Tagged With "Blue Nile"

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Re: July 9, 2017: Mountain Blue Birds

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent photography and photographer!!
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Re: In Egypt: Up the Nile

Ron B. ·
Back in 1989, when TWA still existed, took their 14 day tour. I believe there were 35 of us. We started in Cairo - 4 days staying at Mena House opposite the pyramids A huge WOW! During our stay there we traveled to Sakkaha and Memphis. Boarded a bus that took us to Alexandria - 2 days staying at Montazah Sheraton. From there we took a train to Aswan (dirty dishes - everyone sick). In Aswan, we stayed on Elephantine Island's Loews Aswan Oberoi. Went to Temples of Philae and flew to Abu...
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Re: In Egypt: An Unlikely Story

DrFumblefinger ·
My guess would be that only about 0.00001% of travelers to Egypt would have a familiarity with that book, interesting though it seems. You may very well have been the first person ever who recognized Hamada from Mahoney's book. But a charming tale it is and one that turns a good trip into a memorable experience. I'm saddened to hear that your story has you returning to Luxor already. I've enjoyed your Nile journey.
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 2)

DrFumblefinger ·
I want to go on a Nile River cruise!!! Mac, if you were satisfied with them, would you mind sharing the company you used for this trip? A little on the logistics (where you meet, how long it was, etc). Appreciate that! Thanks for this series.
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 2)

IslandMan ·
Another great piece, Mac. Doing the Nile cruise is certainly a highlight. Just watching life pass by along the banks is fascinating.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

GarryRF ·
Next door to https://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...4#384386029277779564 May 1st 2014 Picture of the day !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

Ottoman ·
Nice photo PHeymont, and mentioning my name just adds that extra nice touch.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Ottoman: Nice photo PHeymont, and mentioning my name just adds that extra nice touch. Didn't know that you owned an empire?!? Next time YOU buy the drinks.
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Re: A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

Travel Rob ·
Spectacular!
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Re: A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

PortMoresby ·
I remember that restaurant fondly. A woman on her own was seated with us and we became instant friends, still in touch after 12 years.
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Re: Air and cruise lines: Out of parking space?

PortMoresby ·
Along with end to end as shown in the photo, ships could also park side to side & instantly expand capacity. In Egypt the cruise boats do just that every day as there are lots of cruises & little dock space at stops along the Nile. Passengers walk through adjacent boats' lobbies to get on & off. With no passengers, crew could certainly find a way.
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Re: The 'greatest Egyptologist in the world'

The Grey Traveller ·
For the first time in 25 plus years booked a package via Sonesta cruises down the Nile and he was our guide for just 3 of us. Abdul is very knowledgeable with excellent English. Several more posts can be found on at The Grey Traveller and an article about Sonesta . Always happy to answer questions if you have any more.
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Re: Rogers Center, Toronto, Canada. Where Gumbo was #56

PHeymont ·
As I travel, I pay a lot of attention to statuary (there's so much!), but it's always special when it manages not only to tell a story, but to give you a little lift, a little laugh. Your samples from the Rogers Center are great! PS...for anyone with a taste for more semi-comic statues, we had a piece here on Gumbo last October: Laughter Set in Stone: Fun With Statues ...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 21, 2014: Hadrian's Wall, England

Mac ·
1,450 miles from Rome was the limit of the mighty Roman Empire in 122 AD when the Roman Emperor Hadrian came to Britain and took the decision to build this massive stone wall in order to consolidate his rule and the geographical extent of his Empire....
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NYC-LAX for $32—-is it possible?

PHeymont ·
Jet Blue is doing some amazing promotions these days, including limited numbers of seats at ridiculous prices if you can grab them.   Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays through Feb. 21; other destinations include San Francisco, Austin TX, Fort...
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A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

PHeymont ·
My images of Turkey, before we visited, were a melange of towers and gates—perhaps the one above—mysterious alleys, turbaned sultans, espionage, intrigue and many-minareted mosques. Of course, much of this comes from a bit too much Graham...
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Istanbul's 'Blue Mosque'

PHeymont ·
On our first day in Istanbul, after arriving at 4:30 on a Sunday morning and heading straight to a nap we went for a walk to reconnoiter the neighborhood. What a neighborhood! Within 5 to 10 minutes easy walk we passed the Topkapi Palace, the massive...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

PHeymont ·
The best-known active mosque in Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, stands next door to Hagia Sophia, which it replaced as the mosque of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It was built in the early 17th century, on...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, November 14, 2014: Postcards from Morocco - Ait Ben Haddou

Mac ·
  The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou , designated a World Heritage Site since 1987,  is a fortified city (or Ksar) located on the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in the foothills of the southern slopes of the High Atlas in the...
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JetBlue's evolution: now it's into haute cuisine

PHeymont ·
JetBlue, originally noted for blue corn chips and friendly service on its one-class flights seems to be headed in a whole new direction.   In addition to recently adding its business-class "Mint" service on longer flights, it now charges for...
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May 31, 2017: Blue Herons on the Erie Canal

Jonathan L ·
On a recent drive across New York State, Jonathan L encountered these birds along the Erie Canal; two stood still for their portraits!
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June 3, 2017: Father Nile, a long way from home

PHeymont ·
A puzzling pre-Christian sculpture outside a Naples church turns out to have a puzzling history as well.
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July 9, 2017: Mountain Blue Birds

Pierre Renault ·
Some pictures of mountain blue birds, taken in the Alberta's Rocky Mountain foothills.
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The Best Thing to Order is What They’ve Got

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares an adventure into the Ethiopian highlands -- his was the first group of tourists to arrive after the rainy season and they found nothing was stocked or ready for them. What to do? Let Bob explain.
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Egypt: Spring cleaning at the Pyramids

PHeymont ·
Taking advantage of the lull in visitors, Egypt does a thorough cleaning of the area around the Pyramids.
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Stockholm's City Hall (Where Gumbo was #360)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting Stockholm's interesting and unusual City Hall. The building features several interesting spaces but is best know as the place of the Nobel prize dinner is held every year.
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Chobe National Park: “In Chobe We Trust”

DrFumblefinger ·
Having completed five great days on safari in the Okavango Delta, we caught a tiny bush plane (Safari Air) on an almost non-existent sand strip and spent two hours flying to Kasane, a small town in northern Botswana near the entrance...
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Perspectives on East Africa: 1) Serengeti National Park. “The place where the land moves on forever”

DrFumblefinger ·
(Lioness, Serengeti National Park) It takes a l-o-o-o-ong time to fly from the western USA to Tanzania, at the limits of my travel endurance really.  But I’m about to head out on one of my greatest adventures, a week’s wilderness...
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Ethiopia Musings: 2) Languages and People

Lestertheinvestor ·
  Amharic ( not Aramaic) and English are the two official languages of Ethiopia, although Amharic is the one most people speak.  While there are up to 80 different languages and dialects spoken throughout the country, Amharic is the working...
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Ethiopia Musings: 7) The Money

Lestertheinvestor ·
As a finance major and the retirement representative for my group, I have a more than passing interest in money. I am not talking about “money” for the sake of riches, but money as a reflection of society. Specifically, I always find it...
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Egypt campaigns to rebuild tourism

PHeymont ·
Egypt is planning to invest millions in an advertising campaign to build tourism to 20 million visitors by 2020, more than double last year's 9.8 million. The peak was 14.7 million in 2010. The campaign will launch in August.   Egypt, long a...
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Blue-light bandits in Geneva hit tourists and UN

PHeymont ·
Geneva's real police use a variety of vehicles        Photo: Krokodyl / Wikimedia   The United Nations, which has a variety of agencies headquartered in Geneva, warned its staff last week that fake cops have been ripping off...
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An era ends: Jet Blue's new fares and fees

PHeymont ·
JetBlue check-in kiosks at JFK. Save $5 by checking bag here instead of counter    Photo: JetBlue   With JetBlue's announcement today that it is ending free checked bags, Southwest is the only remaining major carrier offering free...
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JetBlue chips in to grow blue potatoes at airport

PHeymont ·
  When an airline is as fascinated with its colorful name as JetBlue is, down to serving blue-potato chips on every flight, it might be a surprise to find that they're also obsessed with green. But  JetBlue, which already installed an open...
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In Egypt: Luxor West Bank

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby visits 3 sites on the West Bank of the River Nile, opposite Luxor near the Valley of the Kings, the ancient Theban Necropolis.
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In Egypt: The Sudan

PortMoresby ·
Disappointed to find a cruise on a classic Nile paddle steamer beyond her means, PortMoresby is given a second chance, if only briefly, to experience the dream.
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In Egypt: Philae Island

PortMoresby ·
Arriving in Aswan, PortMoresby visits an island and its temple with an unusual history.
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In Egypt: An Unlikely Story

PortMoresby ·
Coincidence, or fate? PortMoresby finds herself on a journey into an improbable, but true, traveler’s tale.
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In Egypt: On a Felucca

PortMoresby ·
Finding herself a bit out of her element, but loving it nonetheless, PortMoresby embarks on an afternoon spent sailing on the Nile.
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PortMoresby In Egypt

PortMoresby ·
January 27, 2018: The Pyramids February 3, 2018: Islamic Cairo February 10, 2018: Three Houses February 17, 2018: The Egyptian Museum February 24, 2018: Around Luxor March 3, 2018: Luxor & Karnak March 10, 2018: Luxor West Bank March 17, 2018: Howard Carter's House March 24, 2018: Up the Nile March 31, 2018: Philae Island April 7, 2018: Around Aswan April 14, 2018: The Sudan April 21, 2018: On a Felucca April 28, 2018: An Unlikely Story May 5, 2018: Sleeping
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February 28, 2018: Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe visits the picturesque town of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a very photogenic destination.
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In Egypt: Around Luxor

PortMoresby ·
With a week to spend in Luxor, PortMoresby enjoys leisurely days in the town as much, if not more, as those spent at its famous monuments.
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In Egypt: Luxor & Karnak

PortMoresby ·
With a week to spend in Luxor, PortMoresby visits Luxor Temple, very near her apartment, then 3 kilometers northward along the Nile, wanders within the Temples of Karnak.
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In Egypt: Howard Carter's House

PortMoresby ·
Last stop on a day spent across the Nile from Luxor, PortMoresby visits the house where Howard Carter lived while excavating Tutankhamun's Tomb.
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In Egypt: Up the Nile

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby leaves Luxor, takes to the river, sees riverside farms & temples along the way, learns a lesson and begins her wish list for next time.
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In Egypt: Around Aswan

PortMoresby ·
Making adjustments, as we sometimes must when we travel, PortMoresby finds a home in Aswan and indulges a favorite pastime, wandering in markets.
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In Egypt: Sleeping

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby ends her Egyptian adventure with thoughts on the wide variety of places she called home…in Cairo, in Luxor and in Aswan.
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Active Leisure: Walking Tours around Australia

VictoriaLim ·
New contributor Victoria Lim has several terrific suggestions on active walking vacations in Australia. It's good for your body and your mind, so get going!
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The Best Thing to Order is What They’ve Got

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares an adventure into the Ethiopian highlands -- his was the first group of tourists to arrive after the rainy season and they found nothing was stocked or ready for them. What to do? Let Bob explain.
 
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