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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Travel Rob ·
Your piece will serve inspiration for many future trips,I'm sure of that.I had no clue as the extent of Eiffel's work but I now want to see several of them in person. This serves as an example of why TravelGumbo is so different and needed
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

WorkerBee ·
PHeymont, Your post reminded me that I had seen a pre-fabricated church designed by Eiffel in Baja, Mexico. It is in the small town of Santa Rosalia and still in use. There is more info here .
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Mac ·
Absolutely fascinating, thank you. And I thought that UK's Isambard Kingdom Brunel was prolific!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Brunel has fascinated me since reading a book on the Great Eastern, an unlucky ship he designed. Perhaps someday I can find time to post about his work...unless I hear a volunteer? Thanks!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
I'm personally acquainted with one of Brunel's railway bridges, the Gatehampton Bridge over the Thames in Berkshire, England. I was advised by my Thames Path guidebook that I was approaching it. There was a strategically placed bench in a meadow where I sat, had a snack and looked at it from a distance for a bit before walking under it. Not at all knowledgeable, or even much interested, in bridges I tried to get at least a glimpse of what the guide meant when it said "one of Brunel's Great...
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
T&N, you make an interesting point about the air circulation and coolness of Eiffel's building. These days we are constantly reading about advances in "green design," intended to reduce excess energy use. Ironic how well some of those principles of making life bearable were known so long ago by those who didn't have the option of mechanical air-conditioning! Another example is in today's blog about Gaudi's Casa Battlo in Barcelona, which uses an open well through the center of the...
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The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel. You could probably draw a pretty accurate sketch without even looking. And quite a few folks know that that Gustave Eiffel, who designed and built it, also provided the iron skeleton that keeps the...
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Ho Chi Minh City: a glimpse of Vietnam’s past

Barry Barford ·
Barry shows us some of the interesting and historic sites of the city formerly known as Saigon.
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Re: Ho Chi Minh City: a glimpse of Vietnam’s past

DrFumblefinger ·
Interesting how where one travels depends on geography to a large degree. Southern and southeastern Asia are about far from North America as it is possible to travel (perhaps with the exception of your homeland), and it generally takes a full day of air travel to get there. Not that it's not worth it, it just a hard journey. Another great travel story, thanks.
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Re: Ho Chi Minh City: a glimpse of Vietnam’s past

Barry Barford ·
Indeed, I feel the same way about travelling back to the UK. Used to do it without a stopover. Not any more!
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Re: Ho Chi Minh City: a glimpse of Vietnam’s past

PHeymont ·
That won't be welcome news for Alan Joyce and his Sunrise project!
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Re: Ho Chi Minh City: a glimpse of Vietnam’s past

Barry Barford ·
Might just be able to cope with direct to New York - for the novelty - but not London!
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