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Re: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hi Garry I never thought of counting the number of steps to the top of Enger Tower for I was too preoccupied with the beautiful scenery; However, thanks to your question I did some internet investigating and discovered that apparently there are 105 steps you must walk to get to the top of Enger Tower (therefore 210 steps in total to get up and down the tower). You really don't need to be an Olympian to get to the top of Enger Tower. Although the number of steps sounds like a lot, and the...
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Re: April 15, 2020: Around Brera, Milan

GarryRF ·
A great display of Milan's Artistic talent. Looks good for a City Break !
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Re: Now an airline charge for NOT flying!

GarryRF ·
If you do call the airline to cancel your return ticket you get no refund. They will probably sell your seat for more than your two-way ticket cost. If you try to reschedule your return for another day they will charge full price with no discount for being polite and doing the right thing. So you just walk away and find another airline. The Philosophy of W.C. Fields. "Never give a sucker an even break"
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Re: A visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont, I never try to judge historic figures through the prism of modern values. Remember in the 18th century slavery was a global institution -- absolutely every country in the world had slaves. And being from Virginia, he knew the southern states wouldn't join northern colonies in forming a new country without slavery being allowed, so I don't think he thought it was time to fight that fight. I think he valued the formation of the new country above all else -- risking his life to do so...
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Re: Finishing college. Need help planning trip to U.K,

Hank ·
Wow, this is turning into a real education!! I checked with my uncle and yes, I can fly Chicago to Manchester and return from either London or Paris to Chicago. The ticket is free to him and he said he would cover any fees as a "graduation gift to me" (he's a pretty cool dude!), but I don't want to burden him with a heavy departure fee, so maybe Paris would be the way to go. I'd like to leave about Friday, May 9th and return 4 weeks later, June 6th. A few days later and returning a few days...
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Re: Christmas in Arizona--what to do?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by EyeWonder: Thanks everyone. I have to ask you more questions! My friends have come up with two more suggestions. One is Sedona, and the other is the Navajo reservation that Tony Hillerman wrote all his books about and that has some big canyons. Is that area too far north for warm weather? Navajo country is too far north and too high up for a warm winter break. But if you bring a warm jacket, it will be magical that time of year. Sedona will be nice, but with cooler days...
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Re: Finishing college. Need help planning trip to U.K,

Hank ·
Everyone's been very helpful! I can't tell you what a great welcoming and helpful group of people you are. My uncle is an employee of Delta, so he has some kind of free ticket that requires me to fly on Delta only (no partners). I will have him check into the dates. I like the idea of flying up to Manchester, slowly working my way to London then returning from Paris. I think going to Amsterdam is more than I can bite off now, plus I want to spend the time seeing stuff, not traveling all the...
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Re: Finally some good news! Whistler or Banff

DrFumblefinger ·
I don't ski either (bad knees), but I've visited both of these destinations. There are pros and cons to each. Both is a little over an hour's drive from their closest major airport, Vancouver for Whistler and Calgary for Canmore. Whistler is close to the coast, but high up. So they usually have good snow, but depending on the year, it can get soggy by spring and sometimes ice crusted. Banff area is far more likely to have nice light powder during the spring break season. Some people swear by...
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Re: Best Outdoor Workout Spots?

Former Member ·
What, me, break a sweat ? No no. You will find me under the umbrella at the beach, sipping mai tais. I can watch you energetic people run in the surf or chase a Frisbee from my shady vantage point.
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Re: Doctor List for Traveling

PortMoresby ·
Are you a worrier? Do you run to the doctor at the first sign of possible trouble? Are you particularly clumsy and break bones? If the answers are no, as it sounds like they might be, I'd say don't bother with the insurance. If you need an English speaking doctor in Italy you'll find one. Your hotel or any pharmacy will help. It won't cost an arm & a leg if rumor is true. I don't know precisely because even though I travel a lot I answered no to all my questions too, don't need doctors...
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Re: The Beautiful Pools and Geysers of Yellowstone National Park

Dr.Y ·
Hi PHeymont, Andre and DrFumblefinger, Just back from a winter break and glad to see many of you also like the brilliant colors associated with the geysers, pools and hot springs in Yellowstone! As of how the mesmerizing colors are formed, I know no more than my friend DrFumblefinger (thanks Karl for the explanation). I only know that was those incredible heat-loving thermophiles that somehow survived and produced those amazing nature wonders.
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Re: Shipping Container as Your Next Hotel Room or Apartment ?!

PortMoresby ·
I'm a big fan of the industrial esthetic in design. I'm trying to get a handle on the "sleeping around" part, the hotel. It sounds as if, although I can't find exact wording to that effect, they move the rooms from one location to another periodically, calling it "pop-up". If that's the case, I'm not sure I see a purpose unless they can't afford to produce more and are encouraging guests to think of it as a benefit. The website also says they're taking a break so maybe that, too, is a...
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Re: AAA Premier a Good Idea for Budget Travelers

Former Member ·
AAA seems to choose their contracted towing services very well. I have always had good luck with them. I used the coverage when I had a break down with a rental car in a small town. The rental car company suggested that I call AAA for towing to their office in a nearby larger town to exchange the car. The rental car company had a contract with the same towing company that was under contract to AAA in that area. So that was very easy. If the tow goes over the 200 miles, they charge something...
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Re: Do traveling Brits hate kids?

GarryRF ·
Getting a 25 hour flight can be a painless experience with the correct preparation. Music, books and magazines. But taking a young child who screams with inner ear pressure problems is a nightmare and no one gets to sleep. So you arrive with no sleep for maybe 36 hours. Of course we love kids as much as anyone. I've been on an American flight to Hawaii where all the other passengers were kids on spring break. That flight should have carried a health warning. They behaved like animals. Yes...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Breakfast was great, Mac, but you can't beat the view! Fortunately no large carnivores found us while we were enjoying this break.
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Re: AirBerlin Black Friday: $499 to Europe R/T!

Travel Rob ·
It's a fantastic deal! Milan is a budget airline hub too so you can go to a lot Europe for not much more. Time to buy those spring break tickets
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo, #46

PHeymont ·
I'll break the ice with a thought...the wooden floor and fittings and the colors make me think of Mexico...
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Re: Portland Bill Revisited: Pictures from a small island

DrFumblefinger ·
A little surprising not to find at least one surfer wanting to ride into that nice soft sandy beach, but maybe the waves don't "break" just right. Have the British never seen the epic movie "Riding Giants" (about those surfers who ride the monstrous 10 meter waves)? Nor a single wind-sailer out their either.
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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: Channel ferries: more than a nostalgia trip

Travel Rob ·
The buses ,like Megabus ,sometimes use the ferries as well and it's a great way to break up a bus trip. They make you disembark the bus for safety reasons while the ferry is moving and you can watch the view and get something to eat.
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Re: Ryanair's 5-year plan: Trans-atlantic for 10£

Travel Rob ·
Can't happen fast enough for me! The more budget airlines to break into the trans-Atlantic market,the better for the consumer.
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Re: Airfares have remained flat for 20+ years

Travel Rob ·
I'm with 90% on that survey. Domestic Airline prices did rise steadily from 2009 to 2014 (even adjusting for inflation) according to the DOT. I do think we've had a price break this year because of the steep drop in oil prices. I'm not surprised most customers feel like they are paying more because of what they are getting now. Planes are packed, there's less seat space and a whole array of fees. http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/airfares/national/chart
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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: Qantas fills the seats on longest flight

GarryRF ·
On the flights I have made from the UK to Sydney Australia I was pleased to have a break in Kuala Lumpur or Bahrain. Stretch the legs while my blood was still circulating - then have a jog on the machines before retiring back to reading books.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

DrFumblefinger ·
Surprises can be fun, but I enjoy researching a destination before I get there. Still, I can see the appeal of the idea to a lot of people.
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

PHeymont ·
Rob, I thought of you when I first found this...it sounds like you and me: Anything to be on the road, hardly matters where!
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Re: A weekend...I don't know where...

Travel Rob ·
The cost seems pretty reasonable too. It is a good idea because it exposes you to cities that you wouldn't of picked on your own. Sometimes those cities end up being your favorites. I think TG's destination page is like that too. I now want to go so many places that were not remotely on my radar.
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Re: Luggage to withstand airline handling

DrFumblefinger ·
I have two favorite suitcases I use when needing checked luggage. Both have similar construction, having a hard base and sides, but a soft expandable top. Hence, they combine the protection of a hard suitcase for the most part, but offer the advantage of being somewhat expandable. I wrap delicate purchases in laundry or a jacket, place near the hard base of the bag and without exception nothing has broken in transit (so far). One bag is also an Eagle Creek bag and the other is made by...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

PHeymont ·
We southern North Americans are not that unfamiliar with the poppies, although perhaps the younger ones...in my childhood and on, they were annually a tradition carried on by the American Legion. Actually, a little research tells me that the tradition started with them in 1921, and then spread to UK and Commonwealth! Here's the text of the poem, written by John McRae, a Canadian soldier and physician: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place;...
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Re: Chinese jetmaker beats out Boeing for order

PHeymont ·
It will be interesting to see if they can really break into that market! So far, there have been repeated delays on the C919, and the prototype is not yet completed to make its first flight. On the other hand, they have booked 500 orders from Chinese regional airlines, and now have their first foreign customer. Incidentally, COMAC had an interesting partner in developing the specifications for the plane: Ryanair. Ryanair isn't committed to buy anything, but they did help COMAC understand...
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Re: Are airline alliances costing you $$$ on flights to Europe?

Travel Rob ·
Basically Norwegian Air told us the same thing and it's true. If the public supports Norwegian and other airlines that attempt to break the alliances trans-Atlantic hold, lower prices will follow. https://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/norwegian-air-1
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Re: Ultra budget, NewLeaf Travel, offering bargain Canadian airfares

GarryRF ·
I can remember this story so many times from the past 50 years - here in the UK. A new air service provider comes along with hopes of knocking the stuffing out of the "Big Boys". Then, always at the last minute - the most costly time - somebody throws a spanner in the works. Hoping to break the back - or bank - of the new kid on the block.. Dirty tricks again. And it wont be the last. And you never find out who started the fight. http://www.independent.co.uk/n...s-dirty-1478010.html
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Re: Megabus Expands to Mississippi

Travel Rob ·
The good thing about Megabus is they don't make a lot of stops. Several rides just took one half hour break for lunch and nothing else.Like my Jacksonville Atlanta rt. One suggestion about Megabus is,bring a jacket onboard.Every time I've ridden the bus it is freezing,
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Re: Where's a Warm Spot for March

DrFumblefinger ·
Welcome, Gulliver, and two weeks will give you a nice break. I'm not sure where you're traveling from. Easiest and cheapest place for a warm break from North America is to head south, especially to Florida or the Caribbean, or from the West coast to Hawaii or Arizona. But the south of Europe is also quite nice this time of year. Italy, Sicily, Greece are places I'd consider going, depending on what interests you and where you've traveled before. Do any of these interest you? Are you...
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Re: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge – The Creepy and the Miraculous

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Fascinating mix! Thanks for the interesting story and pictures. I'm curious...is there any sort of pullout at the high point to stop and take pictures? The view must be amazing. Thank you! There are pull-offs on the bridge for break-downs. If you pull over at the top for any reason be assured that the authorities will be all over you - and quickly (this is from experience hehe). The views are spectacular from up top!
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Re: How I have changed since my career break – and how you could too

DrFumblefinger ·
How long was your career break?
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Re: How I have changed since my career break – and how you could too

CareerBreakLady ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: How long was your career break? 4 months. I wanted to go for longer but I sort of... um... left my sweetheart back home.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

DrFumblefinger ·
You would enjoy it, DrY! It is a great spring break destination to visit with the kids. Nice weather -- not too hot -- with great scenery and lots of things to do. We can talk about it offline sometime.
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Gallery: Signs of Waikiki

DrFumblefinger ·
    There's a lot you can tell about a city simply by looking at small things, like its signage or public art.  Every place has unique and interesting shops and landmarks that add to its personality.  I've posted several...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 20th, 2014: Playa Del Carmen. Mexico

GarryRF ·
    You'll often find you've made a new friend in Mexico. Maybe leave a few crumbs on your sun lounger. Or a bag of goodies worth climbing into. But these guys love to catch the sun on your towel. Gives them a break from burning their...
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Visiting Patagonia. 3) Los Glaciares National Park: Perito Moreno Glacier

DrFumblefinger ·
  Our adventure in Patagonia is just beginning!  We're going to start visiting and exploring those places people travel thousands of miles to see.   El Calafate may be a pretty little town but no one comes to Patagonia just to see it....
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The Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset

Mac ·
Almost unsure whether this constitutes a Travel Gumbo "travel" post, I press ahead with my submission and await rapped knuckles from the Senior Gurus! But, first I will bring the big guns to bear with the help of Brad Pitt and his Sherman tank from...
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The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Volcanoes never cease to fascinate me!  Something about their massive size and primal earth shaping power appeals to my sense of curiosity and awe.  So it’s not surprising that I find Haleakala to be Maui’s most interesting place...
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Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

PHeymont ·
  Verona from the hills, looking toward St. Anastasia and the Ponte Pietra   My visit to Verona last summer was almost an accident—but a lucky one. It wasn’t on the original plan for our three weeks in Northern Italy, but online...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 23, 2013: Sunset, Banff National Park, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
(Sunset over Mt. Rundle and Canmore, Banff National Park)  It's sweet to be in just the right place at just the right time!   The Canadian Rockies are known for their beautiful rugged peaks, hanging glaciers, turquoise lakes and...
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Safe to fly on New Years?

Former Member ·
We're coming home from our Christmas break on a red-eye that gets in at 12:15 January 1--15 minutes into the new year. A co-workers is suddenly very concerned, she says its bad luck to travel at times like that. She says its not superstition,...
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Is it for real? Airpnp rents toilet time!

PHeymont ·
Perhaps the most bizarre travel/service startup I've ever seen, Airpnp (will Airbnb's lawyers show up soon?) is advertising on its web site that you can rent a pee break or a freshen-up in private homes, offices, and more, for fees ranging from $1 to...
 
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