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Re: Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, Kennedy Space Center

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, guys! The entire shuttle is actually much longer than I'd thought, maybe 180 ft. What was surprising is how small the living/pilot compartment is where the astronauts spent so much time. It's that space in front of the opened cargo door. The US space program is just a former shadow of itself with the retirement of the Shuttle program and nothing ready to take its place. But I was pleased to hear that NASA is working on the Orion project. It is a rocket based space...
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Re: The Tulou of Fujian Province

PortMoresby ·
HistoryDigger, I'll explain. At the end of the first day of tulou visits, the large tour bus rendezvoused with a small van and it was indicated that I should bring my things and come with a young man. Since no one could explain, I had to simply trust and go along, an interesting sensation. I later realized that I was the only one who had opted for the second day. The young man drove me to a very basic village of mostly new buildings built, I suspect but of course don't know, for...
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Re: Family Friendly Attractions in Malta

GarryRF ·
On my first visit to Malta I was exploring the Megalithic Monuments when a group and their guide arrived. She was explaining to the folks the stones where blood sacrifices were made. So I stayed within earshot for a free tour - at a discreet distance. Then she turned and pointed at me ! " where that couple are standing is a Fertility Temple! " Whoooa !! We moved away quickly ! But too late - we had been chosen by the Goddess of Fertility ! That was on the 29 December - and on the 29...
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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: Do traveling Brits hate kids?

DrFumblefinger ·
Having traveled with children myself, I'm quite sympathetic to folks on the road with their tots. It's hard to do and difficult to keep them entertained and sitting still for such long periods of time. I feel sorry for parents who are trying to comfort their children -- some in obvious distress from ear pain -- without success. A lot of poorly behaved kids (eg. kicking seats) are poorly parented. I'm far more upset with the parent than with the child. the kid needs to be instructed not to do...
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Re: The Getty Villa, Part 2: The Art

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, PM. It is a fascinating collection, very extensive and thorough. What I was striving for in this piece is to give the reader a sample for what's there and why the museum is worth visiting. My favorite piece of the ones in this gallery is the toy, the very last one. I can imagine some father lovingly crafting it for his child. The glass products amazed me. Several of the sculptures were grand, especially the one of Hercules (which Getty was very proud of), but the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 24, 2014: Santa's Wonderland

DrFumblefinger ·
A lovely piece of Americana, and a reminder of why I so loved Christmas as a child (and still as an adult!). Thanks, Marilyn!
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Re: Dismaland - the new 'post-apocalyptic' bemusement park in England

PHeymont ·
Perhaps sadly, I think I'd be happier visiting there than ever being sentenced to Disneyland again... I'm wondering about the adult/child ratio of the visitors there...would I be right in assuming not too many parents bringing children?
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Re: Family kicked off flight

PHeymont ·
The most interesting part of the article, to me, was the identification of which language each of the people quoted was speaking...and apparently their words were not falling on deaf ears. Except for the tone-deaf parents (and I'm not usually a parent-basher) who apparently allowed their 3-year-old to decide what rules apply. They should have turned their attention to buckling the child in, and not to arguing with the flight attendant. Perhaps, like the anti-vaccination crowd, they think...
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Re: Family kicked off flight

DrFumblefinger ·
I agree with you Paul. The child was running that family and there are times, as a parent, you need to look after their safety and not just try to please them.
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Re: A Visit to Ireland: Part 6) Slea Head. A Tour of the Dingle Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: IslandMan. Those limestone megalithic stones in Malta got me. I heard a passing tour guide telling folks "Where that man is standing is a fertility temple" Whoooa ! Too late .. first kid 9 months later - to the day ! GarryRF. Any megalithic stone that can make a man carry and deliver a child for 9 months has earned my respect -- and a place in medical history!
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Re: 25 Years Later: Reflections on Living Behind the Iron Curtain

HistoryDigger ·
I can't imagine the stress that you had to go through. The birth of a child is stressful enough without this sort of ordeal. I am curious to know if you travel back there now?
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Re: 25 Years Later: Reflections on Living Behind the Iron Curtain

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by HistoryDigger: I can't imagine the stress that you had to go through. The birth of a child is stressful enough without this sort of ordeal. I am curious to know if you travel back there now? I havent been back there for 25 years but I really should. My sons have and really enjoyed it. And there is a lot I miss and want to see That summer was very stressful on us and I think it will be clearer to see why after part 2.
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Re: A Winter Visit to Dresden and Leipzig

Janine ·
Well Dresden and Leipzig pretty nice cities to visit. In Dresden the former Frauenkirche got rebuild which got totally destroyed by the bombing attack if the Second World War. Also the side on the river Elbe invites in long walks and beautiful areas. Especially the sights like Zwinger and the Semper Oper are worth to visit. Leipzig is the City I come from and it has changed a lot after the reunion. The inner city is not that big but it has a lot if history. Sebastian Bach and his famous...
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Re: More Life at the Edge: What’s in a Name?

PHeymont ·
I admit to a long fascination with the names people choose; clearly whether screen names on websites or as names chosen for daily living, they tell some story of self-reflection, just as PortMoresby's does. What, I always wondered, made someone choose to be J. Edgar rather than just Edgar (or even just John?) That sort is more puzzling to me than the screen names that shout aggression (Warrior, Conan) or whisper softly (Miss Maisie, Teatime) or are ironically self-referential (my favorite...
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Re: Curious Cattle

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent pic, Garry! Believe that's the first time we've shown a photo with an umbilical cord in it on TravelGumbo. Presume mother and child both did well....
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Cruising through the holidays

Marilyn Jones ·
    Every year thousands of passengers find out warm tropical breezes and Christmas festivities mix well aboard a Princess Cruise Line ship.  “We install more than 347 Christmas trees fleet wide. Each vessel has a showcase tree in...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

DrFumblefinger ·
Part 1a of this blog series discussed the city of Colombo.  This post focuses on its most famous resident, Sir Arthur C. Clarke   (Sir Arthur, at a desk.  An email addict, he loved the power of computers)   Much of my time in...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 6, 2013: Taj Mahal - India’s architectual jewel

Mac ·
Just completely breathtaking and so beautiful. No matter how many times you may be lucky enough to see this beautiful white domed mausoleum, it is just one of the finest and most beautiful masterpieces in the world’s heritage that you will ever...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 31, 2015: The Taj Mahal

Grand Escapades ·
Love, beauty, death and unparalleled elegance… All these ingredients contribute to making the TajMahal one of the wonders of the world, a place not to be missed.   Who would remain untouched by the story of MumtazMahal, the favorite,...
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Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

PortMoresby ·
  Gateway to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas     March 9, 2015   In the late ‘80s, I lived in L.A. for a couple of years.  My S.O. knew lots of cool L.A. stuff.  One of those was something he’d read that...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 27, 2015: Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Garden

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the prettiest cottages anywhere, dating to the 15th century, is just a mile from Stratford on Avon.  Anne Hathaway lived in this 12 room home as a child.  She is best known for being the wife of the bard, William Shakespeare,...
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Göteborg: Sweden's Second City (Where Gumbo Was, #105)

PHeymont ·
I begin this blog with some odd notes. First, unlike TravelGumbo in his “Where Is” travels, I’ve never been to Göteborg—yet. All, or nearly all, our previous puzzles have been based on the puzzler’s...
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Ethiopia Musings: 6) Lucy at the National Museum

Lestertheinvestor ·
  In the center of Addis Ababa is the Ethiopian National Museum .  It's supposed to be constructed as an Italian villa, although I am not so sure I see that.  Although it has been around for decades (1930’s), it was in the...
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Family kicked off flight

DrFumblefinger ·
A three year old child refused to take his seat and buckle his seat belt on a return flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.  Staff on the Cathay Pacific flight demanded that safety required the child to be buckled.  For a half hour the father...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, January 30, 2015: Postcard from Morocco: Berber nomad mother

Mac ·
Met by chance on a visit to the towering Dades Gorges in the south of Morocco, this delightful and photogenic Berber mother is from a nearby nomad encampment. After a few frames, both mother and child are more at ease and their smiles are evident. As...
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Gulangyu Island

PortMoresby ·
  Early in my Gumbo career, I wrote about the big mud apartment blocks, called tulou, in the hill tribe region of southern China, photos of which compelled me to travel to Fujian Province.  The route to the tulou went from San Francisco to...
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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

DrFumblefinger ·
  Much like lei made of tropical blossoms, or Dole pineapples, Mauna Loa macadamia nuts have long been a symbol of Hawaii for me.  As a child I recall family friends returning to the frozen White North from Hawaii, bringing small cans of...
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Brooklyn's Prospect Park Greenmarket

PHeymont ·
By a quick count, I’ve photographed markets in nearly three dozen cities in the U.S. and Europe; they’ve often appeared here on TravelGumbo. And yet the market I visit most often, and where my wife shops almost weekly, hasn’t found...
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Death Valley National Park

My Thatched Hut ·
Death Valley is one of the most desolate place I have been. Others include central Greenland and the Dead Sea. Death Valley is the lowest place in the western hemisphere at 282 feet (86 metres) below sea level. The Dead Sea in Israel is 1,370...
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Visiting Sicily: An introductory overview

DrFumblefinger ·
    Travel guru Rick Steves likes to say (and I'm paraphrasing) that Italy either gets better or worse as you head south from Rome, depending on what you like.  If you like a quieter people, trains running almost on time, etc. head...
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Underground Puerto Rico: The Camuy River Caverns

PHeymont ·
If Old San Juan and the El Yunque rain forest and the beaches have been drawing visitors for hundreds of years, that's certainly not true for this hidden attraction: a vast, and still-not-fully-explored system of caves, carved out by the world's...
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CDC names the cleanest cruise ships

PHeymont ·
Centers for Disease Control found seven ships with perfect sanitation scores in the third quarter, and none that failed inspection.
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A Visit to the Al Ain Zoo, U.A.E

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger was pleasantly surprised to find a lovely first-class zoo in the middle of the desert, near the oasis city of Al Ain.
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Crackpot Hall, Yorkshire Dales

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares some great photos and the history of Crackpot Hall.
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The Bikaner Mail

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares the story of a most memorable train journey -- an experience uniquely Indian.
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A California Gallery: The Ruth Bancroft Garden

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby ends her current line-up of Northern California gardens with a visit to the dry world created of one lady’s passion.
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Swiss canton plans Heidi theme park

PHeymont ·
A Swiss canton moves to raise its tourism profile with a new attraction aimed at children and families.
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The Burgess Shale, Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park (Where Gumbo was #211)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the fossil rich deposits of the Burgess Shale. These are at a newly discovered site in the Stanley Glacier basin of Kootenay National Park.
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The Acadian Museum of Quebec in Bonaventure

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob learns about the history of Acadians in Quebec
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Luray Valley Museum, Virginia

George G. ·
George G takes us on a tour of the museum that was the site for last week's Where In The World puzzle.
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How to Get Passport Photo for Your Baby at Home

John S (Guest) ·
An option for taking your own passport photos, including of your children (sponsored content)
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May 23, 2020: Clara Campoamor, Seville, Spain

PHeymont ·
PHeymont discovers that a seemingly whimsical sculpture in a plaza in Seville is actually a serious homage to an important woman.
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5 Scariest Ghost Tours In The World

James A (Guest) ·
Like spooky ghost tours? James offers five destinations that might interest you (sponsored content)
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5 Immediate Benefits to Online Shopping

Darren Wilson ·
Darren discusses some of the benefits of online shopping (sponsored content)
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The Many Lives of Brooklyn's Industry City

PHeymont ·
PHeymont visits a Brooklyn phoenix. After 125 years, the the world's first integrated industrial park and transport park lives on.
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Diamante Eco Adventure Park: Animals, Culture and Adventure

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L got away from his hotel and out to an adventure park in Costa Rica
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Emperor Ludwig's Ettal Monastery and Abbey, Bavaria

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband really enjoyed their visit to Emperor Ludwig's Ettal Monastery and Abbey in Bavaria, Germany. It is absolutely gorgeous.
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The Cloisters: A Medieval World in New York

PHeymont ·
At the Cloisters, PHeymont enjoyed a long visit with the Metropolitan Museum's huge trove of medieval art and architecture.
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MoMATH makes Math fun and Relevant

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a tour of the National Museum of Math.
 
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