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Re: Sept. 30, 2016: Autumn in Chicago

GarryRF ·
It's good to see a row of non-conformist trees. Like houses or Shopping Malls. The one that sticks out from the status quo is the one that gets my attention. Probably one of the reasons I like old small towns. Where the architecture spans 3,4 or 5 generations. All in a short walk.
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Re: Coming soon: Adjustable-width airline seats?

DrFumblefinger ·
I would presume the wider seat arrangement would more likely be "Economy Plus" rather than business class. Say two large people buying a 3 row seat and the third seat would get squeeze down by the wider adjustment of the above. International business class nowadays is almost universally lie flat bed seats. To not have these would mean a loss of this lucrative market for the airlines.
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Re: Discounts top all in passenger perks survey

DrFumblefinger ·
Everything has relative value -- a hungry person would pick the free meal, for instance -- but at some point people pay for comfort. Many already pay a little extra for legroom by sitting in the exit row (or use points to do so). There comes a point where, especially on longer flights, you want to be comfortable and are willing to pay a little more to achieve that. I definitely consider the pitch and width of airline seats when making purchases, especially overseas purchases. I'll pay a...
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Re: Discounts top all in passenger perks survey

Paul Heymont ·
I'd agree...in fact, the issue of space is what keeps me from considering some longer flights...and I have been known to change flights for the possibility of a 2-seat row rather than 3...better an aisle and a window without a middle!
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Re: Homes of Leadville

GarryRF ·
Before its founding in 1793, Danville was a huge tobacco producer when no other crop would succeed except the “Bright Leaf” tobacco which made Danville tobacco one of the most sought after varieties and top tobacco producing areas in the world. Competing tycoons built many homes along Main Street trying to one up each other. As a result, Danville’s Millionaires’ Row of homes became a symbol of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the early United States. George G.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

DrFumblefinger ·
Most Americans aren't very familiar with the symbolism of the poppy to the Commonwealth countries. They are a sign of remembrance, and appreciation of loss of life for those who fought in the Great War(s). "In Flanders Field the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row,..." When I was young, Remembrance Day (similar to US Veteran's day) in Canada was always characterized by poppies. Everyone wore one, and I'm glad to say that tradition continues. I've never seen a more impressive display...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

Paul Heymont ·
We southern North Americans are not that unfamiliar with the poppies, although perhaps the younger ones...in my childhood and on, they were annually a tradition carried on by the American Legion. Actually, a little research tells me that the tradition started with them in 1921, and then spread to UK and Commonwealth! Here's the text of the poem, written by John McRae, a Canadian soldier and physician: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place;...
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Re: The air passengers we love to hate...

GarryRF ·
Maybe he's trying to "Beam her up" No mention of the Guy in the next row who gets up to stretch his legs. Turns his back to you and makes a sound like the landing wheels coming down - while he passes gas.
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Re: The Island Metropolis of Singapore

Anderson Smith ·
Seeing that row of houses in Singapore's Chinatown reminded me of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco. Both pplaces have wonderful architecture.
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Re: Visiting John Steinbeck country. 3) Cannery Row, Monterey, California

PortMoresby ·
I first visited Cannery Row in 1964, on a trip from the Bay Area in my '53 Plymouth with friends, going to the Monterey Folk Festival. We slept free on the floor of a room in the Monterey Hotel of someone we met and generally had the kind of fun kids had in the mid-'60s. At that time Cannery Row looked not unlike the photo at the top, and nothing like it does today. It's the same old story for old-timers everywhere, it ain't what it was, if you're a fan of funky, as I am. The difference, in...
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Re: Visiting John Steinbeck country. 3) Cannery Row, Monterey, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PortMoresby. I am not fond of places badly decayed, but it would be nice to have more of the original cannery scenario still in place, instead of all the tourist traps. Agree about the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's not to be missed, but was omitted from this piece because it didn't exist in John Steinbeck's time.
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What if the exit row weren't a row?

Paul Heymont ·
That's the kind of question that comes to mind at first glance at an idea Airbus has asked a patent for...a circular seating arrangement, in tiers. OK, that's a little hard to grasp, so here's a drawing submitted with the patent application.  ...
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Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

Caroline Coupe ·
  Copenhagen is an incredible city, a place where a rich history meets modern culture. The Danish capital boasts historic palaces and churches, sprawling gardens and parks, canals, and world-renowned fine dining. In preparing for my move here...
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So cool ! MicroTheater !

Travel Rob ·
  What a cool concept!  Quick inexpensive plays in various locales in Spain.A good way to keep see great theater at cut rate prices.  The Spaniards know how to make the most of the recession.  Grab a front row seat...
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El Yunque: A visit to the rain forest

Paul Heymont ·
When we began planning a trip to Puerto Rico, and planning to include our 14-year-old granddaughter, we sent her some of the material we were gathering and asked her what her priorities were. She, and we, both had El Yunque right near the top of the...
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Six Reasons Why Lisbon Made Me Nostalgic for San Francisco

Jennifer (aka Dr. J) ·
A feeling of déjà vu washed over me when we landed in Lisbon and set out on foot to explore the city for the first time.  As the days passed, I finally figured out what it was.   Lisbon totally reminded me of San Francisco...
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Britian's Famous Attractions Get Literal Chinese Names

Travel Rob ·
VisitBritian announced the winners in their 'Great names for Great  Britain ' campaign The campaign used the existing trend of the Chinese to give literal names to favorite celebrities, places and foods. Over 2 million Chinese visited the...
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Government St., Mobile: A Great Historic Street (Pt. 1)

Travel Rob ·
I haven't heard anybody else say this, especially in the local area, but Government Street in Mobile, Alabama is one the most spectacular historic streets in the world, even today. I had a chance to walk a good portion of Government St. in March of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 20, 2015: Les Canards en Seine

Paul Heymont ·
  You often hear how important it is to "get all your ducks in a row." Well, here they are, lined up on a chilly December morning in Paris. These three were taking their chances (or their leisure...I'm not a duckologist) in turbulent water just...
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Museums of Buffalo and Corning, New York

Jonathan L ·
At the end of Jonathan L's recent trip along the Erie Canal, he found time to take in a selection of upstate museums, and he shares them here.
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October 7, 2017: Fall colors, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
A row of golden-leaf trees along a rural drive -- part of the foliage transformation of fall.
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September 28, 2017: Reno Arch, Reno, Nevada

Ottoman ·
This iconic landmark is a prominent feature of downtown Reno.
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Alaska, Southwest take 'Top Airline' honors

Paul Heymont ·
J.D. Power survey ranks them, and finds that the airlines at the top of the list haven't tossed passengers yet, either.
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Cheetos and Ripley's: Can orange dust be art?

Paul Heymont ·
In a bizarre marriage of snacks and curiosities, a contest asks for Cheetos that look like something else. Don't they all?
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United exec: You don't REALLY want more legroom

Paul Heymont ·
United's president tells employees customers want the space, but don't want to pay higher ticket prices for it.
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Swat Valley, Pakistan

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell remembers a visit to Pakistan's remote Swat Valley.
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Airlines: 'Squeeze a little closer, please'

Paul Heymont ·
A move to 'densify' planes in the face of low prices and high demand may put your neighber 'just a little bit closer.'
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April 8, 2017: Mate: South America's morning Brew

DrFumblefinger ·
Seattle may have its Starbucks coffee, but Argentina has its mate. A look at southern South America's favorite caffeinated beverage.
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British Museum tops UK's attraction list

Paul Heymont ·
Castles, museums, gardens and the British Museum—these are a few of Britain's top attractions.
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Top five reasons to visit Baltimore, Maryland.

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Why should you visit Baltimore? Stephanie outlines the top things to see and do in this charming city.
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White elk is unwanted tourist attraction

Paul Heymont ·
A rare white elk that's become famous for stopping to eat apples at a favorite orchard is bringing unwelcome crowds to the farm.
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Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines, a lover and documenter of nature, continues her journey of discovery in England with a stop at the Snettisham Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve.
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Finding Nature at England’s Holkham National Nature Reserve: Spring Hares

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines' series on exploring nature in England continues, this week finding some "boxing" hares in coastal sand dunes. What does it mean? Read on to find out.
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Marriott, Alaska Airlines top loyalty program ranks

Paul Heymont ·
In U.S. News & World Report rankings, Alaska takes #1 for third year in a row, with Marriott topping the hotel program rankings.
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Japan tourism surging: up 21% in one year

Paul Heymont ·
Japan's tourism numbers are booming, and with the 2020 Olympics ahead, they're likely to continue heading upward.
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Churches of Park Slope, Brooklyn

Paul Heymont ·
PHeymont explores the varied and mostly 19th-century churches in one of Brooklyn's premier neighborhoods, and explores the area's history.
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Delta keeps distance at boarding gate

Paul Heymont ·
At last, a rational boarding scheme, imposed by Covid-19. Maybe it will change how we look at getting on a plane.
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London named top city for vegans

Paul Heymont ·
With over 125 vegan establishments, London is top among cities where veganism has gone mainstream.
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Gatwick Gate 101: The Boarding Lab

Paul Heymont ·
London Gatwick, the UK's second-busiest airport, is taking matters into its own hands in an attempt to speed up boarding times.
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Bled Island, Slovenia (Where Gumbo Was #364)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the only island in Slovenia, Bled Island, situated in a fairy-tale like setting in Slovenia.
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Are we happy yet? Finland is.

Paul Heymont ·
In the midst of current crisis, researchers are still studying happiness and where to find it.
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Ramblings in Danville, Virginia

George G. ·
George G wraps up his series on visiting Danville, Virginia, with an interesting look at the city's interesting history and historic architecture.
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Norway seeing record winter temperatures

Paul Heymont ·
Even in the far north, winter is having a hard time gaining a foothold.
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Boeing's next seat squeeze...in the lavatory!

Paul Heymont ·
    Say goodbye to this much space as Boeing plans to squeeze the toilet to install more seats.    Photo: Kristoferb / Wikimedia   If you thought seating in economy is getting too tight, get ready for this one: Boeing has...
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Finishing North of the Arctic Circle

59nationalparks ·
Pointing out that Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley National Parks are tough to get to would be a gross understatement.  We tried last August without success.  Airplane problems derailed our efforts to get to the wilderness parks. ...
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Worst plane seat design ever?

DrFumblefinger ·
  Is it possible for airlines to treat economy passengers worse than they currently are?  The answer apparently is yes, at least if a new seating concept gets implemented.   A new and radically different concept for airplane seating was...
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What's the safest seat on an airplane?

DrFumblefinger ·
  Probably not a seat you'd voluntarily want.   Let's face it.  Traveling by air is very safe.  You're more likely to die from an allergic reaction, like to a bee sting, than from a plane crash.  And by far the most important...
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Lunar Eclipse at Lowell Observatory, Arizona

Lestertheinvestor ·
  The full eclipse, viewed through telescope   We dropped by the Lowell Observatory just to see about their hours, when we learned of the full lunar eclipse the following day, and with a super moon and a blood moon, this was going to be a...
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In Egypt: Luxor West Bank

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby visits 3 sites on the West Bank of the River Nile, opposite Luxor near the Valley of the Kings, the ancient Theban Necropolis.
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Germany cities compete: who's got the worst traffic?

Paul Heymont ·
Munich is the city winner for the second year in a row, but Hamburg and Berlin, which are states as well as cities, are way up there, too.
 
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