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

GarryRF ·
Did you count the steps up ? Looks like an Olympian task !
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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: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

GarryRF ·
Thanks Ottoman. Thanks for the reassurance. I did have a fear of a thousand tourists behind me - pushing to ascend the stairway - and all at the gallop. The intervals are all well spaced and welcomed. That's why older people carry a camera !
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Re: July 28, 2016: Coit Tower, San Francisco, California

DrFumblefinger ·
It really is one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Thanks for reminding us of these great views!
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Re: London's Tower Bridge, inside and out

TravelingCanuck ·
Great photos of a very unique bridge.
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Re: London's Tower Bridge, inside and out

Marilyn Jones ·
It's been nearly 20 years since I took the tour...you wrote an excellent article and your photos -- especially the one of the entire bridge -- are wonderful!!!
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Re: London's Tower Bridge, inside and out

Travel Rob ·
An incredible write up !
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Re: March 12, 2018: Halifax Town Clock

PortMoresby ·
That's one of the tidiest-looking public buildings I think I've ever seen!
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Re: March 12, 2018: Halifax Town Clock

DrFumblefinger ·
Good thing the British were in charge of designing and constructing it!
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Re: March 12, 2018: Halifax Town Clock

PortMoresby ·
As opposed to who?
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Re: March 12, 2018: Halifax Town Clock

DrFumblefinger ·
The tardy bunch the clock was built for.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 18, 2014: Just How Popular is the Eiffel Tower?

DrFumblefinger ·
Hope you were able to keep your wallet in that throng. Exactly the kind of place Paris' expert pick-pockets like to frequent. And yes, it's amazing popular, even well into the evening.
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Nice photos of a fascinating place, Ottoman! I also visited the monument many years ago, and recall what an imposing and striking place it is. I can certainly see the cinematic appeal to Mr. Speilberg, who uses the physical drama of the place so very well in the last half of the movie.
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

Travel Luver ·
Wow! An amazingly photogenic place.
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Re: Westminster Abbey's "attic" to open to public

DrFumblefinger ·
Sounds like one of the greatest attractions in England is just going to get better! Quite exciting news, really!
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 13, 2013: Jeronimos Monastery

Former Member ·
Prince Henry certainly knew how to overnight sailors in style. I have visited this museum and found it just terrific. It is worthwhile for seaman and landlubber alike. The original church on the site was built about 1450 by Prince Henry the Navigator, and became the place where sailors spent the night before leaving on the expeditions that built Portugal’s colonial empire.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 29, 2013: Petronas Towers, Malaysia

DrFumblefinger ·
Another brilliant photo, Mac! Thanks for sharing this. Wonder if you've ever been to the Empire State Building or the Sears Tower, and how this experience compares?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 29, 2013: Petronas Towers, Malaysia

Mac ·
Yes, I have enjoyed the Empire State Tower visit but it has to be said that the Petronas Towers are into another league. Petronas Towers are probably just as impressive now as the Empire State was when it was new. Really an amazing experience and even more amazing that one can see exactly that view from the hotel room across from the the towers.
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Re: Gustave Eiffel: Iron Man of Paris

GarryRF ·
This is the English version of the Eiffel Tower. Its in Blackpool 30 miles north of my home in Liverpool. I can see it on a clear day. Built around the same time as Eiffel and an amazing structure. I do love the observation platform where you can walk on a glass floor !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 14, 2014: The CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

Travel Luver ·
Have you ever walked on that transparent floor? I think it would be terrifying!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 14, 2014: The CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

Ottoman ·
Hi Travel Luver! Yes, I have walked on the transparent floor many years ago (pre-digital photography era, which reminds me that I need to get those slides transferred to digital). Unfortunately on this last trip to the CN Tower I did not have time to take the ride up to the observation deck. It probably goes without saying that if you are afraid of heights, the observation deck of the CN Tower may not be the attraction for you. Your adventure begins with a long but quick elevator ride to the...
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

MAD Travel Diaries ·
WOW I never would of guessed that! And to think I stared at it for two years when I lived in Paris, lol. Nice write up.
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

PHeymont ·
Sometimes it's the things we see the most that we miss when they are "out of context" or are the least part of it. In this case, I think that looking at the tower, you're likely to notice the height, the gentle curves, the open spaces...but not the cluster at the top. I had certainly never looked at it before I took that picture, which was an extreme telephoto grab as we threaded our way through the crowd on our way to dinner. I showed it to my wife, and she said "I know what you're going to...
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

Travel Rob ·
Great info and I had absolutely no clue.
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

HistoryDigger ·
I had no clue either...and I can't even count the number of times I've been below it. Ha! Good one.
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

DrFumblefinger ·
Great puzzle and congrats to Roderick for figuring it out. What I'd like to know is what the plus sign shaped thing on the top right does?
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Re: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley). Where Gumbo was #37

PortMoresby ·
I think I like the last landscape best of all, the sense of space and the fact that it's not at all what I expect when I hear "Everglades". Gumbo's travels, ever-enlightening.
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Re: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley). Where Gumbo was #37

DrFumblefinger ·
By last landscape, I presume you mean the view of the alligator crawling away?
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Re: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley). Where Gumbo was #37

Travel Rob ·
Love the sky in your shots! Florida is a great state with a lot of surprises,history and nature. i cant wait to go to Everglades National Park, one area i've missed
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

DrFumblefinger ·
It is truly a remarkable and unique skyline. I think Gehry's new building is brilliant. While some of his other buildings seem a little precious, I tend to enjoy his style. But this one's a stand out.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

PortMoresby ·
I've said it here before and I'll say it again, I love Gehry's buildings. Whether one is a fan of all of them, or not, it's an amazing thing to perceive such seemingly static materials used in such a visually malleable way. Almost reverting to a tribal sensibility when fabric was the stuff of shelter, the most exciting tent wins. I'm surprised more of his influence hasn't been expressed by others. Or in domestic architecture. Maybe some day. Or maybe they have and I just haven't seen them...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 18, 2014: Lower Manhattan's New Skyline

Jonathan L ·
You may have noticed that NYC has 2 areas of very tall buildings - The Battery/Financial District and Midtown, separated by an large area where building height is limited. This was not just due to zoning. The reason is geological. The bedrock is very close to the surface in Midtown and Battery so there is support for very tall buildings. However, From 34th street down to Canal the bedrock is much deeper and the ground is more sandy/gravely, so it was unsafe to build tall buildings in area.
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Re: Manhattan from the Other Shore

IslandMan ·
excellent article and collection of pictures, PH. The Manhattan skyline is always fascinating to look at and the history of it is equally interesting
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

rbciao ·
Great pics. We were there this past August and were very impressed with the Eiffel Tower. It was truly fantastic accomplishment and the views are spectacular. The day we were there we had pre-purchased our tickets online, but did not use them. The morning of our scheduled day it was pouring down rain and we were tired, so we stayed in bed. Later in the morning the skies cleared and we went over to the tower. Since we missed our time we had to purchase another two tickets. it was still worth...
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, Pheymont. Even we who imagine we know the city have gotten a whole new perspective. Point of view is everything! And, having been up the tower once long ago, I'm again struck by how much higher it seems looking down than it appears from the below or from a distance.
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Thanks! Certainly true also about how different it can appear at different angles from below, as in Dr. Fumblefinger's blog here the other day!
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Re: Belem Lisbon - history and modernity together.

PHeymont ·
Nice! While you were in Belem, did you try the Pasteis de Belem, the delicious little custard tarts?
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

My Thatched Hut ·
Great article. Thank you. Would like to go.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

DrFumblefinger ·
What a fascinating destination! Thanks so much for sharing this unique place with us.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

PHeymont ·
Thanks for a fascinating look...and especially for adding to my sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic involvement in what we so often think of as a European culture based on Christian/Jewish roots alone. My recent visits in southern France, Spain and the Greek islands have been reminders of how much more diverse our roots are than, possibly, even our present!
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travel Rob ·
Great piece on a country been wanting to see for some time!Are there any precautions for eating the food or for the drinking water in Albania?
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
Originally Posted by My Thatched Hut: Great article. Thank you. Would like to go. Thank you. It is a great destination, combining history, beautiful surroundings, friendly people and tasty food. Feel free to read my other post from Albania on www.travellinn.net to plan a full round trip.
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Thanks for a fascinating look...and especially for adding to my sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic involvement in what we so often think of as a European culture based on Christian/Jewish roots alone. My recent visits in southern France, Spain and the Greek islands have been reminders of how much more diverse our roots are than, possibly, even our present! Thanks. I think it is important to know a bit about the places you visit, to understand the...
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Re: The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: Great piece on a country been wanting to see for some time!Are there any precautions for eating the food or for the drinking water in Albania? Thanks! Regarding food, I basically like to try everything I have never eaten before. That meant quite a few things in Albania, without being sick. The tap water is said not to be the best so I mostly bought bottled, but I have been drinking water in taps along the road coming down from the mountains without any problems.
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The beautiful and charming town, Gjirokastra

Travellinn ·
  The old town of Gjirokastra is one of the best-preserved examples of an Ottoman-style town in the Balkans.  The town is packed with sights, and I recommend to do as we did; buy a map with the main sights.  We also bought the book...
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Devils Tower National Monument

Ottoman ·
    Devils Tower is an igneous intrusion or laccolith in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills) in northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain and...
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Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery and Tower of Belem

NonstopFromJFK ·
Our first day in Lisbon was awesome. We got to see so much of the city, and watch the sunset from a castle.   On our second day in Lisbon we took the train to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 29, 2013: Petronas Towers, Malaysia

Mac ·
Based on simple geometric forms of two interlocking squares creating a shape of eight-pointed stars, these futuristic towers soar 88 stories and 452m (1,483 ft) above the street level of Kuala Lumpur, the bustling capital of the south-east Asian...
 
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