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Re: Visiting and Then Moving to Sunny Brisbane

GarryRF ·
Brisbane truly is an amazing city. I was there at Christmas time when the weather is really HOT. The beach is illuminated so the kids can have fun after sunset without burning their skin. The Drive Thru Bottle Shop. Santa Claus and his helpers all arrived on Harley Davidson motor bikes. Surfers Paradise and the Slots everywhere ! The Meter Maids in their Gold Bikinis rolling around on their skates adding quarters to Parking Meters about to run out. The Gold Coast is one of those places you...
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Re: Lanai: Sorry, Island Closed for Renovation

DrFumblefinger ·
Any idea how long the island is going to be closed? I'd hope to visit Lanai in about 2 years. Must be nice to buy your own Hawaiian Island -- and interesting to see if this "green" scheme will work. Lanai has limited resources, except for lots of sunshine a great weather.
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Re: Discovering Art and History at Göttweig Abbey

George G. ·
My wife and I took a fantastic road trip down the banks of the Danube from Germany to Vienna. We stopped and toured Stift Gottweig (photo attached) which was a terrific find as you have described. Likewise our weather that day was blustery and chilly during our Thanksgiving holiday back in the mid-1990's. The nearby town of Krems was also a nice stop (photo of the Krems Steiner Tor (stone city gate)) is also attached. Enjoyed your travel description that rekindles the memories of that road trip.
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

Former Member ·
Well, I kinda thought it looked Florida, too. I don't see any mountains in there, just sorta low hills, I guess. If they got any real mountains in Florida, Disney built em. But the clothes don't look wrong, unless you think it's summer. And they're not kids...kids don't know how to dress for the weather. So I think FlashFlyer might be right.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 29: Reflections on Reykjavik's Tjornin

Travel Luver ·
That's a great photo, Pheymont! Guess I'll have to add Iceland to my trip of destinations -- after Portugal, that is!
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Re: Weekend getaways. Where's your favorite spot

Theodore Behr ·
That's a fun question! Living in SoCal, there's lots of great places to getaway to. But there are 2 I really like. In the winter I like Palm Springs. Great weather, wildflowers, the mountains and desert. It's great! In the summer I like to go to Big Bear in the mountains. Beautiful mountain scenery. Great trees and lots of cabins. Both places are great!
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

PortMoresby ·
I've traveled independently in Morocco a number of times now, it became my favorite destination from the first trip 15 years ago. You've made a good choice. Regarding your reading, literature aside, I have a number of guides and my first choice is still Lonely Planet, bought prior to my first visit and subsequent editions as the years have gone by. If you don't have one I suggest you get one. I won't suggest you not go in February but don't think because it's largely desert that it's...
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Re: Magnificent Plaza de Espana

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks like the weather couldn't be finer, JohnT. It's snowing and windy outside here, today. Enjoy it while you can!
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Re: A Visit to Ireland (Part 5): the town of Dingle

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, Garry. I was in Dingle in October, but we had nice weather. And it was unusually sunny, which was appreciated and made for more interesting photography. Snow is rare in southwestern Ireland because of the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. So while it rarely gets really warm, it rarely gets really cold. One camera? Who travels with only one camera Garry? I thought you've have learned to travel with twins by now!
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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, Jan. 09, 2014: Roadside produce stand, Southern Sri Lanka

Travel Rob ·
great photos of the Vietnam market too. Mosquitoes like to vacation in Florida!The only thing they don't like is Deet and cold weather
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

DrFumblefinger ·
Completely agree with my colleague and dear friend. (Folks may not know that Dr.Y and Dr.F are specialists in the same field). If you want the best weather and maybe to attend the Calgary stampede, come in early July. Warmest weather (and the summers are beautiful, non humid and the days long) is July and August. My favorite time of year is in September, especially the week after labor day. The crowds are greatly thinned, the weather is still lovely, and the alpine areas of the mountains are...
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Re: When the Going Gets Rough, the Tough Go Sailing

Former Member ·
We wore our full foulies (foul weather gear) and PFDs (personal flotation devices - life jackets). This was on a day when the America's Cup race was cancelled due to conditions. Our fleet can report that neither boat nor crew were lost. " Semper Paratus "
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Re: Newgrange archaeological site, Valley of the Boyne, Ireland

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, TravelRob! It was taken mid-afternoon, on a day that was mostly cloudy (with the sun breaking through a few times). Typical Irish weather.
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Re: Planning a Road Trip

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting tripod, TravelandNature, but you won't catch me on anything that potentially could launch me as a projectile at 60 mph. And, unless you're very macho, you'll not enjoy yourself in bad weather. So if you want to walk on the wild side, rent a convertible, or buy an older one, drive it for a month and sell it in Seattle (not exactly a city for convertibles, except on rare days). Regarding on where to go and how to plan the trip, I'd make a point of going by my local AAA...
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Re: Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PHeymont ·
Sorry, Dr. F...we would have stopped by there, but the weather was looking worse...and I knew he'd have told me "Please don't stop the rain..."
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Re: Tokyo on the Cheap

DrFumblefinger ·
A nice piece, Rob. I've always been intimidated at tackling Tokyo on my own, but you've helped me summon up the courage. I especially want to visit that fish auction. When is the best season to travel to Tokyo? Maybe answer this from two perspectives 1) Best weather 2) Least busy with tourists. Thanks!
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Re: Tokyo on the Cheap

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: A nice piece, Rob. I've always been intimidated at tackling Tokyo on my own, but you've helped me summon up the courage. I especially want to visit that fish auction. When is the best season to travel to Tokyo? Maybe answer this from two perspectives 1) Best weather 2) Least busy with tourists. I would answer Spring for both cases. Fall would be my second choice. The summer can be humid and the winter a bit chilly. While foreign tourism is up, most likely...
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Re: Olympic Ski Jump, Calgary, Alberta

Dr.Y ·
BEST WISHES TO ALL OLYMPIC ATHLETES, PEACE AND SUCCESS!
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Re: Gallery: Grand Army of the Republic Highway. One of the Most Scenic Road Trips in America!

Travel Rob ·
Thank you for the great photos! I've taken the Interstate many times and it is indeed very scenic.The weather can change rapidly so your precautions people should take note of. Also make sure your car is in tip top shape. The Rockies are a tough climb and I've personally had a transmission go out on me on the journey.
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Re: Hawaii: Coping with Hurricane Ana

PortMoresby ·
And another wonder...I wonder how many parks have signs ready on a shelf for closings due to "severe weather" and "tropical storm".
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 17, 2014: Fish Creek Park, Calgary

DrFumblefinger ·
You picked the perfect morning for these photos, SCP. The light in winter in Calgary is really superb for photos, and you did a great job with these. Happy Holidays to you as well!
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Re: Tuktoyaktuk: A village on the Arctic Coast of Canada

GarryRF ·
Hi Tom. I live in the UK. We're not lovers of cold weather, but we did have a night 10 months ago when it fell below freezing for a few hours. Some say "Global Warming" but I say the Jet Stream got stuck in its usual "Summer" position and Caribbean winds kept us warm. We don't have a mosquito problem here ( 200 miles north of London) but I'm curious to know. Are there any noticeable changes to your weather ? Longer summers or wetter winters ? I remember studying the shifting Polar Ice Caps...
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Re: Tuktoyaktuk: A village on the Arctic Coast of Canada

My Thatched Hut ·
I don't know much about global warming. I suspect that pollution contributes to it, but these things also happen on their own as we know from ice ages and warming periods in the past. I have noticed long periods of warm weather but then it gets cold again. I have read that the Arctic ice is melting but this coming winter is predicted to be very cold here in Canada. Although I have travelled in the Arctic, I have not spent enough time there to observe any climate changes. There are scientists...
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Re: Rio de Janiero - Part 1

DrFumblefinger ·
Assuming nice weather and a clear day, about how much time would it take to get up to Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer statue) by train. look around and return?
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
I do not believe that the burning of fossils fuels has any effect on the direction of the Jet Stream. Which in turn controls the weather around the world. I do believe that the Petro-Chemical Refineries from the New Jersey coast and further south releasing tons of nasty unwanted chemicals into the atmosphere does have a big effect on the de-forestation of Europe with acid rain. They release this gas when the wind is blowing east across the Atlantic. And when the wind suddenly changes the...
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
While I certainly agree with you about the refineries (remember how close to some of them I live) the jetstream is hardly the only factor involved in weather and climate. I'm not best equipped to explain more...that's the domain of my wife the science teacher...but it's clear there's a scary future ahead...
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
The Jet Stream is responsible for the California drought. The Polar Vortex you've been suffering from - and for the UK not having frosty weather since last November. English strawberries in Winter and de-icing salt being 15cents for a 10 kilo sack ! Its not yet April and I've cut the grass twice ! Blame it all on the Jet Stream.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

DrFumblefinger ·
You would enjoy it, DrY! It is a great spring break destination to visit with the kids. Nice weather -- not too hot -- with great scenery and lots of things to do. We can talk about it offline sometime.
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: A truly beautiful place! I imagine the kayaking and fishing are quite good. Are there any alligators about/ Is it a first come, first serve campground, or are reservations allowed? The kayaking and fishing are out of this world! No worries about running across any gators, they like fresh water and Ft. DeSoto is salt water, but there are sharks! Reservations are recommended at the campground, especially during the winter and spring months. The summer...
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Re: The flowers are saying, 'it's spring!'

Jonathan L ·
Now that the weather is nice go to Pete's Drive-in for a burger and a shake.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 22, 2014: Columbia Icefields, Alberta

GarryRF ·
Great photos Dr Y. Is this an all year tourist resort or would I freeze to death in winter ? I presume this remains sub zero all year due to its elevation. Does it contain any wildlife ? Is it receding with warmer weather ? We see pictures of areas where glacier ice is disappearing but there are areas we don't see where it's on the increase. I remember being taught about shifting ice regions in the 1950's and all this alarmist talk today seems to be just a continuation of normality.
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking in the Subalpine Splendor of Sunshine Meadows

MsNomadica ·
Those photographs are wonderful, they're really giving me the itch to be there in person again. My visit to Banff and Lake Louise many years ago is one of my fondest travel memories. Imo, Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful, majestic and peaceful places to spend time. Recently, I've been considering going back, but I'm not one for cold weather. So it's gone on my list for next summer and I'm really looking forward to it. The last time I went, we drove from Seattle, and the drive through...
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Re: Gold Country, California: The Great Republic of Rough & Ready

PHeymont ·
Love the pictures, love the names, probably have the answer on Deerlick. Chances are it refers to a spot with a natural salt deposit; deer and other animals lick it to help keep their electrolyte balance, just as we people (in my childhood) took salt tablets in hot weather...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 15, 2014:The Highways of the 1700's

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: No personal experience DrF. l live a 5 minute walk to the above canal. It's nice to take a stroll - even when we have a cold winter ! http://new.englishholidaycruises.co.uk/ Looks interesting ! GarryRF, When the weather gets like that there, I thinks it's time to visit Florida or Cuba!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 15, 2014:The Highways of the 1700's

GarryRF ·
Hi Rob. I think people who live in warm climates should be taught the pleasures of Winter ! Cold weather can be pleasant too - and fun ! Then when my fingers go numb I'll go online and book the Caribbean ! People say "how lucky you are to go away 3 or 4 times a year". Yes - but I don't drive a new car that brings me to tears when it gets scratched ! Getting my priorities right !!
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Re: Everglades City, Florida -- where the Mangroves meet the Sea

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Dr.Y: Karl, this looks like a fun place to have vacation! It was a lot of fun, DrY! The airboat rides especially were quite thrilling. Believe everyone in your family would enjoy this. We were there in December and had great weather. The weather during summer holidays would be very difficult, very hot, very humid. And lots of mosquitoes.
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Re: Leaning Towers: It's Not Just About Pisa!

Jonathan L ·
The Olympic Tower in Montreal was built, among other reasons to house an observation deck (which it still has) and the mechanism for a retractable roof to the stadium next door. This was because the stadium was home to the Montreal Expos and weather in Montreal in April can be a little chilly. Unfortunately the retractable roof never worked (I think it was tried once and jammed) and they had to convert it to a closed dome.
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 29, 2014: Winter in Sorrento

PortMoresby ·
  Mid-December and moving north from Egypt and Malta, Sorrento was our base for a few days before heading for Rome and home.  The weather was mild, as the potted flowers on the doorstep attest, mostly overcast with an occasional shower....
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Historic Route 66 (pt 4) - Gallup to Albuquerque

Jonathan L ·
The last leg of my journey on Route 66 was from Gallup to Albuquerque. The is a lot to see on this leg, but I rushed to meet The Amazing Ms. D ,who was flying in to Albuquerque for a writers workshop. Therefore I only had time for one thing. I chose...
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Visiting Patagonia. 3) Los Glaciares National Park: Perito Moreno Glacier

DrFumblefinger ·
  Our adventure in Patagonia is just beginning!  We're going to start visiting and exploring those places people travel thousands of miles to see.   El Calafate may be a pretty little town but no one comes to Patagonia just to see it....
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 14, 2014: Koh Phangan

Non Stop Destination ·
  We arrived at Koh Phangan, famous for its parties, right after the infamous Full Moon party. Backpackers were leaving while we still had to discover the party island.   I’m not a party enthusiast, so I was reasonably pleased to see...
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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge – The Creepy and the Miraculous

GutterPup ·
  If you follow Interstate 275 south through the city of St. Petersburg, Florida until you run out of land, you’ll be greeted by a gentle slope of road that seemingly rises from the waters of the Tampa Bay. This...
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Musee de Confluences Opens in Lyon Tomorrow

Travel Rob ·
                                             Wikimedia Photo- Tibidibtibo   The Musee de Confluences in Lyon...
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Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
Quebec, like New York, is both a city and a state (or rather, a province).  It’s an island of French heritage and culture within our Anglo-North American continent.   We combined this visit with stops in Montreal and...
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A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
True to its history, our visit to the coast of Normandy was cool, windy and wet -- but that's how it's been for thousands of years.  Many an armada was delayed in leaving or landing on these shores because of inclement weather, including the...
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The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Volcanoes never cease to fascinate me!  Something about their massive size and primal earth shaping power appeals to my sense of curiosity and awe.  So it’s not surprising that I find Haleakala to be Maui’s most interesting place...
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