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Re: The Empire Strikes Back: McDonalds sues Florence

GarryRF ·
And rightly so too ! The smell of a fast food establishment hits you before the visuals. The litter it creates and the smell of people who insist on eating - on the hoof - as they visit palaces of art is an abomination !!
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Re: Should Wi-Fi be free in all hotels?

PHeymont ·
And in not-so-small Italian towns as well! Piazza dei Signori and Piazza del Erbe in Verona are covered.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8.5

WorkerBee ·
What a beautiful church Gumbo has found! WITW? The clues: 18th century Spanish colonial architecture, typical of Franciscan missions; Banner in English; Materials are not typical of Florida or Texas missions; Various effigies of animals and unreal creatures, often incorporated by the Franciscans into their liturgy in order to convert American Indians. Typical of US southwestern states; Not one of the remaining California missions; Not in Santa Fe; Checked missions in Arizona. Found (as did...
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Re: Banksy Opens up a Bemusement Park in England

GarryRF ·
Certainly looks like "Something completely different" To admire its absurdity is quite refreshing. Whether it has international - appeal only time will tell. The beauty of English weather is Mac could have driven North to the Costa-del-Mersey. Cut the grass - take the grandkids to the park and a warm glow of sunburn for not wearing my hat. But with a name like Dismaland I suppose warm rain is part of the experience, Love to see more photos too
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Re: Back to Oaxaca: Hoofing It, El Picacho & Teotitlan

PortMoresby ·
Another interesting item from the OLL newsletter regarding the weaving village of Teotitlan: TOUR: ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS in TEOTITLAN Presented by Dr. Robert Markens Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas—sede Oaxaca Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 / 9 AM-4 PM MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM) Local archeologist Dr. Robert Markens will lead a tour of the archeological ruins located in the ancient village of Teotitlan del Valle, world-famous for its woven textiles. This...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#84)

PHeymont ·
Drum roll, please! The e-mail submissions are hereby revealed...and tomorrow morning the answer will be revealed. Both Jonathan L and PortMoresby e-mailed their belief that the scene is Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, PR.
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Re: Why You should visit Nevada's Valley of Fire

DrFumblefinger ·
You are correct, GarryRF. There have been a number of movies filmed in the park. Lifted straight from Wikipedia , here is a listing of these: Film History : Valley of Fire is a popular location for shooting automobile commercials and other commercial photography. It has provided a setting for the following films and television shows: The Professionals with Burt Lancaster , Lee Marvin , and Claudia Cardinale was filmed in 1966. As of November 2012 a piece of the movie set is still up for...
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Re: Florence, Italy: A city made for walking

Ron B. ·
Just there myself. Phone's battery running low, so pix are limited. A shop's window. On the way to Ponte Vecchio with a friend who bought two enormous gold rings.
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Re: Bologna: a Wonderful City to Walk Around

Ron B. ·
Some of my pix from a couple of years ago
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

Former Member ·
There are places in Verona in which you can still see the Roman cart wheel ruts cut into the paving stones. We found that evocative and fascinating. Seeing physical evidence while on vacation from ages past gives the expression "time trip" new meaning.
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

PHeymont ·
True...Verona is one of those cities where you can feel past and present in the same moment. It's a bit like the Allen Ginsberg quote that reflects my fascination with Paris: "You can't escape the past in Paris, and yet what's so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn't seem to burden."
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

PortMoresby ·
For garden lovers, one of the best-preserved renaissance gardens in Italy, the Giardini Giusti: http://www.zainoo.com/en/italy...rona/giardini-giusti
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Re: Verona: More than Romeo & Juliet

rbciao ·
Verona was definitely a highlight of our 2012 pilgrimage to the "old country." The city was modern and old at the same time. People watching in the Piazza Bra was like having a peak into the living room of the Veronese. It seems like a place on a secondary travel network: like a place to go after you've seen the "big 3." This trip was a return after not stopping here since 1982 and we were very pleased. The sites were interesting, the people were friendly, and the gelato was first-rate.
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Re: Madrid's Banco de Espana Building: Where Gumbo Was (#45)

HistoryDigger ·
Fascinating post. I LOVE that Pere Borrel del Caso painting.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 10, 2014: How DO they DO that?

HistoryDigger ·
Italian meditation levitation. Wow!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 10, 2014: How DO they DO that?

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont, believe the special trick relates to a magical flying carpet the top one is sitting on....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 10, 2014: How DO they DO that?

Travel Rob ·
That was too amazing of a trick for me not to look up how they did it! Although looking up the answer only left me with more questions about the amazing buskers you saw! http://www.randi.org/site/inde...on-with-physics.html
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 10, 2014: How DO they DO that?

rbciao ·
I remember seeing those two buskers during our time in Verona in August, 2012. They did present a very creative look in a land of creative street entertainers. Verona was a fantastic place for us to kick back and do not too much. Piazza Bra in the evening was like watching the Veronese living room in action. Many nights we would take our gelato to the steps across and to the left of the restaurant section and just watch the world pass by. This was during the Opera season, which brought many...
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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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Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

DrFumblefinger ·
  Who would have guessed the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires is found in a cemetery?  Not only is it expensive, there's a line waiting to get in (seriously)!  You actually lease a plot here, as I understand it, and don't...
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And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

thepoormadonna ·
Can you recall a moment from your travels that has really shaken your soul? A moment that has changed you forever?   Well, here's mine.   As I sat watching that sun set over Barcelona from the incredibly beautiful Parc Güell earlier...
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Changing Trains in La Serenissima

PortMoresby ·
  My English friend and I left the beautiful apartment on the Anfiteatro in Lucca , she home to Bromsgrove in the West Midlands, and I toward Budapest and my old friends with a guesthouse near the famous synagogue.  I was treating myself to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov, 9, 2013: "The Gates of Paradise", Florence, Italy

DrFumblefinger ·
  Imagine spending more than 20 years of your life crafting a set of doors, and beginning that daunting project when you're just 21 years old.  But the result is perhaps the most beautiful doors that have ever been made.  Then think of...
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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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Lisbon: Cheap, but Steep!

PHeymont ·
That’s my short take on Lisbon after two weeks there last summer. A variety of economic factors, not all connected with the Euro crisis of the past few years, have made Portugal incredibly cheap for foreign travelers—but you have to be...
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San Juan's El Morro: Layers of Stone, Layers of History (Where Gumbo Was, #84)

PHeymont ·
  El Morro, the giant fortification that's guarded San Juan Harbor for nearly 500 years, is the sight we saw before we saw it. Its image is everywhere when you do online research for a trip to Puerto Rico; its "garitas"—small domed...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 26, 2015: Iguazu Falls

Grand Escapades ·
    No matter how many waterfalls you have seen in your life, Iguazu Falls leave the most experienced travelers stunned. When you finally stand in front of “Garganta del Diablo” or Salto San Martin, all you can do is mumble words...
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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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Old San Juan: Beautiful...and not all old

PHeymont ·
San Juan, Puerto Rico is a city of contrasts, of modern skyscrapers, crowded residential areas of different eras, resort hotels and casinos along Condado, and much more...but the image that usually comes to mind is really that of Old San Juan, the...
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Casas Particulares in Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Visiting Cuba has forever changed the way I view accommodations when I travel now. For one I was always a chain hotel kind of girl racking up my points and being loyal to said luxury chains.  I had the option to book luxury hotels in Havana...
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La Chocolatta, Puenta Arenas, Chile

DrFumblefinger ·
  Situated on Chile's southern coast, just north of Tierra del Fuego, the small city of Puenta Arenas is well off the main tourist paths in South America.  The city is the capital of Chilean Patagonia as it is a gateway to Torres del Paine,...
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Visiting Santiago de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
I really had no idea what to expect of  Santiago de Cuba , afterall the next biggest city in Cuba is always overshadowed by Havana. So Santiago was going to surprise us - it could only leave a good or a bad impression right? We showed...
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Norwegian Cruise Lines Wants $4 More a Day Per Passenger

Travel Rob ·
Norwegian Cruise Lines' chief executive officer, Frank Del Rio,  goal is to double per share income and return on invested capital in  three years. To do that ,he wants to increase profits from existing ships and curtail discounts .Mainly he...
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A Day in Caguas

PHeymont ·
Caguas is a late-comer by some standards; San Juan, 30 miles away, was already 250 years old when Caguas was settled by Spain—and yet it proudly calls itself “La Ciudad Criolla” and “El Corazon de Borinquen,” the Creole...
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"World's scariest walkway" re-opens; may be safer

PHeymont ·
A skinny walkway crossing a mountain face above a gorge in Spain has been rebuilt and re-opened; it was closed in 2001 after five deaths, but people just wouldn't stop walking it. The new version has safety features and requires a helmet, but is still...
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Route 66 - Pasadena to Needles

Jonathan L ·
Last summer I had the opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do - drive a significant portion of Route 66. Having spent 4 days in LA, I started a drive to Albuquerque to meet up with  The Amazing Ms. D. Instead of rushing down the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 13, 2014: Statue of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
  Duke Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) is a legend in the world of surfing, but this was only one of his many great achievements.   Duke (aka "The Big Kahuna") was born in Honolulu and grew up in Kalia, Waikiki (near...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 22, 2014: Orvieto

PortMoresby ·
  Almost at the end of a round-the-world trip, idling in Rome with nothing in particular planned until our flights home, travel pal Jim and I decided to take the train to Orvieto for a wander around on a gray Christmas Eve.   The old town...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr 21, 2015: Cefalu, Sicily

IslandMan ·
    I'm a sucker for a picture-postcard location, and the town of Cefalu on the northern coast of Sicily is no exception. A comune in the Province of Palermo on the Tyrrhenian Sea , it's about 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the provincial...
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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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Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
    We saw this tiny old car just outside the Palazzo del Normanni in Palermo.  Not really any identifying marks I could spot, and I  don't think I've ever seen one like it before.   Can someone help me figure out what type of...
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Artful exhibits lined up for Italy's museums

PHeymont ·
Four outstanding exhibitions that highlight the fall art season in Italy, along with many others.
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October 6, 2017: Victoria Gardens, Tenerife

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares the story of Jardines Marquesado De La Quinta Roja, in Tenerife. A lovely garden built to house a mausoleum that was never used.
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Back to Oaxaca: Mercado de la Merced

PortMoresby ·
Escaping from winter in Mexico, PortMoresby finds yet another market and realizes no two are ever the same.
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Top 5 island destinations to revisit in 2017

Rebecca Brown ·
Dreaming of distant oceans, white, sandy beaches, a Mojito in your hand, while a gentle breeze is just ruffling the waters lounging a few feet from your feet? Waking with the sounds of exotic beats trumpeting the air while you lie in a hammock, munch on a coconut and daydream the day away? Might be it’s high time to take a vacation. If you equate vacation with island , paradise and offline , stick with us. We know there are about seven hundred and forty one thousand articles on the best...
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Back to Oaxaca: Hoofing It, El Picacho & Teotitlan

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby sets out on the first of several walks in the countryside of southern Mexico, ending in a Zapotec weaving village.
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Back to Oaxaca: San Felipe del Agua

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby visits a community just outside the city and wonders if she’d enjoy staying there on her next visit to Mexico.
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Syracuse's Greek Temple Cathedral, Sicily

PHeymont ·
Gumbo was visiting a most unusual cathedral. Built as a Greek temple about 500 BC, it was already over a thousand years old when it became a church.
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An Afternoon in Ortigia: Syracuse's Island Heart

PHeymont ·
Ortygia is where Syracuse started, when it was one of the most important Greek cities in the world. And it's still a living center of the city's life.
 
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