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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 25, 2015. St. Augustine, Florida

TravelingCanuck ·
Thanks for the memories. I remember visiting St Augustine on a family vacation in the early 70s. My favorite sites were the old fort and the Ripleys museum.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#85)

Roderick Simpson ·
This is a difficult one, but the recent clues may help. Famous cultural centres at one end of a country with palm trees in the past few years are few. I can think of Sydney Opera House and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Maybe this building is in Southern Spain, although I don't know where.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#85)

Jonathan L ·
Congratulations to PortMorsby for correctly identifying that Gumbo was enjoying an afternoon coffee in the Cafe at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art! The full reveal will be posted tomorrow and and a new Where in the World will be here on Saturday.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#85)

PHeymont ·
Actually, I tried looking at Google Images for Los Angeles County Museum of Art...there are hundreds of images, and none of them actually looks quite like the puzzle picture. Well-puzzled, Jonathan and PortMoresby, and all the rest...
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Re: A small plaque high on the wall...

PortMoresby ·
The story of the Black Death and it's ongoing effects over the centuries is a fascinating one. One of the most evocative places I've been in England was to Eyam in Derbyshire, where houses have signs posted at the sidewalks for passersby to know the individuals and families taken by the plague. The village is not an empty museum site, but a living place, attached firmly to it's history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyam One of my all-time favorite books is 'Year of Wonders', by Geraldine...
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Re: Iceland's newest museum: 23 full-size whales!

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a lot of whales! Iceland also has a brilliant whale museum to the north, the small costal town of Husavik. An great place to spend a half day. Husavik also is home to the phallus museum (you read that correctly).
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Re: Iceland's newest museum: 23 full-size whales!

PHeymont ·
Actually, the phallus museum, looking to expand and reach a wider audience, relocated to Reykjavik two years ago...
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Re: Iceland's newest museum: 23 full-size whales!

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Actually, the phallus museum, looking to expand and reach a wider audience, relocated to Reykjavik two years ago... What!?! They've relocated the phalluses???
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#109)

DrFumblefinger ·
Agree, PHeymont. Looks like an artsy building. Probably a concert auditorium but I could see an museum or art gallery in here, too.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo, #104

Xenophile ·
From the looks of things its a fairly antiquated cockpit without any leds or other highly modern instruments. From the total lack of modern instruments and the view out the cockpit I'd have to think it that this is a museum piece and the piece of hardware is undoubtably western. I'm looking forward to both the guesses of our Gumbo seekers and what the actual answer here is (I'm in the dark)!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 26, 2014: The Hope Diamond, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Ottoman ·
DrFumblefinger, if you by chance came across any incriminating headlines, you didn't see anything. Now, thanks to TravelGumbo, I can research a nice quiet getaway...I mean retirement destinaiton for myself (cough cough).
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Re: Gasoline Alley: The signs

Marilyn Jones ·
What an awesome museum and collection of auto-related signs!! Very interesting article about Gasoline Alley!
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Re: Eurostar, Eurotunnel, ferries shut by sailor protests

DrFumblefinger ·
PM -- I think we should be grateful the guillotine is now housed in the museum and not dragged along to these events.
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Re: The Hudson River Museum - Yonkers NY

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Jonathan L ! Sounds like the museum and Yonkers are worth spending a little time in! I'll see if I can't go on my next trip to New York.
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Re: U.S. Customs House, Battery Park, NYC (Where Gumbo was #110)

Travel Rob ·
What an incredible building! Great reveal and photos!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#327)

Professorabe ·
“We are clearly at some exhibition or in a museum of some kind. But what is the subject matter?”
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Re: Art, Architecture, History and More in Fun Frederick, MD

George G. ·
One of our sister agencies called the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center was located in Fort Detrick in Frederick Maryland. I visited AFMIC a number of times and your photos of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine brought back memories. I have not toured Frederick village itself, but your story has prompted me to put it on my list of places to visit.
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Re: Rambling South of Broad, Charleston

George G. ·
The "Holy City" is one of my favorite historical places. Gibbes Museum of Art and Bowens Island Restaurant are not to be missed.
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Re: Toyota Auto Museum, Nagakute, Japan

Travel Rob ·
The museum does have a little info in Japanese and English in front of the cars and on the walls. And like the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart or the Petersen in Los Angeles, the building itself is also very well designed.
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Re: Edinburgh tells its 'People's Story'

PortMoresby ·
If you liked this museum I recommend another, different but complimentary, the Back to Backs in Birmingham. A group of dwellings in the city center that somehow escaped urban renewal, it's been turned into a museum by the Nation Trust and recreates working people's homes of several eras, fascinating. https://www.nationaltrust.org....ingham-back-to-backs
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Re: Franschhoek Motor Museum, South Africa

GarryRF ·
I would never have expected to find a World Class Motor Museum in this corner of the Globe. Fascinating display that I could stay in and marvel at it's magnificence. For days. Another wonderful display of Motoring history.
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Re: Franschhoek Motor Museum, South Africa

Professorabe ·
South Africa is a country that constantly challenges your expectations. There seems to be a lot of interest in classic cars, at least in the Western Cape. This is another car museum. I must admit that it did not look too promising when we arrived (see first photo), but there were quite a few gems if you cared to look for them (as illustrated below).
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Re: Franschhoek Motor Museum, South Africa

GarryRF ·
I can see a 60s Ford Capri on the right - Europe's answer to the Mustang !
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Re: 100 Years of Flight in Kitty Hawk, NC

DrFumblefinger ·
I empathize with your rainy, muddy experience. That is no fun. As I recall, Kitty Hawk is also very windy, one of the reasons the Wright brothers chose it. They knew if they could fly their plane into the wind for some distance, no one could challenge the fact that they had flown a heavier than air machine. I regard this as one of the greatest stories of the 20th century. Two creative guys from a bicycle shop in the midwest designed and developed a successful flying machine. It didn't take a...
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Re: Germany's most unusual museums await you

DrFumblefinger ·
That's definitely a museum I'd go out of my way to see.....
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Re: Around the World in a Day with Coca-Cola

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Samantha! The Taste It Sampling Bar was by far the highlight for me too. I enjoyed the sodas from Africa the best. The Downtown location of the museum is great. The Georgia Aquarium is across from it, the Civil and Human Rights Museum is behind it and on the other side of the street is Centennial Olympic Park. Not to mention you're only a few blocks away from one of the great hamburger and hot dog drive-in's, 'The Varsity' .
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Re: Around the World in a Day with Coca-Cola

DrFumblefinger ·
I guess it's time to head to Atlanta soon. I never knew this museum existed, and I love Coke products! Thanks, Samantha!
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Re: Campaigners ask: Can the QE2 be saved?

PortMoresby ·
A sad story, but not unusual. People get attached to ships, maybe why they're called "she" instead of "it". My son was in the Navy, on the magnificent aircraft carrier USS Ranger, CV61, one of several of that name, the first in 1777, commanded by John Paul Jones. The end of his tour was also Ranger's last, after a voyage to the Persian Gulf for a goodbye battle. Retired just afterward (1993) and stored in Bremerton, WA, I read yesterday that as I write this, Ranger is sailing under tow...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#116)

DrFumblefinger ·
The place featured in these puzzles was gifted to a museum in the historic city in which it's located by a generous gentleman. This city is well known for its famous educational institutions. A few more views are included: Does this help you figure out where Gumbo is?
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Re: J. M. W. Turner in San Francisco

PortMoresby ·
Don't let them hear that capital D in de Young. If you change your mind and visit SF before July 19th, you can hop over to the Legion of Honor and catch the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection show, too.
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Re: Portland, Oregon - Part III - Escaping

Jonathan L ·
Thanks again for a wonderful view of the Portland area. If you had continued East along the Columbia River you would have reached the Maryhill Museum . This fascinating collection of art started as the dream of Samuel Hill who was president of the Seattle Gas and Electric Company around the start of the 20th century. He hoped to build a Quaker farming community, but irrigation proved too difficult. Istead he was convinced to turn his mansion into an art museum. His collection was eclectic. I...
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Re: Feb. 11, 2016: Flatiron Building, New York City

PHeymont ·
Love to meet you there (or anywhere, since I don't think there's public access to the roof!)...and I'll be glad to buy the Guinness, since it turns out I was wrong about the triangle...the corner of 22nd St. and 5th Avenue is the right angle. You might find this article about it interesting: The Museum of Math did what might be called a performance piece, with 500 mathematicians measuring it in lightsticks and applying the Pythagorean theorem...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 13, 2013: Jeronimos Monastery

Former Member ·
Prince Henry certainly knew how to overnight sailors in style. I have visited this museum and found it just terrific. It is worthwhile for seaman and landlubber alike. The original church on the site was built about 1450 by Prince Henry the Navigator, and became the place where sailors spent the night before leaving on the expeditions that built Portugal’s colonial empire.
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Re: Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
I found the dinosaurs in Alberta, and the Wooly Mammoths in the Yukon, but more on that sometime in the future....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 17, 2013: Portland steamship, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

PHeymont ·
Fascinating to see how many forms tugs and towboats take! Here's one from New York with a similar history. She's the W.O. Decker, one of the last steam tugs built in New York Harbor (1930) and also later converted to diesel...and also retired in the 1980s. She's a tiny tug, built to move barges in an out of the small coves and streams that join New York Harbor. Since 1986, the W.O. Decker has belonged to the South Street Seaport Museum. I was fortunate to have had a harbor cruise that...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 2) the German cars

DrFumblefinger ·
I was quite amazed at what you can do to restore a vehicle if you have the time, money and the inclination. A great thing about the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum is that it sits beside a machinest shop. We met a machinist while there who was custom making parts for one of the cars in the collection. The benefit of having your own factory to help you rebuild your car collection!!
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
Great pics of great cars. I will put the Tampa Bay Museum on my list of things to see. Additionally, The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky is awesome, as well. It includes a 50's diner cafe featuring period stuff for lunch. Less than a mile away is the Corvette assembly plant, which offers tours. This is the only place in the whole wide world where Corvettes are assembled. Both are definitely worth a visit. The National Packard Museum is located In Warren, Oh and is small, but...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

DrFumblefinger ·
All good information to know, rbciao! I think cars and travel mix quite nicely and nothing better than having a reason to go somewhere. I do recommend the Tampa Bay Automobile collection, but it is mostly focused on cars of the 1930s and 1940s and is not just American, but global in its scope. The last piece in this series will feature the French car collection, likely the museum's best. The owner of the museum and car collection is originally from France.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
The National Corvette Museum and the nearby GM assembly plant are located in Bowling Green, Ky. and both venues are really worth a visit. The museum is just off of I-65 at exit 28, so it is easy to find. Plus, there are signs on the interstate in both directions making it well marked. We saw the signs when we were southbound on our way to Louisiana and decided to stop on our way home. We figured an hour in each location and we spent over two hours in each. We could have spent many, many...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you for the comment, WorkerBee. I agree that these were the most interesting cars, with such varied designs and mechanical specifications. And they were beautiful machines. The surprise for me in the museum were their Czech cars, of which I knew little. Very beautiful and with remarkable engineering. Would love to give one of them a drive! A car sophisticate like yourself would enjoy this unusual collection. It's worth going a little out of your way to see next time you make it to Florida.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DanielEllsworth ·
Truly this is a great car museum; I like this wonderful French car collection. I am looking to buy the 1952 DeLaHaye 235 car, but I am bit worried whether we will get their performance parts on the market or not. Though I have explored the salvage yard of sites like sturtevantauto.com , buyusedengine.com etc. but couldn’t find the specific model here. Can you please guide me on this?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Hello DanielEllsworth, My best bit of advice is to contact the museum staff directly, as they own and have refurbished all of these wonderful cars. They could give you much better information about restoration engine maintenance that I could. This is the link to their contact page on the website. I have found them to be very enthusiastic and helpful because of their love of and passion for the cars they own. Good luck with that 52! A beautiful machine!
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Re: Say Goodbye to the DC-10; Last Passenger Flights Next Month

Former Member ·
The good ole DC-10. That was the plane that took us places. Sorry to see her go, but on to the modern fleets. Hope to visit this aircraft in the museum in Seattle.
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Re: Aviation Museums: Another good reason to fly

arion ·
The Aviation Museum in Bourget, outside of Paris, can be very easily reached, by the way, on Bus No. 350 from Gare de l'Est. This same bus also goes to CDG at a cost of 3 metro/bus tickets. Norma
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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: NYC-The Lower East Side

PHeymont ·
Thanks for this piece, and especially the notes on the Lower 'Eat' Side. I used to live not far away from Katz and Yonah Schimmel, although in those days I couldn't afford them as often as I might have liked...but I remember enjoying the aromas even when I couldn't eat! By the way, Russ and Daughters has just opened a small sitdown cafe where their "appetizing" can be enjoyed. The Tenement Museum is a great place for families; I've taken small school groups there. Each apartment in the...
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Re: Finding Reiner 4: Who Was He?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for another moving piece. Those illustrations by Maria Lebedeva are museum quality!
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Re: Visiting John Steinbeck country. 1) Salinas: the Steinbeck House

Lynn Millar ·
Thanks for the excellent tour. I haven't been there yet. I'm starting to notice the details of your pictures - that staircase looks more like a ladder - oh, so steep. (Look forward to the museum, I have been there.) - Lynn
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Re: Wandering in Prague

HistoryDigger ·
Lovely pictures. I appreciate knowing the details too. My family and I spent a week in Prague and and enjoyed every slow day. We rented an Old Town apartment through VRBO and were happy with the quiet, rooftop location three minutes to the square but quieted enough not to feel pressed by tourists. Lobokicz Palace museum was a highlight for us all. http://www.lobkowicz.cz/en/
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