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Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
In July 2006 I gave in to curiosity and realized my ambition to visit West Greenland.  I returned 6 times in the next 8 years!  I knew that about 10% of the world’s freshwater was sitting on Greenland with the capacity to raise...
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Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Racing_snake ·
Part I covered three Greenlandic towns I have visited but my real passion is being out in West Greenland’s wilderness.  So this part is about what it has to offer those willing to get out there on foot and under canvas!    I...
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Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

PHeymont ·
Many Americans (myself included) are thinking much more seriously now about visiting Cuba with the relaxed process. But don't expect it to be smooth yet—veteran traveler Brian Kelly, who runs  ThePointsGuy  (an extremely useful site...
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Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

PortMoresby ·
  Gateway to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas     March 9, 2015   In the late ‘80s, I lived in L.A. for a couple of years.  My S.O. knew lots of cool L.A. stuff.  One of those was something he’d read that...
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Road Trip, Day 2: Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden

PortMoresby ·
    March 10, 2015   I woke the first morning of my visit along the Northern California coast at a friend’s house in the village of Elk.  I was alone, the kitchen toasty warm from the fire Jane had made for me before leaving...
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Road Trip, More Day 2: Point Cabrillo Light Station

PortMoresby ·
  Not quite recovered from the long drive the day before, and having just walked a couple of miles around the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, had I realized the extent of the hike required to get to and from the the lighthouse at Point...
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AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PHeymont ·
The time has come for the next step in the 15-month-old merger of American Airlines and USAir: merger of the USAir Dividend Miles program into American's AAdvantage. All USAir accounts will be frozen on Thursday, Mar. 26 for the transfer; anyone...
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Why You should visit Nevada's Valley of Fire

DrFumblefinger ·
    Tired of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas?  Had enough of the concrete canyons and smoked filled casinos of Sin City?  Not sure if it's day or night (there are no clocks allowed in Vegas casinos)?  Then you should do...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 27, 2015: Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Garden

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the prettiest cottages anywhere, dating to the 15th century, is just a mile from Stratford on Avon.  Anne Hathaway lived in this 12 room home as a child.  She is best known for being the wife of the bard, William Shakespeare,...
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Coast-to-coast road trip...without a driver

PHeymont ·
Well, sort of without a driver. Delphi Automotive had a driver on board its highly-automated Audi S5, but only to a) satisfy local laws, and b) help out a bit less than 1% of the time as the Audi SQ5 which was chosen for its looks. Delphi added the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 13, 2015: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
  Located on the west side of Kauai, Waimea Canyon stretches 14 miles long, is one mile wide, and is more than 3,600 feet deep.  These photos were taken from the Waimea Canyon Lookout (elevation 3,400 feet) which  provides these...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 24, 2015: Where is Apache Trail??

Dr.Y ·
Located at the northeastern edge of greater Phoenix area, the Apache Trail was recommended by our friend as Arizona’s oldest and most scenic driving trail. The winding 40 mile road takes you through the magnificent scenery of sometime steep...
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Silk Road becomes the Silk Railway

PHeymont ·
There's a new long-distance champ for rail routes: an 8,077-mile run from Yiwu, China to Madrid, Spain. The first trip took 3 weeks, but that may improve as time goes on. The route will be run twice a month for now, connecting the biggest...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, April 10, 2015: A glance down the Jurassic coast

Mac ·
Heading west along the Jurassic coast road from Weymouth, Dorset, the road rises steeply up the hill which rises above the Tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury. Stopping for a moment to look back, there is a breathtaking view that encompasses much of Lyme...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, April 24, 2015: Cliffs at West Bay

Mac ·
Part way along Dorset's 95 mile long World Heritage 'Jurassic Coast' we reach West Bay that nestles under these magnificent 500 foot high cliffs that glow orange in the lowering sun. These cliffs are relatively fragile and undergo frequent rock falls...
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Amtrak's Auto Train - Relax your way to Sunshine

Jonathan L ·
There is a rhythm to train travel that is different. This is especially true when you are taking a train for a long distance. I recently took a round trip excursion on Amtrak’s Auto Train. And it immediately reminded me why I enjoy train travel...
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Istanbul: Cruising the Bosphorus

PHeymont ·
One of the classics for visitors to Istanbul—and for quite a few Istanbulis as well—is a cruise up the Bosphorus, the 19-mile strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and ultimately the Mediterranean. The Bosphorus is more...
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American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PHeymont ·
American and USAir have just notified their frequent flier program members (AAdvantage and Dividend Miles) of more detailed plans for merging the two plans, including a date: 2nd quarter of 2015, as well as details of the merger plan.   All USAir...
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Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
  There are a lot of famous road trips in the USA, like California's Pacific Coast Highway and Montana's Going to the Sun Highway .  One of the best known drives in America is scenic 17-Mile Drive (actually distance depends on how you...
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Historic Route 66 (pt 2) - Needles CA to Flagstaff AZ

Jonathan L ·
Leaving Needles CA, I drove a route that is a MUST DRIVE if you are the kind of person that loves road trips. The main portion of my day was spent on the longest continuous stretch of the original Route 66 that is still in place - From Topock AZ to...
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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge – The Creepy and the Miraculous

GutterPup ·
By JP Chartier If you follow Interstate 275 south through the city of St. Petersburg, Florida until you run out of land, you’ll be greeted by a gentle slope of road that seemingly rises from the waters of the Tampa Bay. This...
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A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

NonstopFromJFK ·
A few weekends ago, my fiancé, my best friend and I decided to go to Philly for an overnight trip. Our goal for the weekend was to see all the touristy parts of Philadelphia.   When we got to Philly from NYC, we headed straight for the L...
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Historic Route 66 (pt 3) - Flagstaff to Gallup

Jonathan L ·
The next leg of my trip was the shortest distance I had to drive, but it took the longest time. There was a lot to see along the way.   Flagstaff AZ I was last in Flagstaff 20 years ago. It was a dismal depressed town in which nothing was...
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Gulangyu Island

PortMoresby ·
  Early in my Gumbo career, I wrote about the big mud apartment blocks, called tulou, in the hill tribe region of southern China, photos of which compelled me to travel to Fujian Province.  The route to the tulou went from San Francisco to...
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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

DrFumblefinger ·
  Much like lei made of tropical blossoms, or Dole pineapples, Mauna Loa macadamia nuts have long been a symbol of Hawaii for me.  As a child I recall family friends returning to the frozen White North from Hawaii, bringing small cans of...
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Brooklyn's Prospect Park Greenmarket

PHeymont ·
By a quick count, I’ve photographed markets in nearly three dozen cities in the U.S. and Europe; they’ve often appeared here on TravelGumbo. And yet the market I visit most often, and where my wife shops almost weekly, hasn’t found...
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Japan's mag-lev bullet train sets new 375mph record

PHeymont ·
Magnetic levitation trains—a staple of my childhood Popular Science reading—have not only become reality, they're setting new speed records. Japan's newest "bullet train" line, from Tokyo to Nagoya, is testing its first stretches, and hit...
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Death Valley National Park

My Thatched Hut ·
Death Valley is one of the most desolate place I have been. Others include central Greenland and the Dead Sea. Death Valley is the lowest place in the western hemisphere at 282 feet (86 metres) below sea level. The Dead Sea in Israel is 1,370...
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Fort Barrancas Has it All: Cannons, Gun Turrets,Tunnels and Great Views

Travel Rob ·
Fort Barrancas is located within the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. You have to show your drivers license, or other ID, to enter the base. It sits on the barranca ,or bluff, overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. This National Historic Landmark...
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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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Ireland's Answer to NY High Line: 16-mile path to the sea

PHeymont ·
Scheduled to open in 2017, Ireland's gift to cyclists and hikers uses an abandoned rail  line from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen along the wild and scenic Kerry coastline in remote south-west Ireland. It crosses Gleesk Viaduct, and gives views of...
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Yellowstone National Park in Winter

59nationalparks ·
Seeing all fifty-nine national parks was never a dream of ours--especially not in fifty-nine weeks.  We'd call it more of a whim, an impulse or an inspiration.  Going to Yellowstone National Park in the winter was something we had...
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"Astro-Tourism" takes off in Chilean desert

PHeymont ·
A new form of tourism, traveling to places with sufficiently clear night skies for astronomy, has developed in recent years, and one of its hottest spots is the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, which has unpolluted clear dry air and no nearby cities...
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Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

Nate Alger ·
Nate shares one of his favorite hikes, the famous Angel's Landing trail in beautiful Zion National Park.
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Back to Oaxaca: Sunday Market, Tlacolula

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby winds up another month-long visit in southern Mexico at the famous Sunday market in Tlacolula.
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Crackpot Hall, Yorkshire Dales

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares some great photos and the history of Crackpot Hall.
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Star Alliance contest with million-mile prize

PHeymont ·
Your favorite cultural experiences could earn you a bonanza in frequent flier points.
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May 25, 2017: Superior Entry Lighthouse, Superior, Wisconsin

Ottoman ·
This interesting and attractive lighthouse has stood guard protecting ships entering and exiting Superior Bay since 1913.
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Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#221)

Travel Rob ·
Use the clues and your wits to find where Gumbo is hiding this week! Clues are posted daily, so keep checking in!
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June 5 , 2017: Illuminart 2017, Montreal

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows us a beautiful display of outdoor light art in Montreal.
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Yellowstone, Finale

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby's tale of a visit to Yellowstone comes to an end with an appreciation of six days she'll never forget.
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Dubai Marina: a Gallery

DrFumblefinger ·
A lovely new cluster of skyscrapers built on what was once a stretch of sandy desert, it's hard not to be impressed with the vision of the people who constructed the Dubai Marina.
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Is this the world's most dangerous hotel?

PHeymont ·
A surprising demand for tours of the area devastated by a nuclear power plant explosion in 1986 has led the Ukraine government to open a new hostel.
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Norway to build a tunnel for ships

PHeymont ·
Norway will undertake an unusual project: A ship tunnel to bypass a peninsula that's noted for some of the most dangerous waters on the coast.
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Bombay Beach, CA : Where Gumbo Was (#214)

Travel Rob ·
Gumbo was found in the unique desert community of Bombay Beach in California
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Apr. 20, 2017: World's Longest Train Journey?

GarryRF ·
A new rail route provides the first-ever direct service between England and eastern China.
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May 6, 2017: Post Office, Nuwara Eliya

DrFumblefinger ·
A visit to the historic Victorian era post office in Sri Lanka's mountain town of Nuwara Eliya, also known as "Little England."
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June 9, 2017: Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.

Ian Cook ·
Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire, a beautiful cascading waterfall, is the subject of Ian Cook's Pic of the Day.
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JetBlue, Icelandair partner up frequent-flier plans

PHeymont ·
JetBlue and Icelandair passengers can now earn loyalty points on each other's flights, with a double-points bonus through July 7.
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