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Re: Trains in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Great question...and possibly not an easy clear answer. Cuba's trains have generally been in poor shape in recent years as older equipment has run down and spares not available. However, according to Mark Smith (The Man in Seat 61), that's changing with the arrival of a fleet of new Chinese-built locomotives. On his site ( Seat61.com ) he has an extensive update of recent changes in schedules, routes and locations (that's important because Havana's main station is closed for a 3-year...
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Re: Suggestions wanted: Andalusia

PortMoresby ·
Will you have a car? I ask, because if you will, you might consider stopping at one or more of the White Towns between Seville & Granada. I stayed a week in a house just outside Iznajar, a lovely little place, and visited a bigger town, Antequera, worth a stop. For a brief stop I'd recommend the smaller town, one of a number in the area, millions of olive trees everywhere. There is no train there although Antequera has a station, but outside the town. Below the town of Iznajar, beside...
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Re: London- multiple questions

chickpea ·
Thank you for all of the information. I am finally ready to finalize some things since we leave at the end of this month! We have decided not to do Liverpool...seems like we should come back and do that someday. I am thinking the Megabus option may be the way to go to Salisbury and catch the shuttle to Stonehenge from there. That way we can see the cathedral while we are there. Do you know if it is a short walk to the cathedral or will we need to take a taxi from the Megabus stop? Do you...
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Re: London- multiple questions

PHeymont ·
I can only help with one of the questions...but GarryRF, one of the TG Gurus, lives in Liverpool and can certainly help with that part. For Stonehenge without a car, there are really two main options. There are a number of tour operators who run coach tours from London to the site; or you can take a train from London to Salisbury and take a bus from the station to the Stonehenge visitor center. The visitor center is new since I was there; it's about 10 minutes by shuttle from the stones...
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Re: London- multiple questions

GarryRF ·
Hi Chickpea. The train from London to Liverpool will take 2 and a half hours each way. You can check out the times and which trains are direct - no changing - at www.thetrainline.com It's always cheaper to book well in advance ! It's over 400 miles round trip. And it's expensive at peak times. Around £200 return. So if you get the 09:40 from Euston Station (London) to Lime St. Station Liverpool its only £39 with a change at Crewe. 20 minute change time. And return at 19:48 Liv - Lon - Direct...
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Re: Four Days in Berlin

PHeymont ·
I'll be posting some Berlin blogs in the next few weeks, since we visited last month...but for the moment, I'll start with one of our best experiences—a food walking tour. It's a great way to meet other visitors and to experience local foods and their history. We started at a small cafe/sweetshop and ate our way through breads and meats and pastries and ended up at a beer garden run by a small artisanal brewery, where the owner/brewmaster sat with us and then took us on a tour of his...
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PHeymont ·
There's certainly a lot of variation, as I also noted above. And sometimes the planners don't help much either, as is the case with all three of our New York airports, where the whole AirTrain concept is completely botched. At Kennedy, the AirTrain's stations are not in, but sort of near, the terminals. That means you have to drag your stuff outside, across the roadways, and then up stairs or elevator to the train. And then, you have a choice of going to the commuter rail station (about 3...
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Re: Best Ways To Reach Heathrow Airport Quickly In London

Dan Carter ·
I just noticed this morning in TravelGumbo News that Heathrow Express is cutting its fares because of competiton with train service that wasn't mentioned here. That's what used to be called Heathrow Connect, and is now called TfL Rail, and will soon be called the Elizabeth Line. It's only 15 minutes slower than the Express, and the price is the same as the Tube. Both of those go only to Paddington Station in London, way in the West End, but once TfL Rail is connected to the new Crossrail...
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

PHeymont ·
A lot of questions! Let me try a few answers... Absolutely I'd say stop in Iceland. Every place in the world is unique, but Iceland is more so, geographically, in climate, and in history. Half a week (or even a week) won't do more than scratch the surface, but you'll be able to visit incredible waterfalls, climb on glaciers, see evidence of recent volcanic activity, and realize that under it all is a huge pool of thermally heated water that provides over 70% of the nation's energy. If that...
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

PHeymont ·
Well, I said so much about Iceland, I decided to leave the rest for another post. Getting from Barcelona (or Madrid) to Lisbon: the only practical way is to fly. Train takes too long for this one, and costs more! From Barcelona to Lisbon, flights on Vueling, Iberia, TAP, etc. run from $35 one-way to about $80 before you hit the high-priced ones. I just looked in May; Vueling and Iberia have $68 in the morning and $35 at 7:30 pm. Madrid-Lisbon, there's a $40 mid-day flight, but most other...
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

PortMoresby ·
If you're passing through Europe and plan to go directly on to Marrakech, keep in mind that the low fare carriers more often than not use secondary airports which will add to your travel time if go straight on. For instance, if you fly into London's Heathrow airport a low fare airline will likely use either Luton or Stansted. I believe British Airways has flights from Heathrow so check on the variables and you may find that with time and costs involved to change airports a bit more expensive...
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Re: Road Trip: The Movies and the Cars

Travel Rob ·
I always liked that goofy Vacation Station Wagon. Mainly though I like it when they use regular cars.We have an Edsel and got a kick when we saw one in Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
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Re: Alternative London Tube Maps.

PortMoresby ·
On the subject of "ghost" stations, tours are offered of Aldwych station, used for movies now, including the latest incarnation of 'Sherlock'. Find out how here .
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Re: May 31, An Epic Reenactment in France.

PortMoresby ·
I suspect not. There was a question, a few years back when Eurostar came into London's Waterloo Station from Paris, whether it was to make the point to every French person who bought a ticket.
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October - A perfect month to explore Udaipur and nearby sites

Pratap Singh ·
Udaipur, which is also known as the lake city of India, is a beautiful and romantic tourist destination, in the state of Rajasthan (INDIA). Udaipur has been the home of the Mewar Kingdom, which has built a strong empire from 11th to 20th century and has not surrender to major empires in India like the Delhi Sultanate, Mughal, etc. Now as said in the title, October is the best month for a couple (or family traveler) to explore Udaipur, as the weather is quite good (not hot or too cold). And...
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Tips For A Perfect Summer season Tour

Humboldt Tours Berlin ·
Summertime’s have struck one of the most of the plain areas with the intense warm days; every passing day is getting hotter. The heat is making is harder for everybody to head out specifically in day time. Summer season breaks in the schools all across the country are almost to start, that makes it an ideal time for the family trip to go for Berlin Wall Tour . This is the time when kids are already set for a daring summertime vacation and they anticipate you to plan a trip to some hill...
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Caution-Renting a car from Europcar at Stazione Termini in Roma

rbciao ·
This past March we selected and prepaid for a compact car with a standard transmission with Europcar through Autoeurope. We have done this for years and never had a problem until last month. When we went to retrieve our car the young lady behind the desk disregarded my prepaid voucher, upgraded us to an automatic Audi A3, and charged us for the upgrade. I have read several warning posts in online bulletin boards concerning Europcar and the Stazione Termini pick-up location, but paid no...
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Edinburgh, Scotland for 2.5 days....help!

chickpea ·
Hi- we will be travelling to Scotland the end of September and I am trying to get my itinerary together for Edinburgh. We will only have 2.5 days here and I want to make the most of it. We are staying near the Waverly Train Station so I think we are close to a lot of the major sites. I need one thing Sunday afternoon when we get there before we get ready for dinner. Can anyone help? I was planning Monday and Tuesday being our "pound the pavement" days but not so much that we are overwhelmed.
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EASY WAYS TO TRAVEL IN LONDON DURING PEAK HOURS

John ·
London, which is the English capital, has an incredible public transport network. An agency, called Transport for London (TfL), controls all kind of public transport such as London Underground, Overground, Buses, Tramlink, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and London River Services. Although London has an efficient transport system, travelling could become a little less convenient during peak hours as is the case with any major city in the world. Most people travel during these times which force...
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Best Ways To Reach Heathrow Airport Quickly In London

John ·
Heathrow airport is the international airport in London, United Kingdom. It is the busiest airport in Europe and the seventh busiest in the world based on the total number of passengers travelling through this airport. It swashes 81 airlines and has 204 terminals in 80 countries. Also, it is the hub for one of the world’s biggest airlines-British Airways. London Heathrow is easily approachable from London and from all over the United Kingdom utilizing both, public and private transport...
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Outdated Information, Print & Online

PortMoresby ·
 This morning UPS delivered my new LP Sri Lanka guidebook, published January '15.  Then I ran across this thread on another site.  It highlights what many of us already know, that even a "new" guide is often, in fact, not new....
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Lost a US Passport Overseas? What I learned this trip.

Travel Rob ·
I had the bad fortune of losing my passport in Belgium this trip so I thought I'd share what I noticed about the process. First, i reported the passport lost at the train station. I lost it on the train. In Belgium, the station was really too busy to...
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Going to Prague? You need new transit map

PHeymont ·
If you're on the way to Prague and you already have a map of the city's excellent tram and metro system...you should get a new one. And if you do get a new one, be sure it really IS new!   For a start, the Metro line A that connects to the #119...
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Experience bliss at these nature-blessed destinations in Kerala

Rekha Bisht ·
Kerala is titled ‘God’s Own Country’ and that is not without reason. Blessed by nature in every form, it is truly one of the known paradise on Earth. Imagine lush greenery, endless blues, golden beaches, roaring waterfalls, navigable network of waters, wildlife inhabited jungles and bliss of every kind. When the Gods themselves have favoured this land, then it is not quite easy to make a list of the most beautiful places in Kerala, as every corner of the state is blessed in its own way. Here...
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5 Most Visited Indian Destinations by Foreigners

Trainman ·
India, the name itself, translates power into one’s system. With its incredible mix of cultures, the country has been attracting a huge number of travellers and tourists from around the world. From the massive stretches of golden sand, the snow-clad mountains to the serene water bodies and the lively streets, India is a land of wonders. Every year, foreigners come to get mesmerized by its picturesque natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. And, there are several places in India that just...
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Nova: Building the Great Cathedrals.

PortMoresby ·
 Originally aired in 2011, this Nova episode is being rebroadcast on my local PBS station and, presumably others, on Christmas evening.  Of interest to most visitors to Europe, if only as an integral part of the skylines, it's worth watching...
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How to Make Your Short Vacation to Hong Kong Delightful?

bryonyaraminta ·
What makes Hong Kong immensely popular? This densely populated city located in southeastern China is hugely famous for its food and fashion. You can also find a lot of fun things to do when you are visiting Hong Kong. The plethora of options available often creates confusion in the minds of the visitors who are on a short vacation to this city. If you want to make use of your Hong Kong trip effectively, the beautiful places that you must visit are given below. The wonderful view from the...
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5 Top Destinations for Rainy Season in India

Bob Hanery ·
If there is any season that brings in romance and happiness in the air, then rainy season is one of them. If you love to holiday in this season, then India is a place to be. Lot of people from abroad, travel to India between June and August every year. This is because India is known and famous for the rainy season. Imagine, mountains in the view, your cottage well located with hot coffee in hand and rain outside – isn’t it a worthwhile view to watch? If you do not mind getting a little wet...
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How to go from Los Angeles airport to the city

Tiffy ·
Up to 7 airports are located in Los Angeles. Here's a tip: If you plan to take an internal flight, leaving or going to Los Angeles, look carefully at the airport code. LAX is the international airport of Los Angeles, but you can also see codes like LGB for Long Beach or SNA. Beware of the airport you are going to, since not all are equally well connected. If upon arrival you plan to pick up a rental car and there’s an office there, great, but if not, sometimes private transport becomes...
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Indian Railways - The Pride of India

Umakant Sharma ·
When it comes to railway transport, Indian railways are unbeatable as it has now served for more than 150 years and has gained much significance in the public transport industry of the nation. Indian Railways operate between 7,100 stations and it has 60,000+ professional coaches. This makes Indian railways the 4th largest rail network of the world. Post-launch period, the IRCTC (Indian Railways Giving in and Tourism Corporation Limited) has formed a strong virtual platform with lots of...
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4 Nights in Shanghai

Angelita Mccrory ·
If you are planning on visiting China, one place you can’t miss off your itinerary is Shanghai. Easily accessible from Hong Kong and Beijing by air, this is the jewel in modern industrial China’s crown and a mesmerising city to visit. Located on the east coast of China on the Huangpu river, Shanghai is more than just a city, it’s a metropolis! They say there are more cranes in Shanghai than any other place in the world and I can believe it. Shanghai isn’t just big, it’s enormous! Down have...
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Alternative London Tube Maps.

PortMoresby ·
More from Londonist,  and these I love.  Called Alternative London Tube Maps, the first maps Ghost Stations, the disused and abandoned stations.  The other, maybe a bit more useful as we can actually visit these, Coffee Shops,...
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Best Places to Visit In Amsterdam

jenifer levis ·
Amsterdam also known as Venice of the North or Mokum. Amsterdam is famous for many things, from its art and rich heritage to its elaborate canals and limitless cafes but it stands out for one thing over all else; making for the most unique and unforgettable trip for young adults and people of age alike. Any Amsterdam trip would be considered unfinished if it did not include- Rijksmuseum - Starting off slow, this excellent museum houses some of the greatest European masterpieces of all time.
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The Kindness of Strangers

FlashFlyer ·
Lots of unexpected things can happen when you're traveling, but the thing you nearly always can expect is good and helpful people. We've experienced that a lit in years of travel, but today was a special example. We were switching from one city to another, and not only had luggage with us but a wheelchair. We were waiting outside the apartment where we had been staying, and our taxi had not come. We asked a young couple who were leaving with their van if they could call the taxi company for...
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Top 5 Family Holiday Destinations in India

Ruby Daub ·
Choosing the best destination for a family vacation in India, as with other topics, is not an easy task, thanks to the diversity and multitude of options available to the most demanding travelers. There are beaches, wonderful examples of architecture, adventure, culture and fun experiences for a full sense of family in India. Best holiday destinations for families Plan your trip, considering the weather and other conditions. We make sure you have a great time! See this if you travel in...
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Deepavali the ‘Festival of Lights’ in Malaysia

Daniel Moore ·
Deepavali or more commonly known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, is celebrated by the Hindu community and is a day for all races and religions. The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil, a battle we all strive to achieve in life, wouldn’t you agree? Perhaps this is what draws in the Western crowd to this luminous and joyous event. In commemoration of Lord Rama and his wife Sita’s return to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile, the religious event falls on the day before the new moon. Sita...
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A Trip to Manali

Vikas Bhatnagar ·
Manali is the most renowned hill station of India as it is blessed with natural beauty, dense pine forests, and picturesque hills. Local and foreign tourists go to Manali all throughout the year to gaze its beautiful landscape and tourist places to enjoy the adventure activities. Now everything is online, we always book the Manali holiday packages from numerous websites like Irctc, MakeMyTrip, and more. Above on that, deals like Irctc coupons make us save a decent amount of money on our trip...
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Traveling to Spain as a tourist

Rupu RC ·
You plan to travel to Spain as a tourist, you have spent time informing yourself with friends, reading on the Internet, you have heard so many things that you do not know what to believe, while some comments give you confidence and you think you are prepared, others make you doubt. If even the officials themselves argue and travelers with similar stories give you different opinions, how do you know who is right? For you to clarify, I will return to 15 points that lend themselves to...
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Varkala Vibes

Jayita ·
At the southernmost tip of Kerala in India lies a tiny hamlet that’s a little paradise in itself. One can take a train or bus or flight to the capital city of Trivandrum and from there take another train or taxi to reach Varkala. When taking the train one needs to disembark at Sivagiri, the closest station. By road one can drive up all the way to the cliff side, where there’s a huge helipad also overlooking the waters, and used occasionally for special purposes. For both tourists and locals...
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A Few Thoughts on Left Luggage

PHeymont ·
Most of us have, at one time or another, arrived in a new city too early to check in at hotel or Airbnb, and with no desire to drag the bags around until the afternoon. Or, we've checked out by 11 am, and need a place to leave the luggage until it's time to move on. My easy solution used to be the 'Left Luggage' service that was in nearly every city's main train station. But, over the past 20 years and especially the last 10, fewer stations have the service, or have it at impossible prices...
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