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Re: San Juan's El Morro: Layers of Stone, Layers of History (Where Gumbo Was, #84)

HistoryDigger ·
Fascinating history. Stunning photos. Thanks.
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Re: San Juan's El Morro: Layers of Stone, Layers of History (Where Gumbo Was, #84)

PHeymont ·
A missing bit: El Morro and the historic site as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but while I included that in the Tags and Collections for the blog, I forgot to mention it in the text! My apologies...
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Re: 'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

DrFumblefinger ·
It is good that a people face up to and learn from the past. We must learn from the lessons of history, but I do hope this will not become a "self-flagellation" exercise. At the end of the 18th century, everyone had slaves. Every people, every race, every culture, every country participated in the buying, selling and owning of other people. It was the norm. Fortunately, with a few rare exceptions, modern society has become enlightened and the rights of individuals is now a central focus of...
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Re: 'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

PHeymont ·
'Presentism' is always a danger for historians, but in this case, there's a real issue of interest based on the late-in-the-day entry into slave-owning by the later Catalan grandees; they went into it when all European countries had already abolished it, and when it had been abolished in many colonial areas. Sadly, not Cuba, Brazil, or, at the beginning of that period, the United States. One of the reasons it's important to consider these past things is because they do enter into the...
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Re: 'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

GarryRF ·
Slavery is just part of a long cruel history. Wherever there is chance to make money, people of any race or creed will gladly join in. Even the African warlords who sold the "prisoners" to the slave ships played their parts in this piece of history. Even today fortunes are made by sending young men to die in the name of "Defence". Money has no morals.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, 13 Dec 2013: Sati Handprints - 15 Jodphur Queens left their handprints...

Theodore Behr ·
That is an amazingly sad story. But that's for sharing that wonderfully symbolic photo, Mac.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, 13 Dec 2013: Sati Handprints - 15 Jodphur Queens left their handprints...

Former Member ·
My main purpose in traveling is to see how things are done elsewhere. I try only observe and not overlay my personal opinion on what is there. After all, the point is to see and learn. Sometimes, as in this case, it can be hard to lay aside those personal feelings. The old custom does speak volumes about the importance to these people of tradition and structure in their lives. Thank you for the thought provoking photo.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, 13 Dec 2013: Sati Handprints - 15 Jodphur Queens left their handprints...

Mac ·
One of the saddest sights that I have experienced in my travels is to be seen at the “Iron Gate” ( Loha Pol ) of the massive Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. Here, there is a painted and garlanded panel where 15 small hand prints were made by the wives of the Maharaja as they left the fort and went towards his funeral pyre  where they immolated themselves following his death. Known as Sati marks, these gilded hand prints most likely date back to the 1843, the...
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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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Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (Where Gumbo Was #218)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting Colombo's historic Galle Face Hotel. Built in the era of British Colonial rule, it has recently undergone a major renovation and is now an upscale luxury hotel.
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May 6, 2017: Post Office, Nuwara Eliya

DrFumblefinger ·
A visit to the historic Victorian era post office in Sri Lanka's mountain town of Nuwara Eliya, also known as "Little England."
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June 28, 2020: La Candelaria & Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Grand Escapades ·
Gilles shares photos of some of the nicely restored homes in the old Colonial core of Bogata, and some fine examples of its street art.
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Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

DrFumblefinger ·
We visit the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Situated in the heart of the tea growing region of the country, the cooler climate of the region was popular with the English who lived here during the 19th century. The Grand Hotel itself is a beautiful relic of the period of British Colonial rule on the island.
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August 28, 2016: Minas Gerais’ Colonial Cities (Brazil)

Grand Escapades ·
In the hills of Minas Gerais, 500 km NW of Rio de Janeiro, this area produced more than half of the gold of the whole world between the 17th and 19th centuries!
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August 25, 2019: The Colonial Cities of Boyaca & Santander, Colombia

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades shares some examples of the beautiful colonial cities you can find in Santander, northeast of Bogota.
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Colonial Williamsburg: Back to the Founding

Jonathan L ·
Join Jonathan L on a visit to the grand-daddy of all the living history museums and costumed interpreters.
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January 14, 2020: Prairie Dog Colony, McIntosh Lake

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger spots a group of prairie dogs in Colorado.
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The Signs of Williamsburg, Virginia

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us to Colonial Willaimsburg to explore the use of art in the historic business signs
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Otway Penguins, Chile

DrFumblefinger ·
You can have relatively easy access to and can get quite close to a large colony of Magellanic penguins in Otoway, Chile.
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'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

PHeymont ·
Barcelona, and other cities, confront the 'uncomfortable memory' of slave-built fortunes that paid for many of their famous sights.
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Black Friday News: Florida claims first Thanksgiving

PHeymont ·
Thanksgiving 1565 in Florida   Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the U.S., and for those who thought about its history rather than then turkey or the football, it probably involved reflection on the events of 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  ...
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St. Augustine FL. - The Old City

Jonathan L ·
Saint Augustine, founded in 1565, is the oldest continuously-inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Join us for a tour of its historic center...
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Visit the 18th Century in Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Samantha ·
Restored buildings and costumed townspeople give you the opportunity to feel as if you have stepped back into the 18th century in Williamsburg.
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Around Nuwara Eliya

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the high altitude city of Nuwara Eliya. The town has a cool climate and is a center of vegetable and tea production. It also is proud of those relics of British Colonial rule that linger in the city.
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Re: Black Friday News: Florida claims first Thanksgiving

Travel Rob ·
The debate in Florida too is which city is actually the nations oldest. St Augustine claims it is because it's the oldest continuously occupied city by European settlers. Some in Pensacola, claim their city is because they were settled before St. Augustine.
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Re: St. Augustine FL. - The Old City

Travel Rob ·
June 18, 1964, James Brock, the manager of the Monsoon Motor Lodge ( now destroyed) pouring acid on demonstrators attempting to desegregate the pool Great Piece Jonathan L! One thing I wish St Augustine would do a better job is telling what role St Augustine played in the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King got arrested in St Augustine on June 11th 1964 after picketing. His charge was unlawful assembly and civil disobedience. Many people say events that summer helped sparked the Civil...
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Re: St. Augustine FL. - The Old City

Jonathan L ·
Thanks Travel Rob. In fact there are several info boards in and around Plaza de la Constitucion that do discuss the civil rights era history. Not just MLK's arrest, but more than one large demonstration that took place.
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Re: St. Augustine FL. - The Old City

Jonathan L ·
For more on the history of the civil rights movement in St. AUGUSTINE, you can look here - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik...._Augustine_movement
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Re: St. Augustine FL. - The Old City

Travel Rob ·
There are info boards at the beaches too but certain things they didn't preserve, like the Monsoon Motor Lodge, now a Hilton. Martin Luther King Ave, Downtown is one street named after Dr. King where he had marched.
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Re: Around Nuwara Eliya

GarryRF ·
Looks like a small Oasis of Paradise. Lots of Tea. And no Golden Arches !
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Re: Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Amateuremigrant ·
The building and grounds are remarkable for sure; when I visited the billiard room was in a bit of, er, faded grandeur. To be honest the staff presented a slightly misplaced hauteur, even rather stuffy, when dealing with a high end tour operator. I was always careful to send customers who would find al this good. Those of a more adventurous nature went elsewhere.
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Re: Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

GarryRF ·
Interesting tour Dr F. Was the food still of English desent or had the years returned it to home cooking ? G
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Re: Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

DrFumblefinger ·
The food, as with all such Colonial establishments I've visited, is a mixture of western (English) food and local (Sri Lankan) dishes. For example, for breakfast you can pick from eggs, bacon, fried tomatoes or string hoppers, curries and rice.
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Re: Visit the 18th Century in Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Marilyn Jones ·
I haven't been to Williamsburg in decades. Your photo essay makes me want to return! Very nice piece!!
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Re: Visit the 18th Century in Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Samantha ·
Thank you Marilyn. Hope you make it soon. I look forward to our next visit, too.
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Re: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (Where Gumbo Was #218)

PortMoresby ·
DrF, I've noticed in my reading that many travelers to SL spend limited time or bypass Colombo entirely. Can you tell us, please, what you like about the city and, other than friends, what brought you back? If the hotel is as popular as it seems to be, there must be something. Or is the hotel itself the destination?
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Re: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (Where Gumbo Was #218)

DrFumblefinger ·
You guess correctly, PM, in that it was my friendship with Sir Arthur that kept me returning to Colombo. And what a wonderful experience that was -- imagine befriending and entering the private life of your favorite author! Hours of conversation over tea or juice while enjoying the setting sun and flying foxes, discussing his latest book, etc. Terrific! Colombo's a big city, over 7 million in a country of around 20 million, and has poor public transportation that will only get worse as roads...
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Re: The Signs of Williamsburg, Virginia

DrFumblefinger ·
A fine collection, Jonathan!
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