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Re: Small Brooklyn: Three small but fascinating museums

George G. ·
Jonathan ... Would like to see a blog on your NYC Museum of the American Gangster if you ever get the itch.
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Re: Small Brooklyn: Three small but fascinating museums

Jonathan L ·
I will put it on my list
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Re: Gallery: A Beautiful Building in Bangkok

PHeymont ·
Even the furniture is lovely...and I'm glad to see they have not abandoned their card catalog. I love computer searches, but I would never want to lose years and years of librarians' and patrons' notes on those cards...
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Re: Gallery: A Beautiful Building in Bangkok

DrFumblefinger ·
What an elegant building. Like stepping back in time 100 years! Thanks for sharing this special place with everyone!
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Re: See Them While You Can: 10 Wins for Historic Preservation

PortMoresby ·
Note that the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private organization. I think that's key in this era of government cutbacks and a congress unable to accomplish anything to speak of. If the National Park Service is unable to maintain it's infrastructure then one can only imagine how little care might go into preserving bits of our cultural heritage lacking big names, such as those on the list above. Commercial interests also have a place in accomplishing what government and...
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Re: Budget Deal Asks Air Passengers to Pay More

Travel Rob ·
I especially don't like it that they call it a fee- so members of Congress can keep their pledge not to raise taxes.The above Forbes link was good to compare it to the gas tax. This reminds me of a Simpson episode where Lisa( in Barts vision) is President. she is told to call a massive tax hike a refund adjustment.
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

GarryRF ·
Once again - an excellent introduction to the Gardens and Museums of America. Loved the photo's too. Must have taken some time putting them all together. Thank you.
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! The Huntington is one of my favorite places in the LA area and also pretty close to another one of my favorite spots ther , the beautiful racetrack, Santa Anita. As far as smog goes in LA , it really has gotten a lot better since I was a kid but still can be a shock to people.
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

GarryRF ·
Smog in LA ? It doesn't mention that in the travel guides !
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

DrFumblefinger ·
Did you catch Gainsborough's PINKY and BLUE BOY? Among my favorites at the Huntington. I haven't visited the Huntington in about 15 years but when we lived in the LA area we would try to stop by at least once every few years.
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Re: Signs of Delhi

Amateuremigrant ·
The signage all over India presents marvels of interpretation for visitors and locals alike. Somewhere I have a pic of a sign down an alleyway in Tamil and English "URIN STRICKTLY PROHIBITED" �� - to no apparent effect ! Signage in English is largely because it is the only language understood throughout the country ! When the first Congress convened in 1947, speakers of Hindi, Bengali and Tamil etc eventually agreed proceedings to be held in English - the only common language ! Check out any...
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Re: Chicago's Harold Washington Library: Where Gumbo Was (#59)

Travel Rob ·
I thought it looked like a newer building but I love the design!
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Re: TSA Fee Hike Set to Begin Next Week

Travel Rob ·
Some good news .Congress capped TSA fees to $11.20 per round-trip .The legislation passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday and is waiting to be signed by the President.This is estimated to save consumers 60 million a year. Read More- http://www.usatoday.com/story/...rlines-a4a/19942045/
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

Andre Pur ·
Amazing Library, very inspiring, if i would go to college there i will be at library every day ( at my college i go to library only at the end of the semester )
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Andre. It is a great library, but like many college students those at Trinity College like to party as much as study, so you'll likely not see them there much before the end of the semester either. What you might find even more amazing is that every student has the right to sign out any of those books (with the exception of the ancient ones like the Book of Kells). Despite how historic it looks, it is still a university library for students.
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

PortMoresby ·
And I thought you weren't a fan of "best of" lists, DrF. There are as many of these lists as there are opinions, I think. Here's another: http://www.miragebookmark.ch/m...esting-libraries.htm I think the Bodleian in Oxford may be my favorite, not because of the Radcliffe Camera, shown, but the interior of the old library proper, which can be seen on tours. It isn't as ostentatious as some on the list, but it's ancient and intimate, which appeals to me infinitely more than huge open spaces...
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

DrFumblefinger ·
Technically speaking, it's not a "best of..." but a "world's most stunning" list. I understand I may be splitting hairs with that argument. In any event, one needs to make an exception for really valuable lists, like libraries or books. There's something special about a great book and a great bookshop. The smells, the textures, the visual stimulation -- always work wonders for me. Thanks for these additions.
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

Travel Rob ·
I love going to libraries too. Manchester England has two of my favorites Chetham's Library, in the School of Music and John Rylands Library. Chetham's Library, in the School of Music http://www.chethams.org.uk/ John Rylands Library. http://www.library.manchester....venir-Guide-TEXT.pdf
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

Xenophile ·
I'm a fan of the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was designed to be a cathedral to Science, and in addition to the states of the muses shown below there are others of great thinkers such as Issac Newton, Johannes Gutenberg and Charles Darwin. Exterior At Night: Some of the statues on the outside: Interior: Stairway:
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

DrFumblefinger ·
A followup to attractive libraries are great bookstores. Fodors just released 16 of their favorites in the USA, which you can find here . I've visited a number of these and enjoyed them. I would like to add two other stores that I know of. 1) Univ. of Washington bookstore. While mostly a student store aimed at textbooks and supplies and such, it has an excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction as well as frequent author readings and book signings. 2) Auntie's books in Spokane,...
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

seanmiller ·
At first these were shot by film. These are definitely great shots! I have plans in buying an action camera to start with my photography hobby. These are great subject to start with.
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

PortMoresby ·
There's always more to know about libraries, so 2 interesting items noted in this morning's Bookmarks from The Guardian: 1. A book, The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders, by Stuart Kells . . . 2. and his item in The Guardian, From Bag End to Babel : top 10 libraries in fiction. I hope to get a copy of the book when the price of used copies comes down (if ever)! If you look at The Library , scroll down the page for more things library and also click on "Source notes" for a long list of fun stuff.
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Re: General Grant National Memorial, New York

George G. ·
Did you know that in 2005, a proposal was made in Congress to replace Grant's portrait with Ronald Reagan's portrait on the $50 bill, but didn't succeed?
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

PHeymont ·
To be fair to the TSA (which I find hard to do), the $7.3 billion is not all for screening, only about half is. That said, while airports are looking to outsource the screening, maybe they should hire Transport Canada! As for the PreCheck point: TSA can't seem to make up its mind. When it started, they semi-randomly selected 'extra' people to go through it, on the theory that they would like it enough to buy it—and some did, but not enough. Then the people who had paid for it started to...
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Re: Boston Public Library (Where Gumbo was #150)

Travel Rob ·
What an amazing library! I look forward to seeing it. It is amazing how many of us love libraries. So far,my two favorites are both in Manchester, England.
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Re: Boston Public Library (Where Gumbo was #150)

GarryRF ·
And lets not forget Melvil Dewey - a Librarian in the North-East USA who invented the Dewey Decimal System (1876) which is now used in more than 135 Countries ! A wonderful collection of photo's. Love architecture.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#65)

Roderick Simpson ·
Going back to my original thought of the Capitol building in Washington, I wondered about other similar buildings with domes in Washington, and I think this has to be that of the Library of Congress.
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for posting. I have no idea why I never visited when I lived in DC. I must rectifythe situation. Your piece has tempted me.
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

PHeymont ·
Quite possibly for the same reason I've missed so many NYC spots...I lived for three years two blocks from the Washington Heights campus that includes the Hispanic Society Museum, the Audubon Museum and at that time the Museum of the American Indian. I always planned to go "some weekend soon..." I didn't go to the Library of Congress when I lived in the area in the early 60s; our visit earlier this month came about because a Catalan friend of ours who teaches in NY had taken her visiting...
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

PortMoresby ·
I have been there, I'm now reluctant to admit, used the library for some research. I obviously failed to look up. Recognizing the era of the decoration, I guess, is something, but a lesson in not drawing too many conclusions. I obviously need to go back and pay attention to the building, as well as the contents.
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

Travel Rob ·
PortMoresby- I've done that a few times now,not recognizing the Pic of The Day I've already been to. So I'm definitely going to take more photos from now on to see what else I'm missing or forgetting
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

PortMoresby ·
Rob, I think I miss more when I'm taking pictures. It's a dilemma, see it, or take the pictures, It seems I cannot do both at the same time.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 6, 2013: The Brooklyn Museum...and Neighbors

PHeymont ·
Here’s the Brooklyn Museum, in a night view that has the dramatic lighting of a linen-era postcard. The museum is a world-class collection that doesn't get noticed as much as it should because it lives in the shadow of Manhattan’s...
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Tiananmen Square - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Those who know me know that I really don’t like being on a tour. Usually I would rather stay home than be rushed from place to place with no time to really explore a city. But traveling to Beijing with a group of 21 high school students, 3 other...
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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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Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. Where Gumbo Was, #74

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting historic Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California, not far from Cannery Row.  The photos in the puzzle focused on Harbor House, a novelty shop, at the entrance to Old Fisherman's Wharf, which has a faux lighthouse...
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A Busy Weekend in Philadelphia

NonstopFromJFK ·
A few weekends ago, my fiancé, my best friend and I decided to go to Philly for an overnight trip. Our goal for the weekend was to see all the touristy parts of Philadelphia.   When we got to Philly from NYC, we headed straight for the L...
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Crowded planes a safety hazard? Witnesses say so...

PHeymont ·
Flight attendants, at a Federal hearing, pointed to "legroom wars" and increased air rage. A safety expert pointed out that the FAA's evacuation tests use planes with more legroom than you're likely to get, and Charlie Leocha of Consumer Traveler...
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World's most attractive libraries

DrFumblefinger ·
Many of us are very fond of visiting beautiful libraries during our travels, present company included.   Fodors just released a slide show of 20 its favorites which I think is worth a look.  You can find it at this link .
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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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"Transparent Airfare Act" seems dead for now

PHeymont ·
The so-called Transparent Airfare Act that would have allowed airlines to quote low fares and hide the taxes and fees until the end of booking, appears to have died a well-deserved death.   Last year, it was passed by the House of Representatives...
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Airlines, Airports split over new fees

PHeymont ·
You'd think the airlines had never heard of a fee they didn't like, but now they've found one. Maybe what they don't like about it is that the money goes to airports, not airlines. The charge, which the airlines call a "tax" is the Passenger Facility...
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Healy Hall, Georgetown University (Where Gumbo was #234)

George G. ·
Gumbo was visiting Healy Hall in Georgetown University. George G shares the history and some great photos of the site.
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May 24, 2017: Seattle Central Library, Washington

Samantha ·
A visit with Samantha to Seattle's architectural and cultural gem.
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Río Piedras and The University of Puerto Rico

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a visit to the University of Puerto Rico, and the town and market of Rio Piedras.
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James Monroe's Highland, Charlottesville, Virginia

George G. ·
At the end of the week, we arrive at Gumbo's secret location, the former home of one of America's early Presidents.
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U.S. air traffic control still up in the air

PHeymont ·
House and Senate committees disagree with each other over airline-backed plan for privatizing air traffic control.
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Mar. 19, 2017: Library Lions and Bryant Park

Jonathan L ·
After a snowfall in early January, Jonathan L found that the statues in Bryant Park and at the NY Public Library had a more festive look.
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Valparaiso—Chile's Oceanside Gem

Marilyn Jones ·
Join Marilyn Jones on a tour of Chile's major seaport, a town that is recovering its faded beauty
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Airline fees hit new $7 billion record

PHeymont ·
A GAO report pinpoints the continuing growth of fees, accounting for nearly half of airline profits, and continuing issues of transparency.
 
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