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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#287)

Professorabe ·
The old shed behind the boat club? :-)
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Re: AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PortMoresby ·
Heavy sigh. Good taste seems always to be a minority attribute. I may be forced to rethink my frequent flyer situation, unless they opt to promote the minority to lifetime business class. It seems only fair.
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Re: Eat Out at Restaurants on the Cheap

Travel Luver ·
That's a great tip, TravelRob! I've been using the emiles I've generated for frequent flyer miles, but this really does sound like a much better option! Thanks!
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, PortMoresby! And we've not even been to the sacred tooth relic in Kandy, the medieval ruins of Polonnaruwa, the beautiful hill country filled with tea plantations and "The World's End", a wildlife safari at Yala National Park, nor any of the nice beaches (but keep reading -- reports on these are coming). Sri Lanka is a great destination, especially now that the civil war is over. I was doubly lucky to not only be able to visit a dear friend there but to have time to leisurely explore...
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Re: Do you Like these Hotel Tipping Tips ?

Dave B. ·
Before I retired, I traveled quite a bit on business, both inside the U.S. and abroad. I still travel frequently to racing and club events, but almost all are in the U.S. or Canada. That said, here’s my take on tipping: Restaurants – According to the sources I checked, in the U.S. the Federal minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13. Most states have set higher amounts, but food service workers are still generally paid much lower wages that other ‘minimum wage’ employees. Unless the...
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Re: JetBlue at JFK: A most unusual rooftop lounge

DrFumblefinger ·
Is it a "frequent flyer" only lounge, or open to all JetBlue passengers?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#42)

PHeymont ·
Well, another one bites the dust...Jonathan L identified it by e-mail as a view of Stockholm Cathedral in the background, and it is. You're looking up HelgaLekamensgrand from Stora Nygaten, and Jonathan recognized it from the Stampen jazz club in the foreground—and Mac's remark makes it clear he's got it, too! So, tomorrow more on the street and the area, and on Sunday...Puzzle 43.
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Re: A Month in Chiapas

PortMoresby ·
I think I'd have to say, probably not. Neither was perfect and we're always looking for some sort of perfection, aren't we? I am certainly, not a member of the "it's only a place to sleep" club. It's my home for the time I'm there & even on a paltry budget, I'm fussy. I liked the 1st place, in part because I had it to myself nearly the entire 2 weeks. But the bed wasn't great. The 2nd place (located on booking.com, my other favorite site) was very comfortable but the noise would rule it...
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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: Ringo Starr's boyhood home in Liverpool sells for £70,000

PHeymont ·
Careful, Rob! You may have awakened the wrath of Pete Best’s fan club!
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

Mac ·
If you can, pay the extra to go straight into Marrakech as going in via Casa is more hassle and time that detracts from the fun of your holiday. This is especially if you have to fly via a European hub first as it is all airport, airport, airport, Marrakech is "THE" experience of Morocco and honestly very "full on" - just please hook up with local guides, probably and preferably via the hotel, who will deflect some of the more 'enthusiastic' locals who might make life a bit tedious. There is...
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Re: Road Trip: The Movies and the Cars

rbciao ·
Speaking of classic old cars... I've wanted a 1931 Model A sedan since I was 14 years old. So a few years ago the search began with the help of the president of the local Model A club. Using this guy's expertise plus online searching and suggestions from a financial guy I made a purchase in 2011. However, it was not a 1931 Model A sedan. This whole undertaking reminded me of the old axiom, "A camel is really a horse designed by a committee." While looking for the Model A I was talking my a...
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Re: Tokyo on the Cheap

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: I've heard that- when visiting Japan - its best to have photo's on your phone to show people when asking directions. The Bus - Train - Airport - Beach - Drugstore - Market. Interesting read Rob. What are the rules for socialising in the evening ? Bars - Disco - Restaurants - Dress up and stay away from the Karaoke ? Is this part expensive ? Garry, I forgot to mention that bento.com also has reviews for bars ,clubs etc and gives prices. I've heard horror stories...
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Re: Canada's Westjet enters Trans-Atlantic market

DrFumblefinger ·
Westjet has been promoting this to its frequent flyer members (like yours truly) for months now. They have extensive routes in North America, including Mexico and the Caribbean, but this is a big change in their business model. I'm not sure if this will work well, though. Westjet only flies Boeing 737s (much like Southwest, for example). That transatlantic journey is a long and uncomfortable one to make in a single aisle aircraft. In contrast, Air Canada, the other major Canadian airline,...
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Re: Airlines investing big in airport lounges

PHeymont ·
Worth noting also that some of the high-bonus (and high annual fee for some) credit cards include varying forms of lounge access for cardholders, even when traveling in cattle class. I've got one now that provides Lounge Club, whose members are only occasionally airline-operated, and another that provides AA Admiral's Club. I'm looking forward to trying that one out!
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Re: From Where I Sit: A Gallery of Benches

GarryRF ·
Or share a bench with Eleanor Rigby - near the Cavern Club in Liverpool UK !
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Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PHeymont ·
For some of us, credit cards are more than a convenient way to pay—they are the lifeline to free travel through loyalty programs. Between points for purchases and bonuses for opening or upgrading credit card accounts, it's possible to get quite...
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Montreal: Je Me Souviens

DrFumblefinger ·
There are many great cities to visit in Canada, two of my favorites (for different reasons) being Vancouver and Montreal.  Vancouver has one of the most breath-takingly beautiful settings of any city in the world, and I’ll be discussing it...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1a) Colombo

DrFumblefinger ·
Preamble:This is the first in a series of posts featuring my travels to Sri Lanka.  My visits to this island centered around seeing my favorite author and dear friend, futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke.  During every one of these visits I made a...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

DrFumblefinger ·
Part 1a of this blog series discussed the city of Colombo.  This post focuses on its most famous resident, Sir Arthur C. Clarke   (Sir Arthur, at a desk.  An email addict, he loved the power of computers)   Much of my time in...
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Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

PHeymont ·
Emirates Airways, which serves over 130 cities on 6 continents from its hub in Dubai, has added another U.S. frequent-flyer partner: Virgin America, which flies from 7 of Emirates' 8 U.S. cities. Emirates already has links with JetBlue and Alaska. The...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 8) Hill Country

DrFumblefinger ·
   The coastal regions of Sri Lanka are fairly flat.  Given that and the relatively small size of the island, I was surprised to find impressive peaks (over 2500 m high) at its center.  These mountains, lush and...
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A summer trip to Valencia, Spain

Andre Pur ·
Last Summer, in 2014, I went on an internship program in Valencia, Spain. My internship took place in a nice hotel near the center of the town and lasted 3 months.  While I was there I could visit and enjoy many touristic points while also...
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Eurail kicks off new year with new plans

PHeymont ·
Eurail has enhanced its offerings for the new year with some new passes and some upgrades to existing ones. One of the best bits for families: children 4-11 now trvel free if accompanied by a pass-holding adult.   Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro...
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Berlin Plans on Using Mimes to Teach Tourists Good Manners

Travel Rob ·
                     Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons :WarnePantomine1890.jpg   Berlin has become the third most visited city in Europe and has been experiencing some problems with loud...
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Airport playgrounds take off for kids

PHeymont ·
The GO Group supplies limos and shared shuttles at airports, but they've also taken a look at what goes on inside the airports, and found what they call the Top Five Airport Playgrounds for Kids, including the "Kids on the Fly" shown below at...
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Catalan nudists ask Euro court for right to bare

PHeymont ·
Fighting a local anti-nudity ordinance in a town north of Barcelona, the Catalan Naturist Club, having lost its appeals all the way to Spain's highest court, is now appealing to the European Human Rights Court at Strasbourg.   The Spanish high...
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Big Changes Coming to United Airport Lounges

Travel Rob ·
                   Photo from United Airlines :United Club Bar- London Heathrow Lounge This coming year ,United will build two new lounges in Atlanta and San...
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Hackescher Markt and Hofe, Berlin: Where Gumbo Was #72

PHeymont ·
The Gumbo Guessers have done their best with this week's puzzle, but it has defied solution, although Jonathan L got the right city. It's Berlin, alright, a city with two rail transit systems (U-Bahn and S-Bahn) and where poor maintenance caused a...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 26th, 2014: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Marilyn Jones ·
    A wide sandy beach stretches out in front of The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The hotel was founded in 1935 as a seaside dance club by Frank Horn and Morgan Wynne. The hotel took on this name...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 23, 2015: The 1903 Wright Flyer, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Ottoman ·
  I heard a joke once that said "Y'know the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.?  They actually have stuff in there!"  Case-in-point, the 1903 Wright Flyer.  Many reproductions of the Wright Flyer have been made, but this is...
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Museums of Buffalo and Corning, New York

Jonathan L ·
At the end of Jonathan L's recent trip along the Erie Canal, he found time to take in a selection of upstate museums, and he shares them here.
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November 1, 2017: White Storks at Rust, Burgenland, Austria

Professorabe ·
Always a memorable sight on the rooftops of Europe, Professor Abe shares his experiences with the storks of Rust, Austria
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More millions to take Memorial Day trips, AAA says

PHeymont ·
If you're planning a trip this coming weekend, you won't be alone by a long shot: AAA says more will travel than any year since 2005.
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Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby begins her geothermal education with a walk around Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin.
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The Gathering: Carson City, Nevada

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger came across this collection of classic cars and trucks on a busy shopping mall parking lot in Carson City, Nevada.
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Bagno Vignoni: Ancient bath, modern spa

Marilyn Jones ·
In a village known for its mineral baths for centuries, Marilyn Jones also appreciates a modern luxury spa.
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Hikers plan to 'leave no trace' in Switzerland cleanup

PHeymont ·
Swiss organizations are getting together to involve more hikers and others in cleaning up mountains, lakes and rivers.
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What It Means To Buy A Timeshare Rental?

THE LUXURY RESORT GROUP ·
Purchasing a timeshare can be an exciting time for your family, however since timeshares are often an impulse purchase it can also be a stressful time. Often owners become very confused on what to do when they can no longer use their Marriott Weeks or Destination Club Points. So, here we are sharing a few basics about timeshare rentals that will help you figure out ways to make best use of these purchases and get out these whenever you feel like. In case, you plan to purchase a timeshare in...
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The Great Eclipse of 2017

Jonathan L ·
A day set aside to watch the eclipse turned into a day of new friends and good times for Jonathan L, who viewed near Knoxville, Tennessee.
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London's new treasure: An urban wetland preserve

PHeymont ·
London gets a new treasure: an urban wetlands now open to the general public for the first time—and admission is free.
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Walk the Redwood Forest of Muir Woods

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L says "I am not much of a 'back to nature' kind of guy... But Muir Woods National Monument is a totally different experience." Share it with him!
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Virtual Travel: Now states join in

Marilyn Jones ·
Veteran travel writer Marilyn Jones highlights resources to keep up our travel interest until we can hit the roads again.
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Delaware and Ulster Railroad, Arkville, NY

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes a ride through the Catskills on the Delaware & Ulster RR
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Airlines raising cash: miles sales and more

PHeymont ·
Air Canada is among the airlines raising cash with discounted prices for frequent flyer miles...should you buy?
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Top 12 Attractions And Places to Visit in Ahmedabad

Shifa Travels ·
Ahmedabad, known as its historical and industrial identity, is also known as the 'heart of Gujarat'. The city is also known as Master Businessman in the world. Not only this, Gandhiji taught the lesson of Satyagraha and non-violence in this city. In this way, this city is a materialistic and self-sacrificial spirit city. Ahmedabad is full of sightseeing in terms of tourism. Tourists from all over India and abroad are visiting here. Ahmedabad is the economic capital of Gujarat. The city was...
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BA gets first 787-10 while grounding others

PHeymont ·
British Airways gets its first 787-10 this morning. Despite the low level of current operations, the airline is anxious to put it to work.
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Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Marilyn Jones ·
Constant traveler Marilyn Jones offers her annual round-up of gifts she recommends for travelers.
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Steamy Encounters in India

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares his experiences -- the delights (and some challenges) of traveling in India by rail in the days of steam locomotives.
 
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