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Re: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hi Garry I never thought of counting the number of steps to the top of Enger Tower for I was too preoccupied with the beautiful scenery; However, thanks to your question I did some internet investigating and discovered that apparently there are 105 steps you must walk to get to the top of Enger Tower (therefore 210 steps in total to get up and down the tower). You really don't need to be an Olympian to get to the top of Enger Tower. Although the number of steps sounds like a lot, and the...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#308)

Professorabe ·
Here's our next puzzle clue. A church tower? Or perhaps something else?
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Re: Finishing college. Need help planning trip to U.K,

Hank ·
Wow, this is turning into a real education!! I checked with my uncle and yes, I can fly Chicago to Manchester and return from either London or Paris to Chicago. The ticket is free to him and he said he would cover any fees as a "graduation gift to me" (he's a pretty cool dude!), but I don't want to burden him with a heavy departure fee, so maybe Paris would be the way to go. I'd like to leave about Friday, May 9th and return 4 weeks later, June 6th. A few days later and returning a few days...
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Re: Finishing college. Need help planning trip to U.K,

GarryRF ·
Whooaaa! Why are you sending Hank to Amsterdam? He likes the idea of GayParis and the Eiffel Tower - so what have I missed ?
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Re: Flight Attendants Say NO to Phone Calls

FlashFlyer ·
I have mixed feelings on this one... Been on buses, been on trains where people can use their cells. With a few exceptions--and you can find them on the street, in the airport in restaurants, too--people just don't act as bad as some of you expect. P.S....before people get too excited, this isn't going to be cheap, either. You will pay extra to use the relay circuits that go plane to satellite to cell tower!
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Re: From the Shoebox: Germany in the early 60s

George G. ·
You next photo with the number 511 and the tall square tower is Eltville am Rhein, but has since been gussied up.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #37

PHeymont ·
I can't make up my mind whether it is a watch tower (forest fires?) or part of a modernistic church...
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 2nd, 2014: What is a "Folly"?

Mac ·
Ah spent many happy sunny hours at Broadway Tower gazing over the surrounding countryside before going into pretty Broadway village for an ice cream! Follies were also often built 'just because' the landowner wanted to make his 'statement' to show how wealthy he was.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 2nd, 2014: What is a "Folly"?

DrFumblefinger ·
Seems most government buildings in North America, by this definition, are follys. The Broadway Tower and its overview from the hill are quite an eye pleaser, Garry. Nice photo and a good education on a folly. Thanks.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 24, 2014: Le Pouce de Cesar Sculpture - Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, definitely art. Parisians have a reputation of loving to hate new things, like the Eiffel Tower when it opened, before they love them forever.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#77)

Roderick Simpson ·
At first, I was thinking the Pacific North West or BC, but the grain elevator points strongly to the Great Lakes. This is supported by Port Moresby's observation of the Ontario company's container. The largest city in the province is Toronto. It has an airfield beside the lake, and my own photograph from the top of the CN Tower taken a few years ago shows hangers just like in the first picture. I therefore vote for Toronto lake shore.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#81)

PortMoresby ·
Well, to start, I count 15 medieval air conditioning units. The architecture feels like a curious cross between medieval (the tower) and gothic (large windows) so it's likely neither. Maybe a modern faux-historic hybrid?
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Re: London- multiple questions

chickpea ·
Thank you for all of the information. I am finally ready to finalize some things since we leave at the end of this month! We have decided not to do Liverpool...seems like we should come back and do that someday. I am thinking the Megabus option may be the way to go to Salisbury and catch the shuttle to Stonehenge from there. That way we can see the cathedral while we are there. Do you know if it is a short walk to the cathedral or will we need to take a taxi from the Megabus stop? Do you...
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Re: Photography at the Edges, New York & San Francisco

PHeymont ·
I did, indeed, go to the two exhibits at the Met...and they actually have a relation to the SF show that PortMoresby has described. Marville, in particular, was working at the beginning of photography, without all the digital devices, or even a light meter, and with media so slow that a photograph of a relatively busy street appears to be empty of traffic—because during the 30 seconds needed to expose that plate no one stayed in front of the camera long enough to register an image! The Paris...
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Re: Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

PortMoresby ·
Six timely tips for seeing the Eiffel Tower from CNTraveler's Wendy Perrin . And one more picture:
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Re: Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

PHeymont ·
I like her tips, especially the advice not to rush past the second level, which too many people regard as just a place to change elevators. I also like that up-from-under shot of the tower...It reminded me to go and find my darker version of that view from 1960, on my first visit to Paris.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

PHeymont ·
Since we're on turn-of-the-last-century clocks, here are a couple more. The first is the facade clock of the Musee d'Orsay itself, seen from the inside looking out over the Seine, and the second is a detail of the clock tower designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner for the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. Just clockin' in...
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

TravelGirlJenn ·
Interesting. I work in San Francisco near the Ferry Building and frequently jaunt down to Pier 39 on my lunch break for exercise. Tourist alley, especially now that they have a new cruise terminal between the Ferry Building and Pier 39. Just today I nearly fell into a couple who stopped to take a picture of Coit Tower, speaking in an English accent. I moved on and got out of their way. 'Tis different when the shoe is on another foot, I suppose.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#115)

DrFumblefinger ·
Time for another clue. Our rock artist in the photo above is working under the base of a tower. You can climb this tower for better views of the destination. Today's view is in the direction of the highway we drove on. Tomorrow a different view from the tower. Does this help you figure out where Gumbo is?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#115)

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting thought, Ottoman, and I'm not going to say if you're right or wrong at this time. I am going to provide the last clues for the puzzle tonight. The reveal is going up on Monday. This is what you see from the tower if you look the other way..... But this is the best way to appreciate this site.....
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#336)

George G. ·
An obvious tall brick tower with stained glass windows juts into the blue sky in today's clue... And, for those who asked for a better thumbnail of yesterday's clue, the picture is repeated below...
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Re: Hold on tight! 80th floor harness walk in Dubai

DrFumblefinger ·
The CN Tower in Toronto has a walk you do at the top of the tower (on the outside) that looks similar to this photo. Thanks, but no thanks!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

GarryRF ·
I bought a Poppy in September this year from a Vietnam Vet in Easton MD. I commented on his cap with the dates on - and he removed his jacket to show me his T-shirt with his Division and Da Nang and a host of other cities where he fought. Had some amazing stories to tell. There should have been a crowd watching him, but just me. In 2015 a total of 888,246 hand made ceramic Poppy's were placed at Tower Bridge London to remember the number of men who fell in battle 1914 - 1918. The Poppy was...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#132)

GarryRF ·
Looks like a castle or tower where the tyrant of the day dealt his (or her) justice. Most likely European. Looks a very cruel place so probably British or Germanic.
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
I've been to the Hancock tower in Chicago, but not the Sears tower (I like that name better to). The views sure are spectacular. As for me, I'll admire the view without going into the skybox, thank you very much!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 29, 2013: Petronas Towers, Malaysia

DrFumblefinger ·
Another brilliant photo, Mac! Thanks for sharing this. Wonder if you've ever been to the Empire State Building or the Sears Tower, and how this experience compares?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 29, 2013: Petronas Towers, Malaysia

Mac ·
Yes, I have enjoyed the Empire State Tower visit but it has to be said that the Petronas Towers are into another league. Petronas Towers are probably just as impressive now as the Empire State was when it was new. Really an amazing experience and even more amazing that one can see exactly that view from the hotel room across from the the towers.
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Re: Tips on Traveling with Parents

artsnletters ·
I traveled with my mom when she was around that age, and in much the same way - I was the tour guide and she was along for the ride. I did all the work - ALL of it - and she paid for both of us, so I considered it an excellent deal. She did have some ideas where to go - "I haven't seen Italy, Austria, or Switzerland." But we also went to Amsterdam, Bruges, and Paris (she had been to Paris before but wanted to get up close and personal with the Eiffel Tower). I got to pick where to take her...
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Re: Name Your Favorite Restaurants for Atmosphere, Past or Present

PortMoresby ·
For the sake of the memory I'm going to add another place here where I had possibly the best meal of my life. I cannot tell you the name of it or if it had a name or even where it is exactly, somewhere along the country road between Jinghong (Yunnan, China) and the Burma border. I'd hired a guide/driver to take me to the tribal market, famous in those parts, and on the way back suggested we stop for lunch. I'm one of those who believe regional Chinese is the best food in the world and this...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
We saw this three wheeled vehicle in Paris last summer on our way back from the Eiffel Tower. Can anyone identify this car?
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Re: Gustave Eiffel: Iron Man of Paris

GarryRF ·
This is the English version of the Eiffel Tower. Its in Blackpool 30 miles north of my home in Liverpool. I can see it on a clear day. Built around the same time as Eiffel and an amazing structure. I do love the observation platform where you can walk on a glass floor !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 14, 2014: The CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

Ottoman ·
Hi Travel Luver! Yes, I have walked on the transparent floor many years ago (pre-digital photography era, which reminds me that I need to get those slides transferred to digital). Unfortunately on this last trip to the CN Tower I did not have time to take the ride up to the observation deck. It probably goes without saying that if you are afraid of heights, the observation deck of the CN Tower may not be the attraction for you. Your adventure begins with a long but quick elevator ride to the...
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

PHeymont ·
Sometimes it's the things we see the most that we miss when they are "out of context" or are the least part of it. In this case, I think that looking at the tower, you're likely to notice the height, the gentle curves, the open spaces...but not the cluster at the top. I had certainly never looked at it before I took that picture, which was an extreme telephoto grab as we threaded our way through the crowd on our way to dinner. I showed it to my wife, and she said "I know what you're going to...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? #68

DrFumblefinger ·
Given the lack of activity, I think it's time to call an end to this puzzle. We received just one emailed response, which was sent to us by Roderick Simpson. But was also the correct one! Congratulations to Roderick who correctly identified this as being the Castle Tower in Cesky Krumlov, the Czech Republic. The discussion will be posted tomorrow morning and we'll have a new puzzle for you on Saturday.
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Re: Leaning Towers: It's Not Just About Pisa!

rbciao ·
Pisa: Last summer we flew into Pisa on Delta and spent three nights at the Hotel Bologna, which was a great property. Aside from the Leaning Tower, Pisa is a quiet destination perfect for kicking back and doing nothing. We wondered the university section and mingled with the locals and found a great gelatoria, which we frequented more than once. The area around the tower was crammed, but otherwise, the town was very peaceful.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 2, 2014: Looking Across Time

PortMoresby ·
Seeing this picture, I somehow assumed that the Gare d'Orsay was the location of Martin Scorcese's movie 'Hugo'. But now I read that the station in the movie was actually a composite of "Gare Montparnasse, the train station where a major part of the film’s action takes place...the Gare du Nord for its façade and the Gare de Lyon for its geographic location and clock tower, an important plot element in Hugo ." Momentarily disappointed, I read on, "... the Gare d’Orsay, provides another...
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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: Leaning Towers: It's Not Just About Pisa!

Jonathan L ·
The Olympic Tower in Montreal was built, among other reasons to house an observation deck (which it still has) and the mechanism for a retractable roof to the stadium next door. This was because the stadium was home to the Montreal Expos and weather in Montreal in April can be a little chilly. Unfortunately the retractable roof never worked (I think it was tried once and jammed) and they had to convert it to a closed dome.
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Re: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto. Where Gumbo was #77

Roderick Simpson ·
Thank you very much for the informative post. I have only been to Toronto once. I went up the CN Tower and took this picture of the Billy Bishop Airport.
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The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
  The old town of Gjirokastra is one of the best-preserved examples of an Ottoman-style town in the Balkans.  The town is packed with sights, and I recommend to do as we did; buy a map with the main sights.  We also bought the book...
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Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

DrFumblefinger ·
  Who would have guessed the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires is found in a cemetery?  Not only is it expensive, there's a line waiting to get in (seriously)!  You actually lease a plot here, as I understand it, and don't...
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Devils Tower National Monument

Ottoman ·
    Devils Tower is an igneous intrusion or laccolith in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills) in northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain and...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 23, 2014: Xian's Dumpling House

Dr.Y ·
  While visiting Xi'an, the city where the famous   Emperor Qin's Terracotta Museum is located, we came cross a massive "Xi'an Dumpling House"  -- a tourist popular all-dumpling restaurant which serves up to 25 different types of...
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St. David's Cathedral, Wales. Where Gumbo was #80

DrFumblefinger ·
  The above photo proved more challenging than I'd thought it would.  Fortunately History Digger was able to solve the riddle.  Gumbo was visiting St. David's Cathedral in Wales.    St David's Cathedral (in Welsh: Eglwys...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 15, 2014: The artificial Lake Reschen - Italy

MAD Travel Diaries ·
  I have visited a few artificial lakes on my travels but Lake Reschen tops my list - simply breathtaking. It is located  in the western portion of South Tyrol, Italy, approximately 2 km south of Reschen Pass which forms the...
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Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery and Tower of Belem

NonstopFromJFK ·
Our first day in Lisbon was awesome. We got to see so much of the city, and watch the sunset from a castle.   On our second day in Lisbon we took the train to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém...
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A Day in Lisbon

NonstopFromJFK ·
Lisbon was our first stop in Portugal. Getting around Lisbon was easy, we were able to take the Metro from the airport to where we were staying without any problems. We got the LisboaCard at the airport, which seemed like a great deal, but when we...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 3, 2013: Brandenburg Gate

PHeymont ·
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is surely one of the world’s most-recognized landmarks, and symbolizes Berlin in the way the Eiffel Tower means Paris and the Parthenon means Athens. It’s been the ceremonial center for marches and...
 
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