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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: September 3, 2016: Rainbow(s) over the Kootenay Rockies

GarryRF ·
An ever changing canvas of art. Sometimes you just have to stop - and take in the beauty of nature. As the sun was setting last week - the sky turned a shade of purple. And the cars that were white - had a UV look to them. Spooky - never seen it before. Probably pollution in the distance. Taken by a friend: Pier Head, Liverpool, England 29 Aug '16
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 2, 2014: New York Harbor at Sea Level

PortMoresby ·
My only experience of being on the water in NY Harbor was a lesson in perspective and point of view, as this one is. Seen from a clear distance in this way, a great city is an entirely different beast.
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Re: Newgrange; Ireland’s ancient Passage Tomb

GarryRF ·
On my first visit to Anna Maria I was amazed that the Pelicans would sit next to you on the pier by Allemande Villas. Like a pet dog. They would try and steal your bait as you were fishing. But like a good dog they responded to a "Hey you!" and sat watching you. When I caught my first fish I pulled and fought with the monster! As I lifted my prize from the water my new Pelican friend flexed his wings. He glided off the Pier and with great precision removed my catch from the hook! He passed...
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Re: And the tallest US building goes to?

Former Member ·
The judges have chosen the "fairest in the land". I would be happy to tour both buildings. The ingenuity of architects and engineers never ceases to impress me. Some buildings that I have particularly enjoyed touring - the World Trade Center and the Rockefeller Center in NY, the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, all of St. Paul's in London, the Reichstag in Berlin and all of the small historical buildings at Greenfield Village, Michigan.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

DrFumblefinger ·
Makes me want to go out, buy an RV and go see all the lighthouses in the world! I love lighthouses, and to have so many in one place, even if they're "just" replicas, is great! Thanks, Samantha.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

RoadWorrier ·
Cool idea, lighthouses all over. Do boaters on the lake count on them, or just for fun?
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

Samantha ·
They are cool to see. Some are just for fun, but many of them do actually light up to help the boaters.
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Re: Frank Lloyd Wright's Nathan Moore House (Where Gumbo Was, #121)

Samantha ·
Thanks for the informational post. I have always liked Wrights work. We will be in Chicago next year and this would be great to see. Thanks again for the pictures.
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Re: Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
I do indeed have photos of the interior....It's got a great bar area with wonderful views of English Harbor. Stay tuned....
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Re: Chicago Fire Still Holding Up Air Traffic

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for posting. I wondered about that.
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Re: Route 66 - Pasadena to Needles

PortMoresby ·
I n the mid-90s the National Park Service sent a team of professionals to do a survey of surviving road and features of the entire route, Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier, with my husband as illustrator for the report. I don't know if it's generally available but it might be interesting reading for someone with more than a casual interest.
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Re: Chicago's Harold Washington Library: Where Gumbo Was (#59)

Travel Rob ·
I thought it looked like a newer building but I love the design!
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Re: How to Irk the Brits

TravelGirlJenn ·
Interesting. I work in San Francisco near the Ferry Building and frequently jaunt down to Pier 39 on my lunch break for exercise. Tourist alley, especially now that they have a new cruise terminal between the Ferry Building and Pier 39. Just today I nearly fell into a couple who stopped to take a picture of Coit Tower, speaking in an English accent. I moved on and got out of their way. 'Tis different when the shoe is on another foot, I suppose.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 4, 2015: White Rock Pier, BC

DrFumblefinger ·
Lovely photos, SCP, thanks! White Rock is a great day-trip destination from Vancouver, even Seattle. A charming place just north of the 49th parallel, it's a wonderful place to go for a walk by the sea or to get some fresh seafood. Walking out to the end of the pier and looking back at the mainland is a memorable moment.
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

DrFumblefinger ·
What a mess. The very agency that is to protect citizens from terrorist activity is creating an environment wherein "tent communities" are springing up at America's airports. How embarrassing is that. Talk about a target rich environment for the bad guys. The TSA's funding, even with "cuts", is about US$ 7.3 billion for 2016. In contrast, Canada, which has 1/10th the population of the USA, has an airport screening budget of about CDN $0.56 billion, and Transport Canada acknowledges it has...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

GarryRF ·
Most countries around the world exchange ideas and processes to fulfil the common good. But some countries refuse to enter into a dialogue and share ideas. Russia is another one.
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

PHeymont ·
To be fair to the TSA (which I find hard to do), the $7.3 billion is not all for screening, only about half is. That said, while airports are looking to outsource the screening, maybe they should hire Transport Canada! As for the PreCheck point: TSA can't seem to make up its mind. When it started, they semi-randomly selected 'extra' people to go through it, on the theory that they would like it enough to buy it—and some did, but not enough. Then the people who had paid for it started to...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

Travel Rob ·
The few US airports that have private security companies handling the screening are reporting good results and I think that's a good option for the airports. My guess is for liability reasons, airports are scared to dump the TSA. After seeing the comments by DrFumblinger and PHeymont, I do think we can learn from Canada on this. I did a little more reading on Canada's airport security. It seems all major airports in Canada have private screening. The airports give out three year contracts.
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Re: Jan. 30, 2016: Houseboat, Marin County, CA

PortMoresby ·
These sites all say "Sausalito". Best guess, Kappas Harbor or Waldo Point, where Hwy 101 meets Bridgeway, the main drag through Sausalito. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/525584218987357033/ http://www.panoramio.com/photo/65281312 https://laundryonsundaes.wordpress.com/tag/parks/
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Re: Van Gogh comes to Airbnb: $10 a night

PortMoresby ·
Link to the listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10981658?s=9qhtAoOY
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

PHeymont ·
I haven't been on this one, but I have gone to a few, including Empire State and the old World Trade Center in NY. I always enjoy the view, but if there's an open observation area, I find myself with small chills and odd feelings in my legs as if I were going to fall...no matter how secure it is! So for me, it's the view plus a thrill ride!
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
I've been to the Hancock tower in Chicago, but not the Sears tower (I like that name better to). The views sure are spectacular. As for me, I'll admire the view without going into the skybox, thank you very much!
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Re: Signs of Halifax

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, Garry. I do think Halifax is trying to rejuvenate itself, best seen along the waterfront. It really does have a lovely harbor and a number of fine restaurants and pubs. And the people are very friendly and helpful. As for "must see", I'd say 'no'. Much more important for a great travel experience is to visit the small coastal towns of the Maritime which will charm you to no end. But to get there most people would fly through Halifax, so definitely take a day or two to...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

Former Member ·
Originally Posted by Red Rover: The people are overdressed for Florida, which makes them look like happy snowbirds. This pier is a historic pier, somewhere. Those look to be wooden piers, which would have been gone long ago in Florida, don't you think ? The pic is taken from a T-head, unless Dr. Fumblefinger hitched a ride on the back of a seagull. Not Florida. Maybe southern California ? He coulda been on a boat, too.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

Travel Rob ·
DrFumblefinger- I'm going to take a guess. The Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach.Shot taken on the pier where it make a t. I think I used to buy bait anchovies there as a kid. If it's not, I do think its a Pier in California.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

PortMoresby ·
If anyone's really interested in finding this pier it's the details that count. Despite having the suggestion blown off earlier I still see mountains in the center distance, leading me to believe it's in Southern California. The railing is distinctive, 2 boards together at the top then just 1 more below. A few lights, all on one side. Then the cross bracing below and an "L" or "T" at the end for the angle of the shot. The closest I've seen so far are Ventura and Newport Beach but neither...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

PHeymont ·
Sharp eyes! If you hadn't pointed that out, I would have gone on thinking those faint shadows were part of the clouds. Definitely a wooden pier; so much for all the concrete ones I'm finding. Not very wide either. I searched "wooden bridge railings" and you're right--there are almost none with that pattern. Any hints, Dr. F?
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

PortMoresby ·
If we can judge by the pictures, I've been tricked before, I don't think it's either of those. The Port Hueneme lights & bracing aren't the same and the railing is wrong on the Cayucos Pier. That's IF the pictures are labelled right and assuming nothing has changed. 2 big if's.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

PortMoresby ·
The towns of Oxnard and Ventura are next to each other. Using Streetview seems to eliminate Ventura Pier, not as many buildings as in DrF's photo. I'm not finding anything called Oxnard Pier so I think maybe the pier closest to Oxnard is Port Hueneme Fishing Pier which has almost no buildings, park and parking lot, it would appear.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

WorkerBee ·
Sure looks like Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

WorkerBee ·
Look at the left side of your pic. Isn't that the edge of the red roofed building to the left of the last palm? Mr. Baseball cap: "Why is it taking them so long to find us?" The other gulls are camera shy.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

DrFumblefinger ·
I really hate to rain on everyone's parade, but while we're VERY VERY close, we still aren't exactly spot on in locating this pier. Keep trying, gang!
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

WorkerBee ·
Balboa Pier on Harbor Island.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #4.5, 12/6/13

PortMoresby ·
Newport Pier, Oceanfront Blvd. & 21st Place, Newport Beach, CA.
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Re: California road trip ideas

Theodore Behr ·
That helps me figure out what to tell you, Mrs. Briggs OK, so I'd suggest you fly into LAX. You'll need a car rental to get around LA. Spend three or four days here, may go see Disneyland, maybe go see Universal Studios, maybe go to Knott's Berry Farm. Maybe see the making of a TV show. You could easily spend 10 days in LA, but you've got 10 days for the whole trip, I guess, so that's all you'll have time for. Then head out of the city. You'll want to head out on Hwy 101, which takes you...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 17, 2013: Portland steamship, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

PHeymont ·
Fascinating to see how many forms tugs and towboats take! Here's one from New York with a similar history. She's the W.O. Decker, one of the last steam tugs built in New York Harbor (1930) and also later converted to diesel...and also retired in the 1980s. She's a tiny tug, built to move barges in an out of the small coves and streams that join New York Harbor. Since 1986, the W.O. Decker has belonged to the South Street Seaport Museum. I was fortunate to have had a harbor cruise that...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8

DrFumblefinger ·
WorkerBee -- just wondering. Are you a detective in your everyday job? Those are all good observations. I think it is port on the sea in a modern city. What surprises me is how close the buildings are to the harbor.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8

PortMoresby ·
With no obvious clues to pursue, I simply googled "pink boat". I didn't find this one but there was a pink fishing boat in Bergen. Also harbor-side brick buildings although none that I could identify as this one precisely. However, that's my guess, Bergen, Norway.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8

GarryRF ·
There's a clue in the photo ! Could it be the Pier just below City Hall , Oslo , Norway ?
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8

GarryRF ·
In your photo of the pink boat is a clue. I'm surprised WorkerBee never mentioned it with his detective work. On the Pier is a HH sign. Its the company logo for Helly Hansen who make waterproof clothing for sailors. Their HQ is in Oslo, Norway. Good fun - wasn't it ! Thanks
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: (Part 7) the Cliffs of Moher

rbciao ·
We've been to The Cliffs of Moher twice and each time was most enjoyable. Walking along these cliffs is exhilarating and the views of the Atlantic Ocean are beautiful. A very short drive from The Cliffs is the quaint little town of Doolin, which is also on the sea. It was late afternoon when we departed the The Cliffs and just decided, on a whim, to stop in Doolin to find a b&b to spend the night. We saw a sign for several b&b's, but decided to try a place called Susan Daly's...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#74)

PHeymont ·
This is like a movie scene, with the camera dollying out from the close-up! Well, at least we now know it's NOT a real lighthouse, but there's presumably water nearby..."Harbor House." Great...after all, how many seaside souvenir shops could there be?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#74)

Roderick Simpson ·
The spelling of "Harbor" indicates the US, and the angle of the sun suggests the southern half. I suspect if it were California, there are Travel Gumbo bloggers who would have recognised it by now. There is a flag with a single star - could this be an old version of the flag of Texas? So what about the Texas coast somewhere?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? #70

DrFumblefinger ·
Lots of interesting comments. It does indeed remind me of the Denver Airport, and it is specifically designed to make you think of a ship. It is actually part of the roof of Canada Place in beautiful Vancouver Harbor. I'll do a full discussion on it in a post tomorrow. Jonathan L was the first to correctly recognize the structure, and PortMoresby and Still Country Photo also figured out where it was. Excellent work, team! Another puzzle will be posted on Sunday morning.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

PortMoresby ·
Isn't it interesting how the red tulips seem 3-dimensional. I noticed it in the Ananda pictures too. Very nice, DrF.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

Travel Rob ·
i love Chicago and your photos really capsured the feel of Spring. A note for cheapskates like me ,is parking is expensive.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

PortMoresby ·
I'd like to comment on design as it applies to the Pic of the Day thumbnail that appears on the homepage. I've been trying to choose pictures for this feature that look attractive in the small scale we first see, that will invite viewers to click on it to see it full-sized, along with whatever else we post. I think this one is a great example of what looks good in such a small size, clear design elements, in this case the central flower bed with a linear frame of pavement, trees and...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PortMoresby.
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Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

Caroline Coupe ·
  Copenhagen is an incredible city, a place where a rich history meets modern culture. The Danish capital boasts historic palaces and churches, sprawling gardens and parks, canals, and world-renowned fine dining. In preparing for my move here...
 
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