Tagged With "Land of the Midnight Sun"

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Re: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland. The infamous 'Arbeit macht frei' sign at the entrance

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, TravelingCanuck, I sensed the same at Auschwitz. It was somber and oppressive, even when the sun was shining. And it was a place of death. You could even smell lingering scent of ashes, probably human, at Birkenau. I think it's just hard for us to comprehend that "civilized" humans could establish death factories for those they deemed unworthy. That what was once a trusted government could so turn on its people and all people. It is one of the reasons I don't put my trust in any government.
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Re: September 3, 2016: Rainbow(s) over the Kootenay Rockies

GarryRF ·
An ever changing canvas of art. Sometimes you just have to stop - and take in the beauty of nature. As the sun was setting last week - the sky turned a shade of purple. And the cars that were white - had a UV look to them. Spooky - never seen it before. Probably pollution in the distance. Taken by a friend: Pier Head, Liverpool, England 29 Aug '16
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#278)

PHeymont ·
The final clues. Check them all, and email your answer to TGSuggestions@gmail.com
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Re: Safe to fly on New Years?

Former Member ·
This raises an interesting question. Since the calendar is based on the rotation of the Earth relative to the sun and the plane is in flight, is it still the year before on the plane as long as you do not touch down ?
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Re: Safe to fly on New Years?

Former Member ·
If the plane arrives fifteen minutes past midnight on the New Year, that means she will be 15 minutes late all year ! Valentine's will bump into Easter. Easter will crash into the 4th of July early. The 4th of July will slam into Christmas, and before she knows it, 2015 will be all done. Oh, no !
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Re: Safe to fly on New Years?

Former Member ·
The space-time continuum will only be interrupted if this flight does not land at its scheduled time at New Year's midnight p;us a few. What are the chances of that ?
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 5) The Elephants of Pinnawala

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, PortMoresby! And we've not even been to the sacred tooth relic in Kandy, the medieval ruins of Polonnaruwa, the beautiful hill country filled with tea plantations and "The World's End", a wildlife safari at Yala National Park, nor any of the nice beaches (but keep reading -- reports on these are coming). Sri Lanka is a great destination, especially now that the civil war is over. I was doubly lucky to not only be able to visit a dear friend there but to have time to leisurely explore...
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Re: Finishing college. Need help planning trip to U.K,

GarryRF ·
Summer months are best - between May and September. Snowdon is 3,560 feet high. Temperature drops 5.4 F per 1,000 feet of elevation. This winter has been very warm so far. So the snow will clear early if it continues to be warmer than usual. You'll see the current Temps before you go up clearly displayed. The weather can change suddenly so pack for wind, rain, sun and snow ! The Mountain doesn't warm up. It depends on which way the wind blows. From the South = warm From the North =cold...
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Re: Greenland from six miles high!

GarryRF ·
The Vikings were the first to live in Greenland - they described it as a "Green and pleasant land - with pastures and animals" Maybe when we get some serious Global Warming we'll all go back with our Cameras and the latest Frommers' Guide .... Greenland - Land of the Surfers and the 24 Hour Sun
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #20

PHeymont ·
Friday hint: The sun rises in the east...and this is North America.
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Re: Aug 4. 2016: Delaware City. Delaware.

GarryRF ·
Delaware City has only one set of traffic lights - how's that for small ! I only get crab when visiting the family in the US. Not here in the UK. I've had crab from Delaware - Chesapeake - Rehoboth Beach (Hooters) down to Ocean City Maryland. All gorgeous and worth waiting for. I've learned to say "These are the best ever" because that's what the locals say. Best Pizza - Best Crab-cakes - Best Chilli Fries. When my son was working his way through University he worked the late shift in a...
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Re: Last light. Embleton Bay Northumberland. Half an hour after sunset

GarryRF ·
One of the amazing features of the North of England is how long the day is. I love waking at 4am with the sun shining on my bed. And sitting in the garden until the sky goes a dark blue for the 3 hours of night. The Twilight Zone maybe. No mosquitoes and a glass of Prosecco. Fine end to the day.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#228)

PHeymont ·
It's just after midnight, and time for the Day 2 clues to this week's puzzle!
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Re: Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Great hike, Nate! I'm not sure I could have made it those last few hundred meters because I dislike walking along sheer drops, especially when they're on both sides!
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Re: Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

Nate Alger ·
Dr.FumbleFinger I hear you! It was not an easy one for me and I was quite nervous doing the last few hundred meters. Others did it with ease, but I was holding on for dear life.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#261)

PHeymont ·
And the final set of clues. Answers to TGSuggestions@gmail.com , and the answer tomorrow!
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Re: Trainer for Day: Dolphinarium, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Lestertheinvestor ·
Great question -- and I should have put that in. The water was warm -- in the low to mid 80's ( Fahrenheit ). My wife is a woos, so she wore a skin (actually to prevent sun burn). You are not allowed to wear sun-screen as it contaminates the water for the dolphins!
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Re: Above and Below at the beach

Travel Rob ·
After a little research I figured out why I didn't see them last year . I went in June! LOL And in 2011,May. So they weren't open yet. The beaches are open daily between July 19th to August 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to midnight in 2014,
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#72)

PHeymont ·
CALLING ALL GUESSERS! Tomorrow is Day 7 for this puzzle, and if no one has the answer by midnight, the Puzzler gets to gloat (just a little) and the answer will be revealed Sunday morning...but wouldn't it look good with your name as the solver? Let's see if you can get 'er done! Last hints/notes: 1. Two more cities with dual heavy-rail transit systems: Philadelphia and San Francisco. Not that that's relevant to the puzzle, because Gumbo is, yes, definitely in Europe. 2. Where (see early...
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Re: Why you should visit Borneo

Go Live Explore ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: Some GREAT photos. I presume you saw lots of animals on your travels in Borneo? Is there a specific park or place you'd recommend? Thanks very much! Yeah, we saw so many animals it was incredible. I'd highly recommend Sepilock in the North of Borneo, which is great for spotting wild Orangutans, Sun Bears and Proboscis Monkeys. Kuching, in the South, is a great base too if you want to visit Bako National Park, which is a great place for spotting Snakes,...
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Re: World's 10 Best Airports? Maybe...

GarryRF ·
Dulles airport was unique. A bus on "scissors" rose up to the planes exit door and we all walked into the carriage. It drove back to the main terminal, Then the announcement. Because of a backlog of passengers we would have to stay on the shuttle bus. We were packed in tight. Standing shoulder to shoulder. No seats. We stood in it for two and a half hours. Sweltering under a July sun. No AirCon. No water. We weren't allowed to open the doors "for security reasons". Temperatures soon rose...
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Re: Russia to Open Up Gulags as "Tourist Camps"?

PortMoresby ·
Oh, those Russians, ever the tricksters. Troop build-up on the Ukraine border = maneuvers. Summer in the gulag = fun in the sun. Yekaterina, you clever girl, you.
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Re: Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica (Where Gumbo Was #132)

GarryRF ·
Thanks Paul. A good story and some interesting photos to accompany it. In my visits to the various Caribbean Islands I have seen voodoo is still in practice. "my son had a stomach ache and the Doctor came to visit. He rubbed his legs with grass and the pain went away. He said the words too. He told me it was caused by not chewing his food enough before swollowing it" Going horse riding at first light I've seen burials on the beach. All ceremony gone home before the tourists arrive to sun...
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Re: Portland Bill Revisited: Pictures from a small island

GarryRF ·
If its sun-sea-sand and safe surfing you're looking for then try Liverpool -in the North West of England. Where the sand is so soft that even Rolls Royce use it to smooth car bodies prior to painting. So you're guaranteed a smooth landing when your board comes ashore !
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Re: Sun will disappear Friday...but most won't notice

GarryRF ·
My first Grandchild will be 1 year old on March 20th next week. The party venue has been booked for a 10am start. Then all outside at 10.30 for the eclipse. That will keep all the kids happy. But it took some planning ! My first total eclipse was in the Dom Rep. years ago. I was on a sun lounger. It went dark. It went cold. All the ants and creepy crawlies of the night came out. Thousands of them ! Very memorable.
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Re: Beating Jet Lag

Jonathan L ·
I always change my watch as soon as I get on the plane. I do this even with a short change (like 1 hour NY-CHI). I try to adjust my sleep to the destination - so when it is bed time (around midnight) I will take a "PM" pill to help on a long flight. When I get to my destination I will immediately get on that day's schedule, do as much as possible and and get to sleep at as close to my regular time ( again, with the help of a sleep aid if needed).
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Re: Signs of Boston

GarryRF ·
Lovely walkable city. The trains were a great way to get around too. Just move along one station at a time and pop up out of the underground railway for another look around. Around Quincy Market was very strange. It was St Patricks day and the sun was shining. The sellers were wearing shorts and T-shirts. But around the corner the sun hadn't made any impression. It was still in the shade after a long winter. Snow was everywhere and the market traders wore hats and coats. Around the next...
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Re: Signs of Boston

DrFumblefinger ·
There was plenty of snow this time of year and in a week, only a few days where it was nice enough to walk around and enjoy the city. But spring sun is like that. It really warms a sheltered spot, whereas in the north facing shade it's cool and icy.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 1st, 2015: Cameron Falls, Waterton

Still Country Photo ·
You are correct DrF it was a morning shot, they do get shaded later in the day and the sun is almost behind them in the evening so they are quite dark. I just love Waterton, it is a lovely little town with an amazing view and where the deer graze on your front lawn.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 28, 2015: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana

DrFumblefinger ·
Brings back some wonderful memories! The Going to the Sun Road is one of North America's most spectacular drives. But it does get very crowded in the summer, so take your time and drink in that beautiful scenery! Glacier NP joins Waterton NP in Canada to form an International Peace Park and these two parks together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Re: And the squeeze goes on: are carry-ons next?

DrFumblefinger ·
Good news for people traveling on Canada's two major airlines, Westjet and Air Canada. They will not adapt these new standards to their markets. The old baggage rules still apply. More on this story in the Vancouver Sun .
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Re: One-Clue Mystery: Name the Place!

PortMoresby ·
" You have until Monday midnight to send your answer . . . " Midnight where?
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Re: One-Clue Mystery: Name the Place!

DrFumblefinger ·
Exactly. Sometimes the blog from which the mystery clue is taken posts Tueday, sometimes later. The deadline, surprisingly, has never been an issue so far. Usually people who solve it get it very early. But we'll accept midnight Hawaii time.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Review these, then all the prior photo clues, and hopefully you'll be able to recognize where we're visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#336)

George G. ·
And the final clues...get your answers in to TGSuggestions@gmail.com And in the final clues: This place was named for its founder who started an important business service here when he was only 17 years old. Hopefully that bit of knowledge plus the extra clues will help to determine the answer.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#367)

Jonathan L ·
Here are the last two clues for this weeks puzzle. I hope they help you figure out where Gumbo has spent his time. Tomorrow we will reveal the answer, and Tuesday there will be an all new Where in The World is TravelGumbo.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #362

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are the rest of the puzzle clues for this week. Sorry they have been sporadic -- I've been traveling. There is a lot of information here. Look at it all. What do these things have in common? How are they tied together?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#322)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Reveal goes up on Monday. Review all the submitted clues and see if you can solve where we're at this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#319)

PHeymont ·
Here the Sunday clues, the last set you get to solve this week's puzzle. I'll have the answer for you tomorrow! If you think you know the answer, email it to TGSuggestions@gmail.com
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Re: Homes of Leadville

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry. Regarding your comment, I think the Victorian era was one that was "special" in world history. It was a time when the sun never set on the British empire and the British influence on the world (mostly good in my opinion -- a common language, parliamentary goverance, etc) was at its peak. I don't think we'll have an Elizibethian II era nor a Charles era.
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Re: Apr. 7, 2016: Budget Vacation in France

GarryRF ·
We enjoy camping here. And we have our own equipment. And we can put it up in 10 minutes too. But going to an area of Europe and getting budget accommodation that's central to exploring Paris - Berlin - Munich - Marseilles - St Tropez - Brussels - the Spanish Costa's etc and all at a budget price. With toilets - showers - hairdryers - on site stores for wine and food - then even the Ladies can't complain. And a car park so you can be off touring the caves and vineyards. Staying in a Budget...
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Re: A Rambler in Santiago de Chile

Marilyn Jones ·
During my visit to Santiago it rained every day...I was constantly running from shelter to shelter...I really enjoy looking at your beautiful photos...I saw many of the same landmarks, but can now see what they would have looked like on a beautiful sun-filled day! Excellent work!
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Re: U.S. Airlines put in their bids for Cuba flights

GarryRF ·
It's unfortunate you still cant take a short flight to Cuba to enjoy some winter sun on the white sands it has to offer. But on the positive side, it keeps prices down for us Brits and Canadians.
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Re: Berlin: No, the airport won't open in 2017

DrFumblefinger ·
Your photo needs tumbleweeds blowing in front of the still unfinished terminal. I'm not sure if it possible to screw up a construction project more than this airport. A shameful waste of German Euros and, I'm sure, when sun shines on the issue we'll find many layers of graft and corruption, as well as obvious incompetence.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 6, 2013: Taj Mahal - India’s architectual jewel

GarryRF ·
Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words: Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin. Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory. Sounds like he was a great man in his time !
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

rbciao ·
We thought the Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula was one of our five most beautiful places on the planet. We stopped at the Slea Head Cafe for a latte, a brownie, and the VIEW. It is GORGEOUS. We just sat in the sun and gazed at the Great Blaskett Islands.
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Re: Classic American Cars #4

GarryRF ·
No Hank. This was in mid afternoon and the sun was way too hot !
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Re: Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee: The house Sam Phillips built

IslandMan ·
Thanks Ottoman for sharing your Sun Studios visit. I was there in 2007 and enjoyed every magic moment of it. My wife had to drag me away after the third day as we had to move on to our next destination (!). Being there was like stepping into the shoes of all the musical greats who had passed through those doors. My music collection has an abundance of Sun recordings and they are still my favorites.
 
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