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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

PHeymont ·
That's good news, Mac! OK...the leaves start turning first in the north, moving south as the weather changes...but timing is always tricky because it depends on each year's combination of temperature and humidity. Here's a link to a site I've found useful in the past...it's from Yankee magazine, and includes a live map of the progress of the leaves as well as itineraries and more. http://www.yankeefoliage.com/ We haven't had a good leaf-peeping piece on Gumbo yet, so I'm looking forward to...
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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

DrFumblefinger ·
Agree with PHeymont. Plan your trips around the leaf watching. Lots of pretty small towns around New England, although many will be pretty booked. I'd leave at least 3-4 days for Boston. Lots to see and do there, including many items relating to the rebellious Yankees throwing off the ties with old King George. And great museums and restaurants and such. We can get into more details if you'd like, but you'll definitely want a good guide book. Many people find a day in Salem (famous for its...
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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

HistoryDigger ·
Glad you're traveling again, Mac. Boston is my home town, and October is THE BEST MONTH. Where are you staying in the city? I'd walk the Freedom Trail if you're feeling up to it. Go down to the waterfront. Boston Common and Charles Street are fun places to hang out. Newbury Street is fancy shopping and also has a few fun bistros and coffee shops. The Science Museum is excellent. Plenty of seafood to be had. New England clam chowder is great if you have sweater-weather. Go whale-watching...
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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

GarryRF ·
Mac. I'll be in Pennsylvania - Delaware - Maryland - Virginia later this month through September. Although a good way south of your expedition the colours of winter arrive gradually and the days are still warm enough to enjoy walking the empty State Parks. Only a leisurely days drive south of Boston. I love that warm gap between the end of an English summer and getting back home for that first chill of winter. LATE SEPTEMBER
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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

DrFumblefinger ·
Regarding hotels, Mac, I think I'd spend a few days in Boston to begin with, presuming that's where you are flying into. This will let you get over your jet lag and also give you a chance to see the state of the colors and plot out where you want to go. I would NOT go without having at least a night's reservation booked ahead because you'll waste too much time looking for a place to stay and will end up paying rack rate. Things will be busy and pretty filled up in the small towns of New...
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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

GarryRF ·
In case you're still looking for accommodation around Boston Mass. https://www.hotelcoupons.com/h...ortId=NjAwNDQ4Mjc4S0
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Re: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA: Where Gumbo Was (#226)

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a great museum! Well worth at least a day when visiting Boston. Thanks, Jonathan.
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Re: Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

Travel Rob ·
How cool! I love roads like that. That's a photo for a guidebook
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Re: Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, TravelRob! Yes, it was a cool place. It had an even spookier feel in real life than is conveyed by the photos.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

GarryRF ·
To say that Ireland is typically wet and cold is true of Winter. The Summers are often pleasant and warm but when you get to the West Coast then the wind blows in of a cold Atlantic Ocean. But the weather can change 4 times a day - so there's something there to please everyone. Ireland has wonderful fresh food. Fresh from the sea and farm. Try a locally produced Vintage Cheddar Cheese or an 18 year old Jamesons Whiskey. Soda bread is a local speciality. But stay away from the home made...
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comments, Garry! We actually had very nice weather during our visit, GarryRF. It was windy and rainy at times, but being from Canada that was no great hardship. Still, good for people to be forewarned and prepared. Always pack in layers and let one layer be a rain shell. It was one of your fellow countryman who said, "There's no bad weather, just bad clothing" or something to that affect, but I can't remember who that was. Didn't try the "moonshine" (no one offered!), but my...
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

GarryRF ·
The American addiction for "Ice Cold Beer" should not be applied to Guinness! Its a Stout - full of flavour - to be savoured - cool as the Pubs Cellar! Billy Connelly is the Scottish comedian who's observations of life have had us in stitches for years now. But like many Brits - he's felt the warm winters of LA and is reluctant to come back ! Is it uniquely British to actually enjoy cool weather? Perhaps the way we've been bred ! I do get odd looks in the Autumn when many North Americans are...
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm more partial to the lighter beer, wheat ales specifically. But the Guinness was good. Had one other stout there, the name of which eludes me, and we enjoyed it, too. Like women, cars, food, etc. beer is very much an individual taste. I actually like my beer cool, but not ice cold. Also a matter of taste. What's your favorite English brew?
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

GarryRF ·
When I go to my local Pub in Liverpool I'll have a choice of Beers. Heineken Dutch Lager - San Miguel Spanish - Carlsberg Danish - Stella Belgian - Fosters Australian - Sagres Portuguese. Plus many local brews. Old Speckled Hen, Bishops Finger and my favourite Newcastle Brown Ale. Served in a Pint - 20 ounce - Bottle. With a half pint glass. It keeps cooler in the bottle ! Liquid Toffee ! Not a light Beer. Lots of Flavour and quite potent. I've found bars around Ocean City Maryland who serve...
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

DrFumblefinger ·
I didn't know that there were so many Irish in Liverpool. There are certainly many of them in Canada and the USA as well. One wonders how many more Irish live abroad than on their home island.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 1) An overview of the Country and its People

GarryRF ·
Stephen Fry commented on the BBC (jokingly) to an Irish Guest "Do you know why the grass is so much greener back in Ireland ?- Because you're all over here walking on ours !"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Former Member ·
I do like a person who gives their all to their work. Go, Guinness !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Travel Luver ·
That's a cool photo! But I guess bartenders are supposed love their job. You sure he might not have had a pint or two before the photo was snapped?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Former Member ·
Ottoman - Did you also have the "crisps" that the gentleman is peddling at the bar ? Nothing like a few munchies when quaffing a drink.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Ottoman ·
Voyager... along with my free pint of Guinness, I enjoyed a delicious Irish Stew. By the time I finished both, I couldn't eat another bite. Travel Luver...I'm thinking at least two pints of Guinness were consumed by the bartender, a man who as Bling mentioned, gives his all to his work and (cough cough) may have to sample an occasional pint or two to make sure the brew meets his high standards.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

DrFumblefinger ·
Seems you have an affinity for not only the Irish people, but also their Guinness? Can that be? You are not a Molson Canadian fan?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Theodore Behr ·
That's a cool photo, Ottoman! Reminds me of the bartender at my local pub. His smile is even bigger if you leave him a nice tip.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 14, 2013 : Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Mac ·
Great photo! I find that self-guided tours in Dublin tend to end up with a lot of staggering between bars looking for even more 'Craic'!
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Re: The Candy Church, Lamèque Island, New Brunswick

Travel Rob ·
A while back, Vivie sent me a link to a nice article that the Boston Globe wrote on the area, including the church. http://www.bostonglobe.com/lif...y.html?event=event25
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Re: Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston

GarryRF ·
Must be 15 years since I walked most of your journey through Boston. The mix of old and new buildings are fascinating as you walk the city. Many of the older buildings look like they have shared an architects plan with older buildings here in Liverpool UK. I do find it odd that 5 Bostonians were stoning a single Redcoat then you call them unarmed ! A situation that would bring about the same end results today. I enjoyed your Blog. Thanks.
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Re: The National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, Dublin: Where Gumbo was #78

HistoryDigger ·
Wonderful. Can't wait to read the rest of your Ireland posts to help plan my next trip. Ireland was at the top of the list.
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Re: The National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, Dublin: Where Gumbo was #78

DrFumblefinger ·
It really is a terrific country to visit, HistoryDigger! Wonderful people, great history, great scenery. We enjoyed every day of our visit and I hope to get back to Ireland sometime soon. Just as an FYI to our audience in general, I've published around 15 posts on my visit which you can find at this link .
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

Andre Pur ·
Amazing Library, very inspiring, if i would go to college there i will be at library every day ( at my college i go to library only at the end of the semester )
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Andre. It is a great library, but like many college students those at Trinity College like to party as much as study, so you'll likely not see them there much before the end of the semester either. What you might find even more amazing is that every student has the right to sign out any of those books (with the exception of the ancient ones like the Book of Kells). Despite how historic it looks, it is still a university library for students.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 12) the Valley of the Boyne

GarryRF ·
That's a fabulous collection of photos DrF ! Gives a true taste of Ireland and the Boyne.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 12) the Valley of the Boyne

PHeymont ·
The starkness and solidity of the stone ruins brings both transience and permanence to mind...and a sense of how small a space our years occupy on a long scale. Thanks for such strong images!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 26, 2015: The Famine Memorial in Dublin & Happier Present Times

GarryRF ·
It's good to see the Irish economy is making excellent growth after the 2007 crash of the "Celtic Tiger" Maybe - one day - we'll see some of the $20+ Billion contribution England made to help their recovery, coming back home !
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

MAD Travel Diaries ·
LOL @ coz HuffPost says so. I just did the Baltics, I need to do the Balkans next. I worked with a Bulgarian guy in Boston and for years he would passionately talk about his country. Since then I have always wanted to visit and after reading this you've definitely encouraged me to hurry up and get there! I'd like to go before the mass tourists do
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Re: Wadsworth Atheneum - Hartford CT

PHeymont ·
Nice! We've also enjoyed the Wadsworth...which makes a nice break in a trip between NY and Boston, as well. It's also hosted some interesting temporary exhibits that have made it worth a trip of its own.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 10, 2015: Northern Ireland

GarryRF ·
Wonderful photo's of a beautiful part of the world.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 10, 2015: Northern Ireland

DrFumblefinger ·
Brings back many great memories! The Giant's Causeway is truly spectacular.
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Re: U.S. regs may delay Norwegian's Cork-Boston route

Travel Rob ·
Norwegian Air Shuttle got their EU flight license approved for their Irish subsidiary airline ,Norwegian International ,in Feb. 2014. Under the Open Skies agreement, they should be allowed to fly between EU countries and the US. How the DOT is justifying taking over two years to approve their foreign carrier permit, when it normally takes a month, I don't know.
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Re: U.S. regs may delay Norwegian's Cork-Boston route

GarryRF ·
What was that song ? "Money makes the world go round" Well apparently it doesn't. Looks like another case of someone playing "Dirty Pool"
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 3) Kenmare, Gateway to the Ring of Kerry

Neil McAleer ·
Great sequence. Dr Fumblefinger! The scale of Kenmare and the care of Kenmare are its two most attractive characteristics. Neil M
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 3) Kenmare, Gateway to the Ring of Kerry

Former Member ·
Those pictures are nice. It seems peaceful but lively. I've always thought I'd get to Ireland someday. What would you suggest for a week or 10 days?
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 3) Kenmare, Gateway to the Ring of Kerry

DrFumblefinger ·
If you have the time, MickeyG and you want to do a road trip, then at least 10 days. Two weeks would be even better. Seven days would be really rushing it. Count on 3 days in Dublin, and then add up all the destinations you'll see. I'll be posting more blogs on this Ireland trip in the coming weeks, so it might help you decide what you really want to see there. But we had a great time. Wonderful people, great music, great fun!
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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

Former Member ·
This is a terrific tip ! --- For travelers with their own cars, the clockwise approach is preferable as you have the outside lane and better views all the way around and don't end up one small buggy in a convoy of huge buses. Your article makes us want to consider a trip to western Ireland, which has not been on the radar screen. The stone circles are worth the trip all by themselves.
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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: A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

Rosemary Collier ·
Dr. Fumblefingers, you take amazing photos! We can't wait to go. Reminds me of the sweet song my mother used to sing around our house when I was a girl: "It's a long way to Tipperary."
 
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