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Re: Switzerland: First passengers for world's longest tunnel

DrFumblefinger ·
That sure is a long tunnel, and from a country that likes to make them as much as the prairie dogs I see on the plains. I would think ventilation would be a problem in such a long tunnel. Would you know if the trains need their own oxygen system? Having driven through the Swiss tunnels by car before, which were about 15 km long as I recall, the air was extremely bad in them and made me regret not driving the scenic route over those windy roads across the mountains.
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Re: Wonders of the Modern World

Dan Carter ·
The London Crossrail picture looked amazing, but I wasn't sure just what the project is, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. It's really amazing, it's a railroad project that goes 89 miles from west of London through the city and out the other end to the south. In the center of London it's got 13 miles of the tunnel in the picture! You can see more in Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossrail
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Re: Eric Young Orchid Foundation, Jersey C.I.

Travel Luver ·
Beautiful photos!
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Re: Eric Young Orchid Foundation, Jersey C.I.

Neil McAleer ·
Paul Hunter's orchid sequence is incredibly beautiful--I went through 3 times, maybe 4! Thank you, Paul--and Eric Young Foundation, and Dr. Anders . Neil McAleer
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Re: Eric Young Orchid Foundation, Jersey C.I.

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
Thanks Neil - I'm so glad that you enjoyed them. Paul.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#130)

PHeymont ·
Hmmm....is this tunnel part of the mystery location, or only a means to get to it?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#130)

DrFumblefinger ·
Time for another clue. Before Gumbo entered the tunnel, he saw this unusual planter....
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#130)

DrFumblefinger ·
Today's clue shows part of the view you see at the distant end of the tunnel.... Does this ring any bells?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#130)

DrFumblefinger ·
A few more views of what Gumbo sees at the end of the tunnel...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#130)

PortMoresby ·
With the exception of the tidy tunnel and the "lake", all the pictures remind me very much of a place I lived in SE AZ, where copper was queen. The "planter", the headframes above the pit, all very familiar.
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Re: Iceland's new attraction: tunnel into a glacier

DrFumblefinger ·
Glaciers are constantly moving, and not all parts at the same rate! Makes you wonder how they plan on keeping the tunnel safe and in good condition all the time?
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Re: Channel ferries: more than a nostalgia trip

Travel Rob ·
The buses ,like Megabus ,sometimes use the ferries as well and it's a great way to break up a bus trip. They make you disembark the bus for safety reasons while the ferry is moving and you can watch the view and get something to eat.
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Re: Channel ferries: more than a nostalgia trip

PortMoresby ·
A timely post, PHeymont. Trying to simplify a proposed trip to the UK and Portugal, and also slip in a bit of Spain along the way, I'm seriously considering the ferries from the south coast of England to Bilbao & environs, then train down to Portugal. I'm sure it will save me money, as opposed to trains, using the ferries, most of which I wasn't aware of until I took a good look at the broken lines showing ferry routes on Google maps.
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Re: Airlines defend holding onto fuel surcharges

GarryRF ·
Yes Paul. We've been paying for the 3 mile tunnel under the River Mersey for 50 years. It was supposed to be free 2 years ago - fully paid for. We're still paying now - with an increase to subsidise better public transport. Again - I smell a rat in the kitchen. A greedy one as well
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Re: France to Send 120 Extra Police to Secure Channel Tunnel

Ron B. ·
Did the tunnel last Friday - Paris to London and back same day. No trouble, but was very concerned there might be having read about tires being set on fire on the tracks. The migrant issue hadn't occurred yet. That's new. But I wonder why the French government didn't do a damn thing about the tire burning. Ah, it was a union issue - no wonder.
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Re: Stockholm's "blue hall", where the Nobel awards reception dinner is held each year

DrFumblefinger ·
Garry's got it right. It was initially to be painted blue (like the Swedish flag), but the architect so loved the look of the space he left it as it was when made. Still, the name stuck. Sort of like Tunnel Mountain in Banff, which was to have a railway tunnel blasted through, although the rail was diverted and no tunnel ever made.
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Re: Spotted on the Road: Riley 1969 Saloon

GarryRF ·
I'm disappointed you never spotted the Motorbike used by Hagrid in Harry Potter. Sections filmed in Liverpool and in the underwater Mersey Tunnel.
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Re: Eurostar: New Amenities, New Routes

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for this. You gave me the idea to book the Eurostar for our train travel from Cologne, Germany via Brussels, to London.
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Re: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto. Where Gumbo was #77

DrFumblefinger ·
In case you were curious, the pedestrian tunnel between Toronto and the island airport has been completed and is now open. It eliminates the waits for the ferry services for passengers who want to get to their departure gates. More on that story from Frequent Business Traveler at this link .
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Dry Falls – Home of The World’s Largest Waterfall!

DrFumblefinger ·
Imagine a waterfall with a precipice over three and a half miles (5.5 km) long and a drop of over 400 feet (120 m)!  By comparison, Niagara Falls is about 1/10th as wide.  Think of the millions of gallons of water pouring over it each...
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Lisbon: Cheap, but Steep!

PHeymont ·
That’s my short take on Lisbon after two weeks there last summer. A variety of economic factors, not all connected with the Euro crisis of the past few years, have made Portugal incredibly cheap for foreign travelers—but you have to be...
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Iceland's new attraction: tunnel into a glacier

PHeymont ·
As if Iceland didn't already have enough to attract tourists and keep them busy, a new tunnel, dug deep into the heart of a glacier, will open in June.    The tunnel, the world's first on an ice-cap glacier, goes into the western side of...
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Slow TV Comes to the Travel Channel

Travel Rob ·
A live 12 hour road trip will air Friday, November 27, at 9 a.m. ET on the Travel Channel. The BBC of the UK has also commissioned a series of programs doing away with commentary, script or drama.   This format is called Slow TV. It became...
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Can Channel Ferries survive new rules?

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the continuing popularity of the Channel ferries between Britain and the continent ( HERE ) Now a new issue has made the outlook less clear. The British Competition and Markets Authority has ordered Eurotunnel to either...
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Enjoying the Wonderful Sites in Zacatecas, Mexico

My Thatched Hut ·
Millions of tourists visit Mexico every year, mostly in the winter as people like to get away from the freezing temperatures and snow in the north.  Almost all of these people visit the tourist cities of Cancun, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas,...
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Sirkeci Terminal, Istanbul: Last stop on the Orient Express

PHeymont ·
Last summer in Paris, we visited an exhibit at the Institute du Monde Arabe, featuring cars and artifacts of the Orient Express and its mystique. A significant part of the exhibit, given the venue, focused on the exotic spell it had for Europeans...
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Walking the Burgundy Canal

PortMoresby ·
  Several years ago, after the completing 100+ miles of England’s Cotswold Way, over hill and dale and, at times, experiencing painful difficulties, I resolved to give up hills in favor of walking along waterways, of which there are many,...
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Channel ferries: more than a nostalgia trip

PHeymont ·
Travel writer Nick Trend, in the Telegraph (UK) reminds readers that while air and Eurostar have become the most popular way for Brits to visit Europe, the ferries are still there and for good reasons.   To start with, fares are at historic lows...
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Iceland's newest museum: 23 full-size whales!

PHeymont ·
Iceland has another new attraction—Whales of Iceland, a permanent exhibit of 23 full-size whale models near Reykjavik's harbor. It's the world's largest whale exhibit.   Photo: Whales of Iceland Whales are popular everywhere these days, and...
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of Toronto’s newest big attractions is Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada , with underwater creatures and habitats from across the globe.   It's in a fabulous location, on the harborfront adjoining the CN Tower, Rogers Center and...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 6th, 2014:Brighton, England

GarryRF ·
The  Brighton Dome  is an arts venue in Brighton on the south coast of England.   It contains the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre (formerly the Pavilion Theatre).   All three venues are linked to the rest of...
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Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto. Where Gumbo was #77

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo's heading out to Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), sometimes also called Toronto Island Airport.  Congratulations to ace travel sleuths  Roderick Simpson and PortMoresby (by email) for being the first to correctly...
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China plans rail tunnel through Mt. Everest

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, we reported on China's rail connections to Western Europe , and not long after that on Russia's interest in a new trans-Siberian road and railroad  that could link Europe to North America. Now, China is giving serious...
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Eating our way through Istanbul (Part 2)

PHeymont ·
Two days and some more touring after our first food walking tour in Istanbul, we were ready for more, and set out on our second. This tour, like the first, was organized by Culinary Backstreets. While the first tour focused on the Beyoglu district...
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Fort Barrancas Has it All: Cannons, Gun Turrets,Tunnels and Great Views

Travel Rob ·
Fort Barrancas is located within the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. You have to show your drivers license, or other ID, to enter the base. It sits on the barranca ,or bluff, overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. This National Historic Landmark...
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Underground Puerto Rico: The Camuy River Caverns

PHeymont ·
If Old San Juan and the El Yunque rain forest and the beaches have been drawing visitors for hundreds of years, that's certainly not true for this hidden attraction: a vast, and still-not-fully-explored system of caves, carved out by the world's...
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Bridge not far enough, Take 2

PHeymont ·
Norway and Russia dedicate a new road link in the far north, but 400 meters of road to complete the link are waiting for diplomatic decisions.
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Typewriter Museum at San Francisco Airport

PHeymont ·
At San Francisco's International Airport, there's a small but fascinating museum dedicated to the history of the typewriter. And it doesn't end there!
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Europe's biggest mall opens at a Ryanair Italy hub

PHeymont ·
Add a huge shopping mall to an airport and a discount airline and... Bergamo hopes it adds up to lots of business and jobs.
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Denmark, Sweden consider a tunnel link

PHeymont ·
Denmark and Sweden have agreed to study building a long-proposed tunnel from Helsingborg to Helsingor, giving the two countries a second direct link.
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Norway to build a tunnel for ships

PHeymont ·
Norway will undertake an unusual project: A ship tunnel to bypass a peninsula that's noted for some of the most dangerous waters on the coast.
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Apr. 20, 2017: World's Longest Train Journey?

GarryRF ·
A new rail route provides the first-ever direct service between England and eastern China.
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Know 11 Interesting Facts About Amber Fort in Jaipur

Abhishek Mathur ·
Royal state of Rajasthan, the state of kings and kingdoms has its own charisma when it comes to the grandeur of rich and historical monuments. Filled with many amazing and wonderful cities, Rajasthan plays a vital role in Indian Tourism. One of the major cities in Rajasthan is Jaipur, the pink city of India. Boasting a plethora of amazing forts, palaces and havelis, Jaipur is coronating the crown of Rajasthan Tourism . One of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur is Amber Fort. Famous as...
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National Railway Museum, York, England.

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
Paul Hunter visits the National Railway Museum in York, England. Check out its impressive exhibits!
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White Pass Railroad, Alaska: On the Trail of '98

PHeymont ·
From Skagway over the mountain into the Yukon, a railroad built for gold-miners today carries mostly visitors. It's still quite a trip.
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Boeing Everett: Where they build the big ones

PHeymont ·
At Boeing Everett, they're building the 747, 767, 777 and 787—all in one huge building that makes the word 'immense' seem too small.
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Channel Tunnel sets new records

PHeymont ·
The 'Chunnel' has left its rocky start way behind and is doing record business.
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Top Long Distance Hiking Trails in the USA

Brian Bradshaw (Guest) ·
Like to go for a long distance walk? Then Brian Bradshaw has just the post for you. Check out some of these beautiful (and challenging) hikes!
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Beldi Hill Lead Mine, Swaledale North Yorkshire.

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook takes us on a journey into Britain's industrial past: the remains of a 19th century lead mine.
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Fear and Loving It: New roller coasters coming

PHeymont ·
New roller coasters to debut next year with twisting, turning, floating, dropping and scaring to spare for those who love them.
 
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