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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

PHeymont ·
Thanks for letting me as close as I'll probably get to the tramp steamer fantasy so many of us grew up with--and which is now, apparently, more civilized than in the fantasies...but still with an edge of danger.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

Travel Rob ·
Great piece and great photos!That way of travel appeals to me a lot more than a luxury cruise ship. Thanks for taking us along the adventure.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

Theodore Behr ·
That's an amazing story! I love that scene from Lawrence Of Arabia and can see why it'd make you wanna go.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

JohnT ·
Thats a fantastic perspective and life experience. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

PortMoresby ·
A sad addendum, "our" Lawrence, Peter O'Toole, has died in London at the age of 81. One of my very favorites for all time, the movie and the actor. RIP "Orence".
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

DrFumblefinger ·
CNN highlighted Lawrence of Arabia as one of the most influential travel films of all time. Anyone who's seen it will know why. Here's a link to their brief tribute to Mr. O'Toole.
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Re: Island Air: Even Billionaires Get Airline Blues

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by CICAK: Billionaires are made, not born. Many billionaires are self-made, Cicak. Many are born into their wealth. I'm thinking here of the likes of the Mars family (of chocolate fame) and Walton family (Walmart), as well as hundreds of Saudi princes to name just some. I have no problem with people getting rich either way. I think those who earn the wealth often seem more content, but I could be wrong.
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Re: A Visit to Saudi Arabia: Part II

kerouac2 ·
Very interesting to see this report since I worked for a Saudi company from 1978 to 2013 but I think I made my list trip there around 2005 or so -- things have changed quite a bit! Here's an example of how downtown Jeddah looked in 1979.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow! Thanks for this fascinating contribution, Lestertheinvestor. I was exhausted just from reading the directions for applying for the visa. It is quite obvious that Saudi Arabia doesn't want infidels visiting them. A few questions you might know the answer to: 1) Is the process stream-lined for a Muslim wanting to go to Mecca, and what kind of proof do they need to have that they're a Muslim? 2) Do you have any rough idea how many hours you spent on this process? Ball-park guess would do.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
Originally Posted by Travel Luver: What a bureaucratic nightmare! I wonder if there are countries that make it harder to visit than this one? My wife and I have visited 119 countries, with China, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia the most challenging to enter.
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Re: Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, February 27, 2015: Postcards from Morocco - the camel train at sunset

DrFumblefinger ·
I believe we will call you "Mac of Arabia" from now on. Another excellent image, my friend, thanks!
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Re: Hang around in Morocco....

DrFumblefinger ·
I agree with Rob. I was expecting to see Lawrence of Arabia cruise by on a camel!
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The Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset

Mac ·
Almost unsure whether this constitutes a Travel Gumbo "travel" post, I press ahead with my submission and await rapped knuckles from the Senior Gurus! But, first I will bring the big guns to bear with the help of Brad Pitt and his Sherman tank from...
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So, what’s it worth ?

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares a discussion and thoughts on the value of things using a memorable experience in Yemen.
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Mideast laptop ban easing fast

PHeymont ·
The weeks-old ban on anything bigger than a cellphone in passenger cabins on flights to the U.S. from the Middle East has been relaxed for more carriers.
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November 27, 2017: The Burj Al Arabia, Dubai

DrFumblefinger ·
One of the great luxury hotels of the worlds, the Burj Al Arab has become an iconic symbol of modern Dubai.
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Shaza Hotels: Experience Middle-Eastern Luxury, Comfort & Class

Shaza Hotels (Guest) ·
Sponsored content about a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia.
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World's largest hotel to open in 2017

DrFumblefinger ·
  Do you love large resorts, with thousands of rooms and lots of amenities?   We've got good and bad news for you.   The good news is that a 10,000 room luxurious hotel complex is scheduled to open in 2017.  The bad news is...
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Saudi Arabia opens new Airport in Medina

DrFumblefinger ·
    Saudi Arabia has opened a brand new airport in Medina, just in time for the Hajj.   Saudi King Salman opened the Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport, the country's first airport constructed and operated entirely by...
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Saudi King and His 700 person Entourage Draw Mixed Reaction in France

Travel Rob ·
              French Patisserie, Cassis by IslandMan   King Salman of Saudi Arabia will be arriving in France with a 1000 person entourage. He and his inner circle will...
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Saudi King Leaves France Early

Travel Rob ·
After a few days in France, Saudi  Arabia's King Salman left the French Riveria , and headed for Morocco ,with 500 of his entourage. His vacation in France was supposed to last three weeks, but had much...
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Best and Worst airports list for 2015

PHeymont ·
Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Paris-Beauvais, France and Laguardia in New York City top (or is it bottom?) the shame list for airports in the world, Europe and North America this year on a recent survey. At the other end of the scale, congratulations to...
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Clouds Hill - home of Lawrence of Arabia

Mac ·
T E Lawrence - British soldier, writer, historian, leader of men - was a man of contradictions. He became a celebrity in the 1920s when his heroism and charisma in the Arab campaigns of 1914-18 war caught the public imagination, earning him the title...
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Max Gate - home of British author Thomas Hardy

Mac ·
Few English authors have such strong associations with the heritage of their local area  as Thomas Hardy, the internationally renowned author of Dorset, England. His books 'Under the Greenwood Tree', 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' and 'Far from the...
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Saudi Arabia now promoting tourism

PHeymont ·
In a move to reduce dependence on an oil-based economy, Saudi Arabia has resumed issuing tourist visas and is looking to increase visits.
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Mall of the Emirates

DrFumblefinger ·
We visit the Mall of the Emirates, one of the first mega-shopping malls built in Dubai and home of the world-famous indoor skiing venue, Ski Dubai.
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How bad can an airport be? Here's how...

PHeymont ·
One of the more comprehensive surveys of the world's best and worst based on an annual survey. Take a look...and help rate for next year!
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Nov. 21, 2017: Azraq Castle, Jordan

Marilyn Jones ·
Join Marilyn Jones on a visit to an ancient castle with a more recent history as the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia.
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Pizza twirling on list for 'intangible heritages'

PHeymont ·
As a UNESCO committee meets, candidates from Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and more seek spots on the heritage lists.
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Da Vinci $450 million painting in Louvre Abu Dhabi

PHeymont ·
Abu Dhabi buys the world's most expensive painting for its newly-opened branch of the Louvre.
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Camel cuties compete for Saudi royal prizes

PHeymont ·
Saudi Arabia is hosting a month-long festival and competition focusing on the historic, cultural and economic role of the 'Ship of the Desert.'
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UNESCO's new list skips World War I sites

PHeymont ·
UNESCO adds 19 new World Heritage sites, but ducks a request by France and Belgium to recognize World War I sites.
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Lawrence and the Pirates

PortMoresby ·
    Hopping a freighter isn’t what it used to be.  Which is to say it takes a great deal more planning and bother than the adventure of my imagination.  Maybe I could find a tramp freighter if hanging around in a...
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A Visit to Saudi Arabia: Part II

Lestertheinvestor ·
  By now, you should have had plenty of time to go through the application process and get your visa to visit Saudi Arabia. You are now ready to see the sites.  But--wait a moment: You aren't allowed to see the sites. Of course, you can see...
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Will Mers Affect Mideast Airlines?

Travel Rob ·
  Gumbo has reported on the major expansion of the Mideast Airlines - Emirates Airline of Dubai , Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi. Those three airlines now send nearly 120 large, new planes weekly to a growing number of American...
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A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
It is nearly impossible to visit Saudi Arabia. If you have a business there, you can travel on a business visa. If you are going to visit Mecca on a hajj (pilgrimage), you can get a visa. Otherwise, you have to be an invited guest of the government....
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Journey to Jordan: Pt. 5, Wadi Rum

Professorabe ·
In Part 5, ProfessorAbe takes us to Wadi Rum, an area so apparently barren it has doubled for Mars in movie shoots.
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Journey to Jordan: Pt. 6, Aqaba and the Dead Sea

Professorabe ·
In the final part of this series, ProfessorAbe takes us to the Dead Sea, and the port and resort city of Aqaba.
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Kasbah Aït Benhaddou – A Chapter in Moroccan History

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn Jones takes us along on a visit to a fascinating piece of Moroccan history that's also a landmark of cinema history.
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Saudi tourism may be hard to sell

PHeymont ·
Saudi Arabia is now looking for vacationers to help it shift from its oil-based economy, but it may not have instant success.
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Paris tops London for visitors

PHeymont ·
Mastercard's Global Cities Index has good news for Paris, and a list for you of cities with the most international visitors.
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Around the World in...10 low-cost airlines

PHeymont ·
The Telegraph (UK) recently sent one of its reporters, Richard Quest, on a quest to circle the globe, using only the ultra-low-cost carriers that have begun to grow out of the regional market into serious long-distance flights...but still with the same cheap-seat, tight-space, pay-extra-for-everything model. His report, which you can read HERE is a real mix of the good, the sort-of-bad and the somewhat cheesy, but he was able to make a complete circle of the globe from London for £1,653...
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Saudi Arabian Airlines to launch budget airline.

Travel Rob ·
Saudi Arabian Airlines to launch budget airline.
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World's tallest building proposed for Tokyo

PHeymont ·
Tokyo is dreaming of a mile-high tower with apartments for 55,000 people, to be built on a series of islands that are part of a flood-control system.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 3. + more cars - bikes - taxi - bus and some nice pix too.

GarryRF ·
Sounds like you'll be arriving with an open mind Tom. You need to get out into the country to get a balanced view of the Cuban people. Like English tourists who visit New York and then reckon they know all about America. Computer speeds were very slow but WiFi is moving in slowly. DrF. China has a far worse record of "Human Rights" and escapes criticism. Tibetans were killed for their religious beliefs. The Tiananmen Square massacre. Just 25 years ago. No one asks you to justify going there.
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Re: Mideast laptop ban easing fast

PHeymont ·
Update: EgyptAir was removed from the list on July 12, leaving on Royal Air Maroc and Saudi Arabian Airlines on the list of carriers whose passengers may not carry on electronics bigger than a phone. The remaining two have said that they expect their enhanced security measures to be qualified, and to be off the list by the middle of next week.
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Re: Mideast laptop ban easing fast

PHeymont ·
As of July 17, Saudi Arabia Airlines is off the list, leaving only Royal Air Maroc, which has said it expects to be cleared soon, too.
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New Saudi airport to imitate a mirage

PHeymont ·
Designed by Norman Foster, a Saudi resort is getting an airport designed to blend into the desert.
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September 16, 2020: Camel cart in Rajasthan

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares some images of a camel pulling a cart. Camels are commonly seen and very useful in the desert areas of India.
 
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