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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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Re: Medieval Meandering in Ghent, Belgium

DrFumblefinger ·
It's an amazingly beautiful town, Marilyn! Thanks for sharing this with us. Brilliant photography!!
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Re: France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

Mac ·
These fixed cameras are signposted and on maps so you have to be pretty unfortunate (or silly) to get 'done' by them. Far worse are their sneaky cameras that are hidden in roadside trash bins, under hedges and all sorts of camouflage. These are normally in villages where it makes real sense to slow right down.
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Re: France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

DrFumblefinger ·
I suspected you were one of those 4.5 million foreigners that got tagged, Mac.....
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Medieval Meandering in Ghent, Belgium

Marilyn Jones ·
    The best way to see Ghent, Belgium is on foot and so there I was; following Mark, a local tour guide hired by AmaWaterways to guide a group of cruise passengers through the streets of this beautiful medieval city.    ...
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France catches 4.5 MILLION foreign speeders on camera

PHeymont ·
If you're the kind of driver who views the speed limit as a suggestion, you might want to avoid France. The country's extensive network of speed cameras caught 21 million speeders in 2014, and 4.5 million of those were foreigners.   The number of...
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Belgium: Mixed Feelings About My Plan B

Travel Rob ·
I'm very conflicted about my feelings for Belgium and I've been trying to find the wonderful, friendly and unique country I once knew.   Let me explain a little. Belgium was my Plan B and started me on a life-long love for...
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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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Chocolate Capitals of Europe You Should Visit

ChloeM ·
A few years ago, I got a chance to stay in Europe for 6 months. During that time, I managed to visit all the cities titled as the "capitals" of chocolate. Have you ever been in any of these? Do share your thoughts. (Belgium remains my favourite because Switzerland is expensive as hell). So, anyway, here's a list of my favourites: Brussels, Belgium It's basically a chocolate paradise. Belgium has more than 10 factories of chocolate and around 16 chocolate museums. With Brussels being the...
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French Riviera pied-a-terre: €1 Billion

PHeymont ·
For the price, 35 acres, 10 bedrooms, 14,000 tropical plants, and a few slices of history.
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Re: Chocolate Capitals of Europe You Should Visit

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the post! Now I know where to stop during my next visit to Europe! I was especially impressed with the tremendous selection of chocolates in Brussels.
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Re: Chocolate Capitals of Europe You Should Visit

Travel Rob ·
Great post!
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Royal Palace, Brussels

DrFumblefinger ·
A stop at the Royal Palace in Brussels, traditional home of the Royal Family of Belgium which today serves only an administrative function.
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