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New life for Italy's 'ghost towns'

PHeymont ·
Italy has numbers of abandoned villages, emptied by earthquakes, landslides or economic losses, and some of them are now being brought back to life as resorts, artists' colonies and more.   A recent article on TheLocal.it gave some examples,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 20, 2015: Central Aguirre, Salinas Puerto Rico

Jonathan L ·
  For many years growing sugar was the main industry in Puerto Rico. It has left many abandoned plantations in its wake. But Aguirre Central goes way beyond a plantation.   Aguirre was a company town. And its purpose was refining sugar. The...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 8, 2015: Jiaxing ( 嘉兴), a small Chinese town

DrQ (Guest) ·
         A few recent pictures from another Southern China lakeside town, "Jiaxing ( 嘉兴).            
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 20, 2015: Dragons in the town hall, Tallinn, Estonia

Mac ·
  Completely hooked on my small photo collection of my recent trip to Tallinn in Estonia on the Baltic Sea, I just have to share this magnificent rain water spout designed to represent a fearsome crowned dragon. It is one of four identical water...
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Sighisoara, Romania

Travellinn ·
Wow! What a charming place! That was my first thought driving through the gate to Sighisoara citadel. The impression was certainly still applicable when we started wandering the cobbled streets among the pink, green, yellow, blue and red houses. You...
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Pondicherry, India (Part 1)

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares memories of life in Pondicherry, a unique corner of the Indian subcontinent.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 21, 2013: Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa

DrFumblefinger ·
 Cape Town is a special and beautiful place  in large part because it's framed by the bulky sandstone mass of Table Mountain.  Table Mountain is a wilderness area set in an urban environment, a flat topped mountain frequently...
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Olomouc — Now that’s a Plague column!

DrFumblefinger ·
(Holy Trinity Column, Olomouc, Czech Republic) During our visit to the Czech Republic we ventured on a day trip from our base in Prague east to Olomouc (pronounced OH-loh-moats).   Most of our time in the Czech Republic had...
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Cesky Krumlov: A Stroll thru a Medieval Town

DrFumblefinger ·
(Ceský Krumlov -- town overview) My first view of the southwestern Czech town of Český Krumlov (pronounced CHESS-key KRUM loff — from now on I’ll just call it Krumlov, as the locals do) was from Castle hill...
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Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

HistoryDigger ·
  I’m reluctant to say goodbye to Łukasz and his family because now I want to buy my own metal detector and continue digging in Poland. But, Paweł and I have a long drive ahead to Świeradów Zdrój , a Polish spa town in the...
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Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

HistoryDigger ·
My son, his girlfriend, and I spent four nights in lovely Strasbourg.     We picked a perfect apartment right on Quai St. Nicholas (5 minute walk into town), which you can check out on booking.com here . Our friendly hostess (who speaks...
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Gallery: Bonnieux–-View from a Provence Hilltop

PHeymont ·
  The Luberon region of Provence, spread out over three small ranges of hills and mountains, is full of picturesque villages, each famous for some aspect of its view or for someone who lived there. Each is individual, but they mostly fall into...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 17, 2014: Cobble Stone Square in Aix-en-Provence

IslandMan ·
       On a recent visit to Marseilles in southern France, we took a day trip by train to Aix-en-Provence. It was a pleasant 50 or so minute ride in a clean, comfortable and modern carriage, and the passing scenery of Provence was...
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Oct. 8, 2016: Streets of Rhodes

PHeymont ·
The Old Town of Rhodes, within its medieval walls, is a quiet place, with narrow streets and arches, best appreciated outside tourist season.
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Town Hall, Manchester, England (Where Gumbo Was)

PHeymont ·
Manchester bloomed late, only becoming a city, and a big one, in the 19th century. But when it set out to honor itself with a new Town Hall, well...
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St. Helena: airport built, planes can't land

PHeymont ·
One of Britain's most distant possessions has a new airport and hopes for tourism, but wind issues have kept it from being used.
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George Washington Memorial Park, Jackson, Wyoming

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits Town Square in Jackson, which is the heart of the town. The square is best know for the four antler arches at each of its entrances.
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Sept. 30, 2019: Clarence Drive, Western Cape, South Africa

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe shares a beautiful drive in South Africa, famous for whale sightings during the winter months.
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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe visits a beautiful and inviting botanical garden in Cape Town, rich in the unique flora of Africa.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 5, 2014: Rhodes Old Town

PHeymont ·
  A rainy night in the Old Town of Rhodes blurs the sense of time. The old town, built originally by Crusader knights forced to retreat from their former kingdoms in Palestine, still lives within its ancient walls, and seems quite separate from...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 21, 2014: Cesky Krumlov, the Czech Republic

DrFumblefinger ·
Probably the prettiest small medieval town I've ever seen is Cesky Krumlov, a 2.5 hour drive southwest from Prague.  It seems little changed these past 500 years and fortunately was not damaged by bombing in the Great Wars.   The town is...
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May 20, 2016 : Bell Tower & Church, Zante, Greece.

Ian Cook ·
Some images of the beautiful Bell Tower & Church of Saint Dionysious, Zakynthos Town, Zante, Greece.
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April 28, 2016: Main Square, Krakow, Poland

Ottoman ·
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Krakow, be sure to see the main square of the Old Town.
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Three Days in San Diego

Marilyn Jones ·
Three days in San Diego, visiting both the historic Old Town and especially the world-famous San Diego Zoo and its Safari Park.
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Switzerland tries new buses with no drivers

PHeymont ·
If Google's self-driving cars seem a bit futuristic (even if one got pulled over by a cop for going too slow), consider this: starting next spring, Switzerland will actually put passengers on driverless buses for a two-year test.   The buses will...
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My Favourite City in Malaysia, George Town.

Janey Mae finds George Town an unexpected favorite, and a great place to get lost, and be found in. Read on to share her adventure...
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Sea Destinations in Croatia

Alex D ·
Croatia's smaller seaside towns are less-known that the bigger cities, but offer some of the best destinations, with great climate and a rich heritage.
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Antigua, Guatemala: A Walking Tour, Part 1

Lestertheinvestor ·
Antigua is one of Guatemala's oldest cities, and has some of its best-preserved colonial buildings—at least in part because after 1776 it was nearly-abandoned for 150 years. LestertheInvestor shows us around.
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Czechoslovak Hussite Church of Our Lady, Old Town, Prague

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband checked out the Czechoslovak Hussite Church of Our Lady in Old Town, Prague.
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August 22, 2018: Wolfy's Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois

Samantha ·
Samantha stops in at a Chicago favorite, and shares the story and the memories with us.
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Arcos de la Frontera, Spain (Where Gumbo was #296)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the lovely Spanish Hill Town of Arcos de la Frontera in Andalusia. Wander the historic lanes and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
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Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband fell in love with the city of Prague, and really enjoyed spending time on the famous Charles Bridge.
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (Where Gumbo was #301)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, situated on the shores of Lake Ontario. The town is a popular tourist destination.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

PHeymont ·
Thank you so much! I've been curious since flying over it on a clear summer day on a trans-Atlantic flight, and the more so since reading an Icelandic mystery set in part in Greenland. The realization that even to Icelanders, it remains, relatively, terra incognita made it seem even more fascinating.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Thanks. Indeed, there's a lot of people movement between Denmark and Greenland. There are flights from Iceland though I've never used them. I've never been conscious of much of an Icelandic presence at all in the West, wouldn't know about the East coast. With thousands of photos to choose from, this article gives only the briefest of impressions. )
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Travel Rob ·
Thank you ! I've been wanting to go to Greenland for years and now I know I have to make it happen someday! I can't wait to see part II.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating view of a rarely visited place! Thanks so much for sharing your love of Greenland with all of us. I've a few questions about basic tourist infrastructure. While I suspect you spend most of your time in the backcountry, what level of services are available in these towns? I'm specifically wondering about sleeping accomodations, food options (you mentioned that Chinese restaurant, which sounds intriguing), and relative prices. In my experiences, remote places like this are quite...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

My Thatched Hut ·
Thanks. Nice photos. In 30 years, I have never met anyone else that has been there. I have been to deserts in the Middle East and Africa and to jungles in the south but Greenland is really the most remote place I have ever been. Would love to go back. Tom
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Dr Fumblefinger : Happy to answer questions. Kangerlussuaq is fairly basic by comparison to what we're used to though I love the town and feel at home there now! It's a converted US airbase basically! (Can't browse to my photos from Insert/Edit Image button above?) Accommodation : airport hotel (good standard), campsite (very basic), private accommodation hire options exist though I've not used them in this town - as I'm also part of a wild goose research team, I can stay at the science...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

IslandMan ·
Excellent article and pictures! The arctic regions are on my wish list and this has certainly inspired me
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Thanks for that. I also loved Svalbard but there's so much more of the arctic I would like to see too. Originally Posted by IslandMan: Excellent article and pictures! The arctic regions are on my wish list and this has certainly inspired me
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Re: April 28, 2016: Main Square, Krakow, Poland

Ava ·
I just love the tiny Church of St. Wojciech. I'm glad that now I'll know what it is - and to look for it!
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Re: April 28, 2016: Main Square, Krakow, Poland

Ottoman ·
Hi Ava : ) You are going to love Krakow. The locals are very friendly, the scenery is beautiful, and the food is excellent and very reasonably priced. Enjoy your visit. I hope you share your adventures (along with pictures) with TravelGumbo upon your return...I (and our entire TravelGumbo family) would love to see them. By the way, if you have time, take a day to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and another day to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration/Extermination camps. Your best bet to see...
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Re: April 28, 2016: Main Square, Krakow, Poland

Ava ·
Thanks Ottoman! I'm really excited to hear all of the positive things about Krakow. We have already booked a tour at Auschwitz, but I don't know if we will have time to visit the salt mine (although it looks amazing). I'd be happy to share some photos.
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Re: April 28, 2016: Main Square, Krakow, Poland

GarryRF ·
The Salt Mines are one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. It would be a shame to miss seeing them. When you are in town you will see this building. It's the Rail Station. The salt mines are just a few stops along the line. 10 minutes. So easy to find. So worth it.
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Re: Three Days in San Diego

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! San Diego is a great city with some of the best weather anywhere. I haven't stayed at Hotel del Coronado, but I've been there several times and it really takes you back to a different time. Everything seems at a slower pace.
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Re: Three Days in San Diego

DrFumblefinger ·
San Diego is a great getaway. When I lived in the LA area, we enjoyed visiting San Diego at least once a year as part of a weekend getaway. Brings back some good memories.
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Re: April 28, 2016: Main Square, Krakow, Poland

GarryRF ·
In the main square, school children perform dances and theatre for passers by. Adults perform parades and fashion shows. During the summer when I was a visitor there was something on display most afternoons. Krakow is a beautiful city to walk around.
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Re: Czechoslovak Hussite Church of Our Lady, Old Town, Prague

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a great church! I loved visiting it. If you like astronomy, be sure you visit the grave of Tycho Brahe within the church.
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Re: Arcos de la Frontera, Spain (Where Gumbo was #296)

Professorabe ·
I agree completely - Arcos is well worth a visit. It lies at the edge of a mountainous area with relatively high rainfall, so you might not see as much sun as you perhaps expect in Spain. However, there are many nice places where you can shelter from a shower. Bar la Cárcel was our favourite. A word of warning: if you have a large hire car, leave it at the bottom. The streets further up are very narrow and we noticed that many local cars looked a bit like this one. Many houses and walls have...
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