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Re: Shunpiking Through Northern Ohio

GarryRF ·
I enjoy your journeys around " Small Town USA". The US has such a wealth of history. You should write a book so that Brits like me know where to search for new ventures - ready for my next trip across the pond. Thank You.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
Congratulations Worker Bee! Nice write up PHeymont! The Black Church holds some significant memories for me personally as does the whole city. In the aerial shot, if you look closely, you will also find some drab communist era apartment buildings. The time of Ceausescu and the Securitate was a time no one who lived in the country will forget. It was also Romania's baby boom when a lot people of people were born due to no birth control. The Romanian people are talented and o pen and I...
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Re: Hello Kitty meals for Hello Kitty hotel guests

Samantha ·
O my goodness. My husband and I have a friend who is obsessed with Hello Kitty. I wonder if she knows about this place Weill have to share. Thanks...
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Re: Touring Historic B&Bs in Charming Havre de Grace

George G. ·
I like the Russian Room and all the outdoor seating areas. Thanks for the terrific article and colorful photographs.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #40

DrFumblefinger ·
Mac -- there are S-o-o-o-ooo many military coups around the world on a nearly everyday basis.... But indeed, the military took control of this place recently
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Re: High Tech Goes Low Tech

DrFumblefinger ·
Interesting piece. Printed color is expensive. Color photos on line are not. And I doubt any printed piece could compete with the W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L photos we have on TravelGumbo, right?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#343)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Review all prior clues and see if you can put it all together. Reveal goes up Monday, so good luck solving this.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

PHeymont ·
Actually, that's only one way of looking at it...another is that it may push many people (I included) to resume cash tips. The "convenient" suggested amounts, which even now appear on many slips can be very deceptive, both because they usually place the normal or usual amount as if it were the lowest "acceptable" amount, but also because often—not always—they calculate percent not on the restaurant bill but on the total of the bill plus tax. The difference can be significant. Interestingly,...
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

GarryRF ·
In the UK where we've had chip and pin cards for years we never include the tip with the total. Always cash to the waiter. We know how unscrupulous Restaurant owners can be.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

Travel Rob ·
It is safer that the card doesn't leave our sight with the chip cards and cash tips seem to be the answer. I don't know the statistics on the percent of people not carrying cash, but I know several young people that almost never carry cash.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

JohnT ·
We've had suggested amounts for years on the machines. I was just in Ireland where tips weren't usually included as an option on the bill I never had the right amount of cash. Frankly maybe I'm lazy but I don't mind having the option on the machine. It's been a while. Nice to see you all (metaphorically that is).
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

PHeymont ·
Note that the tip suggestions on the machines have a habit of creeping up. New York cab tips were about 15% for years, as a standard, and as recently as 2 years ago, a Times survey found that was about the norm. But...when you pay by credit card, the machine offers a choice of 20%, 25% or 30%. To use 15%, you have to go back one step in the process, make a manual entry, and then back to the close-out screen...all while you're trying to get out of the cab and stop holding up traffic. I'll bet...
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

Travel Rob ·
According to that link I posted above, tipping is up for NY Taxis 10% with those default setting tips and they are expecting an increase at restaurants too now.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

Travel Rob ·
Good seeing you JohnT!
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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: A Field of (Rusted) Dreams

Travel Rob ·
This has been by far TravelGumbo's most popular blog so far. Some questions we had answered from followers. Thanks! The address of the field was 13155 North Broadway, Cortez, Colorado. According to custom rod and restoration, the bulk of the property was sold and he just took o r moved the last of the cars. So good PHeymont took the photos in the fields heyday!
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Travel Rob ·
Wow, such a cool walking trip! I have to take one of these canal walks now!
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Mac ·
A lovely blog PM delightful to read your 'take' on the canals. We have a very active canal restoration group working in our area - the Stroudwater Canal. They have a virtual lifetime's work ahead of them to complete the ambitious projects that they have underway - but they are making progress!
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

PHeymont ·
I've enjoyed canoeing and walking on some of our eastern canals (Chesapeake and Potomac, Delaware and a couple of others) but unfortunately we don't seem to have kept serious stretches in shape for either shipping or recreation as has happened in England and France...too bad for us! Looks like a lovely walk...
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Dgems ·
WOW that brings back memories......makes me want to go back to England ! Thanks for the pleasant journey!
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Re: Plugged In and Ready to Go?

GarryRF ·
I use this device from "Anker". Its a rechargeable battery that holds 13,000mAh. Or 13 Amps of power to take on the move with you. Two recharge outlets using your USB charge lead. 1amp per hour or 1.5amp per hour. I've had plenty of use from it and keeps its charge for weeks - with its internal Lithium Ion Battery. Excellent company Anker. Emailed me after my on line purchase. Asked if they could be of any further help just Email them. I bought this for $30 when it was on offer with Amazon.
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Re: Plugged In and Ready to Go?

PHeymont ·
We've been carrying a couple of their external batteries (since our newer phones don't let you change batteries!), although ours are only 6800 mA. They've been great.
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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: Gold Country, California: The Great Republic of Rough & Ready

DrFumblefinger ·
I love intimate views of Americana like this one, PortMoresby! Thanks for the tour.
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Re: Gold Country, California: The Great Republic of Rough & Ready

PHeymont ·
And it's fascinating to see how these towns, so near each other and with so much history in common, have become so different in feel and appearance. Sort of like looking at Levittown in 1950 and again in 1990. Or...some years ago, we visited the Eckley Miners' Village in Pennsylvania; it's part of the state's anthracite history museums. When we went, there were still a few pensioners living there with life rights. We didn't notice as we arrived, but on the way back to the main highway, as we...
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Re: Gold Country, California: The Great Republic of Rough & Ready

Dgems ·
Good job. Another wonder photo journey of our area. Thank you. Denia
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Re: Gold Country, California: The Great Republic of Rough & Ready

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, D. I appreciate it!
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Visiting Versailles

DrFumblefinger ·
    Among the many wonderful palaces of Europe, Versailles is said to be the greatest and grandest of them all.  It’s a  UNESCO World Heritage site  and is on almost every traveler’s list of “must see”...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 31, 2013: Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario

DrFumblefinger ·
 Happy Halloween, everyone! Today's photo comes from Ottawa's Byward Market, an excellent Farmer's Market in Canada's National Capitol.  The photo highlights a colorful display of pumpkins and squashes that were for sale, a typical...
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A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

DrFumblefinger ·
I remember being in Wales several times and looking across the sea to the west, thinking that I needed to get to Ireland.  Well I finally made it, completing this journey with my brother on our annual "getaway trip"!  It was a trip we really...
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Walla, Walla: “So nice they named it twice!”

DrFumblefinger ·
What’s a Walla Walla?  It’s a Indian name meaning “many waters”.  It’s also the name of a charming city in southeastern Washington; nestled close to the Columbia and Snake River valleys, and with a river of its...
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Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Travel Rob ·
 Marseille Cathedral, near the Vieux Port I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Marseilles this past June and was very impressed. It really is an excellent example of what the Capital of Culture designation can do for a city. Have a walk...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 6). Polonnaruwa

DrFumblefinger ·
 The eastern most point visited when touring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is Polonnaruwa.  The ruins in this ancient capitol are the best preserved and most varied in Ceylon and it’s well worth the effort to visit them. ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 26, 2015: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" #229, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
This behemoth locomotive is the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range (DM&IR) 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" which is now preserved at Two Harbors, Minnesota. Eighteen of these powerful coal burning locomotives were built between 1941 and 1943. The 2-8-8-4s were retired between 1958 and 1963 as diesel locomotives took over. Sadly, only three of the 2-8-8-4s still survive...Number 229 pictured above, Number 227 at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota, and Number...
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Queen christens Britain's new biggest cruise liner

PHeymont ·
The Britannia, 11th in the world but biggest in the British cruise industry, has been christened by Queen Elizabeth and will shortly begin her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean.   The ship can accommodate over 3600 passengers, and bears the name...
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NYC&Co: We bring you tourists, we'll show you how to serve them

PHeymont ·
Taking a step beyond just beefing up the number of tourists arriving, New York City's tourism promotion agency, NYC&Co. has developed a program to help businesses and attractions in all five boroughs be ready for the numbers. And they are impressive numbers. Last year 56.4 million visitors came to New York; the city is pushing to hit 67 million by 2021. The new program, called "Tourism Ready" builds on Brooklyn's success in branding and marketing itself; experts including former...
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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park (The Place of Refuge), Big Island of Hawaii (Where Gumbo was #113)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Perhaps the best place on the Big Island to enjoy a sunset (from many great possibilities),  Pu’uhonua o Honaunau  (the Place of Refuge) is a remarkable destination.  This is a National Historic site which should be...
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The world's most expensive flights!

DrFumblefinger ·
Have a thick wade of cash burning a hole in your pocket?  Want to go on a l-o-n-g flight? In style, of course.  Nothing but the best for you.   What types of commercial flights might you take?  Shockpedia has collected a list,...
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Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

PHeymont ·
Have you ever stopped to wonder, while planning a trip, how your airline’s schedule was planned? Especially when it seems you’re about to be condemned to a headlong half-marathon across the airport to a flight that leaves all-too-soon, or...
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Where Was Gumbo? Paris. Where's the Statue? Everywhere!

PHeymont ·
Where in the World was TravelGumbo? If we simply said "At the Statue of Liberty," it wouldn't have been a very precise identification, because, as I found and you shall see, the iconic statue is everywhere and in so many forms! In today's blog, I'm...
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The Lure of Stonehenge

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines shares thoughts and memories, and great photos of a visit to Salisbury Plain.
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Top 5 island destinations to revisit in 2017

Rebecca Brown ·
Dreaming of distant oceans, white, sandy beaches, a Mojito in your hand, while a gentle breeze is just ruffling the waters lounging a few feet from your feet? Waking with the sounds of exotic beats trumpeting the air while you lie in a hammock, munch on a coconut and daydream the day away? Might be it’s high time to take a vacation. If you equate vacation with island , paradise and offline , stick with us. We know there are about seven hundred and forty one thousand articles on the best...
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Food Tours of Sicily: Catania

PHeymont ·
PHeymont goes on another food tour, this one in Catania, Sicily, exploring the regional differences among Sicilian cities.
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A Visit to Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Samantha ·
Join Samantha on a visit to the memorial for the 168 who died when a right-wing terrorist destroyed a federal office building in 1995.
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Oysters R in Season—in vending machine!

PHeymont ·
A pair of oyster farmers in western France have come up with a 24/7 self-service option for their customers.
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Ganong's Candy Bench, St Stephen, NB

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows us Ganong's Chocolate Museum in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
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The Gray Whales of Magdalena Bay

DrFumblefinger ·
On a journey to Baja California, DrFumblefinger has opportunities for close-up encounters with gray whales wintering in Mexico.
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Union Square Holiday Market - Annual New York Tradition

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband spent some time in New York City last Christmas. It was magical and they loved walking around the Union Square Holiday Market. It is a New York City tradition.
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M&M World, Times Square, New York

Samantha ·
Samantha shares her tasty visit to the M&M’s World Times Square Store on her visit to New York last Christmas. It was a wonderful treat.
 
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