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Re: Arriving in Venice, 1960

George G. ·
Almost a Big Mistake in Venice. I remember taking my daughter to Venice for her birthday then buying a $750 ring for her in one of the jewelry stores. The owner told me I could get the tax refunded from the government and he said it would be about $700. I said that is almost the entire price of the ring, then he told me the ring was $7,500 because I converted the Lira wrongly on my calculator due to many Lira zeroes with that currency. She did get a ring but not that one.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#130)

DrFumblefinger ·
Today's clue shows part of the view you see at the distant end of the tunnel.... Does this ring any bells?
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Re: Notre Dame: Everlasting, yet Ever-Changing

Travel Rob ·
Thank you for such a wonderful piece on Notre Dame. It is spectacular and I learned a lot! A few years ago I stayed at Hotel Hospitel Dieu across from Notre Dame. Notre Dame is so peaceful in the early morning before the crowds have assembled and hearing the church bells ring.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 1, 2014: Ganesh Utsav Celebration, Trinidad and Tobago

IslandMan ·
looks like a very colorful and interesting celebration....great pictures
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Re: Gallery: Longwood Gardens, PA

DrFumblefinger ·
What a colorful, cheerful post to ring in the New Year with, Garry! Nice, thanks!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 27, 2014: Bacardi Distillery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

PortMoresby ·
Another walk down memory lane! I lived in Puerto Rico for 5 years and remember it fondly. Occasionally I'd drive past Ron Bacardi but I regret I never stopped to take the tour. Not unusual, I'm sure, when we have the feeling there's always time later. An interesting name out that direction which will likely ring bells for New Yorkers, not far beyond the Bacardi Distillery, if driving from San Juan, is Levittown, a place name I always found incongruous there. Part of the post-WWII affordable...
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PHeymont ·
I know this is open to double meaning in this context...but yes, I remember sharing a party line. Leavenworth, KS, 1951. Our number was 779-J and we were #10 of the 12 families on the line. There was a distinct ring for each family...can't remember ours (I was 7 at the time).
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 3) Kenmare, Gateway to the Ring of Kerry

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Neil McAleer: Great sequence. Dr Fumblefinger! The scale of Kenmare and the care of Kenmare are its two most attractive characteristics. Neil M Thanks, Neil! I enjoyed the very colorful and pretty nature of the town. It was a busy enough, but still a very relaxing place to be. And the next morning we were off early to do the Ring of Kerry, which I'll post next week. That trip begins literally a minute out of Kenmare, so extremely convenient. I'd like to welcome Neil to...
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 3) Kenmare, Gateway to the Ring of Kerry

rbciao ·
Great pics and article. We were in Kenmare in 2010 and it was a nice overnight. We found a comfy b&b on the outskirts of town to spend the night. The following day we departed for the Ring of Kerry.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 3) Kenmare, Gateway to the Ring of Kerry

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, rbciao! We essentially did what you did. Just need to get the Ring of Kerry piece completed and posted (hopefully in the next week). It will bring back some great memories, I'm sure!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PortMoresby ·
The remains of Rome are great to see, it cannot be denied, but it's those lovely little bridges that will be the target when I go to Arles. And I will, no doubt. The village within the walls reminds me of the "anfiteatro" in Lucca Italy. It was filled by houses until the 19th century when it was cleared, leaving the ring of buildings on the perimeter and creating the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. I had the good fortune of renting a large apartment in the perimeter ring of buildings, overlooking...
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Re: Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

GarryRF ·
My first experience of a "Spanish" style market was in Menorca. A small island off the east coast of Spain. The Island of soldiers and cows the locals called it. We had our kids with us as we went around the market square calling at each of the butchers shops. None had steak for sale - but would have plenty at 3pm ! So we returned at 2:45pm. We could hear the excitement but there was no one there. A few minutes later a bull was dragged into the marble floored market square. Kicking and...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 23, 2015: Skógafoss, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
  Iceland is a land of dramatic rugged scenery, especially along its south shore.  There are lots of great sites here, one of my favorites being  Skógafoss .  Located in the pretty little town of Skogar, this...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 15, 2014: The artificial Lake Reschen - Italy

MAD Travel Diaries ·
  I have visited a few artificial lakes on my travels but Lake Reschen tops my list - simply breathtaking. It is located  in the western portion of South Tyrol, Italy, approximately 2 km south of Reschen Pass which forms the...
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Arctic Birds on Migration: Saskatchewan

My Thatched Hut ·
    Many of the Arctic birds are large white birds such as geese and swans but also include smaller and different coloured sandpipers and other birds.   Where is the best place to see these magnificent Arctic birds?  The most...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 3) The ancient city of Anuradhapura

DrFumblefinger ·
A great opportunity available to any traveler to Ceylon is the chance to explore the country’s rich history and extensive archaeology.  This post describes my visit to the oldest ancient site in Sri Lanka,...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 17, 2015: Shakespeare Books, Avignon

PortMoresby ·
  I didn’t really need more books, but how could I not visit the English bookstore, Shakespeare Books, in Avignon.  I was staying in this great medieval town on the Rhône,  on the south side just inside the wall near...
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New Target for Thieves: Frequent-flier miles

PHeymont ·
If you believed all the whining about how this airline's or that airline's loyalty programs were no longer worth anything...a ring of thieves didn't, and have turned frequent flier accounts into new targets for thefts.   Both American and United...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar 17, 2015: Mystical Stonehenge

IslandMan ·
    Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles (3 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 7, 2015: Obwarzanek vendor, Krakow

IslandMan ·
    Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland . Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Our visit to Krakow was a surprising delight. Not knowing...
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Temple of Heaven - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
  One of the places that I felt most comfortable during my trip to Beijing was at the Temple Of Heaven and its surrounding park. The Park sits just north of the 2nd Ring Road and the city canal and is about 4.5 km south of Tiananmen Square....
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Luxury Centurion Airport Lounge to Open in Miami - June, 2015

Travel Rob ·
          Photo from Centurion Lounge Dallas /Fort Worth American Express is set to open their latest Centurion Airport Lounge in Miami in June. It will be a ring shaped 8,000-square-foot space with tarmac...
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Enchanted Village: a hotel for hobbits?

PHeymont ·
The Enchanted Village, a new hotel at the Alton Towers resort and amusement park in Staffordshire, England might have a familiar "ring" to it for fans of the Lord of the Rings. It's designed to reflect the visual sense of the movies based on J.R.R....
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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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All that Glitters is Gold! Window shopping in Dubai's Gold Souk

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits Dubai's famous gold market, filled with enough gold to even satisfy Scrooge McDuck's cravings for the stuff. Dubai accounts for 25% of the world's gold trade.
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Paris gets a real car-free day

PHeymont ·
This time, the car-free zone is the whole city, as Paris gives up most motor transport for a day
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Visiting Erupting Mount Etna

PHeymont ·
We hadn't even planned to visit Mount Etna, but when it erupted while we were heading to Sicily, it was practically an engraved invitation.
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Visiting Key West and the Hemingway House

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie shares a visit to the Key West, a highlight of which was exploring the Hemingway home.
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A Marvelous Food Tour in Krakow!

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoyed a wonderful food tour in the beautiful and historic Polish city of Krakow. He shares details and photos of this experience.
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Why travel to the city of Pattaya?

M. Hamad (Guest) ·
Some tips on visiting the beautiful city of Pattaya in Thailand (sponsored content)
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Bled Island, Slovenia (Where Gumbo Was #364)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the only island in Slovenia, Bled Island, situated in a fairy-tale like setting in Slovenia.
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Alpacas lost and found at hotel

PHeymont ·
More bizarre lost and found items, this time at a hotel chain.
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Vienna — Life in the Past Lane (part 1)

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Rose Garden and Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna, Austria) The Eagles are one of my favorite rock bands, with a terrific and diverse music catalog including many top hits such as "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast...
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A journey around Iceland: 2) The Golden Circle

DrFumblefinger ·
(Rainbow over Thingvellir National Park, Iceland)  The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is to the “Golden Circle” — three beautiful natural attractions which aren't golden or even vaguely circular.  The first of...
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Wiener Bonbons: Highlights of Vienna (Where Gumbo was #114)

PHeymont ·
This week’s puzzle started with a very puzzling picture—so puzzling it needed a second shot to clarify that it was in a tunnel. Even so, Jonathan L was sharp enough to jump to a correct conclusion, which he hinted to the crowd in a comment...
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South Dakota State Capital, Pierre – The Land of Infinite Variety

Samantha ·
While in South Dakota for the LWMS Convention , we decided to check out the state capitol building in Pierre. It is a wonderful capitol and I really liked all the marble. The capitol features a copper dome, Corinthian columns, rusticated walls of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jun 16, 2015: Houseboat, Amsterdam

IslandMan ·
    Amsterdam is famous for its canals and picture-postcard setting. You can spend days just wandering up and down and around the many canals and waterways admiring the beautiful tree-lined paths, the classic architecture of the buildings...
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Monochrome

Ian Cook ·
We're happy to have the work of many fine photographers featured on the website, including Ian Cook's. Ian is a superb photographer whose work often focuses on Northumberland in England. This gallery features beautiful monochrome images.
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Vienna closes the Ring for a Night Run

PHeymont ·
Vienna closed its famed Ringstrasse—the circular boulevard that marks the location of the old city walls—last night for its annual Night Run, with over 20,000 runners taking part to raise funds for charity.   With an entry fee of...
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April 14, 2018: Does that ring a bell?

PHeymont ·
At the Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg, this fellow is always ready to sound the alarm.
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International Spy Museum, Washington D.C.: (Where Gumbo Was #265)

George G. ·
The solution to last week's travel puzzle is revealed. We were visiting the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C., filled with a curious assortment of gadgets used mostly during the Cold War.
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Omni Bedford Springs Resort Stands the Test of Time

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares a visit to Bedford Springs, including the fabulous and expansive Omni resorts (and some of the other hidden treasures of the region)
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Medieval treasure unearthed at Cluny Abbey

PHeymont ·
At what was once one of Europe's oldest abbeys, old treasure comes to light.
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Amsterdam's parakeets on 'worst alien species' list

PHeymont ·
The ring-necked parakeets that have established themselves in Dutch cities are under attack as an invasive species...but they have friends, too.
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Glennfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares the interesting story and some fascinating images of the Glennfinnan Viaduct in the Highlands of Scotland
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In Egypt: Howard Carter's House

PortMoresby ·
Last stop on a day spent across the Nile from Luxor, PortMoresby visits the house where Howard Carter lived while excavating Tutankhamun's Tomb.
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Gardens of Malahide Castle, Ireland

PHeymont ·
Large grounds, and the legacy of an amateur botanist, make the grounds of Malahide Castle a pleasant addition to a visit to the castle.
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Holiday gifts for travelers

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn Jones spends a lot of time on the road, and keeps her eye out for gifts that can make travelers happy. Her annual recommendations are here.
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Taking a tour to Chichén Itzá

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us along on a tour of Chichén Itzá, with a bonus swim in an underground lake.
 
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