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Re: A visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

DrFumblefinger ·
Regarding his feeling about slavery, I have no doubt, because of the nature of the man as shown by the things he did write, he was conflicted. And while he seems never to have come to a personal solution I don't believe, either, that his lack of action was de facto support for the institution. Sometimes there just isn't time to resolve one's own conflicts and be a father of a new nation too. We may be asking too much of human beings if we expect tidy packages and complete resolutions in 1 ...
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Re: Arches National Park — One of America’s Finest

DrFumblefinger ·
There's a ton of stuff to do around Moab, Travel Luver. There's also scenic Canyonlands National Park nearby, well worth exploring. Off-road biking (bicycle, not motorcycle) is extremely popular. Hiking in the cooler seasons. Whitewater rafting is excellent in the summer. And you're less than a day's drive from your next Utah destination, such as Bryce, Zion, or Monument Valley. One of my favorite spots in the US!
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Re: 1000's Drawn to North Dakota

Travel Rob ·
Just checked the unemployment rate. North Dakota's is the lowest in the nation. In Aug 2013, it was 3.0%. Neighboring South Dakota's is 3.8%, as it too benefits from the oil boom.
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Re: From the Shoebox: Germany in the early 60s

PHeymont ·
I was stationed in Heidelberg with the US Army twice (1971-1973) and (1990-1993). I believe your 2nd photo is the Ehrenfels Castle near the town of Rüdesheim and the grape variety Ehrenfelser is named after the castle. I think the next photo is also near Rüdesheim and I think the thing poking up in the left distance is t he Niederwalddenkmal which is a monument constructed to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire.
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Re: New Eurostar Service, London - Provence

PortMoresby ·
Sorry Paul but you've lost me ! If you fly to Marseilles and take the 760 mile train journey to London you'll avoid the APD. True. But that will cost you more than the APD and you'll waste a day. You dont see much from the window on a train doing 186 MPH. Be aware that the nation with the most heavily taxed European passengers is France, where over 60% of airport and passenger charges are in the form of state taxes to be paid by the passenger.
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

Ottoman ·
Nice photos of a fascinating place, Ottoman! I also visited the monument many years ago, and recall what an imposing and striking place it is. I can certainly see the cinematic appeal to Mr. Speilberg, who uses the physical drama of the place so very well in the last half of the movie.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 16, 2015: Fall in Glacier National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautiful photos! Makes me appreciate all over again the wonders this nation has to offer!!!
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Re: 12 Most Beautiful Museums in the World

Jonathan L ·
A lover of more intimate buildings, they might have called these the grandest, rather than most beautiful, as I see it. In the eye of the beholder and all that implies. A smaller building seems to tell me more, though, about the subjects on display and the origins of the building and collection. For instance, I much prefer the old Getty in Malibu to the new one shown in the link, more building than content by far, monument to ego. In any case, here are some I find more "beautiful."...
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Re: Edinburgh tells its 'People's Story'

PHeymont ·
If you liked this museum I recommend another, different but complimentary, the Back to Backs in Birmingham. A group of dwellings in the city center that somehow escaped urban renewal, it's been turned into a museum by the Nation Trust and recreates working people's homes of several eras, fascinating. https://www.nationaltrust.org....ingham-back-to-backs
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Re: Cuba: Uncertainty stirs a booking boom

PHeymont ·
It's time the American Government stopped flexing its muscles to crush a nation of dirt poor people. Inhuman.
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Re: Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia

George G. ·
While this report is interesting in one regard, I find myself disturbed by the discussion of Woodrow Wilson that leaves out so many negative aspects of Wilson's legacy. Negative enough that students at Princeton have been trying to get his name off buildings. Wilson was a racist. A member of the KKK, or at least a friend. He showed Birth of A Nation, a racist, pro-Klan movie in the White House. He segregated the civil service, which had been one of the ways that Black workers had been able...
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Re: In the Cotswolds: Sezincote

PortMoresby ·
I think the ruling class would have admired this monument to empire, source of wealth and employment for younger sons. And then there's the tradition of eccentricity among those of their class so I suspect no one thought much about it.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#117)

PHeymont ·
IDK good one to be stumped. Thought a Caribbean or West African Nation capitol; then the Christmas Trees brought us back to North America, and we settled upon Harrisburg, PA. Probably early in December since no snow outside. Beautiful building, the eye can't take in all the detail, wherever it is. Missteacher411
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Re: IRS gains power to get passports cancelled

Travel Rob ·
I don't like it either. The IRS has made mistakes before and I'm sure taxes and penalties add up quick if the person doesn't pay in time Plus people from certain states might need their passports to act as ID because they won't be able to get into federal facilities with their state drivers license only and might not be able to fly soon . http://www.latimes.com/nation/...-20160103-story.html
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Re: Where in the World is Travelgumbo (#149)

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks like Monument Valley
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Re: Jan. 28: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

Ottoman ·
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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 9, 2014: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Pennington County, South Dakota

Ottoman ·
Hi Travel Luver I apologize for the lateness of this response. In answer to your question, I unfortunately did not see the monument lit up at night...my travel schedule didn't permit it. I too hope to go back to Mount Rushmore in the near future, primarily to see it lit up, for I have heard it is quite special, and the photos I have seen confirm that. When you make it back to Mount Rushmore, I hope you will share your adventures with us. Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it. Take care,...
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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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Tupelo, Mississippi. Birthplace of the King of Rock 'n Roll

DrFumblefinger ·
This is the first post in a short series on visiting Elvis Presley related sites.  I've been a huge Elvis fan all my life and my love for the man's wonderful music has not abated in the 35+ years since he died.  My brother (Ottoman) and I...
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What changes in European hotel booking could mean to you...

PHeymont ·
You may soon have a real reason to use a "metasearch" site such as Kayak or Travago to find your European hotel room, rather than an actual booking site such as Booking.com or Expedia. Up to now, almost all prices have been the same; that may be about...
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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 visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
True to its history, our visit to the coast of Normandy was cool, windy and wet -- but that's how it's been for thousands of years.  Many an armada was delayed in leaving or landing on these shores because of inclement weather, including the...
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A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

DrFumblefinger ·
I remember being in Wales several times and looking across the sea to the west, thinking that I needed to get to Ireland.  Well I finally made it, completing this journey with my brother on our annual "getaway trip"!  It was a trip we really...
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Walla, Walla: “So nice they named it twice!”

DrFumblefinger ·
What’s a Walla Walla?  It’s a Indian name meaning “many waters”.  It’s also the name of a charming city in southeastern Washington; nestled close to the Columbia and Snake River valleys, and with a river of its...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 13, 2013: Jeronimos Monastery

PHeymont ·
Sunlight and shade highlight the complex carving of this stonework at the Monastery of Jeronimos at Belem, in Lisbon. This late-Gothic style is called Manueline, after King Manuel I. It’s marked by ornate stonework, often including maritime...
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Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
 For most travelers, the southwestern corner of Washington state is easy to bypass.  It lies well over an hour’s drive from the busy I-5 Interstate Freeway.  The broad mouth of the Columbia River limits access from the Oregon...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 4). The Rock Fortress of Sigiriya

DrFumblefinger ·
 “You absolutely must go to Sigiriya!”, Arthur C. Clarke insisted to me during my first visit to Sri Lanka.  “There are other countries with beautiful weather and beaches, but there’s...
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The Island Metropolis of Singapore

DrFumblefinger ·
Except for the stifling humidity, steamy heat and admixture of tropical rain-forest, Singapore will remind you more of Chicago or New York than most Asian cities.  Its skyline is as packed with modern...
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Washington state's Wild Horses Monument & Gingko Petrified Forest

DrFumblefinger ·
 The Columbia River is one of the most interesting and beautiful geographic features of the Inland Northwest, from its headwaters in British Columbia to the dramatic Gorge just east of Portland, Oregon.    When...
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Hardy's Monument at Black Down

Mac ·
Standing high above the Dorset coast, overlooking the town of Weymouth and the isle of Portland is "Hardy's Monument" built in 1845 on the highest point of Black Down. Sculpted in famous Portland stone from nearby quarries (as was St. Paul's Cathedral...
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Cologne Cathedral, Germany. Where Gumbo Was #83

DrFumblefinger ·
    Gumbo was visiting the magnificent Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.  The puzzle destination was recognized rather quickly by Roderick Simpson -- congratulations Roddy!      I first saw Cologne’s Cathedral on a...
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Hardy's Monument at Black Down

Mac ·
Standing high above the Dorset coast, overlooking the town of Weymouth and the isle of Portland is "Hardy's Monument" built in 1845 on the highest point of Black Down. Sculpted in famous Portland stone from nearby quarries (as was St. Paul's Cathedral...
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Left Bank of the Tiber

PortMoresby ·
  I’d looked online for an apartment for my week in Rome, until I was sick of the thought of going.  At some point I came across a recommendation for a women’s hostel in Trastevere (Tras TAY veree), on what I came to think of as...
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Colorado National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
  While many of the units of the US National Park system are frequently visited and very busy, there are also a few less crowded places.   Colorado National Monument (known to locals as " The Monument" ) falls into the latter category....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 15th, 2015: Winter Flowers ?

GarryRF ·
  Flowers in Winter.   Todays Picture of the Day comes with a question. Thanks to "Climate Change" this Rose is happy to flower in January. That's today - 15 January 2015. It's in Liverpool, England where I live. 2 years ago...
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San Juan's El Morro: Layers of Stone, Layers of History (Where Gumbo Was, #84)

PHeymont ·
  El Morro, the giant fortification that's guarded San Juan Harbor for nearly 500 years, is the sight we saw before we saw it. Its image is everywhere when you do online research for a trip to Puerto Rico; its "garitas"—small domed...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 22, 2015: Angkor Wat

Grand Escapades ·
    Angkor Wat, built by the Khmer King Survavarman II in the early 12th century, is the largest religious monument in the world, and definitely one of the most stunning. So why is Angkor Wat so much more famous than all the other splendid...
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Super-tide at Mont-Saint-Michel: High water and 30K viewers

PHeymont ·
Last Saturday's "super-tide" at Mont-Saint-Michel, the island monument just off the coast at the border of Normandy and Brittany, drew over 30,000 spectators from all over the world, anxious to see the storied island as it seldom is...completely...
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Canada creating its first Urban National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
While Canada has many beautiful and large national parks, almost all in pristine wilderness settings, there are no urban park units within the nation.  Urban historic sites and the like -- yes, many, but no parks.     In a change to the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar 17, 2015: Mystical Stonehenge

IslandMan ·
    Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles (3 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing...
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Nepal's new airliner comes packed with relief supplies

PHeymont ·
Nepal Airlines took delivery of its second new A320 in Hamburg yesterday (April 29) and, taking advantage of the planned delivery flight, German relief agencies loaded it with 5 tons of relief supplies for the earthquake stricken nation. A team of...
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British Air adds year-round Iceland flights

PHeymont ·
British Airways will be flying Heathrow-Rekyjavik three times a week, starting October 25, becoming the first mainline trans-Atlantic carrier to offer year-round service. BA and others have operated summer services, but the winter has been largely...
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Tiananmen Square - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Those who know me know that I really don’t like being on a tour. Usually I would rather stay home than be rushed from place to place with no time to really explore a city. But traveling to Beijing with a group of 21 high school students, 3 other...
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Visiting Santiago de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
I really had no idea what to expect of  Santiago de Cuba , afterall the next biggest city in Cuba is always overshadowed by Havana. So Santiago was going to surprise us - it could only leave a good or a bad impression right? We showed...
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Route 66 - Pasadena to Needles

Jonathan L ·
Last summer I had the opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do - drive a significant portion of Route 66. Having spent 4 days in LA, I started a drive to Albuquerque to meet up with  The Amazing Ms. D. Instead of rushing down the...
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Sphinx Courtyard to open after 4 years!

Travel Rob ·
According  to  the  Antiquities Minister of Egypt, Mohammed al-Damati, the Sphinx courtyard will be opening  soon for the first time  in four years since it's restoration of the monument.   No date was given.  ...
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Liberland awaits: who will be the first tourist?

PHeymont ·
Taking advantage of a small (only Monaco and the Vatican are smaller) piece of Europe that is apparently unclaimed by either of its neighbors, Croatia and Serbia, a Czech politician named  Vít Jedlička has proclaimed the Republic of...
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Off the beaten track in Northern Laos

Jill's Scene ·
Where’s that, most people asked when I told them we were off to Laos.  And that about sums up the attraction -- I like getting off the beaten track, at home and abroad.  Laos is landlocked.  It’s a developing country. ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 28, 2015: Runnymede, England

PortMoresby ·
  I first visited this meadow (mede) beside the River Thames in 1966, to visit one of several memorials located there.  Back then the grass was far less manicured than I found it more recently and my reason for going was just slightly older...
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Gold Country, California: Auburn

PortMoresby ·
  Auburn is a town at a crossroads.  Interstate 80 passes through from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the desert of the Great Basin and the nation eastward, and west to San Francisco.  It was the main route migrants traveled coming west,...
 
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