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Re: November 30, 2016: The Guggenheim Museum, New York

PHeymont ·
I'm not a big fan of the Guggenheim's collection, but i do love the building, and wonder why it hasn't become the template for many others. Quite aside from its own beauty, it seems one of the best ways to display art. I'm often frustrated in museums by a labyrinth of rooms, not always well laid out, that keep me from back-tracking to reconsider a painting I'd passed in light of ones I saw further on. The spiral solves that brilliantly. In 1962, my uncle, a painter, took me there to see an...
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Re: November 30, 2016: The Guggenheim Museum, New York

DrFumblefinger ·
Mr. Wright was a genius. A beautiful use of space, nicely illustrated, Jonathan. This is actually one of those places I've yet to visit and hope to some day.
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Re: Frank Lloyd Wright's Nathan Moore House (Where Gumbo Was, #121)

Samantha ·
Thanks for the informational post. I have always liked Wrights work. We will be in Chicago next year and this would be great to see. Thanks again for the pictures.
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Re: On the Beach: A sculptural homage to La Barceloneta (Where Gumbo Was #34)

Jonathan L ·
I love Barceloneta, and I do believe I emailed the correct answer. On to #35.
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Re: On the Beach: A sculptural homage to La Barceloneta (Where Gumbo Was #34)

PHeymont ·
Jonathan L did indeed identify the location...the e-mail was overlooked while writing the report!
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Re: 100 Years of Flight in Kitty Hawk, NC

DrFumblefinger ·
I empathize with your rainy, muddy experience. That is no fun. As I recall, Kitty Hawk is also very windy, one of the reasons the Wright brothers chose it. They knew if they could fly their plane into the wind for some distance, no one could challenge the fact that they had flown a heavier than air machine. I regard this as one of the greatest stories of the 20th century. Two creative guys from a bicycle shop in the midwest designed and developed a successful flying machine. It didn't take a...
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Re: 100 Years of Flight in Kitty Hawk, NC

Samantha ·
Thanks for the comment guys. It has been a while and I did forget to mention the fact that the Wright Brothers were workers in a bicycle shop which makes their story even more amazing! As always DrFumblefinger, thanks for the input
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Re: Books That Send You Packing...

Former Member ·
There are so very many great travel tales. I am partial to non-fiction. I enjoy reading well researched, historical accounts of the human drama that is within the scenery. I enjoy writing that gives a strong sense of place and context to what I see. " The Old Patagonian Express " by Paul Theroux " The Pillars of Hercules " by Paul Theroux " Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey to Peru " by Ronald Wright " Basin and Range " by John McPhee " Two Years Before the Mast " by Richard Henry Dana,...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 11, 2013: Frank Lloyd Wright's Rookery Lobby

Former Member ·
Talk about your Do Over ! What a great lobby. We will definitely try to take a tour of the rookery when we are in the area.
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Re: Philly's "Rocky Steps" Endangered?

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont, as any true fan of the Rocky movies knows, the first time Rocky tackles the steps he does not run. He ascends them at the speed of a sick sloth climbing a tree. The running comes after he has trained for his title fight with Apollo Creed. I think it is the transformation that appeals to many of the movies fans. I'd kind of like these steps preserved, part of Philly and movie culture.
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Re: Philly's "Rocky Steps" Endangered?

PHeymont ·
Believe it or not, I'm one of the few people around who has not seen Rocky, or any of the sequels! So now I know...
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Re: Philly's "Rocky Steps" Endangered?

Travel Rob ·
What's amazing to me, more than Rocky, was how it came about. Sylvester Stallone turned down big money for his script because Hollywood wanted it without him being Rocky. And he was broke at the time. He stuck to his guns and eventually got to star in Rocky, becoming a huge movie star. Incredible that he had that much confidence in himself. http://www.philly.com/philly/b...-could-be-Rocky.html
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#51)

Lynn Millar ·
Hidden in the words - not necessarily what she/he is most famous for - Wright? Morgan? Gaudi? (only more unusual architects I can think of - 'architect' is valid).
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

DrFumblefinger ·
It is truly a remarkable and unique skyline. I think Gehry's new building is brilliant. While some of his other buildings seem a little precious, I tend to enjoy his style. But this one's a stand out.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

PortMoresby ·
I've said it here before and I'll say it again, I love Gehry's buildings. Whether one is a fan of all of them, or not, it's an amazing thing to perceive such seemingly static materials used in such a visually malleable way. Almost reverting to a tribal sensibility when fabric was the stuff of shelter, the most exciting tent wins. I'm surprised more of his influence hasn't been expressed by others. Or in domestic architecture. Maybe some day. Or maybe they have and I just haven't seen them...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

Jonathan L ·
You may have noticed that NYC has 2 areas of very tall buildings - The Battery/Financial District and Midtown, separated by an large area where building height is limited. This was not just due to zoning. The reason is geological. The bedrock is very close to the surface in Midtown and Battery so there is support for very tall buildings. However, From 34th street down to Canal the bedrock is much deeper and the ground is more sandy/gravely, so it was unsafe to build tall buildings in area.
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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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Cruise to set sail with unknown itinerary

PHeymont ·
One of the great perks of a good road trip is not knowing where you'll stop along the way...just where you start and where you end (and sometimes, not even that!) So how about a 10-day cruise on a luxury ship where all you know is where it sales from...
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10-min. Vienna-Bratislava flight cut short

PHeymont ·
  Sorry about the pun, but it appears that FlyNiki, an AirBerlin subsidiary, has cancelled plans to move part of its operation from Vienna to Bratislava and connect the two bases with an air shuttle.    The flights, which would have...
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From the Shoebox, a Gallery of Details

PHeymont ·
The pictures in this gallery are mainly architectural details—rooflines, entrances, windows—noticed in years of walking in cities and having my eye caught by a strong line, an unexpected contrast, an extended shape...I don't even always...
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Gold Country, California: The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

PortMoresby ·
  I thought this series about Gold Country was done.  But I realize now that may not be true for some time.  About 6 months ago, wanting to replace the wood stove in my house that was installed when the house was built in 1978, I called...
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Scottsdale By the Numbers

Marilyn Jones ·
Scottsdale Attractions:          1) Hot Air Expeditions: Start your day in a hot air balloon soaring over the desert with the sun creeping over the mountains.         2) Taliesin West : Frank Lloyd...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 28, 2015: Rookery, Chicago

PHeymont ·
  View looking up through the ornamental stairs of the Rookery building's lobby in Chicago. The Rookery is the product of an unusual architectural "collaboration." The quotes are because the original 1886 building, a masterpiece by Daniel Burnham...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 23, 2015: The 1903 Wright Flyer, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Ottoman ·
  I heard a joke once that said "Y'know the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.?  They actually have stuff in there!"  Case-in-point, the 1903 Wright Flyer.  Many reproductions of the Wright Flyer have been made, but this is...
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Smart marketing: publisher targeting Wright Brothers book at airports

PHeymont ·
David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer winner in history, has a new book out highlighting the Wright Brothers and the beginning of commercial aviation--and they're aiming distribution at the people assumed to be most interested in the subject: air...
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No "Love" in this battle for Dallas airport gates

PHeymont ·
Southwest, which already controlled 16 of the 20 gate spots at Love Field, Dallas' second airport, has been approved to buy two more from United, in a move that could freeze Delta out altogether.   The gate slots are highly prized because the...
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Museums of Buffalo and Corning, New York

Jonathan L ·
At the end of Jonathan L's recent trip along the Erie Canal, he found time to take in a selection of upstate museums, and he shares them here.
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November 12, 2017: Twilight at Frank Lake

Pierre Renault ·
Here is a shot of a starry night, with a storm cloud brewing on the horizon. Photo was taken at Frank Lake, east of High River. A meteor can be seen streaking by in the distance, something I did not see until post processing! Fast little devils they are!
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Aviation history: 100 years of air traffic control

PHeymont ·
100 years ago this week, the world's first air traffic control tower went live in a shed at Britain's Croydon Airport.
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Barcelona's "Other Architect"

PHeymont ·
Almost everyone who visits Barcelona goes knowing a little about Antonio Gaudi, the “moderniste” architect of the Sagrada Familia basilica and a host of unusual early 20th century buildings. Those who don’t soon find out that Gaudi...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 21, 2015: Clemenceau in the Wind

PHeymont ·
    This statue of Georges Clemenceau, is one of my favorite Paris statues, not least because it embodies none of the heroic classicism that tends to make the person being honored seem a concept rather than a person. Here, no matter what the...
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Chicago's History Museum knows the city's story

PHeymont ·
When it comes to the great Chicago Fire of 1871, seen in a diorama above, the Chicago History Museum knows all about it: The museum, founded in 1856, was destroyed in the fire and had to start again from scratch—only to burn again in 1874....
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Opéra Garnier - Opera House in Paris

Samantha ·
As one of the most famous opera houses in the world, and a symbol of Paris, we definitely had to see the Opéra Garnier on one of our trips to Paris . It was originally called the Salle des Capucines, because of its location on the Boulevard...
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London's Battersea Power Station gets flashy neighbors

PHeymont ·
A raft of new buildings, including efforts by A-list architects such as Norman Foster and Frank Gehry will soon be going up around London's Battersea Power Station, seen below. After years of plans that have fallen through, this one appears to be...
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Nathan Moore House (Where Gumbo Was, #121)

PHeymont ·
This is a tale of one architect, one owner and two houses on the same foundation. It's also, because it's about Frank Lloyd Wright, a tale of a man who really liked to have his way, and resented it when his equally stubborn rich clients got...
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December 10, 2017: Sunrise over Frank Lake

Pierre Renault ·
Pierre Renault shares a lovely prairie sunrise....
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Chihuly Glass and Gardens, Seattle Washington

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L visits Dale Chihuly's museum of blown glass in Seattle WA
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There's nothing like a road trip

Marilyn Jones ·
Travel writer Marilyn Jones takes us along on a road trip, and test-drives a new car.
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June 10, 2018: Birds at Frank Lake

Pierre Renault ·
Frank Lake is a bird sanctuary south of Calgary. Pierre Renault shares some of the phots he recently took here.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

PHeymont ·
Lower Manhattan, arguably the original home of the skyscraper, has seen its profile altered over the years by new buildings of varying size and quality. In the past half-dozen years, two new and very tall ones have taken the trend in different...
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Manhattan from the Other Shore

PHeymont ·
Manhattan's skyline is constantly, although the changes are not always instantly obvious, at least not so much as the change between the city's days as a port where the ships lined the shore and the growth of huge buildings clustered together in their...
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On the Beach: A sculptural homage to La Barceloneta (Where Gumbo Was #34)

PHeymont ·
The Gumbo gang did a number on this one: the answer came in pieces from Still Country Photo who placed it in Barcelona, Jonathan L who suggested Spain or Catalonia, and from PortMoresby who identified it as the sculpture  Homentage a la...
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KLM at 95: World's oldest airline celebrates

PHeymont ·
KLM started flying in 1919, just 16 years after the Wright Brothers, and is now the oldest carrier flying. The few older starts that survived have become part of other carriers. The airline is celebrating with special paint jobs, a new lounge at...
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Philly's "Rocky Steps" Endangered?

PHeymont ·
A major expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, whose steps are the scene of Rocky Balboa's training runs in the movies and one of Philly's most popular tourist spots, may lead to a major modification or even removal of the steps.  ...
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Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago

Samantha ·
On a visit to Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry wasn't at the top of Samantha's list...but now it might be. Here's her report!
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France builds world's first 'solar highway'

PHeymont ·
A 2-year test will determine whether covering highways with solar panels is a useful way to produce clean electricity.
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A Rambler in Valparaiso, Chile

PHeymont ·
A ramble with PHeymont through Chile's historic premier port city, now reviving commercially and as a tourism destination.
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November 30, 2016: The Guggenheim Museum, New York

Jonathan L ·
Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic spiral ramp identifies the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, and Jonathan L revisits it to show us how well it works.
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Learning to fly the Wright way

PHeymont ·
Here's your chance to learn to fly the glider the Wright Brothers few before they added an engine.
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Super-long flights: Can the pilots do it?

PHeymont ·
Qantas' plan for nearly 24-hour flights must take into account legal and physical limits on aircraft crew—a big question mark for the project.
 
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