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Re: Whom did you say was flying this plane?

DrFumblefinger ·
I don't mind autopilot and I don't mind a second opinion from a computer, but I don't like the computer deciding when to "fly" and override the humans, unless with very clear program instructions (eg. If plane is clearly out of control. JFK Jr could have used such a system to prevent his plane crash because he was completely disoriented when he crashed his private plane)
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Re: We're more than Tokyo, Japan tells tourists

HS ·
A few simple items to remember when transiting Tokyo ... In Tokyo, JR/Subway maps are available for the asking (FREE from the station attendant) with stations listed in either English or in Japanese. Get a copy of both. Have someone write your destination in Japanese. When approaching someone on the street with a "Please direct me towards xxxx" written in Japanese I have ALWAYS been given good directions. (A mix of English and Japanese does NOT often work) This includes traveling solo in...
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Re: Books That Send You Packing...

Former Member ·
There are so very many great travel tales. I am partial to non-fiction. I enjoy reading well researched, historical accounts of the human drama that is within the scenery. I enjoy writing that gives a strong sense of place and context to what I see. " The Old Patagonian Express " by Paul Theroux " The Pillars of Hercules " by Paul Theroux " Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey to Peru " by Ronald Wright " Basin and Range " by John McPhee " Two Years Before the Mast " by Richard Henry Dana,...
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Charleston's Grand Mansions: Joseph Manigault House

PortMoresby ·
  On a recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, I bought a 2-day pass, called the Charleston Heritage Passport , at the North Charleston Visitor Center near the airport, and planned to include as many of the sites it offered of...
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Memphis, Tennessee 3) The rest of the city

DrFumblefinger ·
        There’s a lot more to Memphis than Graceland, although  Graceland is by far the city’s most popular attraction (which I’ve previously discussed here ).   A city of about 650,000, Memphis has a...
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Tupelo, Mississippi. Birthplace of the King of Rock 'n Roll

DrFumblefinger ·
This is the first post in a short series on visiting Elvis Presley related sites.  I've been a huge Elvis fan all my life and my love for the man's wonderful music has not abated in the 35+ years since he died.  My brother (Ottoman) and I...
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AA, USAir frequent fliers: the next step is here

PHeymont ·
Starting tonight (January 8), frequent fliers who are both AAdvantage members (AA) and Dividend Miles members (USAir) will be able to start the process of eventually merging their accounts into one. The step now is to match up the two accounts so that...
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National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta (Where Gumbo Was #109)

Travel Rob ·
Exterior Albert Vecerka-Esto & The Freelon Group-HOK We had some good guesses for this week's Where in the World is TravelGumbo, but believe it or not, no one offered the correct guess. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened on Monday, June 23rd 2014 in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. This area is in Downtown Atlanta, just north of Centennial Olympic Park. The Center links the American Civil Rights...
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Free WiFi starts on Japan's 'bullet trains'

PHeymont ·
With demands for free and fast WiFi as the norm spreading all over, it's no surprise that it's been spreading in Japan, too. But up to now, on the railroads, not so much. That's changing!   Since May 1st, free WiFi has been available on the...
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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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July 5, 2017: Cambridge American Cemetery

George G. ·
George G shares a visit to the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only permanent World War II Memorial in the British Isles.
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Rockefeller's Cathedral: Riverside Church, New York

PHeymont ·
PHeymont visits one of Manhattan's most famous and beautiful churches and shares its unusual history
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Ashland, Virginia: "Center of the Universe"

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie shares a visit to the charming community of Ashland, known by some as the "Center of the Universe".
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Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado

Samantha ·
Samantha, her husband, and niece had a great time on their tour of Odell's Brewing Company on her birthday. The tour, and one sample, are free!
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Japan rail pass soon available online

PHeymont ·
Japan's all-you-can-ride rail passes for visitors, previously available only through agencies and airlines, will now be sold online.
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The Cloisters: Modern Museum for Medieval Art

PHeymont ·
What appears a timeless survival is actually a carefully-designed platform for displaying ancient art in its own milieu.
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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Peaceful Holiday Getaway

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie explores the historic treasures of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, including fantastic car and antique collections.
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AA talks tough on discount competition, sees change ahead

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest air carrier, isn't planning to let any Davids mess with its Goliath market share. CEO Doug Parker says that if smaller rivals take advantage of fuel price drops to add seats and then discount them to take market...
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John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen

DrFumblefinger ·
    Many of you remember folksy singer, Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr ,  better known by his stage name,  John Denver .  John was a talented and very successful singer, songwriter and actor who made his home in Aspen,...
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Trump Hotels Continue Asian Expansion with Another Announced Resort

Travel Rob ·
Last month Trump Hotels announced it would be opening a luxury result in Bali, it's first Asian Resort. Now, it is announcing another "six star"  Indonesian  Development  in West Java, near Jakarta.    Donald Trump Jr., the...
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Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery: Witness to History

Samantha ·
Samantha shares a bit of history and her visit to the Alabama State Capitol, scene of many dramatic events.
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A Guide to Sapporo's Snow Festival – 札幌の雪まつり!

Lisa Day ·
Lisa Day enjoys the winter festivities in Sapporo, with some amazing ice art on display.
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Tidal Basin Memorials, Washington D.C.

George G. ·
George G shares a visit to two of the newer memorials in Washington DC, those dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King Jr and President Franklin Roosevelt.
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McNutt Sculpture Garden and Outdoor Sculptures - San Antonio, Texas

Samantha ·
In San Antonio, Samantha and her husband decided to check out the McNutt Sculpture Garden and Outdoor Sculptures at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
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The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us to a small art museum with a large collection in Norfolk VA
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Gold Country, California: The Empire Mine

PortMoresby ·
  The owner’s house, Empire Cottage, looks English for a reason.  William Bourn, Jr. was a student at Cambridge University when his father, San Francisco businessman William Bourne, Sr. died in 1879 and 22 year old William, Jr. was...
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Mouflon, Cyprus

Ian Cook ·
Only about 3,000 Mouflon -- thought to be a precursor to domestic sheep -- exist on the island of Cyprus. Ian Cook shares the story of this interesting animal.
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July 5, 2016: Along the way: Bessemer, Alabama

Marilyn Jones ·
The last train left a long time ago, but Marilyn Jones found that Bessemer's landmark railroad depot is still open for business as a museum.
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Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta—The Peach State

Samantha ·
On their continual quest to visit all the 50 US State capitols, Samantha and Gene visited Atlanta while in Georgia and toured their state capitol.
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Family Fun in Kent County, Delaware

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares some of the travel gems for you to enjoy when visiting Delaware's Kent County.
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Yale University: Home to two excellent museums

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us to visit two excellent art galleries on the campus of Yale Universiy.
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Japan bullet trains to go even faster

PHeymont ·
In the race for speed, Japan's latest bullet train may be inching ahead of China, but the real winner may be a Japanese maglev line.
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Saitama Railway Museum, Japan

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows us one of the world's best railway museums in Saitama Prefecture.
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The James Madison Museum, Virginia (Where Gumbo was #325)

George G. ·
Gumbo was visiting the James Madison Museum in the city of Orange, and exploring its broad and often unique exhibits.
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Agecroft Hall and Gardens, Virginia

George G. ·
George G shares a visit to beautiful Ashcroft Hall, a Tudor manor house which is more than 500 years old. It was built in England, purchased by an American, disassembled and later reconstructed in Virginia.
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Las Vegas

VegasClub ·
  The city of Entertainment.  So many shows, nightclubs drinking; and gambling only makes it more confusing.  The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Indoor Skydiving, Zip Line, Rock Climbing, Triple A Baseball, Rodeos, Concerts, Limos,...
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Daio Wasabi Farm, Nagoya, Japan

seesaw ·
Seesaw visits a century-old wasabi farm, and learns how the small green vegetable with the intense flavor is grown and prepared.
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A Day in Cape May

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie enjoys the beautiful architectural and gustatory treats during a day at lovely Cape May.
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October 6, 2018: 'Ice and Flowers', Kluane National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger really enjoyed this work of art, prominently and proudly displayed at the Kluane National Park Visitor Center at Haines Junction in the Yukon Territory.
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The Ancient Spanish Monastery, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits an old Monastery -- built in the 12th century in Spain, but purchased by William Randall Hearst, disassembled, crated and shipped to America where decades later it was reassembled in North Miami.
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The Time is Now — The Smart Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes a tour of the Smart Museum in Chicago
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Fine Arts and History Museum, Danville

George G. ·
George G visits the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, in the former home of a Confederate officer. For the last week of the Civil War, it was home to Jefferson Davis.
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8 Reasons to Visit Nemacolin

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger visits the elegant Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000-acre resort in Pennsylvania offering an array of amenities to appeal to a wide range of travel tastes.
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Cumberland Island, Georgia: Beautiful Backdrop to History

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob visits an amazing island off Georgia's coast and explores the evidence of its history.
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National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

Samantha ·
Samantha shares some pictures and information about the Civil Rights Museum, and the Lorraine Hotel where MLK was assassinated in 1968.
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