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Re: Trains in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Great question...and possibly not an easy clear answer. Cuba's trains have generally been in poor shape in recent years as older equipment has run down and spares not available. However, according to Mark Smith (The Man in Seat 61), that's changing with the arrival of a fleet of new Chinese-built locomotives. On his site ( Seat61.com ) he has an extensive update of recent changes in schedules, routes and locations (that's important because Havana's main station is closed for a 3-year...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Former Member ·
In Europe, I have had good luck finding value accommodations at Booking.com and Europe-Stays. com. Those sites list hostels with their ratings and prices. A quick peek for June shows several promising choices for around $ 21 USD per bed per night. Unless you just want company, you might budget hotels pricing similar to the hostels. They often charge per person, not per room, which is a big help for the solo traveler. Tune Hotels will work for the London part of your trip, but they are not in...
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Re: Liverpool and Manchester

GarryRF ·
Trains run every hour between the two Cities Paul. You need to add Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King. We have two.The Anglican one was the worlds largest - but I think St Johns in NY had to beat it. Speke Hall. Chester. Here's a list to peruse at your leisure. Meanwhile I'll put a reserved in my diary. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/A...seyside_England.html Liverpool Cathedral 360' tour: http://www.liverpoolcathedral360.com/tour/ Liverpool World Museum
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Re: How do you buy your travel?

PHeymont ·
Few more thoughts, following HistoryDigger and DrFumblefinger... 1. Definitely check all your affiliations on car rental; after years of getting better price through AAA than any other way I knew, I recently found that going to the same vendors through USAA (my car insurance) gets me even better. 2. Not only does Priceline have good pricing on cars, I've often found I can get 30-40% lower through their blind-bidding (Name Your Own Price) service. 3. RailEurope is something of a red flag for...
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

PortMoresby ·
If you're passing through Europe and plan to go directly on to Marrakech, keep in mind that the low fare carriers more often than not use secondary airports which will add to your travel time if go straight on. For instance, if you fly into London's Heathrow airport a low fare airline will likely use either Luton or Stansted. I believe British Airways has flights from Heathrow so check on the variables and you may find that with time and costs involved to change airports a bit more expensive...
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Re: Spain or Portugal?

PHeymont ·
Portugal's rail system feels a bit worn in places, and some trains look terrible from outside...but the interiors are clean and the system seems to work. Not a terribly large country, so that time between the two largest cities (Lisbon and Porto) is about 3.5 hours. If you add in getting to the airport early and getting in from the airport at the other end, it's probably faster than flying. Other significant points in Portugal also have reasonable rail service, including Coimbra, the...
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Re: Spain or Portugal?

Travel Luver ·
I just visited www.seat61.com and it seems a fabulous website for travelers wanting to catch trains in Europe! So many tips and price comparisons!! And thanks for your info on trains. I think I'll take them even if they're a little beat up looking, LOL You been wonderful with all your help, PHeymont! I might have more questions later. Do you keep an eye on these posts? How does that work? What's the best way for me to get in touch with you if I have more questions?
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British Library Unites Last Copies of the Magna Carta

Travel Rob ·
The British Library will unify the last four remaining copies of the Magna Carta on February 3 for the first time as Britain celebrates the 800-year anniversary of the constitutional charter. They handed out 1,215 tickets to see all four documents to...
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Airbnb Starts #OnelessStranger Pay It Forward Campaign

Travel Rob ·
Airbnb will give $1 million dollars  to 100,000 global community members. Those chosen members  are asked to use the money  for a random and unique act of kindness and share it on social media.  ...
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Peer to Peer Travel Expands

Travel Rob ·
A plethoria of Peer to Peer travel sites changing the way people travel. http://travel.france24.com/content/peer-peer-travel-redefining-landscape-report
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The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
The earthquake should have been a clue.  But having rather enjoyed the ride, as I have since childhood in an earthquake-prone part of the world, it didn't occur to me that it might be a warning.  I should have listened.   I'm seriously...
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Hop on the Bus, Gus...or maybe a train

PHeymont ·
Wanderu, a startup travel aggregator (think Kayak) is now offering schedule and fare information for the major U.S. bus lines (Greyhound, Megabus and Boltbus) and has just signed a distribution agreement with Amtrak that will allow them to include...
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"Tide of the Century" Coming to Mont Saint-Michel

Travel Rob ·
Crowds gathered along the coast of Brittany ,near Mont Saint-Michel, to watch Saturday’s high tide. The tide will be the first in nearly a month of large spring tides due to culminate on March 20 and 21 . March 21 has been touted as "the tide of...
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Big Changes Coming to United Airport Lounges

Travel Rob ·
                   Photo from United Airlines :United Club Bar- London Heathrow Lounge This coming year ,United will build two new lounges in Atlanta and San...
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Sphinx Courtyard to open after 4 years!

Travel Rob ·
According  to  the  Antiquities Minister of Egypt, Mohammed al-Damati, the Sphinx courtyard will be opening  soon for the first time  in four years since it's restoration of the monument.   No date was given.  ...
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Four Ways to Savor Savannah

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares some of her favorite ideas on what to see and do when visiting Savannah, Georgia
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Why Zurich Is The Place To Be In Summer

Roger T ·
Roger T makes an excellent case why Zurich (especially during its short but beautiful summer) should be on your travel list!
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Trains to Scotland gaining riders

PHeymont ·
Upgraded rail service between England and Scotland is taking market share away from airlines.
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Boston to celebrate Mayflower anniversary

PHeymont ·
A free maritime festival commemorates the Pilgrims' voyage to the New World and the ship they rod in on.
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"Pops" is a New Route 66 Icon

Marilyn Jones ·
  I know this is going to be a fun stop on Route 66 just outside Arcadia, Oklahoma when I spy a 66-foot pop bottle on the horizon. Getting closer I can see it stands in front of an uber-modern structure with gas pumps in front. I have never seen...
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St. Augustine Celebrates 450th Anniversary

Travel Rob ·
St. Augustine, Florida  is celebrating its 450th anniversary September 3rd through September 8th. Pedro Menendez landed in St. Augustine, Florida on Sept. 8, 1565, making St Augustine the oldest continuously occupied...
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Travel Times Listed on South Central Pennsylvania's Electronic Message Signs

Travel Rob ·
Starting today, south central Pennsylvania will have travel times posted on the electronic message signs over and along interstate highways and major expressways. The estimated times will be based on real-time traffic conditions on the major...
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Saudi King and His 700 person Entourage Draw Mixed Reaction in France

Travel Rob ·
              French Patisserie, Cassis by IslandMan   King Salman of Saudi Arabia will be arriving in France with a 1000 person entourage. He and his inner circle will...
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Where to find the Paris you've seen in the movies

PHeymont ·
Under the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, seen in Last Tango in Paris           Photo: Bruxelles5 / Wikimedia   Everyone (almost, anyway) has a favorite Paris movie scene—after all, so many movies have been shot there!  ...
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Airline 'ancillary fees' top $80 billion

PHeymont ·
Fees, fees and more fees: the airlines are relying on them more and more.
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Ryanair may do a U-turn on bag policy

PHeymont ·
Ryanair may reverse new rules that help speed up boarding but sacrifice revenue from priority and baggage fees.
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Pakistan Desert Jeep Rally Growing Fast

Travel Rob ·
The  Desert Rally drew about  200,000 spectators from Pakastani  local villiages and major cities this year. It has a huge following from foreigners living inside Pakistan. Pakistani Tourist officials hope this Rally might bring...
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Americans Leaving Half Their Paid Vacations Ununsed

Travel Rob ·
A survey from the career site Glassdoor shows half of paid vacations earned by Americans is unused and 2/3  of people take work with them while on vacation.Two thousand people were in the survey sample.   Read More:...
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Paris Zoo Reopens with New Kind of Zoo.

Travel Rob ·
Paris Zoo will  reopen on Saturday after a six-year remodel. They are  trying to create as real natural habitats as they can and shed the image of a traditional zoo. Animals will live together  and be able to retreat from viewing areas...
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Google Brings Street View Like "Trekker" to Bordeux Wineries

Travel Rob ·
Google signed agreements with around a dozen wineries in the Bordeaux region to bring the wineries online last year. The first wineries have come online now. It allows Google to bring  "trekker" to France for the first time. Trekker uses a...
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Travelers Reveal Favorite Brands

Travel Rob ·
TripAdvisor polled  more than 30,140 travelers to see their favorite brands to pack in a suitcase. Actually seems like a pretty accurate list to me. Here are a few winners:   Hand Sanitizer: Purell Carry-on Luggage: Samsonite Body Lotion and...
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25 Yr Old Wins $ 1M Picasso for only $ 135 US

Travel Rob ·
If you fork over $135,you'll have a 1 in 50,000 shot. An exciting way to give to a charity this Christmas season.Read about the offer below http://travel.france24.com/con...casso-yours-just-135 UPDATE: The $ 1 M painting was won by a...
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Send Your Teddy Bear on Vacation

Travel Rob ·
If you send your Teddy Bear  on one of these Japanese tours,please have them post on TravelGumbo!Is this one of those only in Japan stories or could this be the latest trend? Read all about it...
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Portugal's 'Golden Visa' Gaining Traction

Travel Rob ·
 If one buys  a home or apartment for at least 500,000 Euros and holds it for 5 years, investors will receive a Portuguese residence permit. Rich Chinese business people are doing just that."Only obliged to spend seven days per year in...
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Budget Deal Asks Air Passengers to Pay More

Travel Rob ·
The  budget deal would more than double the 9/11 Aviation Security Fee from $2.50 per flight segment to $5.60  for a one way journey.Those with multiple flight segments  per journey,will actually pay less ,but most will pay...
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* Fireworks will Fill the Skies of Dubai *

Travel Rob ·
Dubai says it has over 400,000 fireworks this New Years Eve.Read more about the increbible plans.This will be something to see. http://travel.france24.com/con...rs-eve-firework-show UPDATE:  The show in Dubai is getting rave reviews:...
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150 Million Year Old Dino Goes to Denmark

Travel Rob ·
 A  full skeleton of a Diplodocus dinosaur was auctioned in Britain,  It was bought by the Natural History Museum, Copenhagen,  Denmark for $630,000 USD. The very rare skeleton, nicknamed Misty,  was found in...
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Lovers of Cannabis Rejoice !

Travel Rob ·
Colorado & Washington State are getting ready for Jan 1st when new state laws make it legal for recreational Marijuana stores in those states http://travel.france24.com/con...es-eye-tourism-surge
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 9: Norway's Fjords

PHeymont ·
Cruise ship is dwarfed by steep mountains as it enters Norway’s Naeroyfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord in the rugged coastal mountains north of Bergen. A network of these deep waterways connects scattered areas of small towns and farms on...
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Eiffel Tower Premiers Ultra Modern Glass Floor to Public

Travel Rob ·
On Monday the Eiffel Tower opened the renovated first floor of the hugely popular monument  and it included a glass floor. The floors 187 ft high and gives visitors the sensation of walking on air.   Read More:...
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Adding Sound to Google Street View

Travel Rob ·
British hearing specialists have created a platform that adds sound to Google Street View . It’s called Sounds of Street View . What a great idea!   Read More:...
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Get a Call From a Statue!

Travel Rob ·
London and Manchester ,England have launched "Talking Statues" , where visitors swipe their smartphones  at the statue to get a call from that historical figure telling them more.   Read more:...
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Summer Camps for Adults

Travel Rob ·
Cheapflights has compiled a list of some Summer Camps for adults.The list includes  a Rock-n Roll Fantasy Camp,Surfing Camps, a Grape Camp and even a Zombie Survival course.   Read More: http://travel.france24.com/con...-summer-camps-adults...
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Gallery: The Worst Train in the World Redux

PortMoresby ·
  On November 17, 2013 I posted a story here describing a train ride through the hills of rural central Burma.  It began...    “The earthquake should have been a clue.  But having rather enjoyed the ride, as I have since...
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Myanmar Site Makes UNESCO World Heritage List

Travel Rob ·
Myanmar gets it first UNESCO World Heritage designation this year for the Pyu Ancient Cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra. They are three brick walled and moated cities.   Read More: http://travel.france24.com/con...tage-list-first-time...
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Websites Tackles Tipping Around the World

Travel Rob ·
It's one question that always comes up among travelers, "What is the customary tip ?" A new website  http://www.tipthismuch.in/   offers some guidelines about tipping around the World. After looking at the site, I'm still left with a...
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Ryanair Creates Online Travel Guides

Travel Rob ·
Ryanair has created online travel guides that can be downloaded for free for the destinations they serve.The new guides cover sightseeing ,hotel ,dining and shopping listings, as well as nightlife,airport & map info. Read More www.ryanair.com/en/discover-europe/ . http://travel.france24.com/con...online-travel-guides
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And the tallest US building goes to?

Travel Rob ·
The new One World Trade Center beats out the Sears Tower . http://travel.france24.com/content/new-world-trade-center-deemed-tallest-us-skyscraper
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And the tallest US building goes to?

Travel Rob ·
The new One World Trade Center beats out the Sears Tower . http://travel.france24.com/con...allest-us-skyscraper
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Castles in China?

Travel Rob ·
A Chinese millionaire  is building castles (with some controversy.)With rapid  expansion,  China has had a lot of tract apartments and houses,  and some don't know what to make of his building ...
 
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