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Re: Visit Canada! Kiss a Canadian

DrFumblefinger ·
I think there are three main problems Canadian tourism faces. 1) The weather. Very limited season, unless you want to ski. 2) Expensive airfares. In the last 5 years, air fares went from being competitive to being very expensive -- overly taxed, I guess. And predictably, when you charge more for something you get less of that activity. 3) Heightened border security between Canadian and US border can cause long delays and has greatly reduced cross border crossings in the past 15 years. It's...
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Re: Finally some good news! Whistler or Banff

Former Member ·
Wow - Congratulations on your win. Hope that the company sent piles of $$$ to the relief effort. I do not ski but, hey, if I won that prize I would pick whichever had the best scenery and go hang out be a roaring fire in the lodge. Awesome !
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Re: Finally some good news! Whistler or Banff

DrFumblefinger ·
I don't ski either (bad knees), but I've visited both of these destinations. There are pros and cons to each. Both is a little over an hour's drive from their closest major airport, Vancouver for Whistler and Calgary for Canmore. Whistler is close to the coast, but high up. So they usually have good snow, but depending on the year, it can get soggy by spring and sometimes ice crusted. Banff area is far more likely to have nice light powder during the spring break season. Some people swear by...
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Re: Mall of the Emirates

George G. ·
Unbelievable technology to maintain a ski resort in the desert. I believe the world's largest indoor ski resort just opened last summer which is the Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort in Harbin China.
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Re: Taos NM - Indian, Mexican, and Yarn

HistoryDigger ·
Great pictures!I wish I knew how to knit. You make it look fun and friendly. I have been to Taos four times for a writer's retreat at the Mable Dodge Luhan House , which is in walking distance to the Wired Cafe and other restaurants and shopping. It's also a quick drive to fantastic hiking. (Watch for rattlesnakes though.) And if you're up for a 13,000 ft hike or mountain biking, drive to the Taos Ski Valley . Kachina Peak has one of the best views in the world.
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Re: Airports, Airlines battle over passenger fees

DrFumblefinger ·
What I dislike are when fees are not used for what they're charged for. If airport improvement fees really are used to fix up and improve airports, I think most consumers are fine with that. But when they just get put into the general revenues of a city's cash pool, that bugs most of us. What a find far more unreasonable than this are the fees to change or cancel a flight. Often they approach or exceed the value of a ticket. That's really gouging the consumer.
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Re: Airports, Airlines battle over passenger fees

PHeymont ·
The other fees that especially bother me are the ones you never see in tickets, because they come out the back door. Compare airport car rental prices with off-airport of the same brand; compare the price of gum or candy at the airport or a neighborhood store. That’s airport revenue, too, either through a direct charge (car) or super-high-rents (newsstand)
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Re: Airports, Airlines battle over passenger fees

DrFumblefinger ·
Good points, PHeymont. I have noticed the extremely high fees imposed by airport car rentals. Sometimes these exceed the cost of the car rental itself.
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Re: Travel for Garden Lovers, Part I

DrFumblefinger ·
It's apparent that tea is an important component of these images. I'm curious -- does having tea enhance your garden experience?
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Re: Travel for Garden Lovers, Part I

PHeymont ·
I am a latecomer to tea, but I can testify that, like butter, it enhances every occasion.
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Re: Travel for Garden Lovers, Part I

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: I'm curious -- does having tea enhance your garden experience? DrF, Rogers & Astaire. Cable cars & San Francisco. Gardens & tea. One cannot be imagined without the other.
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Re: Travel for Garden Lovers, Part I

Dgems ·
Lovely photos......nice mature garden. I envy the roses......the deer eat mine!
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Re: Travel for Garden Lovers, Part I

PortMoresby ·
Dgems, maybe you should give Patricia Silva a call and ask her about her varieties of roses. She's up off 49, down Newtown Road and must have deer too. I don't recall fences that would inhibit them. The only one I checked was a David Austin variety, the pale pink climber in the horizontal photo above.
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Re: All of Europes countries rated - Food for thought

PHeymont ·
Well, if anyone looking for a place to go tried to use that list, I think they'd be disappointed. It's mostly a compilation of sophomore snark and one-liners...not to mention one-sided, treating Austria as if it were nothing but a place to ski, for example. The broader problem, I think, is the idea that everything can, or should be, ranked. I'd much rather have a list of "Ten restaurants I enjoyed" than one of the "Ten best restaurants in the world."
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Re: Norwegian Air to finally get U.S. license

Travel Rob ·
This is great news! And this license should really have an impact on trans-Atlantic prices.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hello again Theodore Sorry for the late response to your question. Personally, I do not think it is worth the time and effort it would take for you to drive to Duluth from Minneapolis for only one day in the winter time. The ride from Minneapolis to Duluth one way on Interstate 35 will take you 2.5 hours, and that's under good driving conditions. In the winter, chances are you will encounter bad weather, and that will definitely add to your driving time. Duluth doesn't shut down in the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

Dr.Y ·
Glad you like the pictures IslandMan. Yes Calgary and near by Banff National Park are beautiful parts of the world worth visit. If you are not into ski, summer (please note, it is very short here) is the best time to come. Let me know, I will take you to the best spot to see the bridge! Have a good day. Dr.Y
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Re: Historic Route 66 (pt 3) - Flagstaff to Gallup

PortMoresby ·
I spent some months in Flagstaff not so long ago, between my old home and moving into a new one and came to appreciate the town and all it has to offer. There's a great deal more to the place than a casual visitor might appreciate, and while traffic can get bogged down in ski season, I never felt it was too touristy. "Too touristy", for me, is businesses that cater to tourists, while Flagstaff caters to locals and the visitor's seem to like them, too. It's really more of a university town...
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A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

Marilyn Jones ·
  As I left the hotel in Winnipeg I was outfitted in all my brand new cold-weather gear headed for the airport and a two hour flight to the remote village of Churchill.  I prayed my preparation for facing the sub-zero temperatures and brutal...
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Silver Plume, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
  I love going on leisurely road trips -- the kind where you've several spare hours to pull over somewhere and explore.  If a place seems interesting, I like to check it out.   So it was this past summer while we were visiting...
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Emirates adds Orlando; more fuel on Open Skies fire?

PHeymont ·
Emirates, the largest of the Gulf carriers, has announced it will start a daily flight between Dubai and Orlando, starting September 1, using a B777.   The expansion comes at a time U.S. carriers are lobbying hard for limits on expansion into the...
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Crowded Skies: U.S. sets air passenger record

PHeymont ·
Nearly 850 airline passengers for 2014! To be exact, 848.1 million passengers (obviously some repeaters!) flew on domestic airlines last year, or on foreign airline flights to and from the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The...
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Europe Takes Issue with Gulf Carriers, too

Travel Rob ·
First, the American legacy carriers (American, Delta and United) had a  press conference on  March 5, stating   Emirates, Qatar and Etihad are violating the fair-play terms of their nations' "Open Skies" agreements with the U.S. by...
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Airports, Airlines battle over passenger fees

PHeymont ·
It's hard for a traveler to tell what's going on sometimes in the pot-calling-the-kettle-black wars of the air travel industry. We've covered elsewhere the dispute between the legacy airlines and the Gulf carriers over subsidies and "Open Skies."...
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U.S. ski resort giant takes a bite of Australia

PHeymont ·
U.S. ski resort operator Vail Resorts has paid $136 million to take over Australia's popular Mount Perisher ski area in the Snowy Mountains.   Vail, which owns a dozen or so ski areas in the U.S. (Colorado, California, Utah, Michigan and...
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Zermatt's Saint Bernards retire from pictures

PHeymont ·
Modern times have decimated traditional ways and images all over the world; this evening I was devastated to learn that the famous Saint Bernards whose image, with brandy keg, says "Alpine" whenever and wherever you see it, are no longer used in...
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But the GPS said...Alps-bound bus visits the Riviera

PHeymont ·
A couple of weeks ago, we published a News Link about a couple who followed their GPS off the road and into the water...now we've got one about a tour bus driver who set the wrong town on the device.   The driver of the ski-tour bus, organized...
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Open Skies? Fair Skies? Gulf competition stirs debate

PHeymont ·
U.S. airlines, which have usually pushed for "open skies" agreements that have let them expand into new markets previously closed except to the local domestic carriers, are now asking the Federal government to slow down, and perhaps renegotiate some...
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Ski operators battle to be 'King of the Hill'

PHeymont ·
Vail and Aspen operators in competing moves to dominate North American ski-resort industry
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July 11, 2017: North Yorkshire Landscapes

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
Paul Hunter shares more shots from his travels in North Yorkshire, North York Moors area, and the Yorkshire Dales in summer.
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Ala Moana Center, Waikiki: World's Largest Open-Air Mall

Samantha ·
Samantha takes us to Hawaii's biggest shopping mall, which is also the largest open air mall anywhere.
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Germany: World-record cable car almost ready

PHeymont ·
A two-mile-long cable-car ride to the top of Germany's highest peak opens mid-December, replacing an old record-holder.
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July 27, 2017: Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

Ottoman ·
While attending a family function in the Carson City Nevada area, Ottoman took advantage of a free afternoon and drove to Lake Tahoe.
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Dubai gets a rooftop drive-in

PHeymont ·
Dubai has a new drive-in theater, on the roof of a mall, just behind the indoor ski slope.
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Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Trip to Russia

Sophie V. (Guest) ·
Sophie offers some helpful suggestions to those making their first joiurney to Russia (sponsored content)
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7 Incredible Places to Visit on a Holiday

Sameer N (Guest) ·
Looking for some terrific places for an exotic vacation? Check out some of these suggestions (sponsored content)
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Albuquerque: Southwest Culture and Nature

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L. visits some of Albuquerque's excellent tourist attractions
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Ice hotel? Now Japan has an ice village!

PHeymont ·
In Hokkaido, a snow resort goes one-up on ice hotels with an entire village of ice shops and cafes.
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China's Olympic bullet trains: No driver!

PHeymont ·
Hold on tight! China has the world's fastest driverless train, and it's headed straight to the Winter Olympics.
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As climate changes, snowless ski resorts

PHeymont ·
The continuing rise in temperatures is depriving ski resorts of consistent snow in the Alps.
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Travel for Garden Lovers, Part II

PortMoresby ·
    If you missed it, begin with 'Travel for Garden Lovers: Part I' .       To recap:  Gardens and their houses have often been the focus of my travels, in Europe and the United States. Searching online recently, looking...
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Travel for Garden Lovers, Part I

PortMoresby ·
  Gardens and their houses have often been the focus of my travels, in Europe and the United States.  The gardens are most important, the houses also of great interest to me, but a bulky camera and the body of work built with it proves my...
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AccorHotels Will Open Hotels in Iran

Travel Rob ·
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 28, 2015: Maroon Bells, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
    These beautiful mountains, part of the Colorado Rockies, are the Maroon Bells which are located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, near Aspen.  They're among the most photographed peaks in Colorado -- and among the most...
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Rome airport's Terminal 3 to re-open soon

PHeymont ·
Terminal 3 at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport will re-open by the end of July, the local mayor told an Italian Senate panel on Tuesday. That will allow the restoration of normal service at the airport, although the terminal will still need...
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Grevin Opens its 1st Asian Wax Museum in Seoul

Travel Rob ·
            Gangnam Style : Photo by TG Member Kingtikitaki Grevin's newest waxwork museum opened its doors in Seoul on Thursday, because of South Korea's pop culture that is so popular throughout...
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Winter fantasy for land of permanent summer

PHeymont ·
Planned indoor ski area in Oman Oman, considered one of the hottest countries in the world, is set to get an Alpine ski resort, with real snow, if not ever a real winter.   The faux-Alps will be built in Oman's capital, Muscat, as part of a...
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Portland, Oregon - Part III - Escaping

HistoryDigger ·
After a week in Portland's restaurants and gardens, we were ready for nature. One of Portland's closest and most popular natural attractions is Multnomah Falls , the second highest, year-round waterfall in the nation. Getting there by car is easy;...
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Eurostar expands routes for winter skiing

PHeymont ·
If cruisers are dreaming of Caribbean warmth for the coming winter (see item above), skiiers are already thinking of freshly-packed powder and warm drinks after...so now, in the heat of summer, we are seeing the winter services being announced.  ...
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Ski train (yes, ski!) sold out on Eurostar

PHeymont ·
Much of Europe is blazing in temperatures in the 90s, but some people are obviously already thinking ahead to the winter...perhaps to take their minds off the summer. Eurostar has announced that all tickets on its special direct-to-the-Alps trains...
 
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