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Re: Hamburg concert hall: Overdue, Over Budget, Finished

DrFumblefinger ·
Nothing like inept bureaucrats to run up the budget....Imagine, €300 for a toilet brush! I'm sure an adequate brush could have been purchased for €3. And that's just one example. Beautiful building, but at a cost of nearly $US 1 billion, it does seem a bit pricey.
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Re: Paris: new urinals get mixed reviews

Professorabe ·
Other places have tried to address the problem through improved signage, sometimes in a humorous way, as seen on our travels last week in Miltenberg (Germany). Roughly translated, the sign says "Over there, dad!" - and points to a public toilet just around the corner.
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Travel Rob ·
Your piece will serve inspiration for many future trips,I'm sure of that.I had no clue as the extent of Eiffel's work but I now want to see several of them in person. This serves as an example of why TravelGumbo is so different and needed
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

WorkerBee ·
PHeymont, Your post reminded me that I had seen a pre-fabricated church designed by Eiffel in Baja, Mexico. It is in the small town of Santa Rosalia and still in use. There is more info here .
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Mac ·
Absolutely fascinating, thank you. And I thought that UK's Isambard Kingdom Brunel was prolific!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Brunel has fascinated me since reading a book on the Great Eastern, an unlucky ship he designed. Perhaps someday I can find time to post about his work...unless I hear a volunteer? Thanks!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
I'm personally acquainted with one of Brunel's railway bridges, the Gatehampton Bridge over the Thames in Berkshire, England. I was advised by my Thames Path guidebook that I was approaching it. There was a strategically placed bench in a meadow where I sat, had a snack and looked at it from a distance for a bit before walking under it. Not at all knowledgeable, or even much interested, in bridges I tried to get at least a glimpse of what the guide meant when it said "one of Brunel's Great...
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
T&N, you make an interesting point about the air circulation and coolness of Eiffel's building. These days we are constantly reading about advances in "green design," intended to reduce excess energy use. Ironic how well some of those principles of making life bearable were known so long ago by those who didn't have the option of mechanical air-conditioning! Another example is in today's blog about Gaudi's Casa Battlo in Barcelona, which uses an open well through the center of the...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Here's a good quote Paul PORTRAIT OF AN UNHEALTHY CITY - NEW YORK INTHE 1800'S by David Rosner Columbia University When a horse died, its carcass would be left to rot until it had disintegrated enough for someone to pick up the pieces. Children would play with dead horses lying on the streets. In addition to lacking street cleaning, the city also had no sewage system and no flush toilets. Garbage--which included both human and animal waste--was basically thrown out windows and onto city...
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Re: April 24, 2018: Thirsty?

PHeymont ·
And not the first time for a toilet as a museum exhibit. The Guggenheim in New York last year had a solid-gold working replica by Maurizio Cattelan, entitled America, that could be used by visitors. And, famously, in 1917, Marcel Duchamp challenged concepts of art and esthetics by exhibiting a 'readymade,' a standard urinal turned on its edge, signed as if by an artist, and labeled... Fountain.
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Re: April 24, 2018: Thirsty?

GarryRF ·
I keep a toilet roll on my work bench. Perfect size for drying WD 40 off my machine parts and grease off my fingers. Everyone who spots it says it's disgusting. Maybe I should call it Bathroom Tissue !
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Re: High Tech Toilet Manufacturer to Open Museum in Japan

DrFumblefinger ·
Rob, I believe this is a catapult, not a toilet for the elderly. It's all in the speed of the lifting device.
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Re: Tent? Trailer? Cottage? EcoCapsule could be all 3!

HistoryDigger ·
Where can we try it out!
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Re: Tent? Trailer? Cottage? EcoCapsule could be all 3!

DrFumblefinger ·
The images of this egg-like contraption brought back memories of Woody Allen's classic film, "Sleeper". Not the orgasmatron, which this device seems to lack, the overall attitude and feel of it.
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Re: Lower oil prices disrupting some air routes

DrFumblefinger ·
I suspect the "ruling class" of these countries will do fine, and that those who suffer are the average citizen. It was difficult to buy consumer goods in Venezula before the collapse in oil prices, so it must be impossible to find a sheet of toilet paper in that country now.
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 9) Horton Plains

DrFumblefinger ·
My first introduction to Horton Plains National Park was in Hans Mohemius’ photo room at his home in Colombo.  Hans was a skilled amateur photographer who shared with me a magical photo of a sunrise...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 5, 2014: Modern Toilet Restaurant, Taiwan

MAD Travel Diaries ·
  Did you ever think you would eat ice cream out of a miniature squat toilet? Or that someone would come up with that concept?   This phenomena was first introduced in Taipei, Taiwan in the early 2000s when it was a unique idea for an ice...
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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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The Forbidden City - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Here is the thing about The Forbidden City. It is unlike the European castles that I have visited, which can pack more opulence in a square foot than the eye can take in. What is truly overwhelming is the way that open space and size has been used...
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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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BA to squeeze passengers on 777

PHeymont ·
British Airways is planning to squeeze another seat into this picture for flights from London Gatwick.
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Tired of airlines? Buy Elvis's private jet

PHeymont ·
One of Elvis's private jets goes on auction Saturday, along with other celebrity memorabilia. Bring a few million along if you want to buy!
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Arctic Terns at Long Nanny

Ian Cook ·
A special bird preserve, Long Nanny is the breeding ground of several ground nesting species including the lovely arctic tern whose photos are highlighted in this post. Arctic terns have among the longest migratory route of any bird.
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8 Tips To Actually Relax On Family Vacation And More

John Peter ·
Traveling has many benefits in terms of both physical and mental health, which is an effective way to improve mood. However, the feeling of traveling alone or with friends is not the same as when you go with the family members. It will be the most precious moments to help the members closer. You are looking forward to your family holiday and you really need a vacation, but at the same time you fear the packing, children’s behavior, their potential sickness and unpacking all over again? You...
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Eastern Europe Rail Odyssey #5: Istanbul to Tbilisi

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur takes us on another memorable train journey, this one starting in Istanbul, then on to Ankara, Erzurum, Batumi (bu bus), Yerevan and ending in Tbilisi
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French MP: 'Let me pee in peace'

PHeymont ·
A French legislator calls for a ban on illuminated ads over urinals, claiming they are intrusive and bad for the environment.
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Capsule hotels spreading in Europe

PHeymont ·
Tiny spaces mark the capsule hotel, but privacy is another hallmark that may help it compete with hostels.
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Now Harry Potter's an Airbnb host!

PHeymont ·
Another newsworthy Airbnb listing: the house that starred in Harry Potter movies as his ancestral home in a village that stood in for Godric's Hollow.
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Big Brother goes to the loo

PHeymont ·
Atlanta's airport and a major plumbing supplier are connecting airport restrooms to the internet.
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Chobe National Park: “In Chobe We Trust”

DrFumblefinger ·
Having completed five great days on safari in the Okavango Delta, we caught a tiny bush plane (Safari Air) on an almost non-existent sand strip and spent two hours flying to Kasane, a small town in northern Botswana near the entrance...
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Perspectives on East Africa: 2) A visit to "Noah's Ark", the Ngorongoro Crater

DrFumblefinger ·
(Wildebeest on a misty morning, from the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania) In all my travels, visiting the Ngorongoro Crater remains one of my most precious experiences.  The setting of this collapsed volcanic crater, its many...
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Tent? Trailer? Cottage? EcoCapsule could be all 3!

PHeymont ·
A sleek capsule with its own wind and solar power, and a tiny but chic and comfortable interior could change the whole picture for outdoor living, or even emergency shelter.   Designed by a Slovakian firm and shown last week at an exhibition for...
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Boeing's next seat squeeze...in the lavatory!

PHeymont ·
    Say goodbye to this much space as Boeing plans to squeeze the toilet to install more seats.    Photo: Kristoferb / Wikimedia   If you thought seating in economy is getting too tight, get ready for this one: Boeing has...
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Japan: Hi-tech toilets; China: playing catch-up

PHeymont ·
This is a tale of two "sitties." Japan is pushing to install thousands more of the high-tech toilets that have become the national standard in advance of the 2020 Olympics, while China is pledging to upgrade its public toilets, mostly squatters, to...
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Why your airline chose your plane

PHeymont ·
  As you settle down into your seat, comfortably at the front of the plane (above) or squeezed into the last inches at the back (below), you must have sometimes wondered how the airline chose the plane you’re sitting in or why the schedule...
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Vienna's public toilets to get better...and fewer

PHeymont ·
One of the fancier upgraded toilets in Vienna      Photo: Jobst, The Local   Vienna, a frequent winner of livability awards and home to a more extensive collection of public toilets than anywhere else, is starting a multi-year...
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Space Shuttle Endeavour: Out of This World

Lestertheinvestor ·
  I recently had the chance to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour , which is on exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.    There were 6 different shuttles as part of the Space Shuttle program (Enterprise, Columbia,...
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High Tech Toilet Manufacturer to Open Museum in Japan

Travel Rob ·
"Electric raised toilet seat for elderly"       Photo: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons. TOTO, known in Japan for its bidet equipped toilets,  will be opening a toilet museum in the company headquarters city of Kitakyushu. It will have...
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Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire, England

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
  The Abbey is situated in the wooded River Rye valley near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, in the north east of England and has an enviable position. The River Rye valley at this point is heavily wooded and provides shelter to lower lying farmland...
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Berlin's Tempelhof takes on a new crisis role

PHeymont ·
As it was in 1984, now to serve refugees   Berlin's now-closed Tempelhof airport, famous for its role as the hub of the Cold War Berlin Airlift and more recently Berlin's newest public space, will now re-open as a refugee reception center for...
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April Fools Again: Airline Videos

PHeymont ·
It's time for a last laugh at April Fools, with a round up of airline and other comic videos.
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Norway opens 'Loo with a View'

PHeymont ·
With an inviting modern design and an incredibly scenic location, Norway's Ureddpassen may be the world's most scenic public toilet.
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How bad can an airport be? Here's how...

PHeymont ·
One of the more comprehensive surveys of the world's best and worst based on an annual survey. Take a look...and help rate for next year!
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Guide To Pack Well For An Overnight Hike

Ruby Daub ·
An overnight hike is an interesting and exciting experience. Whether its a group of friends or some unknown fellows, you get to learn so much from such trips. First hikes are always the difficult ones and when it is about packing the right hiking gear and essentials then it gets really tough to figure out what to pack and what not.Well, it basically depends upon the situation. Are you going to the forest or just near the roads? What are the dangers that you can face there? How many days does...
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China's 'toilet app' tells visitors where to go

PHeymont ·
Finding a bathroom in China has never been easier, thanks to a new app sponsored by the National Tourism Administration.
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Planeful of plumbers can't fix the loo

PHeymont ·
How many plumbers does it take to fix a toilet? Eighty-five is not enough when it's flying at 30,000 feet!
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In Egypt: Sleeping

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby ends her Egyptian adventure with thoughts on the wide variety of places she called home…in Cairo, in Luxor and in Aswan.
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April 24, 2018: Thirsty?

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares images of the most unusual drinking fountain he's ever encountered during his travels, this in his home city of Calgary.
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Taking a tour to Chichén Itzá

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us along on a tour of Chichén Itzá, with a bonus swim in an underground lake.
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Walking the Buffalo

PortMoresby ·
    Between Guilin and Yangshuo in Guangxi, China, the Li River and the classic landscape are the big attractions.  Bumper to bumper tourist boats shuttle visitors among the famous karst mountains and overwhelm Yangshuo town.  But...
 
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