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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo, #104

GarryRF ·
The control panel says its a Boeing B17 Flying Fortress. The call sign says its N3509G. But there are plenty of examples around the world .. Best get to work on the clues !!
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Re: Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Chatterbot2. Yes, Quebec is relatively under-touristed, especially when compared to Europe. If you want to visit a 400 year old European stype fortress, don't want to fly across the Atlantic, want to go to place where French is the dominant language, want great food and friendly folks, then Quebec City should be at the top of your travel list.
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Re: A Week in Lucca

PHeymont ·
I love the looks of Lucca in your pictures...and I'm fascinated to hear the history of the amphitheatre. When I first saw in Arles that the Roman colosseum there had become a fortress and a village in the years after the fall of Rome, I thought it was interesting and singular. Since then, I've heard of more, and realized the logic of it. As "Roman order" broke down after the 5th century, moving into an existing defensible space must have occurred in many places; what is unique about Arles,...
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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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Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
Quebec, like New York, is both a city and a state (or rather, a province).  It’s an island of French heritage and culture within our Anglo-North American continent.   We combined this visit with stops in Montreal and...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 2). Dambulla

DrFumblefinger ·
Dambulla is known for its Cave Temples which predate Christ.  Legend has it that a Sri Lankan King, driven out of Anuradhapura, found a hiding place and refuge within these caves.  When this king regained his throne he...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 4). The Rock Fortress of Sigiriya

DrFumblefinger ·
 “You absolutely must go to Sigiriya!”, Arthur C. Clarke insisted to me during my first visit to Sri Lanka.  “There are other countries with beautiful weather and beaches, but there’s...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 3, 2013: Chateau Usse, Loire Valley, France

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of my favorite places in Europe is France's Loire Valley.   That's partially because of its pastoral beauty -- rolling hills, farmland, vineyards, forest, dairy herds  -- but largely because the people are much more relaxed and...
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A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

DrFumblefinger ·
 There are few places in Ireland with a richer history than the  Rock of Cashel .   Situated at the edge of the town of Cashel, the rock is a huge outcropping on top of which rests a complex of old buildings situated some 60m (200ft)...
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Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum in the California desert, and specifically had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (like the one in the above photo).  Congratulations to the many who...
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San Juan's El Morro: Layers of Stone, Layers of History (Where Gumbo Was, #84)

PHeymont ·
  El Morro, the giant fortification that's guarded San Juan Harbor for nearly 500 years, is the sight we saw before we saw it. Its image is everywhere when you do online research for a trip to Puerto Rico; its "garitas"—small domed...
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A Brief Visit to Avignon

PortMoresby ·
The center of Avignon with the Rhône and l'Île Piot in the distance.     The purpose of my stop in Avignon was a pause in a pleasant small city, between arriving in France and the week I planned to spend in Uzes.  I recalled...
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Istanbul: Cruising the Bosphorus

PHeymont ·
One of the classics for visitors to Istanbul—and for quite a few Istanbulis as well—is a cruise up the Bosphorus, the 19-mile strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and ultimately the Mediterranean. The Bosphorus is more...
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Capella Palatina, Palermo, Sicily (Where Gumbo Was, #102)

DrFumblefinger ·
    I've visited dozens of wonderful churches in my life, some vaste and grand like St. Paul's in Rome or Westminister Abbey in London, others smaller and with a more intimate feel.  As a rule, I'm partially to smaller chapels and...
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Alhambra's night-owl visitors to have a hoot

PHeymont ·
Night (human) visitors to Granada's famous palace and gardens will soon be joined by owls.
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The Bikaner Mail

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares the story of a most memorable train journey -- an experience uniquely Indian.
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Cefalu Cathedral, Sicily

PHeymont ·
Part of Sicily's Arab-Norman heritage, Cefalu's Cathedral is a showcase of art and a primer of the island's checkered history.
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Journey through Karnataka: Aihole, Pattadakal, and Badami

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's journey to Karnataka continues with stops at several more great and historic sites, including an interesting cave temple.
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Eastern Europe Rail Odyssey: Zagreb to Veliko Tărnovo

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur's train journeys around Eastern Europe continue, this week with stops in Zagreb, Split, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sofia, and Veliko Tărnovo
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Sept. 24, 2017: Lake Asal, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades provides today's Pic of the Day of Lake Asal, a salt lake in Ethiopia's Danakil Depression.
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Eastern Europe Rail Odyssey #5: Istanbul to Tbilisi

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur takes us on another memorable train journey, this one starting in Istanbul, then on to Ankara, Erzurum, Batumi (bu bus), Yerevan and ending in Tbilisi
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Haut-Koenigsbourg, atop Alsace's Vosges Mountains

PHeymont ·
Haut Koenigsbourg is an improbable bastion atop the Vosges mountains, with views of the Rhine, Alsatian villages and Germany’s Black Forest.
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Churches of Park Slope, Brooklyn

PHeymont ·
PHeymont explores the varied and mostly 19th-century churches in one of Brooklyn's premier neighborhoods, and explores the area's history.
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Trabzon, Turkey: Ancient History, Modern Life

Lestertheinvestor ·
Lester shares a visit to the ancient city of Trabzon, exploring its history and sights.
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December 3, 2019: Palamidi Fortress, Greece

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn visits a Venetian fort high above Nafplion, Greece.
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Unmissable Sights in Budapest

NikOl-Bp ·
We often travel to other countries, other cities, but not always for sightseeing. Conference, meeting, maybe for some service. These trips sometimes takes several days, but we can also decide to connect the pleasant to the useful and look around the city. Here is a brief introduction for those, whose destination is Budapest. What is a must see, from the Hungarian capital. I recommend this article, which contains more than 100 sights, for those who want to spend more days in Budapest, or want...
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Ollantaytambo Ruins, Peru

Sylvia ·
Sylvia visits the magnificant terraces and Inca ruins located at the town of Ollantaytambo.
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Peripatetic Bhutan

Lestertheinvestor ·
LestertheInvester shares memories and many fine photos of his recent trip to Bhutan.
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A Visit to Normandy: Magnificient Mont St. Michel

DrFumblefinger ·
(Mont St. Michel, viewed from pastoral Normandy) As we drive through the pretty farmland of Normandy, with its pleasing apple orchards and pastures dotted with sheep and dairy cows, it’s easy to forget this region’s turbulent past....
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Cape Town: Grand Dame of Africa

DrFumblefinger ·
(Cape Town, viewed from Table Mountain) It’s hard not to love a visit to Cape Town, a grand old city, one of the finest anywhere. It’s the oldest city in Southern African and has been captivating tourist’s hearts for centuries....
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An unusual sea crossing

Mac ·
I admit that I don't 'do' beach holidays very well. So when I was threatened by "another day by the pool" I decided that it would be great to take the new high speed catamaran service from Fetihye in Turkey to the isle of Rhodes in Greece. The trip...
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Ethiopia Musings: 7) The Money

Lestertheinvestor ·
As a finance major and the retirement representative for my group, I have a more than passing interest in money. I am not talking about “money” for the sake of riches, but money as a reflection of society. Specifically, I always find it...
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Would you believe: Beach tours to N. Korea!

PHeymont ·
There's always a new "undiscovered" place for vacations to be found (just the other day we had a piece about a former Albanian navy fortress that wants visitors) but this one is probably off the page for quite a few: Beach tours of North Korea, with...
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Albania's cold-war fortress to become a resort

PHeymont ·
Albania, whose tourism industry amounts to less than 5% of its gross domestic product, would like to change that. One big step is a plan to develop Sazan Island, a crumbling military installation, into a tourist attraction and resort.   At the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 23, 2015: Around Vancouver Harbor

DrFumblefinger ·
One of my favorite cities in which to go for a long walk is Vancouver, BC. It lends itself to walking because its setting is incredibly beautiful, its architecture interesting, and there's a lot of fascinating street art you can enjoy. I...
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March 20, 2018: Passau, Germany

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn visits a small riverside city with a long history and shares the view.
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Lunenberg, Nova Scotia (Where Gumbo Was #244)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the coastal town of Lunenberg in Nova Scotia. Lunenberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is the best preserved example of a British-planned community in Canada. It is a great spot to spend a day.
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Visiting an ancient monastery in Egypt

Marilyn Jones ·
Join Marilyn Jones on a visit to a 1500-year-old monastery that keeps alive the traditions of Coptic Christianity.
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Bergen: Norway's Not-So-Second City

PHeymont ·
Approaching Bergen by Air   Bergen is a city of paradoxes. It's Norway's second-largest city, but it feels in many ways like a small town. It's the second-oldest city, but only in a few places does it seem older than 150 years or so. It's...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day: May 11, 2014: Brasov, Romania

Andre Pur ·
Today we did a tiny walk through Muresenilor Street .  On the top of the hill lays  a must-see tourist point from Brasov: The Citadel, Brasov Fortress foto: Maria Balascau
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A House in Essaouira

PortMoresby ·
  The name is pronounced in an interesting way, the “Es” an in-breath, rather than a pronounced sound, hardly heard, before the out-breath “Sweera”.     Tourism has definitely found it but the town seems not to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 20, 2013: Luxembourg, Old City and Ramparts

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of Europe's smallest countries, it's easy not to visit Luxembourg, neatly tucked in between the cultural and economic giants of Europe -- France and Germany -- and just west of its political capital in Belgium.  But its a beautiful...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, October 10, 2014: Postcards from Greece - the alleyways of Naxos fort

Mac ·
Strolling through the labyrinth of alleyways in the heart of the old Venetian fortress above the harbour of Naxos in the Greek Cyclades islands, every turn of a corner reveals yet another fascinating building with all the signs of its past history......
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Gallery: Signs of Quebec

DrFumblefinger ·
Quebec is one of the oldest cities in North America, founded in 1608, now a city of 500,000.  It was built on a rocky promontory (Cap-Diamant) which provided excellent defensive views including of the St. Lawrence River...
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Most Amazing Camping Pitches in Australia

ArronHidd ·
From the clear blue waters of the Pacific, to the scorching red sands of the Outback, Australia is a vast, beautiful continent yearning for discovery and exploration. Because of its size, and diverse natural wealth, the Land Down Under is the most spectacular destination you will ever visit. However, if you truly want to experience the wild beauty of this amazing country-continent, the only real way to do it is by camping out. So, pack your tent, roll-up your sleeping bag, and take a look at...
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Georgia on my Mind

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur's Travels takes us to the beautiful (if not often visited) land of Georgia... And that's not the U.S. state -- it's on that Eurasian land mass!
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Images from Crete

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares some of his final favorite images from Crete, an island he greatly enjoyed visiting and photographing!
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December 2, 2016: Frangokastello Castle, Crete

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares photos and the colorful history of this castle, situated in a relatively remote part of Crete.
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Regensburg, Germany, offers Medieval Holiday Magic

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyln Jones shares a holiday visit to the medieval city of Regensburg, Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a great holiday market
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Unspoiled Natural Beauty in Croatian National Parks

alisamura ·
Alisa Mura shares her favorite National Parks to be found in her homeland of Croatia. For a small country, these parks offer amazing beauty and diversity of sights and experiences.
 
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