Tagged With "Grand Canal"

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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 9, 2014: Enjoying the Sunset

DrFumblefinger ·
  One evening as we were returning to our hotel near St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, slowly cruising down the Grand Canal on a  vaporetto (water bus) , the sun began to set.  In the last moments of daylight, that magical time of day...
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August 9, 2019: A Walk along the Grand Canal

DrFumblefinger ·
A photo snapped just after landing in Venice's Marco Polo Airport.
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Christmas in Arizona--what to do?

Former Member ·
Two friends at work and I are trying to plan a Christmas trip to somewhere warmer than New Haven...and one of them says Arizona is where we should go. All I know about Arizona is from old westerns and a Barbara Kingsolver book. I know it's got...
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The Beauty of Brussels

Marilyn Jones ·
    You would need a week to properly see Brussels, but if you only have a few hours, make good use of your time and take an organized tour.  I was fortunate to be on an AmaWaterways river cruise shore excursion when I visited the...
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In the Grand Bazaar

PHeymont ·
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Marble panels in Hagia Sophia

PHeymont ·
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Snow in Istanbul

PHeymont ·
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Marble patterns at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

PHeymont ·
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Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

PHeymont ·
Many Americans (myself included) are thinking much more seriously now about visiting Cuba with the relaxed process. But don't expect it to be smooth yet—veteran traveler Brian Kelly, who runs  ThePointsGuy  (an extremely useful site...
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June 17, 2018: Grand Central Terminal (not Station)

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes gives us a peek at one of the grand old train terminals
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Re: Snow in Istanbul

PHeymont ·
Yes, but not our boots. All predictions in advance were for a dusting to an inch!
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Re: In the Grand Bazaar

PortMoresby ·
I loved the Grand Bazaar, but preferred the jewelry to the tee shirts.
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Re: Snow in Istanbul

PortMoresby ·
Are you taking it personally yet?
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Re: Snow in Istanbul

DrFumblefinger ·
I hope you packed your thermal underwear
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

DrFumblefinger ·
I've also heard that there are concerns not enough hotel rooms exist in Cuba for the expected flood of American tourists. Besides flights, it's important to have a room reservation at hand. I truly hope the flood of tourist money will be of benefit to the Cuban people whose plight I have great empathy for.
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

PHeymont ·
Perhaps TG Guru GarryRF can add something on this...he's been there often. My impression is that the lack of facilities may be overstated, because Canadians, Brits and others have been going there in large numbers. Of course, if you double that without building, there will be a problem, but I don't think the numbers will go up that fast until the hotels and airlines start offering the kind of attractive packages they do for other areas of the Caribbean. It may be a self-solving problem.
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

GarryRF ·
Many Americans travel to the Capital - Havana. Its a big - overgrown and mostly poor city. Not really a flavour of the real Cuba and its people. Wherever you go on the Island they do 2-3 day trips to Havana. The stores are mostly empty and food is strictly rationed to the locals. So you'll be better going to one of the hundreds of All Inclusive Hotels that line the coast. Inclusive vacations fly from Toronto to Resorts all around the Island. Very much like Dominican Republic - without the...
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

Mac ·
Most interesting Garry. I still have Cuba on my list as 'yet to be visited'. I'm not a great beach lover - a few days are fine - is there really a lot to be seen in the country as a whole if you take away the Ché-related hyped locations? Is it really worth making the effort right now before things change as they surely will? Unfortunately I still have a load of other places that are tugging at my sleeve for early visits...
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

GarryRF ·
Most city centres have been laid out in the Spanish style with an open park. This is lunchtime when all the school children and workers eat their packed lunches. No radio - music - skateboards - headphones - just peace and tranquillity !
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

GarryRF ·
Mac. Cuba has already changed since my first visit 15 years ago. Buses and cars are everywhere now thanks to those intrepid Chinese salesmen. Living standards are rising rapidly thanks to the tourist dollar. Fields of Sugar Cane are now rare. Castro has decided that Cuba's future lies in tourism. Bicycles prevail in most Towns and a horse and buggy are common. When I first went to Cuba it was painfully poor. It's like going back in time to a 3rd world country. But with safety and very civil,...
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

Mac ·
Thank you Garry - a really useful piece of feed-back.
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

GarryRF ·
Maybe the answer to the number of Hotels needed to accommodate the new visitors from the US is all in the timing. Brits - Canadians - Germans love Cuba in the winter. It's the dry season with no hurricane threat. Warm in the daytime, 75-85f or 24 -29c. Cool enough for a sweater at night. Americans can have the summer !!!
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

Mac ·
Well, that's it then, Cuba is right back on the list!! Thanks Garry.
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Re: Christmas in Arizona--what to do?

DrFumblefinger ·
Arizona is a huge state, EyeWonder. Where exactly were you going to be home-based during your Christmas vacation? It would help to know so that we could better advise you.
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Re: Christmas in Arizona--what to do?

SayMoi ·
Anywhere around the Phoenix area would be good. Northern Arizona (Grand Canyon) gets winter. Scottsdale is a popular destination with great resorts and there are many budget hotels in the area. I would use Fashion Square Mall as your search area.
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Re: Christmas in Arizona--what to do?

Former Member ·
Thanks everyone. I have to ask you more questions! My friends have come up with two more suggestions. One is Sedona, and the other is the Navajo reservation that Tony Hillerman wrote all his books about and that has some big canyons. Is that area too far north for warm weather?
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Re: Christmas in Arizona--what to do?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by EyeWonder: Thanks everyone. I have to ask you more questions! My friends have come up with two more suggestions. One is Sedona, and the other is the Navajo reservation that Tony Hillerman wrote all his books about and that has some big canyons. Is that area too far north for warm weather? Navajo country is too far north and too high up for a warm winter break. But if you bring a warm jacket, it will be magical that time of year. Sedona will be nice, but with cooler days...
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Britain's most unusual hotel has real buzz

PHeymont ·
The Grand Beedapest Hotel caters to Britain's honeybees, raising public awareness of their critical role in agriculture.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 3rd, 2014: The Grand Canyon

Still Country Photo ·
  I visited The Grand Canyon in January and was a little saddened to wake up that morning to see that lots of snow had fallen in the night and I immediately thought that it would impact the view in a negative way.  It did not!  It was a...
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September 2, 2017: "Flood Rescue", Grand Forks

DrFumblefinger ·
Flooding in a flat landscape poses an unusual degree of risk because of how quickly a river's water level can rise. This piece of street-art commemorates the many people who were rescued in the record breaking flood of 1997.
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Sheraton's 'Grand' plan to rise again

PHeymont ·
Sheraton, one of the best-known hotel brands, and the core of the Starwood hotel empire, hasn't had much respect lately; it's been seen as a weary and unexciting brand. Starwood has a plan to change that with upgrades, new hotels and a new tier of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 4, 2015: The Grand Canyon

DrFumblefinger ·
  Today is important for several reasons.  It's the 239th birthday of the United States and it marks an important publication on TravelGumbo. @59NationalParks has completed their quest to visit all 59 Parks in the United States and we're...
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After 60 years, hotel still waits for opening day

PHeymont ·
Talk about plans gone wrong! A hotel in Sicily that started construction over 60 years ago and was completed over 30 years ago, has still had no guests except the local pigeons. The story is one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" tales.  ...
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Iran hopes nuclear deal will set off tourist explosion

PHeymont ·
Picture link, unless we use one from Gumbo: https://upload.wikimedia.org/w...00px-Iran_-_Yazd.jpg credit: Alireza Javaheri / Wikimedia   Headlineà Iran hopes nuclear deal will set off tourist explosion The multi-national nuclear deal with...
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Inca trail the hard way: blind, and running

PHeymont ·
Dan Berlin, the American athlete who last year became the first blind man to hike the Grand Canyon, made the challenging 26-mile trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 13 hours...a feat that normally takes 4 days walking.   Berlin, who is 45,...
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Versailles: Let them eat cake, and sleep like kings...

PHeymont ·
The Hotel du Grand Controle, built 1681 for Paul de Beauvilliers, Duke of Saint-Aignan   The Palace of Versailles is once again trying to sell you a bed—by turning three of the luxurious 17th-century mansions that are part of the vast...
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Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
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More WiFi in NYC Subway...soon...maybe.

PHeymont ·
NYC Transit officials are ready to announce Phase 2 of a plan that will eventually provide WiFi and cell service in all 277 underground stations in the system. The expansion will add 11 more stations in Manhattan including major hubs such as Grand...
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Decade long repairs to be made at the Grand Bazaar

Travel Rob ·
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to receive a decade long facelift.
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North America, part 3. Pink Rattlesnakes in Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

Kirsten Hines ·
Our North American installments of Kirsten Hines' Celebrating Nature on 7 Continentsconcludes with a visit to a little known snake in one of the seven natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon
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Spotted on the Road: Paris

PHeymont ·
This veteran Citroen truck, probably early 1950s, sits daily on a small triangle off the Champs Elysees, near the Grand Palais, selling organic fruit ices. We've seen a few other older trucks here this week as well, but none so prominent as this.
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More flights allowed over Grand Canyon: FAA

PHeymont ·
The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing several thousand more small-plane and helicopter flights in and over the Grand Canyon, with planes that are supposed to be "quieter," although many have questioned the quietness formula. This has been a...
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Grand Marais, Minnesota (Where Gumbo was #222)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the popular town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior, it's a great place for people who like to boat, kayak, sail, fish or explore nature.
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Kayak adds Cuba to searchable destinations

PHeymont ·
Kayak.com has become the first of the major U.S.-based search engines to make it possible to search for flights to Cuba from U.S. cities, in the wake of the loosening of travel restrictions. Not that U.S. airlines have jumped in with non-stops, yet,...
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Colorado National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
  While many of the units of the US National Park system are frequently visited and very busy, there are also a few less crowded places.   Colorado National Monument (known to locals as " The Monument" ) falls into the latter category....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sep 16 2014: Valletta, Malta

IslandMan ·
   The capital city of Malta , Valletta was originally known as "the city built by gentleman for gentleman". That description may have changed somewhat over the years as it is now a World Heritage listed city.   One of the first...
 
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