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Re: Canadian snowbirds: Don't clip our wings!

DrFumblefinger ·
The current Canadian plan covers only a fraction of the billed amount the snowbirds might encounter with an emergency medical problem in the USA, Mexico or Caribbean. Most of the snowbirds I know have a supplemental travel policy that protects them fully in case of emergency.
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Re: Limone, Lake Garda, Italy

PHeymont ·
We used to see them only when visiting California, but the California-grown ones (and some from Mexico) are now available regularly in New York, too.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo #10

PHeymont ·
This is getting to be a bi-weekly announcement: WorkerBee zoomed in on the statue of the Sacred Heart in the background of the picture and searched for it online, and correctly identified the scene as the courtyard of the Cathedral in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The good news is that WorkerBee has some mysterious pictures of his own, and when the time comes he will join the ranks of the puzzlers! In the meantime, see tomorrow morning's "reveal" with more information about Where Gumbo Was.
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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: WiFi on the way for international flights

GarryRF ·
Last time I went from Mexico to Philadelphia they had no Coffee. So we received free WiFi for the flight. Was great fun saying Hello to friends. They would all ask where are you ? "I'll look out the window - somewhere above the clouds in the Gulf of Mexico!" Beat that !! And Facetime on the IPad was a hoot!
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Re: Back to Oaxaca: Hoofing It, El Picacho & Teotitlan

GarryRF ·
The beautiful, bold colours of Mexico. Is there anywhere else in the world that has such a display - with no pastel shades to be seen ?
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Re: August 23, 2017: Wolf Creek Pass - Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
I know it's high up, but there is still an awful lot of snow up there. What time of year did you take the photos, Samantha?
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Re: August 23, 2017: Wolf Creek Pass - Colorado

Samantha ·
Hi there DrFumblefinger, it was the middle of May! Crazy huh? lol
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 3rd, 2014: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Travel Rob ·
Wow,thanks for all the bonus photos too! The colors of the materials bring back a lot of great memories of Mexico
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Re: El Rancho Hotel - Gallup NM

DrFumblefinger ·
What a cool and uniquely American place! If the bed was comfortable, you've just given me the name of my next hotel when in New Mexico.
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Re: A stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

GarryRF ·
Does winter arrive early in these gardens ? Is that due to the elevation? Does it remain cool in the Summer too ? I'm thinking of the likes of Mexico City where it should be tropical but its elevation keeps it cool all year. Lovely photos of the Flora and Gardens. Was it really that empty ?
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Re: Where do the "permanent travelers" go?

PortMoresby ·
I have one friend who's a permanent traveler. While he spends time in a variety of places, his preference is Asia, with Thailand at the top of his list. Chiang Mai is where we met and in nearby villages is where he spends the majority of his time. He has a private income so work has nothing to do with his choice. I'd be interested to see how the results of the survey would change if that element was removed from the equation. And how it would change if broken down by age group. Also, how...
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Re: U.S. on track to record for overseas visitors

Travel Rob ·
It's really amazing because the US dollar has done so well in 2014 compared to most currencies . I'm not surprised at all that Japanese tourists to the US decreased after the hit the Yen been taking, but i guess thats been more than made up in increased travel from travelers from Brazil,Mexico and China
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Re: December 28, 2015: Broad-Billed Hummingbird, Arizona

My Thatched Hut ·
Nice shot. I photographed one also this week in Mexico City.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo, #46

PHeymont ·
I'll break the ice with a thought...the wooden floor and fittings and the colors make me think of Mexico...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo, #46

PortMoresby ·
The ceiling is clearly painted wood but the floor looks like terra cotta tile to me. Which could still point to Mexico.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo, #46

DrFumblefinger ·
It is not in Mexico, but it is in the Americas somewhere between Panama and the North Pole. Does that help you figure out where Gumbo is?
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo, #46

Jonathan L ·
I was thinking one of the churches in New Mexico, but now LA is looking better.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#115)

HistoryDigger ·
My first thought was New Mexico, but even the roads I've traveled there have more plant life. Hmmm?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#115)

DrFumblefinger ·
We are in a desert, but it's not New Mexico or California. Here's another photo clue for today. We have arrived at our destination, although it's spread over several square kilometers....
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Re: Canada snowbirds fight travel health cut

DrFumblefinger ·
Many -- probably most -- Canadians already buy or have supplemental health coverage when they travel abroad because of the already poor reimbursement provided by their provincial health plans (eg. these plans often pay less than 10% of emergency medical bills one might encounter in the USA or Mexico). Many of Canada's larger employers provide these plans as a perk for their employees. As provinces wrestle with rising health costs due to an aging population and new technologies, I expect that...
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Re: Has anyone used their Enhanced Drivers License to travel to Canada or Mexico?

DrFumblefinger ·
Most of the people I know who have this license are those who don't want to travel internationally and who live near the Canada-US border. There are a number of town literally split by the border and people migrate across daily to visit friends or work. I think these licenses are intended for them. Same for the Mexico USA border. If you travel internationally and have a passport, no point paying extra for the license for most folks. Passports have become more sophisticated and if you read...
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Re: Neighborhoods in Santiago de Cuba

GarryRF ·
I'm not familiar with Santiago de Cuba. Casa particulares will provide you with meals and drinks. Stores and Restaurants are hard to find and most food is still rationed to the Cubans. Cuban water is safe for the locals but carries a high mineral content, which may cause gastro problems. Bottled "Montero" water is available and low cost. Quite nice too. Santiago de Cuba is not on the tourist lists for us Brits. Most Cuban food uses - Rice -Beans - Eggs - Chicken - Pork (No Beef) - Fish...
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Re: Anatomy of a Trip, Oaxaca: Getting Acquainted

GarryRF ·
I knew VW made cars in Mexico for the North and South American markets. I was surprised to see the VW Jetta I bought this year in the UK - was made in Mexico too.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#112)

PortMoresby ·
The plant in question is a yucca, I believe, and grows, as DrF says, all over the SW US, including the Sonora Desert that extends into Northern Mexico. But the one in the background of the flower is, if I'm not mistaken, a Joshua Tree and that may narrow down the location, maybe in the Mojave Desert. Or maybe not. Having lived for decades in the Sonora Desert near Mexico, brush fires are uncommon so maybe that fact alone, mentioned by The Puzzler, will help pin it down.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Theodore Behr ·
That place reminds me of Carlsbad caves in New Mexico. It's beautiful! I like how the guy in the bottom right (white shirt) gives you an idea of how big it is. Wonder which one is bigger? Carlsbad or this one?
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Re: Name Your Favorite Restaurants for Atmosphere, Past or Present

DrFumblefinger ·
One of the most memorable places I ever ate at was a small taco joint in La Paz, Mexico. Sorry, but I don't remember its name. I was on a guided whale watching/kayaking trip and would NEVER have gone in except for our guide saying it was safe to do so. The outside was dingy, dirty, poorly kept -- signals for dysentery if I'd ever seen them (but apparently expected -- make it nice and the vandals will deface it). The inside was clean and simple, but the food was absolutely outstanding!
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Re: Baja California: La Paz — John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl”

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, TravelandNature! AeroMexico has pretty regularly scheduled flights into La Paz, though through Mexico City, so you'll have to connect. Worth checking major search engines like Expedia or Kayak, though, because it is a rather long drive, though I enjoy the desert scenery of Baja California.
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Re: Digital Camera Market Plummets

GarryRF ·
Samsung Tablet Camera: VALLARTA BAY, MEXICO
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#63)

PHeymont ·
The sharpshooters are getting too good! Lynn Millar nailed it, and a more complete piece will appear Sunday, before the inevitable next puzzle on Monday. PS...While Hola (part of a name that actually appears Germanic) was no real clue, the VW was...it's painted the bright green of Mexico City taxis. In 2009, when this image was made, most of the taxis were Beetles.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#63)

PortMoresby ·
Since there are VWs virtually everywhere on the planet, including a '69 in my garage, not sure that, in itself, narrows down the possibilities. Except to the extent that I'm pretty sure it wasn't taken anywhere near my garage. VW Bugs were also manufactured in Mexico and with it's historically vocal socialist contingent, maybe Mexico is a possibility. But I suspect Rod is more likely to be right about the general vicinity.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#63)

Lynn Millar ·
Don't think the right to play baseball was part of the French Revolution. But I'm guessing it is hands around the bat and who will win the turn to go first. Alameda Central in Mexico City. Found a picture with more stable climbing platform - though I like the idea of the bleacher stands.
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Re: Canada's Westjet enters Trans-Atlantic market

DrFumblefinger ·
Westjet has been promoting this to its frequent flyer members (like yours truly) for months now. They have extensive routes in North America, including Mexico and the Caribbean, but this is a big change in their business model. I'm not sure if this will work well, though. Westjet only flies Boeing 737s (much like Southwest, for example). That transatlantic journey is a long and uncomfortable one to make in a single aisle aircraft. In contrast, Air Canada, the other major Canadian airline,...
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Re: Tourists love Florida!

DrFumblefinger ·
Canada's population is about 35 million total, so if all 26.7 million visitors to Florida were from Canada, that would mean there'd be nobody left to shovel all that snow! Kidding aside, Canadians love to travel, especially in the winter. Florida is popular, especially with those in the eastern part of the country. Canadians living out west are much more likely to go to Arizona, Palm Springs, Mexico or Hawaii. I don't know where the national breakdown is, but lots of Europeans like to bring...
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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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U.S., Mexico agree to Open the Skies...

PHeymont ·
Under existing agreements, the U.S. and Mexico have limited the number of airlines allowed to serve any two U.S. and Mexico city pairs. Most have been limited to two U.S. and two Mexican airlines, some to one.   Now, under a new agreement to take...
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Arctic Birds on Migration: Saskatchewan

My Thatched Hut ·
    Many of the Arctic birds are large white birds such as geese and swans but also include smaller and different coloured sandpipers and other birds.   Where is the best place to see these magnificent Arctic birds?  The most...
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Finishing college. Need help planning trip to U.K,

Hank ·
Just found this website and I hope you guys can help me out. I'm finishing my Masters (Architecture) this spring and have a job lined up starting July 1.  The job has little holiday time (2 weeks first 2 years), so I want to make a trip to...
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Where are Americans going? NYTimes has lists...

PHeymont ·
This week's NY Times travel section has compiled data from several sources for a Travel section article. Some surprises...some not. 1. The most popular domestic trips...California, Texas, Florida, New York 2. International...by a huge margin, Mexico...
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Under the Cirio Tree

My Thatched Hut ·
One of the strangest plants I have ever seen is the Cirio Tree.  It is a bizarre tree found mostly in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.  A few also grow in mainland Mexico and in Arizona.   It is also known as the Boojum...
 
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