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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
Congratulations Worker Bee! Nice write up PHeymont! The Black Church holds some significant memories for me personally as does the whole city. In the aerial shot, if you look closely, you will also find some drab communist era apartment buildings. The time of Ceausescu and the Securitate was a time no one who lived in the country will forget. It was also Romania's baby boom when a lot people of people were born due to no birth control. The Romanian people are talented and o pen and I...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Hey , i'm so happy that you made this blog about Brasov, my city , happy that someone figure it about and posted the right answer about the puzzle. Everything said here is true, and to add more info about this destination, remind that The Black Church is the most photographied attraction in Romania, and right behind it with Dracula Bran Castle.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

PHeymont ·
And speaking of Dracula: Bela Lugosi, the actor who made that role famous, was actually born in Transylvania!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
oh i didn't knew that thank you PHey for the info!!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
i searched some info about Bela Lugosi and he was born in Lugoj county but for what i know this city is not in Transylvania, is it in Banat, which is a western part of Romania
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

TravelandNature ·
Andredeya - Oh. We are learning a lot from you ! Thanks
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
PHeymont - The character Dracula was based on the real life very interesting Vlad Tepes. 'Vlad the Impaler' And although he was very cruel ,is considered a patriot by many Romanians still. http://www.donlinke.com/drakula/vlad.htm
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

PHeymont ·
I'm not sure whether it is a case of shifting borders, or of seeking publicity, but Lugosi's official biography said Transylvania...but can you trust Hollywood? Hmmm....
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Yes the legend of Dracula is based on the actions of Vlad Dracul the Impaler , but Bram Stoker made the history more famous, we all know that:d
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
I think it's only for seeking publicity i don't know maybe i'm wrong i don't know the story
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

DrFumblefinger ·
It would be an interesting blog post -- Visiting Dracula's castle!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
I can make it possible
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Andredeya: I can make it possible It would be our pleasure at TravelGumbo to give that fine piece a home, Andredeya!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

TravelandNature ·
Sweeet !
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Wait for it this time i promise i will do it just fine
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
Years ago ,I went. It wasn't as big of a tourist draw back then. If I'm remembering right, they told me at the time it might not of been one of Vlad castles,but I guess that makes little difference in the enjoyment.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #12. Brasov, Romania

Former Member ·
Well Rob this is absolutely a mystery
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Re: Where Gumbo Was (#9): Poiana Brasov, Romania

Travel Rob ·
This area brings back fond memories I remember falling a lot too because I was unable to buy good boots in an era when Romania rationed just about everything. The hike from Brasov to Poiana is a nice one and there is a bus as well if you don't have a car. Besides skiing, there is also a good tourist restaurant in Poiana that serves hunters food. Not sure if the outdoor ice skating rink is still there?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 23, 2013: Iceland's Black Sand Beach

Travel Luver ·
The mist ads a great effect to your photos, PHeymont!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 23, 2013: Iceland's Black Sand Beach

GarryRF ·
Beautiful Photos indeed Paul. I often think travellers who choose the best weather for a vacation miss out on moments like these. I blame the TV weather forecasters who always call a Rainy Day "Bad Weather". If you don't get rain then you wont get Rainbows !
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Re: A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

ThomasFennell ·
Undeniably Iceland is the most stunning place on earth and you will truly be fascinated by the clear blue lakes, natural geysers, rolling meadows, volcanic craters and abundance of wildlife. I have been lucky to have vacation in this beautiful spot when we have visited this place by the help of KosherTravelers. This place is rich with culture and history, having lots of eye catching sightseeing to visit that has truly become the amazing trip of my lifetime.
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Re: Kruger National Park - South Africa

DrFumblefinger ·
You've some excellent photos here, David! Well done!! The ones of the jackal and lion cubs are my favorites. Hope you'll share more of your journey with us.
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Re: AirBerlin Black Friday: $499 to Europe R/T!

Travel Rob ·
It's a fantastic deal! Milan is a budget airline hub too so you can go to a lot Europe for not much more. Time to buy those spring break tickets
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 13, 2014: The Damsels of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

DrFumblefinger ·
The lovely damsels of Sigiriya would be quite at home at Hugh Hefner's PLayboy mansion! Amazingly well preserved given their 1500 year age. Key to visiting, Mac, is to go very early before it gets too hot, or late in the afternoon as it starts cooling down. But a spry young dude like you should bound all the way to the top of Lion Rock like a springbok. One of the most memorable times I've ever had in my travels was at the top of Sigiriya, right at the end of the day, when I was the only...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

PHeymont ·
I haven't really "lived" with bears, but I've experienced their resourcefulness, both in campgrounds where we had to store our food up high and away from trees, and at a summer rental. At that house, they kept opening the steel container for the garbage cans. I weighted the lids with stones, and they brushed them aside. I put even larger and heavier rocks on the next time (making it truly inconvenient for me), and they simply pushed over the whole container. My wife wisely advised me to...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Jean ·
Enjoyed your photos Still Country. Brought back many memories. Haven't been lucky enough to see one this year but it is really exciting for me when I see my first bear of the season.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

Still Country Photo ·
Hi Mr. Heymont, thanks for your story. Yes, they are strong and it is nearly impossible to stop them from getting in to something that they really want in to. They used to dump our garbage all the time and Dad tried everything but to no avail. Finally, he chained them all together, three big barrels, and that finally stopped the bears from being able to overturn them. They still dug inside and sometimes spread the garbage around a little but it did help a bit. We would also try to burn it...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 18th, 2014: Bears

DrFumblefinger ·
The black bears in Yosemite NP are among the most aggressive and clever in the world. They've been known to pull down a locked closed car door to get at a picnic hamper or cooler in the back seat. They are amazingly strong -- imagine the power needed to peel a locked steel car door off its hinges. And they share this knowledge from generation to generation! Once a bear has eaten human feed, they are "spoiled" forever and often become more aggressive in their hunt for food and may even need...
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
Some beautiful photos, Ottoman! I'm fond of black sand beaches because you only find them in places with active volcanoes, and I love volcanoes. White sand beaches are generally formed from the breakdown of coral (often by parrotfish, who eat it and clear the fine particles out the other end). This beach isn't that large, but the black sand is striking. And the turtles -- how lovely they are. They look soooo relaxed. Makes me want to take a nap in that warm sand, too!
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

GarryRF ·
You'd love the Canary Isles. Volcanic islands off the north west cost of Africa. Its a winter hotspot where the islands belong to Spain. Its party time all year and a favourite with the younger set. Its famous on Tenerife for young men to drive up Mount Teide in winter and collect snow from the peak in Cooler Boxes. Drive back down to the 77'f / 25'c beaches and throw snowballs at the topless sunbathers. Might be a bit too much for non-Europeans !!
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
GarryRF -- I think non-Europeans can also enjoy the sight of sunbathers being pegged by snowballs! The first hit, especially, must be quite enjoyable as the injured party wonders "where did that cold hard thing come from"?
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Re: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
Hi DrFumblefinger and Garry RF Thanks for the feedback. DrFumblefinger, you are so right about the relaxed turtles. If time would have permitted, I would've joined them for a nice nap. GarryRF, I have copied and pasted your comment into my "things to do" folder. I think I'll fit in quite nicely at Tenerife, for living in the Great White North (aka Canada) has given me a lot of practice at becoming a snowball sharpshooter.
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Re: Whoa! Not so fast on that shrinking baggage size!

DrFumblefinger ·
That's good news! But rather than saying airline consumers were a lion, I think I'd have used "the sheep have bleated -- loudly"
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Re: May 1, 2020: Three Black Bear cubs

Marilyn Jones ·
The photo is simply perfection!!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#340)

Professorabe ·
I wouldn't be lion if I told you that looks like a Roman soldier... Here are the Saturday clues! Two more tomorrow and that's it. But if you've figured out the answer, you can email it to TGSuggestions@gmail.com
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #366

George G. ·
A few more pieces of furniture. A wood carved lion chair and a pedestal clock...
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Re: Discover the Texas Hill Country

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for sharing Michelle and welcome to TG! You did a fantastic job showing us why people love the area and your photos are terrific! Is Spring your favorite time to visit?
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Re: Discover the Texas Hill Country

PHeymont ·
Thanks for the tour I should have taken on my one trip to the Hill Country...although with only one day, it seems I would have needed another trip anyway, and that Kent Black barbecue plate is calling my name right now...
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Re: Discover the Texas Hill Country

Michelle Carr ·
Travel Rob, spring is my favorite time to visit the Texas Hill Country because the land is in full bloom with all the wildflowers, bees, and birds. Plus the weather is so nice, you'll want to be outside. If you are use to warmer weather, come during July 4th because we treat that holiday like Christmas and go all out with parades and festivals and fireworks. Autumn offers its own seasonal charm and warmth. You really do have to visit mulitple times to experience it all!
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Re: Discover the Texas Hill Country

Old Car Guy ·
You've sold me on Kent Black's BBQ! The sampler's feast has my name written on it as well.
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Re: Discover the Texas Hill Country

DrFumblefinger ·
I've only been in the Hill Country one day, and that specifically was to hike Enchanted Rock area. Several pals and I did a day trip from a meeting in San Antonio and had a great time there. Definitely time to head back soon. Thanks for the wonderful post, and welcome to TravelGumbo!
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Re: Discover the Texas Hill Country

Texsue ·
I grew up in Texas but haven't visited half the places mentioned here. Thank you for a great article with some fun and interesting places to visit.
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Re: Ethiopia Musings: 7) The Money

DrFumblefinger ·
I have really enjoyed this series Lester! Your insights are entertaining and often fascinating. I have always assumed that Ethiopia is a safe place to travel. Was that your impression as well?
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Re: Ethiopia Musings: 7) The Money

Lestertheinvestor ·
Trust, but verify is a famous quote. Same thing here, safe, but be wary!
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Re: Roast Carrots with Mustard Ice Cream

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a combination I never would have dreamed of.......
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Re: Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. Where Gumbo Was, #74

GarryRF ·
Looks a bit like the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf. Lots of tourist attractions to help part you from your savings. But the Sea Lions waving their fins to catch some sunlight make it all worthwhile. Yes - I know - the kids love it - but watching who gets pushed off the floating boards to make room for the big fella is absolute poetry. Then he in turn pushes another Sea Lion off. Fine explanation of the "pecking order" Looks like a great location to spend the day - and pedestrian friendly...
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Travel Deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Travel Rob ·
In recent years, the travel industry has picked up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and started  expanding their offering of sales on those days.   Conde Nast published a list of some of the top deals.   For Hotels- One of the most...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 18, 2015: The Winged Lion of Venice

DrFumblefinger ·
    The winged lion is a symbol you see everywhere in Venice -- palaces, flags, statues -- everywhere.  It seemed a somewhat unusual mascot for a seafaring power and made me wonder what the origin to the symbol was.  Turns out the...
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AirBerlin Black Friday: $499 to Europe R/T!

PHeymont ·
AirBerlin, a OneWorld member, is offering a $499 roundtrip to several European destinations at cut-rate prices from now to Tuesday, with flights from Jan. 12 to Mar. 22. The $499 rate is for Berlin from Chicago, and Stockholm or Copenhagen from NYC....
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The Medieval Fortress and Town of Chinon

DrFumblefinger ·
  There are few places in France of greater historic importance than Chinon.  You wouldn’t know that by what you see when you drive thru it today as it seems a small sleepy rural town.  You’ll see little evidence of...
 
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