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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

JohnT ·
Hi Pheymont I wouldn't worry about the wine and tapas portion. Things are really inexpensive her, and the tapas has been universally good. It's easy to get three or four tapas to share and a couple of glasses of wine for 15 Euro. As for the tours, we didn't take any, but I think for one day in Cordoba it would be a good idea because I think that day may feel really busy. For Sevilla, I have a mixed opinion, I really love to wonder around, get lost and then navigate my way out...but thats...
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

PHeymont ·
Thanks so much! We're also the wanderers, but in a new city we sometimes find a walking tour is useful either for orientation upfront, or to clear up questions about things we've noticed. The wine and tapas tour is semi on the radar more for the opportunity to meet new people than to have a drink and a snack. Picking those things carefully, we've been able to have time with other travelers from other countries (not always English-speaking). I'm looking forward to our trip...your pictures are...
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

JohnT ·
Hi Pheymont Try this: Naturanda.com The gentleman's name is David Guillen Garrido. We took a tour of Italica with he and a lovely young lady today. It turned out to be a private tour and we were very impressed. They will do other tours as well. I think we will try them for Triana and are trying to organize something for Baelo Claudia as well.
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

PHeymont ·
Thanks so much...just the kind of info I need!
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

PHeymont ·
One more snowman...accidentally omitted from last week's blog.
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

PortMoresby ·
This may be a first on TG, "Don't go here". But your pain is worth it to us, for the garden pictures, very nice. I was there in the early '80s and all I recall is the shop.
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

DrFumblefinger ·
Some folks might be fascinated by the place, PM, but I found it a disappointment. It would be at the bottom of my list of recommended things to do on the Big Island. And yes, the garden was a redeeming feature. The gift shop was tantalizing, but over-priced.
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

PHeymont ·
I wouldn't want to be accused of being anti-Hershey or anything (might be my prejudice about their barring the import of REAL Cadbury milk chocolate), but Hershey has a bad record on factory tours. They used to have a great one at their factory in Hershey, PA, but closed the tour about 25 years ago and replaced it with an amusement-style ride—a little like Small, Small World—that showed trees and natives and ships, and absolutely no sense of how workers turn the nibs into chocolate in a real...
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

PortMoresby ·
The macadamia tour doesn't sound all that different from the factory part of my visit to Charleston Tea Plantation . But that was just a small part and combined with the guided tour around the farm, it was good. Maybe a tea plantation needs to "cultivate" more goodwill than Hershey's macadamias.
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Re: Food tour in Kuala Lumpur

DrFumblefinger ·
Everything looks delicious! Like you, I love to take food tours. It's a great combination of exploration and dining. Thanks for sharing this one in Kuala Lumpur!
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Re: Food tour in Kuala Lumpur

Travel Rob ·
Thank you! What a great food tour!
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

DrFumblefinger ·
Surprises can be fun, but I enjoy researching a destination before I get there. Still, I can see the appeal of the idea to a lot of people.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

PHeymont ·
Rob, I thought of you when I first found this...it sounds like you and me: Anything to be on the road, hardly matters where!
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

Travel Rob ·
The cost seems pretty reasonable too. It is a good idea because it exposes you to cities that you wouldn't of picked on your own. Sometimes those cities end up being your favorites. I think TG's destination page is like that too. I now want to go so many places that were not remotely on my radar.
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee: 1) Graceland

GutterPup ·
What a wonderful write-up of one of my favorite performers ever! I grew up listening to Elvis and this article took me right back to those days! Fantastic photography too!
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee: 1) Graceland

IslandMan ·
Thanks for the grand tour, Dr F. One place I remember very well. Must return one day...Graceland, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, I'm going to Graceland,.....
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee: 1) Graceland

GarryRF ·
You've put together an interesting tour DrF. I never knew you got that up close and personal on a tour . You mentioned the 2nd floor. Do the family still live there ? I'm surprised to see there's no mention of his manager. 50% - wow - that's some fee. Heard stories but never knew that was the figure. There have been other cases of artists - of that time - being mis-used too.
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee: 1) Graceland

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: Hi Garry. Yes, the tour really gets you into the private corners of Elvis' life, with the exception of the second floor which has always been closed to the general public. In the early years that Graceland was open, Elvis' grandmother lived there but she's passed on some time ago. I believe that Priscilla (Elvis' ex) and Lisa Marie stay there from time to time - mostly because they have fond memories of life with Elvis here. The Colonel took 50% and Elvis...
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Re: Memphis, Tennessee: 1) Graceland

Ottoman ·
Thank you DrFumblefinger for an excellent blog with photos to match. Reading this article and seeing these pictures makes me want to go back to Graceland for another visit. Again, thank you for such a wonderful job.
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Re: Graffitimundo: Art from the streets of Buenos Aires

PHeymont ·
Graffiti is always a good way to start a hot conversation, because the line between art and vandalism is so hotly contested, as is some people's comfort level with work that is clearly art, but which confronts their vision both of art and society. That confrontation can be sharp, because street art often comes from people who don't have the resources to take part in the "conventional, comfortable" art world. Ironically, people are now paying huge sums for work by the late Keith Haring, who...
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Re: Graffitimundo: Art from the streets of Buenos Aires

DrFumblefinger ·
Those are all interesting comments, PHeymont. And I do love the attached photo! I am not a fan of graffiti, although I love great street art of the type shown in this blog. But I do recognize the importance of the former as a type of political speech. For example, in Prague the "John Lennon" wall (see photos below) was an important symbol of the resistance to Soviet Communism. After the great singer/songwriter was assassinated, graffiti sprang up on one wall in the city mentioning him and...
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Re: Graffitimundo: Art from the streets of Buenos Aires

Andre Pur ·
Amazing graffiti, i like the ones with the children in it Buenos Aires is an interesting destination which reminds me of the loved "tellenovelas" i once watched
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Re: Catching the Tour de France 2014

DrFumblefinger ·
What fun! Glad your iPhone was working (hanging on to you was the least your hubbie could do) and am actually surprised at how fast its shutter speed is. These guys are really moving and most cameras would have caught them with a blur except in the sports setting (very fast shutter speeds). I think all big events like this are best enjoyed with new friends over a glass of one's favorite beverage! Thanks for sharing this moment. Most of us will never see the tour first hand, but now we know...
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Re: Catching the Tour de France 2014

Travel Rob ·
I've missed it by days a few years ,but it sure looks like fun! Hopefully one day I'll catch it. Thanks for letting us enjoy the Tour from a distance!
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Re: Catching the Tour de France 2014

Carlin Scherer ·
Love the pics, but we need one of "Hansie" holding you up. Such fun for you both!!!!!! xxxmoi
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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: "Kona Coffee": Greenwell Farms Coffee Tours

PortMoresby ·
Seems to be "Coffee Saturday" on TravelGumbo.
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Re: "Kona Coffee": Greenwell Farms Coffee Tours

Jonathan L ·
A wonderful post. It reminds me of the Hacienda Buena Vista outside of Ponce, Puerto Rico. This is an old plantation. The created a network of small canals throughout the grounds to use water to run equipment.
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Re: "Kona Coffee": Greenwell Farms Coffee Tours

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: Seems to be "Coffee Saturday" on TravelGumbo. Yes! Too bad Greenwell's doesn't have almond croissants.
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Re: "Kona Coffee": Greenwell Farms Coffee Tours

PortMoresby ·
True confessions - all this talk of almond croissants had it's effect and while I was out I went by a local bakery. Sorry, almond croissants tomorrow, almond tarts today. The tart did just fine and, as it happens, I'll be in the vicinity tomorrow, too. Visiting gardens for Gumbo readers...someone's got to do it. Stay tuned.
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (Part 2)

GarryRF ·
That was an amazing tour of gastronomic delights Paul. It takes some courage to indulge in something we don't recognise. But on a tour designed for tourists you know you'll be safe. So now you've acquired a taste for fish lets hope you continue indulging. You must have tried the Baklava ? Makes searching out a Turkish bakery worthwhile. And all that variety in winter too. My friends are in Turkey today and they're still waiting for spring to arrive !
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (Part 2)

PHeymont ·
Of course we tried the baklava...several places, several flavors and more... Which gives me a moment to mention something I forgot in the blog...chicken-breast pudding, or tavuk göğsü. On Wednesday, Katerina mentioned it, and joked that people make faces when they hear about it. Didn't sound so odd to me. On Friday, Senem brought one to the table so we could try it...and it basically was a protein-enriched blanc mange. The chicken is boiled and separated into fine fibers and mixed with milk,...
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Re: Stolen bike recovered, cyclist heads on to 30,000km+ goal

Travel Rob ·
A very cool story and I liked his photos. I wonder if Wang Pingan ever saw Pee Wee's Big Adventure? /
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Re: Too real? Sicily Mafia boss son takes heat for tours

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm a little surprised he's "talking", which likely means very few details are forthcoming from the young Angelo. Seems someone is always offended by something, but if Angelo wasn't involved in the crimes I think he has the right to speak. The killing of these judges was a huge game changer in Sicily. Before this act the Mafia was not liked much, but tolerated. With the murders, the public turned against them and helped police finger the mob. Many arrests occurred and the mob has faded into...
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Re: A Street Food tour in Hanoi

PHeymont ·
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

DrFumblefinger ·
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

PHeymont ·
Enjoy your trip! Send us pictures!
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

IslandMan ·
What a rare treat, PH. Great set of pictures
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

PortMoresby ·
This is great. My Istanbul-phile friends are going to love it. Link sent.
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

GarryRF ·
I was in Turkey last May. Watching the evening shows in the outdoor theatre was really cold. The hotel staff came out with blankets for those without a heavy coat . You can buy any make of watch for under $10 ! Best Golf courses I've seen and all reasonably priced. The Montgomery Golf course was excellent. Look for Belek as an alternate place to stay. I really enjoyed it !
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

DrFumblefinger ·
Always fun to see someone making the best of a less than ideal circumstance! The snowmen are great fun! Thanks for sharing them.
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (part 1)

IslandMan ·
Looks totally delicious, PHeymont...I love a good food tour..
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (part 1)

Mytraveledroad ·
The food looks totally amazing. This is such a great idea trying local food.
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (part 1)

GarryRF ·
As you've probably seen on this and other Travel Blogs, travellers like to seek out the food and drink they get back home. But you've missed out on half the fun of travelling. Its great to find something that you want to include in your day to day list of essentials back home. I tried so many unknown desserts each day in Turkey last year - and by 5 pm - I was ready to burst. But what a day full of surprises . I was fortunate to be in an All Inclusive Hotel. The Hotel Restaurant had an in...
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