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Re: La Dolce Vita (Part 5) Venezia (Venice)

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comments, PHeymont. The cruise ships are BIG business in Venice, and certainly allow a lot of people to enjoy the destination if only for a day. But there are easily places the ships could park that wouldn't hurt the delicate lagoon, then shuttle people into the city.
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Re: Venice's ban on huge cruise ships suspended

PHeymont ·
The only alternatives I can see are to build a new cruise port outside the lagoon. Chioggia might be too far, but perhaps just north of the main way into the lagoon, across the inlet from the Lido. That would provide land-based alternatives for other day trips from the boats, and could also be served by vaporetto-sized boats heading into Venice itself. Of course, I haven't consulted the folks who live there and run campgrounds there...
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Re: Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Coral, Currents, and Clear waters

Jonathan L ·
The Yucatan is wonderful place, and so much more that Cancun. For those who don't scuba there is Xel-Há national park near Tulúm. This lagoon is wonderful place to snorkel and with beautiful fish in a more controlled environment.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 18, 2015: The Winged Lion of Venice

DrFumblefinger ·
    The winged lion is a symbol you see everywhere in Venice -- palaces, flags, statues -- everywhere.  It seemed a somewhat unusual mascot for a seafaring power and made me wonder what the origin to the symbol was.  Turns out the...
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Venice to reduce cruise ship traffic

DrFumblefinger ·
Because it is believed the ships are threatening the sinking city, the Italian Government will reduce by 20% the number of cruise ships allowed into the lagoon starting in January.   Here's that link if you're interested in reading...
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A summer trip to Valencia, Spain

Andre Pur ·
Last Summer, in 2014, I went on an internship program in Valencia, Spain. My internship took place in a nice hotel near the center of the town and lasted 3 months.  While I was there I could visit and enjoy many touristic points while also...
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of Toronto’s newest big attractions is Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada , with underwater creatures and habitats from across the globe.   It's in a fabulous location, on the harborfront adjoining the CN Tower, Rogers Center and...
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The Dutch Fort of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka (Where Gumbo was #235)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting one of Sri Lanka's Portugese forts, this one a nicely preserved example on the country's east coast in the small city of Batticaloa.
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Four Ways to Savor Savannah

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares some of her favorite ideas on what to see and do when visiting Savannah, Georgia
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October 23, 2017: Amphicars

DrFumblefinger ·
The first commercially designed vehicle to be driven on both land and water, Amphicars had limited success when they were produced in the mid-20th century. They are now highly sought after collectibles.
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Dispatches from Ikaria: Part 2

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's visit to Ikaria continues, this week looking at some of the island's geothermal springs which drew some of the first tourists to the island. Today the Greek island is a spa destination with a number of charming small towns and villages.
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July 21, 2017: Venetian Ports, Lake Garda

Ian Cook ·
Malcesine, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, is a picturesque town with cobbled lanes and a castle. Today's view by Ian Cook is of its beautiful harbors.
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Burano: A Venetian Treasure

Marilyn Jones ·
Join Marilyn Jones on a visit to one of Venice's outer islands for a different view of the area's life.
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Gourmet Japan, cooked on a bus

PHeymont ·
Meals-on-Wheels gets a new meaning with catered-on-bus tours of Japan.
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Venice: Glass wall for St Mark's

PHeymont ·
A glass wall, about four feet high, is proposed to save St Mark's from further flood damage.
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Venice using tech to count the crowds

PHeymont ·
Venice is using sensors and cameras to track crowds and crowding, and to try to build an accurate picture of visitor patterns.
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A journey around Iceland: 1) Reykjavik

DrFumblefinger ·
  (View of Reykjavik, from Hallsgrimkirkja)   I love visiting places that are rich in scenery, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and hiking; Iceland seemed a good fit for me. Until a few years ago the cost of a trip to Iceland was...
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Ian Cook's TravelGumbo contributions

Ian Cook ·
A listing of Ian Cook's contributions to TravelGumbo. Check out this great list of wonderful photography.
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Top 5 Underwater Destinations

Kathryn Curzon (Guest) ·
Kathryn Curzon shares some of the greatest underwater destinations on the planet, awaiting our exploration and enjoyment!
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April 8, 2018: Old Parliament Building, Colombo

DrFumblefinger ·
The Old Parliament Building, completed in 1930 when Ceylon was still under British rule, was home to the country's parliament until 1983.
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Signs of Sri Lanka

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares some of the signs he encountered while traveling in Sri Lanka.
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Exploring Namibia – Part 1

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe takes us on the beginning of a great safari adventure in Namibia, through some dramatic desert scenery.
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Venice tries again on cruise ship limits

PHeymont ·
The Italian government has proposed a new set of rules to limit large ships in the historic lagoon city—but some say it's still not enough.
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January 9, 2018: Mahatma Gandhi Park, Batticaloa

DrFumblefinger ·
Mahatma Gandhi Park is situated on the lagoon waterfront in the heart of Batticaloa town. It's a popular place for visitors to rest and enjoy the views of Batticaloa lagoon
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Kingtikitaki ·
Take a look at beautiful Bora Bora!
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 29, 2014: Fun with Glass on Murano

PHeymont ·
The island of Murano in the Venetian Lagoon has been known for hundreds of years as a source of fine blown and molded glass, although sadly much of what is sold in souvenir shops in Venice and elsewhere is cheap imported imitations.   Murano...
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Capital of Culture Series: Reykjavik

Travel Rob ·
  This week Gumbo looks at Reykjavik in our Capital of Culture spotlight.   In 2000, for symbolic reasons, 9 European cities were chosen to be designated a European Capital of Culture. One of those was the city of...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 11). On safari in Yala Park, with a stop in Kirinda

DrFumblefinger ·
 Yala is the most visited National Park in Sri Lanka.  It’s remotely situated in the southeast corner of the country, a long day’s drive fromColombo and even from the central Hill Country, and covers almost 1000 square...
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A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland) Many think South Iceland offers the island’s most spectacular scenery.  It’s hard to argue with this except to say that we found all of Iceland to be filled with...
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La Dolce Vita (Part 5) Venezia (Venice)

DrFumblefinger ·
  (Grand Canal, Salut Church, Old Custom House) So it was finally our time to visit the legendary travel destination of Venice.  With increasing excitement we journeyed from Florence through Tuscany and finally over the long...
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La Dolce Vita (Part 6) Murano and Burano

DrFumblefinger ·
(The canals of Murano) Venice is just an “island community” (actually it’s an amalgamation of 100 smaller islands) in the shallow brackish waters of the Laguna Veneta.  There are several other island communities in this...
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Endangered tourist destinations around the World

Felicity Howlett (Guest) ·
Do you feel like getting lost in the backstreets of Venice, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or skiing in the Alps? If so, don’t hang around – tourist hordes have put these much-loved sites and many others at risk.   These places...
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Nov. 18, 2016. Balos Beach and Lagoon, Crete

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares some photos of beautiful but isolated and hard to get to Balos Beach and Lagoon in Crete.
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Venice again considers tourism caps, limits on ships

PHeymont ·
Venice's economy depends on travelers, but the city's life may depend on finding a way to limit their overwhelming presence.
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New England Aquarium, Boston (Where Gumbo was #192)

DrFumblefinger ·
We visit the destination of this past week's travel puzzle, Boston's New England aquarium.
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Venice protesters block cruise ships

PHeymont ·
Protests by 2000 in small boats block cruise ships in Venice's lagoon over environmental concerns and 'over-tourism'
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October 7, 2016: Old Venetian Port at Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook's skilled eye captures some day views of the old Venetian port at Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
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October 14, 2016: Venetian Lion Head Fountain, Crete

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares wonderful photos of a beautiful and historic fountain in a small village on the island of Crete.
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Mar. 18, 2017: Inca Lagoon, Portillo, Chile

PHeymont ·
A day trip, and a world away from low-lying Santiago, the Andes are among the world's most spectacular peaks.
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Touch a Shark at Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Samantha ·
A visit to one of the great aquariums with Samantha and friends, and some tips on the best things to see there.
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December 7, 2016: The Calving Glacier, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Being in the right place at the right time, DrFumblefinger captured a series of images of a huge chunk of ice falling from the face of the Perito Merino Glacier in Argentina.
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Venice's newest waterbus: an electric 'vaporetto'

PHeymont ·
Venice's first entry in the clean-energy transit race takes to the canals.
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Swans and Cygnets: The Abbotsbury Swannery

PHeymont ·
A visit to Abbotsbury's Swannery is like no other, because its hundreds of birds are the world's only managed flock. They've been there nearly 1000 years.
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Mar. 10, 2017: Lago de los Clicos, Canary Islands

Ian Cook ·
An amazing and beautiful natural site, Lago de los Clicos is situated inside a volcanic crater on Spain's Canary Islands.
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Surfing without a Sea in Austin, TX

PHeymont ·
Austin's NLand Surf Park is making waves—literally. Its artificial lagoon is the first of its kind in North America, and the largest in the world.
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September 22, 2019: Aitutaki, Cook Islands: "Paradise Found"

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades shares some amazing images of this picture perfect tropical island.
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Venice cruise ship fight continues

PHeymont ·
Renewed calls for banning cruise ships from the city have followed the collision of a ship with a smaller boat and the dock.
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Soundwaves: Another reason for Nashville

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn Jones gets some winter thrills at an indoor-outdoor water park combined with a country-music themed resort.
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The 'Backstreets' of Venice

PHeymont ·
Away from such famous sights as St Mark's and the Rialto Bridge, Venice lives an everyday life along smaller streets and backwater canals.
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April 28, 2019: Salto Angel, Venezuela

Grand Escapades ·
Grand Escapades visits some of the wonderful waterfalls and lakes of Venezuela, including the world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls.
 
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