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Re: Notes and Noticings from the road

PHeymont ·
Actually, I think the banks have a fairly minimal (as small as I can make it) impact on my currency transactions, in part because I never deal with exchanges; I use bank ATMs. That way, the exchange takes place not on my account, but as an interbank transaction at the base rate banks use with each other. I used to use my ATM card from Citibank, but eventually they began charging a 3% foreign exchange fee even on withdrawals. At that point, I opened an account with Charles Schwab, a brokerage...
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Re: Renting an apartment in Europe

JohnT ·
Hi Dreamer I can only tell you about my experiences... 1) How long? It depends. Apartment rental have been around in Europe for a long time. It used to be mostly for a week from Saturday to Saturday, but mostly anything goes now. 2) Buyer beware - It will be up to you to research the neighbourhood. You can do that many ways. Perhaps the easiest is using google streetmaps 3) There is no one way to check in. Sometimes you meet the owner or manager and they will give you the key. Sometimes...
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Re: Love-lorn lock-hangers keep Paris busy

Travel Rob ·
As Kingtikitaki showed, South Korea has the right idea. Make certain areas where people can put the love locks, so they don't put them everywhere. Trying to stop them, is just not working.
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Re: Your TSA Approved Locks Won't Keep Thieves Out

PHeymont ·
Which seems like a lot of trouble for thieves to go through, when simple snips will cut the lock...if you don't feel like cutting into the suitcase with a box-cutter. I'very always viewed suitcase locks as a device to keep the zipper from opening accidentally during handling, and once I discovered that European security people didn't have or use the keys (they clipped the locks), I went back to using twist ties or cable ties. Much cheaper, work well.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

Travel Rob ·
When I first started seeing the locks, I thought it was a vow to return- which still makes more sense to me then locking up love on a bridge
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
Sadly I think this is just an act of symbolism. Most of those locked loves are unlocked by the two participants in short order. I've always worried about the weight of all that metal on a bridge, and hearing that it damaged the bridge is no surprise. I think the idea of placing them elsewhere is a good one.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

PHeymont ·
No one really knows where it started, but it's spread all over the world in the past few years—"Love Locks" snapped onto railings, especially on bridges.   Some hate them and feel they disfigure spaces with other purposes (in Basel, we...
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Samsung/Samsonite join "smart bags" parade

PHeymont ·
    Could the age of standing in long baggage-drop and baggage-claim lines be over? New "smart luggage" may make it possible. While there are already a few self-tracking suitcases out there from small companies, now it's time for the...
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Walking the Burgundy Canal

PortMoresby ·
  Several years ago, after the completing 100+ miles of England’s Cotswold Way, over hill and dale and, at times, experiencing painful difficulties, I resolved to give up hills in favor of walking along waterways, of which there are many,...
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No "Love" in this battle for Dallas airport gates

PHeymont ·
Southwest, which already controlled 16 of the 20 gate spots at Love Field, Dallas' second airport, has been approved to buy two more from United, in a move that could freeze Delta out altogether.   The gate slots are highly prized because the...
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3 Alternatives To b&b Accommodation In France

Ruby Daub ·
With reliably warm weather, beautiful scenery and gastronomic delights; France is a very popular holiday destination. As parts of the country are only hours away, it is a hit with both those looking for long summer vacations or short weekends away. France offers a huge variety of holiday and accommodation options, so there is something for everyone. While hotels and B&B’s are a very popular choice, if you’re after something a little different on your holiday to France then here are three...
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Columbus Antiquities Discovered in the Unlikeliest of Places

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Who would have thought a great collection of Christopher Columbus artifacts could be found in a small Pennsylvania town. Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares her discovery!
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May 31, 2017: Blue Herons on the Erie Canal

Jonathan L ·
On a recent drive across New York State, Jonathan L encountered these birds along the Erie Canal; two stood still for their portraits!
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Certosa e Museo di San Martino, Naples

PHeymont ·
A hilltop monastery dating to the 14th century is a stunning museum of history and especially of the art of the baroque era.
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7 Steps Guide to Easier Travel Packing

Candice Larson ·
Hey people, if you are travelling, make it comfortable for you to enjoy the trip. Of course you don't want your travel to be a hilarious disaster and the value for money won't be achieved. So if I were you, I'll be more practical and creative to enjoy the travelling period on your chosen destination. As a budget traveller like myself, here are some tips (seven tips to be exact) when packing things for your trip. This is based from my personal escapades in the recent years and of course, tips...
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200 Years of History on the Erie Canal

Jonathan L ·
After 200 years, the Erie Canal is still at work, and at leisure. JonathanL follows it from Buffalo to Albany for a great tour.
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The Burgess Shale, Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park (Where Gumbo was #211)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the fossil rich deposits of the Burgess Shale. These are at a newly discovered site in the Stanley Glacier basin of Kootenay National Park.
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Tokyo taxis get app with locked-in rates

PHeymont ·
Tokyo is trying out an app that lets passengers order a cab and lock in the rate shown in the app.
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Amsterdam tightens lock on Airbnb

PHeymont ·
Amsterdam's war on what it considers excess tourism impact takes a new twist with licensed short-term rentals with a ban in the city center.
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Nature and History: Great Falls of the Potomac

PHeymont ·
The Potomac River's spectacular falls just north of Washington are a pleasant visit, and the scene of important American history.
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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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Four Tips in Choosing the Best Suitcase for Your Business Travel

Darren Wilson ·
Some suggestions on choosing the right luggage for your next trip (sponsored content)
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A Day in the Highlands

PHeymont ·
An all-too-brief day in the Scottish highlands gave PHeymont a different view of a fabled country
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Daytripping: The Lafayette Trail, Havre De Grace, Maryland

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger explores some of the sights around the history-rich Lafayette Trail.
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Paris set to unlock the 'Love Locks' problem

PHeymont ·
  'Love Locks,' those padlocks attached to bridges and monuments all over, with the key thrown away to symbolize unbreakable affection, have been the subject of a serious backlash in many cities, and now Paris is ready to move on demands by local...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 11, 2015: Beatles LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil show, The Mirage Casino and Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Ottoman ·
  Its been 50 years since The Beatles brought their "LOVE" to Las Vegas.  Cirque du Soleil is keeping their musical legacy alive!     John, Paul, George and Ringo.  As The Beatles, they changed the world.  LOVE, Cirque du...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 7, 2015: Bilingual Waterside Pun

PHeymont ·
I'm a sucker for a pun, no matter how many languages and situations it takes to make it. So this one, on the Stockholm waterfront, caught my attention easily. And it was no accident; the owners not only knew what they were doing, they explain it on...
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Touring Telemark County in Norway

Travel Rob ·
Rick Steves, the travel author and TV personality, wrote "Frankly, if you go to Oslo and don't get out to the fjords, you should have your passport revoked." Well, it's a good thing Mr. Steves is not in charge of US passports, because our...
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Your TSA Approved Locks Won't Keep Thieves Out

Travel Rob ·
The TSA requires any lock on luggage to be branded as “travel sentry approved”, so they search the bag without breaking the lock. Those master keys for the TSA to get into the bags have been closely guarded by...
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Polar bears: Hard to live with, hard to escape

PHeymont ·
  If anyone thought that drunken beach revelers or soccer hooligans could make for a bad time on vacation, they may not have considered a town where the neighbors are polar bears.   The town is Ny-Alesund, on Spitsbergen Island, Norway; it's...
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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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Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory, Daytona Beach, FL

Samantha ·
Samantha takes us along on a candy factory tour, and leaves us with our mouths watering for some of the treats!
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Dutch bike lock promises 48-hour return

PHeymont ·
The Dutch equivalent of AAA is offering a bike insurance program that comes with a tracking beacon and a return-or-replace guarantee.
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Experience Lalgarh Palace with Palace on Wheels Train

kristinperry ·
This masterpiece of the architecture by the Maharajah of Bikaner – Lalgarh is one of the top prime attractions at Bikaner in Rajasthan. The Lalgarh Palace has a rich display of history, royalty, culture and amazing wealth with its complex wings and enormous corridors. There is also exquisite artifacts and the corridors have paintings hanging which makes the Palace narrate the historic tales. Most of it is made from pure red sandstone that was extensively brought in from the Thar Desert of...
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July 19, 2018: Ellesmere Lock Gates. UK

GarryRF ·
Garry reminds us that the scenic canals of today were workhorses of the Industrial Revolution.
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Have thieves hacked your hotel lock?

PHeymont ·
A worrying announcement by a cyber-security system that hotel locks can be hacked. That's how the company lost a laptop.
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Virgin America gets American's Love Field gates

PHeymont ·
Two gates at Dallas' Love Field that American was required to give up as part of its merger deal will go to Virgin America, which will shift its Dallas operations there from DFW. They're adding flights between Love and SFO, LAX, and Washington Reagan...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, July 4, 2014: Lock on Jodphur's Mehrangarh Fort

Mac ·
  Sitting square and massive 400 feet (122 m) above the surrounding countryside is the mighty Mehrangarh Fort . Situated  above Jodphur city the fort is enclosed by imposing thick walls topped with cannon. Inside its boundaries there are...
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Sudeley Castle, witness to England's turbulent past

Mac ·
   Located in the small Cotswold village of Winchcombe near the city of Cheltenham in south west England, Sudeley Castle was built on the site of an earlier castle by Ralph Boteler, Baron Sudeley, using money he had 'earned' fighting in...
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Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn Jones, who spends a lot of time on the road as travel writer, presents her annual expert list of travel-related gift suggestions
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Little Venice: Unexpected London

PHeymont ·
Far from the most famous attractions of London, an unusual neighborhood along a stretch of the Regent's Canal
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50 Years Later, Paris

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby spends a week in Paris, walking and reflecting on her first time there, 6 months working 6 days a week and living in a room in Montmartre.
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Sept. 13, 2016. Melbourne Marina and Lock, Yorkshire

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
A disused lock and Melbourne Marina in Yorkshire. Some of the canals are overgrown and are gradually being cleared.
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France's problem: Fewer tourists, more 'love-locks'

PHeymont ·
France struggles with a drop in tourism after the terrorist attacks, and also faces the seemingly endless issue of 'love-locks.'
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Sept. 2, 2016: Unlock Sculpture, Greenheart Regional Park

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares the Unlock sculpture, a large wooden piece of public art which is next to the canal towpath in an area that forms part of Greenheart Regional Park in the borough of Wigan.
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January 4, 2017: Love Locks, Newcastle

View from the Chair Photography shares today's Pic of the Day, an interesting perspective of Love locks on the High Level Bridge in Newcastle.
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Hackers lock out hotel guests, extort hotel

PHeymont ·
An Austrian luxury hotel pays a Bitcoin ransom when hackers take over its electronic key and registration systems.
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England’s Thames Path: Richmond to Kew

PortMoresby ·
Onward for a 3rd day of walking along the Thames Path, PortMoresby is astonished to stumble into a remnant of historic Richmond Palace.
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Paris to sell 'Love Locks' for refugee aid

PHeymont ·
Paris's attempts to end the Love Lock problem have made scant progress; more keep coming and the city will now sell them off for refugee relief
 
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