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Re: England's Thames Path: Kew Palace

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating stop! As I seem to recall, George was one of your ancestors? Do I remember this correctly?
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Re: England's Thames Path: Kew Palace

PortMoresby ·
"...George was one of your ancestors?" No, though no doubt related somehow. But he is a favorite, seems kinder & more interesting than most of them.
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Re: England’s Thames Path: Kew Gardens

George G. ·
My wife Diane and I spent almost an entire day at Kew Gardens. So much natural beauty to see. We arrived from central London at the Kew Station in mid-morning and didn't leave until almost dusk. At one time our son had a possibility of being transferred to London and I recommended getting a place in the Kew Garden area for the beauty and quiet. One of my photos from Kew.
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Re: Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

DrFumblefinger ·
Love seeing birds in large flocks, like you experienced here! Wonderful experience!
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Re: Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

Marilyn Jones ·
Lovely photos...I would love to visit here!
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Re: Congratulations to Ian Cook!

Travel Luver ·
Great photo! Congratulations.
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Re: How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

DrFumblefinger ·
Sometimes when I'm in Vancouver I head to Canada Place to watch the cruise ships coming and going. You actually get to see the belly of the ship being loaded. The dozens of palates of food that go on is amazing. Would you have thought a cruise ship would consume 3 massive containers of potatoes in a week? 2 of onions? Might even have been more, that's all I saw. It is truly a model of efficiency.
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Re: Midland Provincial Park, Alberta

GarryRF ·
My Grand Father worked in UK Coalmines around the 1900s . Stories he could tell were both amazing and scarey. Miners were exempt from War Service during WW1 as they supplied an "Essential Service". Women were employed at the Mines but never went below ground. Mules were used below ground - pulling bogeys - and never came back to the surface during their lives.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
I've often advised travelers with jam-packed itineraries to step back and leave themselves time to take a walk in a park or sit there a while, experiencing what the locals see and do. That is absolutely excellent advice. I hope that most people were wise enough to take your advice. Many of my best trip memories are made of such stuff. Thank you so much, PHeymont, for this walk in the park. It is just what my jangled nerves needed today.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I suspect a walk in the park is a habit acquired over time and familiarity with a place. I have a feeling, too, that the urge to go at top speed is the initial and overriding one. Or is it years and not travel experience that slows us down enough for such places to finally come into focus? Looking back over the decades I think maybe it's the latter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think people's perspectives and priorities change with time. For example, I care little about a bar or nightlife scene in most of my destinations nowadays; that mattered more to me when I was much younger. I have always loved walking in parks because of the beautiful gardens, etc. But I think i'm much more into people watching in these places than I used to be. One of my favorite places to visit is the provincial park a short block from my home. It's grand to go for a walk in it, see...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
Maybe travel advice of the very concrete sort then, hotels, trains, etc. is the most satisfying for all concerned. A suggestion to slow down just may not compute, something for each of us to discover on our own. So PHeymont may be preaching to the choir...may he continue.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Good advice is good advice. People can accept it or ignore it. I'm all for freedom of choice. But sometimes an alternative needs to be presented in a clear way, as PHeymont has nicely done in this piece.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I don't disagree. Just pointing out the nature of human beings and, like world peace, we can wish for it while not actually expecting everyone to join in. But lessons are learned from war too and how would we feel about every tourist in town flocking to OUR park.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
I've mentioned in other pages that I love wide open spaces - like the State Delaware Park - but the designer of New York Central Park rung a Bell with me. Frederick Olmsted came to Liverpool to check out the "Peoples Garden" and he wrote in 1850 : "Five minutes of admiration, and a few more spent studying the manner in which art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty, and I was ready to admit that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
It is clear that the "dumb" animals always seem to know the best places to hang out. We can never have enough parks. Nice to read that Frederick Olmsted also knew a good park when he saw one. Thanks for that info GarryRF
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Garry's note about Olmsted's travels (and he was quite a traveler) set me off on a quick look to find the park he was referring to (which I didn't; apparently "people's garden" was a description rather than a name?) and found that Liverpool has more parks and especially top-class parks than any British city besides London. The article also mentioned that for reasons of health—and keeping social unrest down—the city commissioners set out on a park-building spree starting about 1833. Many...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Even a certain similarity of shape...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
Another Park from the 1850s. People would escape Liverpool for the day and travel north to Hesketh Park. 20 minutes on the train. This is taken in Mid-Winter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Grouchy Gumbo: The last pic is of my cousin Priscilla, who lives in Prospect Park. I see that you gave her a little gnosh. Not that she needs it. She seems to be putting on a little extra "winter coat" this year. She has a fine home. I would really like to visit the park sometime. Grouchy, I'm curious how a squirrel manages long distance travel to visit relatives. Maybe you can enlighten us mere mortals.
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New gonzo cruise ship even has sky-diving!

PHeymont ·
In the race to think up more features to add to cruise ships, Royal Caribbean is looking up...with a top-deck skydiving simulator on its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which has just started operating out of the New York area. Would you believe...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 13, 2014: Gödöllő

PortMoresby ·
  The Royal Palace of Gödöllő sits on the outskirts of Budapest and it was there I was taken one day by streetcar from the center of the city by dear friend, Zoli.  A serious photographer with a wonderful eye, he and I walked all...
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How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

PHeymont ·
Today's (Mar 22) NY Times has a fascinating article on the "backstage" operation involved in getting 6000 passengers off a ship, washing 93,000 pounds of linens, loading up all the food and water, and getting the next 6000 passengers out to...
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Cruise lines drop Puerta Vallarta over violence

PHeymont ·
Recent street fights between armed drug gangs and Mexican police and troops in Puerta Vallarta have cancelled several cruise's port calls, and curtailed others.   Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, Disney's Wonder and Celebrity's Infinity have...
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Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines, a lover and documenter of nature, continues her journey of discovery in England with a stop at the Snettisham Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve.
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Congratulations to Ian Cook!

DrFumblefinger ·
Ian Cook's evocative B&W photo of the Anderton Boat Lift has been accepted by the Royal Photographic Society for inclusion in an upcoming exhibition tour. Congratulations, Ian!
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December 26, 2019: Stockholm Concert Hall

DrFumblefinger ·
Stockholm's Royal Concert Hall is home to the Royal Stockholm Philaharmonic Orchestra, as well as the venue for the annual Nobel Prize Ceremony every December.
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May 28, 2020: The Barbican, Krakow

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the Barbican, an old fortified structure that was part of Krakow's medieval defensive wall.
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Cruise News: the biggest and the other biggest

PHeymont ·
There's news this week about two "biggest" ships. One is the Allure of the Seas, biggest cruise liner afloat, and the other is a ship under construction, but so far without a name that will be the largest square-rigger sailing ship ever built. Royal...
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Erika Update: Storm causes cruise changes and cancellations

PHeymont ·
Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded, but her effect on the Caribbean cruise industry continues, bringing changes to cruise itineraries, and cancelling some port calls, although some cruises are now slated to resume their original plans.  ...
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International incident: France attacks Italy's Nutella!

PHeymont ·
"Tartine de Nutella"—Breakfast for France?               Photo: A. Kniesel / Wikimedia   While most observers of international relations have been focused on the issue of Greece, and whether it will remain...
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Paris mayor gets power to ban traffic when pollution peaks

PHeymont ·
A horrific spike in air pollution in Paris Monday has led to the national Ecology Minister, Segoline Royal, granting Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo the power to impose traffic bans when pollution is high.   Royale had previously held on to that power,...
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The Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta (Where Gumbo was #259)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the fabulous Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. The Museum is home to the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world. A fascinating destination for the entire family.
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Luxury Train Trips are the Best Way to Explore India

Rajiv Varma ·
India is teeming with a plenitude of palaces, historical monuments, picturesque destinations and magnificent sites. The smooth flight connections make it hassle-free for the travelers to marvel all of them in less time. However, there are those wanderers who love the journey more than the destinations. If you too are a devotee of the scenes passing by in your journey, then manifold your experience by traveling in any of the luxury trains. Be it the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels or the Maharajas...
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January 6, 2017: Tyne Anew, Royal Quays Marina, England.

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook introduces us to this monumental sculpture by Mark di Suvero that stands as a beacon at the Royal Quays Marina in Newcastle.
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England's Thames Path: Kew Palace

PortMoresby ·
On the final day of this walk along the River Thames, PortMoresby pays a visit to Kew Palace, one of a number of fascinating attractions located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, just outside central London.
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England’s Thames Path: Kew Gardens

PortMoresby ·
After walking beside the River Thames for 3 days, PortMoresby ends this section of path by visiting 2 favorites in Kew Gardens.
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HMY Britannia.

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook takes us on a phototour of the retired Royal Yacht Britannia, and provides a detailed account of her design and distinguished service to Great Britain.
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Midland Provincial Park, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits Midland Provincial Park, situated near both the city of Drumheller and the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum. It was once the site of a large coal mine and an interpretative trail takes one through the history of coal mining in the region.
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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park - Our Thrilling Visit Part 1

Samantha ·
Samantha shares part 1 of her thrilling visit to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park near Canon City, Colorado.
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The Stockholm Cathedral (Where Gumbo was #344)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the historic Cathedral of Stockholm's old city, Gamla Stan. The church is built immediately adjacent to the Royal Palace complex.
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April 29, 2019: Reflections of Toronto

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares some features of downtown as seen in the reflections of its modern skyscrapers.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 19, 2013: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Calgary, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
  With the exception of its red Maple Leaf, I don't think there's any Canadian symbol more iconic than its Mounties.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are Canada's national police force and have a history dating to the days of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 5, 2014: Flowers in Oslo

PHeymont ·
Flowers brighten the traffic islands at a number of Oslo's busy downtown intersections. We stood next to this one, near the National Theatre, for quite a while, waiting for our tram. This area is in the center of Oslo, a short walk from cultural...
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Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
I've often advised travelers with jam-packed itineraries to step back and leave themselves time to take a walk in a park or sit there a while, experiencing what the locals see and do. When we travel, it's one of our favorite things to do (we even...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 9, 2014: Garden of the Palais Royale, Paris

PHeymont ·
These well-behaved trees provide a shady refuge in summer heat in the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris. Beyond the alley of trees, the gardens contain a well-manicured lawn surrounded by riotous flower beds. The palace stands at one end, and the rest...
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Empress of Seas cancels a month of cruises

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean's updates and upgrades on Empress of the Seas have taken longer than expected, forcing cancellation of April and May cruises.
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High-speed WiFi spreading at sea, some free

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are both rolling out new high-speed WiFi services...but they come with a price.
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Royal Caribbean may cruise to Cuba this summer

PHeymont ·
Royal Caribbean's CEO semi-announces the line's plans for cruises to Cuba.
 
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