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Re: England's Thames Path: Kew Palace

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating stop! As I seem to recall, George was one of your ancestors? Do I remember this correctly?
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Re: England's Thames Path: Kew Palace

PortMoresby ·
"...George was one of your ancestors?" No, though no doubt related somehow. But he is a favorite, seems kinder & more interesting than most of them.
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Re: England’s Thames Path: Kew Gardens

George G. ·
My wife Diane and I spent almost an entire day at Kew Gardens. So much natural beauty to see. We arrived from central London at the Kew Station in mid-morning and didn't leave until almost dusk. At one time our son had a possibility of being transferred to London and I recommended getting a place in the Kew Garden area for the beauty and quiet. One of my photos from Kew.
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Re: Gifts to bring back from Portugal or Barcellona

PHeymont ·
I may not be much help, because we tend to send postcards to the grandchildren from each city, with notes about what we've seen and think they would be interested in, and to avoid filling the suitcase with physical items. But for those few things we do buy, we usually go to the market! One of our travel rituals, on the first day when we stock the apartment, is to look for a local preserve or jam that we don't see at home (skyberries in Stockholm, for instance). Once we've found one we really...
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Re: Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

DrFumblefinger ·
Love seeing birds in large flocks, like you experienced here! Wonderful experience!
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Re: Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

Marilyn Jones ·
Lovely photos...I would love to visit here!
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Re: Congratulations to Ian Cook!

Travel Luver ·
Great photo! Congratulations.
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Re: Fares to Europe for as Low as $301 Round Trip Total!

Travel Rob ·
For those of you on the West Coast,Norwegian still has some outstanding deals like this one from Oakland to Stockholm $376.00 rt total Oakland - San Francisco - Stockholm-Arlanda Friday 23. Jan 2015 10:00 PM - Terminal: 1 Flight DY7068 - LowFare 1 Adult $185.00 Return Stockholm-Arlanda - Oakland - San Francisco Friday 30. Jan 2015 6:30 PM - Terminal: 5 Flight DY7067 - LowFare 1 Adult $190.10 Total price incl. all taxes and surcharges $375.10
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Re: Fares to Europe for as Low as $301 Round Trip Total!

PortMoresby ·
Rob, with these fares from Oakland to Stockholm in mind, I once spent a summer working in Sweden but I don't recall seeing palm trees. Which part has them so I'll know where to go for my winter vacation?
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Re: Fares to Europe for as Low as $301 Round Trip Total!

Travel Rob ·
Prices for Oslo in June were not that much more than winter ones.I'll have to check if the Oakland -Stockholm is similar. If I were to travel to Stockholm in winter though,i 'd just get a return budget flight to somewhere warmer in Europe.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#42)

PHeymont ·
Well, another one bites the dust...Jonathan L identified it by e-mail as a view of Stockholm Cathedral in the background, and it is. You're looking up HelgaLekamensgrand from Stora Nygaten, and Jonathan recognized it from the Stampen jazz club in the foreground—and Mac's remark makes it clear he's got it, too! So, tomorrow more on the street and the area, and on Sunday...Puzzle 43.
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Re: How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

DrFumblefinger ·
Sometimes when I'm in Vancouver I head to Canada Place to watch the cruise ships coming and going. You actually get to see the belly of the ship being loaded. The dozens of palates of food that go on is amazing. Would you have thought a cruise ship would consume 3 massive containers of potatoes in a week? 2 of onions? Might even have been more, that's all I saw. It is truly a model of efficiency.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#345)

Jonathan L ·
Nowtha Gumbo has left Stockholm, can you figure out where it is visiting this week? Here is today's clue:
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Re: Midland Provincial Park, Alberta

GarryRF ·
My Grand Father worked in UK Coalmines around the 1900s . Stories he could tell were both amazing and scarey. Miners were exempt from War Service during WW1 as they supplied an "Essential Service". Women were employed at the Mines but never went below ground. Mules were used below ground - pulling bogeys - and never came back to the surface during their lives.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
I've often advised travelers with jam-packed itineraries to step back and leave themselves time to take a walk in a park or sit there a while, experiencing what the locals see and do. That is absolutely excellent advice. I hope that most people were wise enough to take your advice. Many of my best trip memories are made of such stuff. Thank you so much, PHeymont, for this walk in the park. It is just what my jangled nerves needed today.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I suspect a walk in the park is a habit acquired over time and familiarity with a place. I have a feeling, too, that the urge to go at top speed is the initial and overriding one. Or is it years and not travel experience that slows us down enough for such places to finally come into focus? Looking back over the decades I think maybe it's the latter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think people's perspectives and priorities change with time. For example, I care little about a bar or nightlife scene in most of my destinations nowadays; that mattered more to me when I was much younger. I have always loved walking in parks because of the beautiful gardens, etc. But I think i'm much more into people watching in these places than I used to be. One of my favorite places to visit is the provincial park a short block from my home. It's grand to go for a walk in it, see...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
Maybe travel advice of the very concrete sort then, hotels, trains, etc. is the most satisfying for all concerned. A suggestion to slow down just may not compute, something for each of us to discover on our own. So PHeymont may be preaching to the choir...may he continue.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Good advice is good advice. People can accept it or ignore it. I'm all for freedom of choice. But sometimes an alternative needs to be presented in a clear way, as PHeymont has nicely done in this piece.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I don't disagree. Just pointing out the nature of human beings and, like world peace, we can wish for it while not actually expecting everyone to join in. But lessons are learned from war too and how would we feel about every tourist in town flocking to OUR park.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
I've mentioned in other pages that I love wide open spaces - like the State Delaware Park - but the designer of New York Central Park rung a Bell with me. Frederick Olmsted came to Liverpool to check out the "Peoples Garden" and he wrote in 1850 : "Five minutes of admiration, and a few more spent studying the manner in which art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty, and I was ready to admit that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
It is clear that the "dumb" animals always seem to know the best places to hang out. We can never have enough parks. Nice to read that Frederick Olmsted also knew a good park when he saw one. Thanks for that info GarryRF
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Garry's note about Olmsted's travels (and he was quite a traveler) set me off on a quick look to find the park he was referring to (which I didn't; apparently "people's garden" was a description rather than a name?) and found that Liverpool has more parks and especially top-class parks than any British city besides London. The article also mentioned that for reasons of health—and keeping social unrest down—the city commissioners set out on a park-building spree starting about 1833. Many...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Even a certain similarity of shape...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
Another Park from the 1850s. People would escape Liverpool for the day and travel north to Hesketh Park. 20 minutes on the train. This is taken in Mid-Winter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Grouchy Gumbo: The last pic is of my cousin Priscilla, who lives in Prospect Park. I see that you gave her a little gnosh. Not that she needs it. She seems to be putting on a little extra "winter coat" this year. She has a fine home. I would really like to visit the park sometime. Grouchy, I'm curious how a squirrel manages long distance travel to visit relatives. Maybe you can enlighten us mere mortals.
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Re: Cruisers: American Cars in Stockholm

DrFumblefinger ·
A fun piece, PHeymont! Thanks for sharing your excitement of this discovery. I must admit I thought you'd be much more likely to run into a collection of classic Volvos or Saabs in Stockholm.
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Re: Cruisers: American Cars in Stockholm

PortMoresby ·
My brother-in-law lived in Montreal, likely worse on cars than winter in Stockholm, and had a beloved classic Rover. Always a man with strict personal guidelines, at the first threat of snow into the garage and up on blocks it went. After 2 winters there myself a warm climate was the answer, no snow, no salt, no whining, his other hobby. Good thing we're anonymous here.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 9, 2014: Lions of Stockholm

GarryRF ·
Travellers will find lots of strange characters around the streets of Stockholm !
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Thanks for pointing this out! By the way, it is also possible to take a free stopover on the international end. For example, a couple of years ago, we flew from NYC to Copenhagen (the routing) but with a week stopover in Stockholm along the way. We've used that kind of routing a number of times. Adding to your point about Britain: Many of AA's European cities are actually served by their closely-tied partners, British Air and Iberia. With a little persistence, you can find flights that don't...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PortMoresby ·
So, PHeymont, when you stopped for the week in Stockholm which airline was it and what fees were you charged for the stopover? You mention Madrid. Presumably that was a different trip, so same questions on that one. Also, can these stopovers be scheduled on the AA website or must you speak to an AAdvantage customer service person and pay the ($25?) fee?
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Re: Stockholm's Skansen Museum Park: Where Gumbo Was #27

DrFumblefinger ·
I'd never heard of this museum, PHeymont, and find it all fascinating. Another reason to visit Stockholm! But I did guess the building was a cache (name used in Canada for structures like these people use to store meat in the winter without any access except a ladder). Not claiming victory as I had no idea where it was, but you want a building without windows, large doors (although you need a way in, be it from the bottom or side) or an ability to chew threw on ground level to protect your...
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New gonzo cruise ship even has sky-diving!

PHeymont ·
In the race to think up more features to add to cruise ships, Royal Caribbean is looking up...with a top-deck skydiving simulator on its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which has just started operating out of the New York area. Would you believe...
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AirBerlin Black Friday: $499 to Europe R/T!

PHeymont ·
AirBerlin, a OneWorld member, is offering a $499 roundtrip to several European destinations at cut-rate prices from now to Tuesday, with flights from Jan. 12 to Mar. 22. The $499 rate is for Berlin from Chicago, and Stockholm or Copenhagen from NYC....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 13, 2014: Gödöllő

PortMoresby ·
  The Royal Palace of Gödöllő sits on the outskirts of Budapest and it was there I was taken one day by streetcar from the center of the city by dear friend, Zoli.  A serious photographer with a wonderful eye, he and I walked all...
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The Safest Cities in the World

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure if people pay much attention to such listings anymore, but Yahoo just released a listing of the 20 safest cities to visit in 2015.   (Tokyo.  Photo: Loic Lagarde, Flickr)   Topping the list is Tokyo, followed very closely...
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Left-over currency? Ms. Pac-Man wants it for the Red Cross

PHeymont ·
Two Swedish airports have found a new way to relieve departing travelers of their unneeded local currency. A bank of videogames, set up at Stockholm's Arlanda and Goteborg's Landvetter airports have been set up to accept any currency at all to play...
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Alfred Nobel's Will Now on Public Display

Travel Rob ·
 Alfred Nobel's Will,November 27 1895, page 1 Photo Wikipedia Commons,User:Waage   Alfred Nobel’s Last Will and Testament was put on public display in Stockholm on March 13, 2015 with the opening of the Legacy Exhibition.  It's...
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How a super-ship manages 12-hour turnaround

PHeymont ·
Today's (Mar 22) NY Times has a fascinating article on the "backstage" operation involved in getting 6000 passengers off a ship, washing 93,000 pounds of linens, loading up all the food and water, and getting the next 6000 passengers out to...
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Göteborg: Sweden's Second City (Where Gumbo Was, #105)

PHeymont ·
I begin this blog with some odd notes. First, unlike TravelGumbo in his “Where Is” travels, I’ve never been to Göteborg—yet. All, or nearly all, our previous puzzles have been based on the puzzler’s...
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JetBlue knows how to rock an inaugural flight

PHeymont ·
Cleveland and JetBlue are a new happy couple, as JetBlue opened its new Cleveland services with a bang. The first flight from Boston arrived at JetBlue's new Cleveland gate April 30, after a flight that started with an Elvis impersonator at the Boston...
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Belles lettres et de belles choses: A wanderer's gallery

PHeymont ·
Beautiful letters and beautiful things...This is another shoebox selection, focusing on well-made signs and well-wrought details that just don't really fit somewhere else. You know the kind, I suspect...you've got these lovely pictures of London...but...
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Cruise lines drop Puerta Vallarta over violence

PHeymont ·
Recent street fights between armed drug gangs and Mexican police and troops in Puerta Vallarta have cancelled several cruise's port calls, and curtailed others.   Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, Disney's Wonder and Celebrity's Infinity have...
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From the Shoebox, a Gallery of Details

PHeymont ·
The pictures in this gallery are mainly architectural details—rooflines, entrances, windows—noticed in years of walking in cities and having my eye caught by a strong line, an unexpected contrast, an extended shape...I don't even always...
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Amsterdam on JetBlue? Orlando on Icelandair? Codeshare coming!

PHeymont ·
JetBlue Airways and Icelandair, which already have an interline partnership, have asked for U.S. government permission for a codeshare agreement. If approved, JetBlue would place its code on seven Icelandair routes from the U.S. to Iceland, and eight...
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Nov. 3, 2017: Auditorio Adan Martin, Tenerife

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares some beautiful images and the history of the beautiful modern opera house in Santa Cruz.
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Stockholm gets hybrid electric bikes

PHeymont ·
Stockholm will upgrade its bike rental system with new electric-option equipment and many more bikes.
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Sweden, Dominican Republic get pre-clearance OK

PHeymont ·
Two popular destinations agree to join the program; more may follow soon.
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After drops, London and Paris see more visitors

PHeymont ·
After a bad year marked by tourism losses after terror incidents, the two cities are seeing visitor numbers rise again, though not yet to 2015 levels.
 
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