ! Welcome to TG! We are glad you are part of the community!
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Re: Your opinion of Bulgaria

PHeymont ·
Bulgaria is a place most Americans don't know much at all (although last year in Paris I saw a billboard that said it's the new best place for golf!) I'd love to know more and hope you'll write some blogs about it!
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Re: Your opinion of Bulgaria

DrFumblefinger ·
I also have to admit that I don't know much about Bulgaria, although more and more I've been thinking about visiting eastern Europe. I look forward to learning more about it from your future posts! Thanks!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 3, 2014: British Telepone Box, Malta

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy these British phone booths! I'm not sure the last time I saw a phone booth in North America. Maybe at an airport somewhere, but they've all but completely disappeared (thanks to near universal ownership of cell phones).
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Re: Jan. 28: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

Marilyn Jones ·
When I was in Berlin I wanted to see this tribute, but I simply ran out of time. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos of such an important monument.
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Re: Jan. 28: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

DrFumblefinger ·
I was impressed by the name of the memorial. "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe". Full credit and kudos to the Germans for acknowledging what happened and their role in it. I'm not sure if other countries would have used such strong language.
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Re: Scandinavia booms with Europe's fastest-growing cities

Travel Rob ·
Now I know why I got the impression, on my last trip, that Europe was growing at a pretty robusr rate, opposite of what I'd heard.. I visited 5 of the top ten 10 growth cities on that list.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 17, 2015: Mdina Gates, Malta

PortMoresby ·
Mdina is one of the few places I've been that's, in my experience, unlike any other. I thought it so beautiful on my first visit that I booked a room in the closest hotel just outside this gate and spent several days exploring it and the adjacent town of Rabat. Lunch at the restaurant of, I believe, the only hotel in Mdina, the Xara Palace , was memorable, wonderful service and food and a small compensation for not staying in the 5 star hotel. Thanks for the memory, IslandMan.
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Re: Are airline alliances costing you $$$ on flights to Europe?

Travel Rob ·
Basically Norwegian Air told us the same thing and it's true. If the public supports Norwegian and other airlines that attempt to break the alliances trans-Atlantic hold, lower prices will follow. https://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/norwegian-air-1
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Re: Liberland awaits: who will be the first tourist?

DrFumblefinger ·
This may actually turn out to be a tax haven. It might be very successful.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Islandman , How that brings back memories! Beautiful country and wonderful people.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

Steve ·
I was driving across Poland to Czech Republic in October and decided to spend a night in Cracow and was surprised by several things: The town was jumping on a weeknight, which made hotels expensive (relative to other places in Poland), and a vacancy hard to find. Everyone in town seemed to be under 30 years old, kind of the Portland of Eastern Europe. Parking was hard to find and costly. Once in a hotel and parked, the town was an absolute delight to walk around with beautiful streets and...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

PHeymont ·
The obwarzanek seems very similar to the Turkish simet, sold on corners all over Istanbul, and also cheap. Mostly sesame version, but occasionally others. A really good snack, and also excellent with kaymak, the buffalo milk creme fraiche.
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Re: It's not a train, it's not a plane, but it's superfast!

DrFumblefinger ·
If not cost prohibitive, it would be an excellent way to travel around Europe.
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Re: Is JetBlue thinking of Europe?

GarryRF ·
As cross Atlantic fares remain excessive then there's still plenty of room for the new kid on the block to make a good living.
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Re: Top 4 Rafting Destinations in Europe

PHeymont ·
Thanks for this! I usually think only of North America when rafting is mentioned, but obviously that's been a mistake...
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Re: Finding Reiner 4: Who Was He?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for another moving piece. Those illustrations by Maria Lebedeva are museum quality!
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Re: Your opinion of Bulgaria

Travelling Buzz ·
Great to hear that you want to visit Bulgaria! It's really beautiful country! Hope to grab your interest with my future posts. Meanwhile here's some very nice and influencing videos, showing more about Bulgaria: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcyWiNAnNiI ) ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVTNivPtTC0 )
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

DrFumblefinger ·
Hello HistoryDigger, I have some friends in Cologne who might be able to give you some on the ground advice. I'll send you their contact info via dialog. Check for the top right corner for a message.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

PortMoresby ·
I'd be inclined to contact the original source of the phone and see if they can Fedex a replacement.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

HistoryDigger ·
UPDATE: We went to GRAVIS on Ehrensrasse 2 : http://www.gravis.de/filialen/koeln/koeln/ They told us that nobody will repair a wet a iPhone. So, upon their advice, we booked a genius appointment at the Apple Store in the suburbs of Cologne: https://www.apple.com/de/retail/rheincenter/ There, we can exchange our wet phone with a refurbished iPhone 5 for 250 euros. Not cheap, but we can put my husband's SIM card into the refurbished phone, and he'll be on his way. We're trying not to think...
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: I'd be inclined to contact the original source of the phone and see if they can Fedex a replacement. Be careful with that. There might be a huge duty/tariff you'd have to pay to do so. Check this out with your concierge before you take this route. But if no customs fee, I'd probably get a new phone from back home, too.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

PortMoresby ·
"Be careful with that. There might be a huge duty/tariff..." VAT may, of course, be imposed but then most likely refunded when you take it home again. It's certainly worth checking out if all else fails. Then there's the dreaded "do without" option, if imagination allows.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

DrFumblefinger ·
I don't know much about Germany's import taxes, but there may be taxes on certain classes of merchandise beyond and in addition to VAT. For example, in one country I know of, importing a car is associated with a tax of 100% of the value of the car. And after that, you also pay VAT.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

PortMoresby ·
To me, VAT means any tax added onto the price, but I'll defer to the doctor in his quest for exactitude, while also mentioning, neither of us really knows, do we?
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

HistoryDigger ·
I do expect a tax. If it's terrible, my husband will do without a phone. I remember we had to pay a big tax even when bringing in our own (used) car from the USA to use during the two years we lived in Germany. It was cheaper to ship our own car to Germany than to buy or rent one for two years. But, back to to phone...We will update this post with relevant news.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

PHeymont ·
While I know iPhone users can be very brand-loyal, if the price is too high, consider buying a cheap Android phone and using it with your SIM. At the end of the trip, you can put it back in a new iPhone, or (dare I say?) change sides... The iPhone 5 uses yet another made-for-Apple incompatible SIM size, but phone stores will have a small plastic holder to retrofit it to the sizes used by others.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

HistoryDigger ·
My husband would never switch phone allegiances! So, he'd still have to buy a new iPhone at home. Right now he's using his laptop to iMessage from the hotel wifi. But it's a good idea, and one that other travelers may want to try.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

HistoryDigger ·
UPDATE ON REPLACING AN iPHONE 5 IN EUROPE: Cologne's Apple store didn't have a US iPhone 5 in stock and the technician offered to order one for us. However, the phone would not arrive for a week, and we would be in London by then. So we made an Apple store genius bar appointment at London's Stratford City-Westfield location near the Olympic Park. WARNING: we made this appointment a week in advance, which is standard for Genius Bar schedules in Europe. (For laptop appointments, the wait is...
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

DrFumblefinger ·
Moral of the story: don't flush your iPhone down the john! What a saga! I'm curious to see how it all plays out.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

PHeymont ·
Is there enough cooperation among Apple stores that if the phone arrives in London after you've left that they could express-ship it to Apple at your next stop?
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Re: Finding Reiner: Taking a Break in Cologne

Travel Rob ·
Thanks,I really enjoyed your tips for Cologne. The food looks great Hans meal alone sounds like it's worth a trip there!
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Re: Finding Reiner: Taking a Break in Cologne

GarryRF ·
A River Cruise from Amsterdam through Germany (inc Cologne) , France then into Switzerland is an amazing journey. http://www.vikingrivercruises....basel/itinerary.html Or you can follow the Rhine from North to South by car and stop wherever you please. The road runs along side the River for most of its journey !
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Re: Finding Reiner: Taking a Break in Cologne

HistoryDigger ·
Next time I'll take that river cruise. Thanks for the update.
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

HistoryDigger ·
NO cooperation between Apple stores in different countries. We made FOUR visits to Apple stores—Cologne, London, and twice to the Paris Louvre store—before my husband was finally able to exchange his water-damaged iPhone 5 with a replacement. He bought his replacement for 249 euros, only 1 1/2 days before he finished his three-week Europe vacation. The Louvre Apple store (which is underground in the Carousel shopping mall) was packed with confused and anxious Apple product users. Some...
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Re: Valletta, Why Do I Love Thee So?

PHeymont ·
Lovely pictures! I was surprised to see so many signs in English...is it the most common language, or is Maltese widely-spoken also?
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Re: Valletta, Why Do I Love Thee So?

IslandMan ·
Thanks PH. Maltese is the official language but English is widely spoken and there are little if any communication problems.
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Re: Valletta, Why Do I Love Thee So?

GarryRF ·
The island of Malta became part of the British Empire in 1800. The French had invaded Malta 2 years previously and were unwelcome. The British removed the French and established a base there at Valletta to give them a port in the Mediterranean Sea. And it provided employment and security to the local people. In 1964 it voted for Independence. The Coat of Arms of Queen Victoria can be seen over the VICTORIA GATE photo - above. The current Queen Elizabeth ceased any connection with Malta in...
 
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