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Re: Gallery: Fuli Town Market, Guangxi, China

GarryRF ·
First visit to Bondi Beach in Sydney they had a stall at the side of the road. "Freshly Made Smoothies" The fruit was uncut and drinks were made to order. The display looked so amazing -but what were they all ! Even when someone tells you its Starfruit - you've no idea what it tastes like. So I had the best smoothie - ever. Fresh sliced Pineapple and Root Ginger. With extra Ginger. Nothing else added. Heaven in a glass ! Been to so many countries since that insist you have to have Yoghurt or...
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Re: Frommer's New EasyGuides: A Future for Print

GarryRF ·
I know Paul - I'm just being a bad traveller ! It's like folks go to France and complain that Parisians don't smile! But they do when they know you! I just find big cities much the same. Like Havana is the same as any other overgrown City in the Caribbean! Crumbling Spanish Architecture. Dominican Republic is another good example. I must be getting Claustrophobic Paul ! Give me the wide open spaces of Delaware State Park and I'm in heaven. Some days I have the whole Park to myself. Solitude...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 30, 2013: Monk on a Ladder, Sri Lanka

Former Member ·
His body language tells me that he knows his stuff. Thanks, Dr F, for this universal slice of life moment.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 30, 2013: Monk on a Ladder, Sri Lanka

PortMoresby ·
It proves one of life's great truths, one I've thoroughly tested myself all over the world, that anything can be done in flip flops.
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Re: November 26, 2017: Ranakpur: The Most Delicate Jain Temple

Professorabe ·
You are absolutely right. Not only is Ranakpur a convenient stopping-off point between Jodhpur and Udaipur, it is also one of Rajasthan's gems. We spent several hours there last year exploring both the main temple and the adjoining one. There were a few other tourists there, but it seems that most tours bypass the site completely.
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Re: November 26, 2017: Ranakpur: The Most Delicate Jain Temple

Amateuremigrant ·
Ranakpur temple is surely one of the greatest sights of India in my opinion, the scope of intricacy baffles the mind; there is hardly anywhere I can think of that is suffused with the sense of spirituality. Jains, of course, do not have god(s), they revere Tirthankaras as portals to enlightenment, and in many ways westerners can find this easier to relate to. I was personally carried away by this feeling, and an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment that has stayed with me. My group...
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Re: Germany's airlines taking up the slack

PHeymont ·
In a footnote to yesterday's story: Although air traffic in Germany is back to normal, air fares apparently are not. Germany's competition watchdog, the Federal Cartel Office, is investigating complaints that Lufthansa has illegally raised fares on some routes after the Air Berlin collapse. Lufthansa says that it wasn't really raising fares (which went up as much as 30%); it was just their yield management software responding to a spike in demand. In an interview, however, the head of the...
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Re: In Egypt: Luxor West Bank

Amateuremigrant ·
A brilliant collection of pictures and commentary. Avoiding the bus loads is all down to timing, so your patience was well rewarded ! I've visited the West Bank loads of times with groups and it never fails to astound ! Our trips began by meeting up with a host of donkeys from the ferry, at 4.30am. We rode up to cross the cliff top above Hatshepsut's temple then walk down to the Valley of the Kings. Riding a donkey named Saddam up there was always a guaranteed wake-up
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Re: In Egypt: Luxor West Bank

PortMoresby ·
It sounds a perfect way to see the area, though at that hour you'd likely have enjoyed the views without me. I understand the path from Hatshepsut's Temple to Valley of the Kings is now off limits, presumably because of the incident at the temple. You're lucky to have had the experience when you did. Thanks!
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Re: In Egypt: Luxor West Bank

George G. ·
Excellent photos. Your patience paid off since capturing historical locations like these are difficult without them being somewhat obscured by throngs of tourists.
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Re: In Egypt: Luxor West Bank

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, George. The fact that there really are no throngs makes this the perfect time to visit Egypt.
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Re: In Egypt: Philae Island

Amateuremigrant ·
A fascinating (and detailed) look at a site that many visitors completely miss, even based in Aswan ! The rescue (as with Abu Simbel) is a story in itself, but the 19thC visitors take the biscuit for hubris - wasn't it Edward Lear who set up his camp in the temple ?
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Re: In Egypt: Philae Island

PortMoresby ·
Considering the length of time these monuments have existed, I imagine anything you can think of has happened within them, Edward Lear's encampment the least of it!
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Re: In Egypt: Philae Island

Marilyn Jones ·
I am so excited to read your article and see your photos...I'll be in Egypt in one week!! Thank you for an excellent post!
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Re: In Egypt: Philae Island

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating and beautiful! Would have been such a shame if it had been lost to flooding....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 7th, 2014: Bees

Still Country Photo ·
Sure PortMoresby, the two cameras I use are a Pentax K10D dSLR with a Pentax DA 55-300 mm f4-5.8 lens and the other is a Panasonic Lumix TS2. The Lumix takes macro pictures like nothing else I have used, I am learning to get better at taking macro with my K10D but am still not as good yet as I am with the Lumix. DrF, the honey bee (the one with no hair) was taken in the lovely flower gardens at Lake Louise, Alberta and the bumble bees were taken on a trip to the Bowden Corn and Sunflower...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 25, 2014: Fall colors at Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta

GarryRF ·
Beautiful and unspoilt - is this part of Canada as big as it looks? Do the city folks come here to get back to nature ? Looks like camping heaven - but does it have any wildlife that likes human blood? Could it be too good to be true ? Great pix - worthy of a Gumbo Calendar Dr.Y !!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug 5th 2014: Incense Coils, Hong Kong

DrFumblefinger ·
I find this a captivating image, Islandman. I can easily see myself staring at these coils from a thousand angles, trying to get the right angle on them, as I imagine you did!
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Re: Swayambunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal. Where Gumbo Was #55

HistoryDigger ·
One of my favorite spots in the world. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Insomnia Cookies in Miami

DrFumblefinger ·
I have yet to meet a cookie I didn't like, especially if paired with ice cream. It is my theory that the manna from heaven (described in the Old Testament) was actually a form of cookie
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 15, 2014: It's a Rough Life

IslandMan ·
Sounds and looks like heaven, PM...my sort of place!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 20, 2014: Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

DrFumblefinger ·
What an amazing place! Thanks for sharing it.
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Re: Angkor Temple Sights, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Travel Rob ·
Great photos! Always fascinating to me how trees find a way to grow and make space for themselves.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 28, 2015: The Golden Temple In Amritsar, Punjab, India

DrFumblefinger ·
Again some amazing photos, Gilles! The people interest me as much or perhaps even more than the beautiful temple. Studies of the human face are often difficult to capture in a digital image. but these are great. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Journey through Karnataka: Somnathpur, Belur, and Halebid

Marilyn Jones ·
So interesting and wonderfully, detailed photography!!
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Re: Journey through Karnataka: Somnathpur, Belur, and Halebid

Professorabe ·
Thanks for your kind comments. It's a lot easier when the subjects don't move!
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Re: Journey through Karnataka: Somnathpur, Belur, and Halebid

seesaw ·
Beautiful! What a feast for the eyes that must have been...
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Re: Journey through Karnataka: Somnathpur, Belur, and Halebid

George G. ·
Carvings are spectacular.
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Re: Journey through Karnataka: Hampi

TravelingCanuck ·
Thank you for sharing your journey to an amazing site. Places like this are part of what makes traveling such a pleasure. We in North America learn a lot about the history of Western Europe and some Middle East civilizations and empires from there. However we tend to pass over the rest of the world which included empires and civilizations as great as the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Hampi is just another point in favour of a journey to India.
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Re: Journey through Karnataka: Hampi

Professorabe ·
Thanks a lot for your comments. I fully agree with what you say - I also feel that there is a big hole in my education where the history of places like India is concerned. That is part of the reason why I enjoy doing blogs like this one: it forces me to do a bit of research and to broaden my own horizons.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

TravelingCanuck ·
While the poppy is mainly used in the Commonwealth it is a symbol for all who have died in war. As Chris de Burgh sang in one of his songs "Up here in heaven, we stand together, Both the enemy and the friend, 'till the end of time"
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating look at the culture, PM. Loved the story and loved the photos! Thanks for sharing this.
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

PortMoresby ·
I hope everyone figures out that Bagan is in Burma (Myanmar) which it appears I neglected to say. I'll try to do better in future. PM
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

Travel Rob ·
The photos are amazing. It's a little hard to tell scale in a photograph. I'm curious how big the first Buddha is?Thanks again for sharing .
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

PortMoresby ·
Rob, you can kind of tell from the angle of the picture. Buddha is set up on a dais so my head was about even with his feet. So, in a word, big.
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

DrFumblefinger ·
PortMoresby, it looks like some of these are gold, or at least gold-leaf covered? Do you recall if that's the case?
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

PortMoresby ·
Your guess is as good as mine but I assume they are. Gold leaf has a distinctive look that can't be replicated any other way and it's my assumption that it is, indeed, gold.
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Re: Buddhas of Bagan

Theodore Behr ·
This is a great post! I've never seen stuff like this before and learned a lot.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 12, 2014: Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Mac ·
A great place for the craic! Love it.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 30, 2014: Chhimi Lhakhang-Temple of fertility - Bhutan

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a fascinating place! Any idea how old it is?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 30, 2014: Chhimi Lhakhang-Temple of fertility - Bhutan

MAD Travel Diaries ·
It was built at the end of the 15th century from what my guide told me.
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Re: The Ancient, Erotic Temples of Khajuraho

GarryRF ·
For the artists models to hold that pose long enough to do a stone carving was a feat of endurance far greater than completing a marathon ! Interesting blog showing that history can be both entertaining and meaningful.
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Re: The Ancient, Erotic Temples of Khajuraho

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating place, Anna! Thanks for sharing it with us! Love the top photo of the temple complex at dusk.
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Re: The Ancient, Erotic Temples of Khajuraho

Anna Phipps ·
Thanks for commenting and glad that you enjoyed the post! Yes, imagine posing for a stone carving! I hadn't thought of it like that but was amazed by the quality and detail of the work. I find history really amazing and understanding about the history and meaning behind things like ancient temples and historical architecture makes the visit much more interesting for me. Originally Posted by GarryRF: For the artists models to hold that pose long enough to do a stone carving was a feat of...
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Re: "Stars of the Big and Small Screen": Hollywood rolls into Calgary

GarryRF ·
Thanks for reviving this wonderful presentation Ottoman. My wife could leave me here while she went shopping - or maybe she went away for a week ! And I still wouldn't be ready to leave when she got back. All your dream cars under 1 roof. Heaven in metal.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 2, 2014: Boats at Cassis, France

IslandMan ·
    We had a day to spare on a recent trip to Marseilles . The B'n' B we were staying at recommended a visit to Cassis (French pronunciation:kasi). We took a local train there, about 40 minutes journey from Marseilles. The town is situated...
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A Day in Chartres

DrFumblefinger ·
  If you’re looking for a nice escape from the crowds and chaos of Paris, consider heading to the small city of Chartres for a day or two.  Situated 60 miles (96 km) southwest of Paris, just an hour’s train ride from the...
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And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

thepoormadonna ·
Can you recall a moment from your travels that has really shaken your soul? A moment that has changed you forever?   Well, here's mine.   As I sat watching that sun set over Barcelona from the incredibly beautiful Parc Güell earlier...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 7). Kandy

DrFumblefinger ·
 The Sinhalese name for this city is Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura), impossible for the British colonialists to pronounce so they just called it Kandy.  Located in the forested foothills of the central mountains about 1500 feet (450...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 30, 2013: Monk on a Ladder, Sri Lanka

DrFumblefinger ·
    I must admit doing a double take when I saw this robust young monk working at repairing something by the roof of the Temple of the Tooth complex in Kandy  (which you can read more about here).   I was back in Kandy...
 
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