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

PHeymont ·
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

PHeymont ·
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

PHeymont ·
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

PHeymont ·
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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A Street Food tour in Hanoi

Travellinn ·
Hanoi is full of street food stalls, so we decided to learn where and what to eat from the local professionals. We booked a guide from Hanoi Street Food Tours , and Tu got us started from the moment we met. He is the writer of the food blog Vietnamese...
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Oct. 22, 2017: Sunday Markets, Northern Vietnam

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades shares a visit to a few markets in Northern Vietnam, where locals still dress in colorful traditional costumes that make this a photographer's treat!
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'World's largest cave' to be left in 'natural state'

PHeymont ·
Vietnam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang cave system will be left undeveloped for tourism, at least until 2030, Plans for a cable car to the area and extensive facilities have been canceled.   The cave system, where so far over 300 caves and grottos have been...
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Hanoi Street Food Tour

Travel2Vietnam ·
Hanoi gathers all best dishes from the northern provinces in Vietnam. There are lots of specialities to taste such as Banh Cuon (rices pates), Bun Cha ( rice noodles with grilled porc meat), Bia Hoi (draught beer) ... You can find food and drink at...
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July 22, 2018: Halong Bay, Vietnam

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades shares some of the memorable sights of Halong Bay, a picturesque collection of Islands some say were created by a dragon.
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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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Re: A Street Food tour in Hanoi

Travellinn ·
Thanks for a great (virtual) meal! I love street food (and near-street) and just enjoyed a similar experience in Istanbul, where I put aside my "issues" with some foods and tried all...including my equivalent of the worm: kokorek, a dish of lamb or goat intestines roasted around sweetbreads. It's amazing how much of our hesitation can be in our heads, not in reality... Hope to see more about Vietnam!
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Re: A Street Food tour in Hanoi

Travellinn ·
That sure looks like a tasty evening, Linn! I've done a few food tours in my life and really enjoyed them. The guides know where the great spots are and you get a nice background narrative about the dish, the restaurant and the chef! Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Re: A Street Food tour in Hanoi

Travellinn ·
Thank you both for the feedback. I really think tasting the local food is an important part of the travel experience, even though I then have to taste a few strange things... And usually, I end up being pleasantly surprised that the thinks I was hesitating to taste, actually was really good. Heading to Thailand tomorrow, and I am sure I will be challenged a few times during my two weeks there :-)
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Re: A Street Food tour in Hanoi

Travellinn ·
Enjoy your trip! Send us pictures!
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Re: Oct. 22, 2017: Sunday Markets, Northern Vietnam

Grand Escapades ·
One of the most colorful markets in the world, no doubt! Great travel experiences, Gilles. Thanks for sharing these!
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