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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Former Member ·
The pictures are so nice. We never thought that Marseilles looked like this. We thought it was a dreary port town. This makes us rethink any trips to the south of France. If we were to go hiking, how many days would be good there ? 2 ? 3 ? Thanks.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 17, 2013: Portland steamship, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

PHeymont ·
Fascinating to see how many forms tugs and towboats take! Here's one from New York with a similar history. She's the W.O. Decker, one of the last steam tugs built in New York Harbor (1930) and also later converted to diesel...and also retired in the 1980s. She's a tiny tug, built to move barges in an out of the small coves and streams that join New York Harbor. Since 1986, the W.O. Decker has belonged to the South Street Seaport Museum. I was fortunate to have had a harbor cruise that...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 17, 2013: Portland steamship, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the extra insight, PHeymont. There is a certain charm to a tugboat -- sort of a "little engine who could".
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Re: Over There! Poster perspectives of World War I

Jonathan L ·
I saw a wonderful exhibit of WW I propaganda at The Getty Museum when I visited over the Christmas break. Posters, newspapers and other "memorabilia (?).
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Re: Over There! Poster perspectives of World War I

Dr.Y ·
Hope they stay in Museums
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Re: Mar. 15, 2016: Vicksburg Old Court House Museum

Travel Rob ·
Great piece and photos Marilyn!
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Re: Britain's #1 attraction: The British Museum

GarryRF ·
Another "Best of Britain" survey that doesn't see beyond London. The Albert Dock in Liverpool has 6.3 Million visitors per annum - and not a mention. The Albert Dock is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
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Re: Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

Mac ·
And I thought that GarryF had snagged the first date with Miss Angela.... I am distraught!! I just love the nose-art on these planes. To have so many fly-able planes too what a collection!! Thanks Dr.F a great piece.
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Re: Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

GarryRF ·
Another simple photo that inspires lots of chat. I too was wondering who first caught Miss Angela's eye. But then ... gentlemen never kiss and tell ! Love the artwork, something the stuffy Brits would never allow ! The USAF had a base at Burtonwood UK. Close to Liverpool where I now live. The aircraft would fly almost non-stop. New crew and re-load. Not even stopping the engines. (Tales from my Dad) The hundreds of American personnel would hit the bars in Liverpool on R+R. The local men...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

WorkerBee ·
For me, these are the most interesting of the museum's cars that you have posted. The operation of French cars is sometimes quirky. It often seems that the designers are guided by their version of logic and are not trying to conform to the uniformity of standards accepted by other designers and manufacturers. To my eye, the beauty of the designs was ahead of their times.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you for the comment, WorkerBee. I agree that these were the most interesting cars, with such varied designs and mechanical specifications. And they were beautiful machines. The surprise for me in the museum were their Czech cars, of which I knew little. Very beautiful and with remarkable engineering. Would love to give one of them a drive! A car sophisticate like yourself would enjoy this unusual collection. It's worth going a little out of your way to see next time you make it to Florida.
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Re: Aviation Museums: Another good reason to fly

arion ·
The Aviation Museum in Bourget, outside of Paris, can be very easily reached, by the way, on Bus No. 350 from Gare de l'Est. This same bus also goes to CDG at a cost of 3 metro/bus tickets. Norma
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 23, 2014: Xian's Dumpling House

DrFumblefinger ·
Those dumplings look amazing, Dr.Y. Almost too attractive to eat. "Food as art"! Do they taste as good as they look? And did you bring any samples back with you.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 23, 2014: Xian's Dumpling House

Dr.Y ·
Yes, DrFumblefinger, those dumplings are as tasty as they look. But I am also thinking they might have all looked the same in my stomach The trip was very enjoyable for us!
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Re: The Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset

K Ellison ·
Greetings from Texas! I was glad to find this article, as my family and I are planning for a trip to England which will include a visit to this museum! I did want to let you know that there are two fully restored and working Sherman tanks at the Museum of the American GI in College Station, TX, along with an impressively large collection of other fully restored WWII tanks and vehicles, and even a fully restored and functioning French Renault FT-17 from WWI. The Sherman in Dorset isn't the...
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Re: A Visit to Hank Aaron's Childhood Home

PHeymont ·
Thanks for a great nostalgic look at one of my baseball heroes: a great craftsman on the field, and a solid human with not a lot of "front" and a real commitment to team and to others. Some of today's players should visit!
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Re: A Visit to Hank Aaron's Childhood Home

DrFumblefinger ·
I still have a Time magazine somewhere from the week that Hank broke Babe Ruth's record. I collected things this and recall what a big deal it was at the time (justifiably so). A nice look at a piece of classic America. I've never been to Mobile, but I'm intrigued now.
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Re: A Visit to Hank Aaron's Childhood Home

Travel Rob ·
DrFumblefinger- Mobile is really worth a visit and I'm sure you'd enjoy it! I'm putting together a few pieces on Government St. in Mobile . I am so impressed by that street alone .Really one of my favorite historic streets anywhere.
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Re: A Visit to Hank Aaron's Childhood Home

vivie ·
Very interesting...Next best thing to being there! Merci Rob.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

PortMoresby ·
After testing my cold tolerance living in Montreal for 2 winters (note how I count the 2 years I lived there), I'm happy to witness your adventure from the comfort of my California home. And a fine adventure it is. Thanks, Marilyn, beautifully done.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

PHeymont ·
One of the best things about reading travel blogs is getting a better, perhaps more real, view of things. All my mental images of polar bears are really cartoonish...sitting on sea ice or performing in Coke commercials, etc. To see your pictures of them, and their proximity to human habitation, gives me a different view—at the same time less exotic and more special. Thank you!
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

DrFumblefinger ·
This trip has been on my bucket list for some time. Thanks for providing the vendor, by the way! It's only weather, PortMoresby -- that's what warm clothes are made for. It's a rare opportunity to see these magnificent animals in such numbers, and so very up close. They are massive mammals, males weighing up to 1500 pounds (700 kg). They are also one of the few animals in the world that will actively hunt man for food. Lions are the other species, I believe. I've not been to Churchill, but...
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

My Thatched Hut ·
Great article. Thank you. Churchill is high on my bucket list.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

GarryRF ·
Was there any evidence of Global Warming ? Any anecdotes from the locals? Was there anything you wished you'd taken - but hadn't ? I presume the locals don't travel south that often - or do they ? You're blog gives a fresh insight into the area - very interesting.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

PHeymont ·
The National Wildlife Federation article I've linked HERE provides some information on your question, Garry. The sea ice on which polar bears live and hunt a good part of the year has been shrinking rapidly in recent years, leading to loss of habitat, population decline and behavior changes. They are perhaps the species most affected by global climate change.
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Re: A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

DrFumblefinger ·
It is all but impossible to get trustworthy data on this from anyone. On the one hand, the alarmists want us to think the world is ending and the polar bears are at the brink of extinction. On the other, we hear polar bear populations are growing at a robust rate, like in this article in the National Post. On the one hand we hear the ice pack has all but disappeared and on the other we read articles that the Arctic ice pack is showing recovery, but not nearly as well as the Antarctic ice...
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Re: A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

IslandMan ·
sounds like a fun trip...thanks for sharing it
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Re: A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

GarryRF ·
Philly really is a beautiful city. Its best feature is it's pedestrian friendly. I love the Architecture and the people there. The Football (soccer) stadium too. It has a slower feel compared to New York. No one rushing to get there - like they're late. I like the smaller stores closing at 5. Behind the counter those folks have got families to go home to. And in Philly the folks stop and talk when you need directions. Best and friendliest Airport north of Florida too. It's a shame that...
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Re: A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

PHeymont ·
Thanks for a fresh new look at Philly. We've just started looking at how many under-appreciated places there are, good places to go but you get funny looks or blank stares when you mention them. You've certainly moved Philadelphia up the charts for me!
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Re: A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

DrFumblefinger ·
I've only visited Philly once, and your post brought back some great memories of a nice city. I visited a few weeks after 9-11-01, a difficult and unsettled time everywhere in North America. But everyone was friendly and agree with Garry. A very walkable city with lots of great architecture and historic sites.
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Re: A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

NonstopFromJFK ·
Gary, that's a good point about stores closing at 5 so people can go home to their families, and I'm glad you mentioned that. Sometimes us impatient fast-walking New Yorkers need to be reminded of that. I did love how walkable Philly is, and the slower feel was perfect for a weekend getaway.
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Re: The National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, Dublin: Where Gumbo was #78

HistoryDigger ·
Wonderful. Can't wait to read the rest of your Ireland posts to help plan my next trip. Ireland was at the top of the list.
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Re: The National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, Dublin: Where Gumbo was #78

DrFumblefinger ·
It really is a terrific country to visit, HistoryDigger! Wonderful people, great history, great scenery. We enjoyed every day of our visit and I hope to get back to Ireland sometime soon. Just as an FYI to our audience in general, I've published around 15 posts on my visit which you can find at this link .
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

GarryRF ·
Back in the time when a watch was a sign of affluence these timepieces must have been a great show of wealth. This clock in Chester England was erected on the cities two thousand year old Roman Walls at about the same time as your example.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

IslandMan ·
Now THAT'S a clock, Garry....sensational!
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 20, 2015: Musee d'Orsay Clock, Paris

Samantha ·
This was one of my favorite museums in Paris. It is absolutely gorgeous like Islandman said. I love impressionist art and this place had quite a bit. I look forward to going back again one day. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee 3) The rest of the city

mimiadvanetures ·
I love love LOVE Memphis, would go back in a heartbeat! Enjoyed reading your post! Global Mimi.
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee 3) The rest of the city

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comment, Mimiadventures! Good food, great music, nice people -- always something great to return to. I really didn't get into the great local food very much, but Memphis is reknowned for its "soul" style cooking and, of course, its BBQ.
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Re: 6 Fun Things To Do In Miami This Summer

Travel Rob ·
Some great ideas! Your love for Miami shows!
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Former Member ·
In Europe, I have had good luck finding value accommodations at Booking.com and Europe-Stays. com. Those sites list hostels with their ratings and prices. A quick peek for June shows several promising choices for around $ 21 USD per bed per night. Unless you just want company, you might budget hotels pricing similar to the hostels. They often charge per person, not per room, which is a big help for the solo traveler. Tune Hotels will work for the London part of your trip, but they are not in...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Red Rover. My last trip I was supposed to go to Edinburgh ,but went to Liverpool instead . I guess I remembered The Tune Hotel from the untaken trip .
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Hank ·
Tnanks TravelRob! some great points here. I can see I'm going to enjoy Liverpool and especially want to explore that Beatles history. They're like part of the family. Rob, did you have any advice on hostels in Liverpool? Presume there's probably a lot but was wondering if you had a recommendation?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Hank ,I'd check the Tune Hotel for rates. Maybe Garryrf can weigh in on cheap accomodations too.I didn't stay in any hostels while there.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm ready for a visit. The Beatles history alone is worth the trip! Liverpool has a "reputation" as being a "dirty, industrial" city. I presume that was not the Liverpool you experienced, Rob?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
In a way, most of the places in the world worth visiting have some history of being "dirty, industrial" places--that's where people cluster and societies are forged. The ancient cities of the Middle East and Greece, and Rome itself were like that! We recently visited the excavated Roman city under central Barcelona, and were surprised to see how much of the area in the center of the ancient city was given over to commercial laundry, large-scale dye works and industrial-scale wine-making. The...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
No offense intended, PHeymont. I was trying to make a point that the modern reality is very different than the "reputation".
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
No offense taken...your remark just started me on a train of thought that stopped at a new station!
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Liverpool has never been a Dirty Industrial City. Shipping, sugar and timber have all been the source of employment. All that you would associate with the Industrial Revolution - Mills, Chimneys and the Cotton trade had no connection.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
No, not thinking of mills and chimneys, necessarily--note my very pre-Industrial Revolution examples--but certainly industrial, and by the nature of sizable cities with people living in close quarters and with the side-products of their industry, an argument can be made for dirty. It's not a slam...it's just the condition of cities that are alive. Here's a quotation, by the way, from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: The industrial revolution in England had by the beginning...
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