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Re: Trains in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Great question...and possibly not an easy clear answer. Cuba's trains have generally been in poor shape in recent years as older equipment has run down and spares not available. However, according to Mark Smith (The Man in Seat 61), that's changing with the arrival of a fleet of new Chinese-built locomotives. On his site ( Seat61.com ) he has an extensive update of recent changes in schedules, routes and locations (that's important because Havana's main station is closed for a 3-year...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Former Member ·
In Europe, I have had good luck finding value accommodations at Booking.com and Europe-Stays. com. Those sites list hostels with their ratings and prices. A quick peek for June shows several promising choices for around $ 21 USD per bed per night. Unless you just want company, you might budget hotels pricing similar to the hostels. They often charge per person, not per room, which is a big help for the solo traveler. Tune Hotels will work for the London part of your trip, but they are not in...
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Re: Liverpool and Manchester

GarryRF ·
Trains run every hour between the two Cities Paul. You need to add Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King. We have two.The Anglican one was the worlds largest - but I think St Johns in NY had to beat it. Speke Hall. Chester. Here's a list to peruse at your leisure. Meanwhile I'll put a reserved in my diary. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/A...seyside_England.html Liverpool Cathedral 360' tour: http://www.liverpoolcathedral360.com/tour/ Liverpool World Museum
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Re: How do you buy your travel?

PHeymont ·
Few more thoughts, following HistoryDigger and DrFumblefinger... 1. Definitely check all your affiliations on car rental; after years of getting better price through AAA than any other way I knew, I recently found that going to the same vendors through USAA (my car insurance) gets me even better. 2. Not only does Priceline have good pricing on cars, I've often found I can get 30-40% lower through their blind-bidding (Name Your Own Price) service. 3. RailEurope is something of a red flag for...
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

PortMoresby ·
If you're passing through Europe and plan to go directly on to Marrakech, keep in mind that the low fare carriers more often than not use secondary airports which will add to your travel time if go straight on. For instance, if you fly into London's Heathrow airport a low fare airline will likely use either Luton or Stansted. I believe British Airways has flights from Heathrow so check on the variables and you may find that with time and costs involved to change airports a bit more expensive...
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Re: Spain or Portugal?

PHeymont ·
Portugal's rail system feels a bit worn in places, and some trains look terrible from outside...but the interiors are clean and the system seems to work. Not a terribly large country, so that time between the two largest cities (Lisbon and Porto) is about 3.5 hours. If you add in getting to the airport early and getting in from the airport at the other end, it's probably faster than flying. Other significant points in Portugal also have reasonable rail service, including Coimbra, the...
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Re: Spain or Portugal?

Travel Luver ·
I just visited www.seat61.com and it seems a fabulous website for travelers wanting to catch trains in Europe! So many tips and price comparisons!! And thanks for your info on trains. I think I'll take them even if they're a little beat up looking, LOL You been wonderful with all your help, PHeymont! I might have more questions later. Do you keep an eye on these posts? How does that work? What's the best way for me to get in touch with you if I have more questions?
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British Library Unites Last Copies of the Magna Carta

Travel Rob ·
The British Library will unify the last four remaining copies of the Magna Carta on February 3 for the first time as Britain celebrates the 800-year anniversary of the constitutional charter. They handed out 1,215 tickets to see all four documents to...
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Airbnb Starts #OnelessStranger Pay It Forward Campaign

Travel Rob ·
Airbnb will give $1 million dollars  to 100,000 global community members. Those chosen members  are asked to use the money  for a random and unique act of kindness and share it on social media.  ...
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Peer to Peer Travel Expands

Travel Rob ·
A plethoria of Peer to Peer travel sites changing the way people travel. http://travel.france24.com/content/peer-peer-travel-redefining-landscape-report
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The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
The earthquake should have been a clue.  But having rather enjoyed the ride, as I have since childhood in an earthquake-prone part of the world, it didn't occur to me that it might be a warning.  I should have listened.   I'm seriously...
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Hop on the Bus, Gus...or maybe a train

PHeymont ·
Wanderu, a startup travel aggregator (think Kayak) is now offering schedule and fare information for the major U.S. bus lines (Greyhound, Megabus and Boltbus) and has just signed a distribution agreement with Amtrak that will allow them to include...
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High water, weather disrupt European river cruises

PHeymont ·
High water levels from heavy rainfall and spring snowmelt in the Alps has caused delays and changes in river cruises, including those on the Seine, Rhine and Danube. While serious, it's not as bad as the spring of 2013 when many port towns were...
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"Tide of the Century" Coming to Mont Saint-Michel

Travel Rob ·
Crowds gathered along the coast of Brittany ,near Mont Saint-Michel, to watch Saturday’s high tide. The tide will be the first in nearly a month of large spring tides due to culminate on March 20 and 21 . March 21 has been touted as "the tide of...
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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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Sphinx Courtyard to open after 4 years!

Travel Rob ·
According  to  the  Antiquities Minister of Egypt, Mohammed al-Damati, the Sphinx courtyard will be opening  soon for the first time  in four years since it's restoration of the monument.   No date was given.  ...
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Disney's new idea: river cruising for families

PHeymont ·
The Disney empire, which seems to be almost as much a travel and resort company as it is a studio and park operator, has another new plan: change river cruising from an older-adult activity to a family plan. Adventures by Disney, which provides...
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Four Ways to Savor Savannah

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares some of her favorite ideas on what to see and do when visiting Savannah, Georgia
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Why Zurich Is The Place To Be In Summer

Roger T ·
Roger T makes an excellent case why Zurich (especially during its short but beautiful summer) should be on your travel list!
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Trains to Scotland gaining riders

PHeymont ·
Upgraded rail service between England and Scotland is taking market share away from airlines.
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Boston to celebrate Mayflower anniversary

PHeymont ·
A free maritime festival commemorates the Pilgrims' voyage to the New World and the ship they rod in on.
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QM2 to get upgrades, new facilities for 2016

PHeymont ·
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 will go into drydock next May for a month-long update that will include adding single  staterooms and more kennels, reflecting several changing trends for cruisers.   Cunard says the single rooms are not only because...
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More river cruises cancelled, but some hopeful signs

PHeymont ·
CroisiEurope's Leonardo da Vinci on the Neckar at Heidelberg   Continuing problems with low water in European rivers, as described in several recent TG NewsLinks, are disrupting more cruise plans by most operators...but at least some see hope in...
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"Pops" is a New Route 66 Icon

Marilyn Jones ·
  I know this is going to be a fun stop on Route 66 just outside Arcadia, Oklahoma when I spy a 66-foot pop bottle on the horizon. Getting closer I can see it stands in front of an uber-modern structure with gas pumps in front. I have never seen...
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Erika Update: Storm causes cruise changes and cancellations

PHeymont ·
Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded, but her effect on the Caribbean cruise industry continues, bringing changes to cruise itineraries, and cancelling some port calls, although some cruises are now slated to resume their original plans.  ...
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St. Augustine Celebrates 450th Anniversary

Travel Rob ·
St. Augustine, Florida  is celebrating its 450th anniversary September 3rd through September 8th. Pedro Menendez landed in St. Augustine, Florida on Sept. 8, 1565, making St Augustine the oldest continuously occupied...
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'Security concerns:' Celebrity Cruises drops Istanbul overnights

PHeymont ·
  Cruise ship in port at Golden Horn in Istanbul   Celebrity Cruises has dropped overnight stays at Istanbul for the rest of the cruise season, affecting eight cruises. The line had already skipped overnights twice in recent weeks, citing...
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Travel Times Listed on South Central Pennsylvania's Electronic Message Signs

Travel Rob ·
Starting today, south central Pennsylvania will have travel times posted on the electronic message signs over and along interstate highways and major expressways. The estimated times will be based on real-time traffic conditions on the major...
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Low water puts some European river cruises on hold

PHeymont ·
Low water in the Danube, 2012   If it seems like only yesterday we were reporting on European river cruises being canceled because high waters were blocking ships from sailing under bridges...well, it was. On May 7, we reported problems on the...
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Saudi King and His 700 person Entourage Draw Mixed Reaction in France

Travel Rob ·
              French Patisserie, Cassis by IslandMan   King Salman of Saudi Arabia will be arriving in France with a 1000 person entourage. He and his inner circle will...
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Carnival's WiFi gets faster, sort-of-cheaper

PHeymont ·
Carnival Cruise Line, which has recently tried out faster internet with lower package prices on three of its ships—and gotten good marks for it from passengers—is adding it to nine more ships, and plans to include the majority of its fleet...
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Where to find the Paris you've seen in the movies

PHeymont ·
Under the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, seen in Last Tango in Paris           Photo: Bruxelles5 / Wikimedia   Everyone (almost, anyway) has a favorite Paris movie scene—after all, so many movies have been shot there!  ...
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Next for Cuba: Carnival to offer volunteer cruises

PHeymont ·
Cuban sunset, soon to be seen from Carnival's volunteer cruises   Carnival's Fathom cruise line will offer "voluntourism" cruises to Cuba starting next spring, it announced today. Although the itineraries haven't yet been fully developed, and the...
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'Fee Creep' continues in cruise industry

PHeymont ·
Norwegian Escape (above) arrives with new dining charges                   Photo: Arno Redenius / Wikimedia   Perhaps taking a cue from the airlines, a number of cruise lines have recently added...
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Cruise line updates: Win some, lose some

PHeymont ·
Cruise lines have announced some changes in plans and prices recently; two big ones are a trend to higher daily gratuity charges on board, and a move to more flexibility in choosing flights as part of cruise packages. Princess Cruises is raising daily...
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Airline 'ancillary fees' top $80 billion

PHeymont ·
Fees, fees and more fees: the airlines are relying on them more and more.
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Ryanair may do a U-turn on bag policy

PHeymont ·
Ryanair may reverse new rules that help speed up boarding but sacrifice revenue from priority and baggage fees.
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Pakistan Desert Jeep Rally Growing Fast

Travel Rob ·
The  Desert Rally drew about  200,000 spectators from Pakastani  local villiages and major cities this year. It has a huge following from foreigners living inside Pakistan. Pakistani Tourist officials hope this Rally might bring...
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Americans Leaving Half Their Paid Vacations Ununsed

Travel Rob ·
A survey from the career site Glassdoor shows half of paid vacations earned by Americans is unused and 2/3  of people take work with them while on vacation.Two thousand people were in the survey sample.   Read More:...
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Paris Zoo Reopens with New Kind of Zoo.

Travel Rob ·
Paris Zoo will  reopen on Saturday after a six-year remodel. They are  trying to create as real natural habitats as they can and shed the image of a traditional zoo. Animals will live together  and be able to retreat from viewing areas...
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Google Brings Street View Like "Trekker" to Bordeux Wineries

Travel Rob ·
Google signed agreements with around a dozen wineries in the Bordeaux region to bring the wineries online last year. The first wineries have come online now. It allows Google to bring  "trekker" to France for the first time. Trekker uses a...
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Travelers Reveal Favorite Brands

Travel Rob ·
TripAdvisor polled  more than 30,140 travelers to see their favorite brands to pack in a suitcase. Actually seems like a pretty accurate list to me. Here are a few winners:   Hand Sanitizer: Purell Carry-on Luggage: Samsonite Body Lotion and...
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25 Yr Old Wins $ 1M Picasso for only $ 135 US

Travel Rob ·
If you fork over $135,you'll have a 1 in 50,000 shot. An exciting way to give to a charity this Christmas season.Read about the offer below http://travel.france24.com/con...casso-yours-just-135 UPDATE: The $ 1 M painting was won by a...
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Send Your Teddy Bear on Vacation

Travel Rob ·
If you send your Teddy Bear  on one of these Japanese tours,please have them post on TravelGumbo!Is this one of those only in Japan stories or could this be the latest trend? Read all about it...
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Portugal's 'Golden Visa' Gaining Traction

Travel Rob ·
 If one buys  a home or apartment for at least 500,000 Euros and holds it for 5 years, investors will receive a Portuguese residence permit. Rich Chinese business people are doing just that."Only obliged to spend seven days per year in...
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Budget Deal Asks Air Passengers to Pay More

Travel Rob ·
The  budget deal would more than double the 9/11 Aviation Security Fee from $2.50 per flight segment to $5.60  for a one way journey.Those with multiple flight segments  per journey,will actually pay less ,but most will pay...
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* Fireworks will Fill the Skies of Dubai *

Travel Rob ·
Dubai says it has over 400,000 fireworks this New Years Eve.Read more about the increbible plans.This will be something to see. http://travel.france24.com/con...rs-eve-firework-show UPDATE:  The show in Dubai is getting rave reviews:...
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150 Million Year Old Dino Goes to Denmark

Travel Rob ·
 A  full skeleton of a Diplodocus dinosaur was auctioned in Britain,  It was bought by the Natural History Museum, Copenhagen,  Denmark for $630,000 USD. The very rare skeleton, nicknamed Misty,  was found in...
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Lovers of Cannabis Rejoice !

Travel Rob ·
Colorado & Washington State are getting ready for Jan 1st when new state laws make it legal for recreational Marijuana stores in those states http://travel.france24.com/con...es-eye-tourism-surge
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 9: Norway's Fjords

PHeymont ·
Cruise ship is dwarfed by steep mountains as it enters Norway’s Naeroyfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord in the rugged coastal mountains north of Bergen. A network of these deep waterways connects scattered areas of small towns and farms on...
 
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