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Re: Top 10 Most Beautiful Gardens In The World

Professorabe ·
Any such list would be contentious, of course. However, this one doesn't contain a single garden in Africa and this, in my opinion, is a serious omission. The Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh and the Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town would be obvious contenders. There are also many more fantastic gardens in Asia - e.g. the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
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Re: Edinburgh, Scotland for 2.5 days....help!

PortMoresby ·
Have you considered visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith, near Edinburgh? http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/ Various transport options here: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.../your-visit/find-us/ I'm sorry to say I didn't visit during open hours, an Edinburgh friend drove me there just to see it and it looks lovely, will go again next opportunity. Say hello to Greyfriars Bobby Pub for me, just in front of the cemetery, once owned by my father-in-law. I love Edinburgh!
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Re: Edinburgh, Scotland for 2.5 days....help!

chickpea ·
Thank you for the suggestions! I wanted to mainly see if we needed fast track tickets anywhere there could be a line. With all we want to see, I don't want to waste time standing in line anywhere. Yes, I should have added the royal yacht to the things we want to do.
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Re: Alfred the Great's bones found!

PHeymont ·
This seems to be a good year for royal discoveries; the remains of Richard III were found under a parking lot in Leicester last year. Now if only someone could locate Jimmy Hoffa...and Judge Crater!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Travel Rob ·
Your piece will serve inspiration for many future trips,I'm sure of that.I had no clue as the extent of Eiffel's work but I now want to see several of them in person. This serves as an example of why TravelGumbo is so different and needed
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

WorkerBee ·
PHeymont, Your post reminded me that I had seen a pre-fabricated church designed by Eiffel in Baja, Mexico. It is in the small town of Santa Rosalia and still in use. There is more info here .
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Mac ·
Absolutely fascinating, thank you. And I thought that UK's Isambard Kingdom Brunel was prolific!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Brunel has fascinated me since reading a book on the Great Eastern, an unlucky ship he designed. Perhaps someday I can find time to post about his work...unless I hear a volunteer? Thanks!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
I'm personally acquainted with one of Brunel's railway bridges, the Gatehampton Bridge over the Thames in Berkshire, England. I was advised by my Thames Path guidebook that I was approaching it. There was a strategically placed bench in a meadow where I sat, had a snack and looked at it from a distance for a bit before walking under it. Not at all knowledgeable, or even much interested, in bridges I tried to get at least a glimpse of what the guide meant when it said "one of Brunel's Great...
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
T&N, you make an interesting point about the air circulation and coolness of Eiffel's building. These days we are constantly reading about advances in "green design," intended to reduce excess energy use. Ironic how well some of those principles of making life bearable were known so long ago by those who didn't have the option of mechanical air-conditioning! Another example is in today's blog about Gaudi's Casa Battlo in Barcelona, which uses an open well through the center of the...
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Re: Montreal: Je Me Souviens

arion ·
Re the name "Montreal": there is a town in France with the same name so it is not certain that the City of Montreal is called that because of Mont Royal. Apart from that small quibble, I heartily agree with all you have written about my home city. Oh, wait ... it really isn't so that "almost everyone speaks English quite well". Venture east of Blvd St Laurent and you'll soon find that isn't the case. But then the average visitor, unless by accident, will not find him/herself in the part of...
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Re: Isle of Portland, Dorset, England (Where Gumbo Was #176)

GarryRF ·
Wonderful collection of photo's PHEYMONT. Lighthouses are full of history. You can tell where you are on the high seas by checking out the colours it's been painted. SatNav from the 19th Century. My cousin has done 30 years in the British Royal Navy and has moved on to Trinity House who control all the lighthouses around the UK. I thought they were all self lighting - but I suppose they all need painting too !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2014: Sunday in the Park with Dog

Travel Rob ·
Great photos that shows why parks in Paris are so special! Hands down my favorite park experiences are in Paris. Parisians enjoy their parks and gardens so much, it's contagious!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2014: Sunday in the Park with Dog

DrFumblefinger ·
I like city parks like this one, though they in no way compare to National Parks, which I enjoy infinitely more.
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Re: Bones Recreated Using 3D Printer, What Would Richard Have Thought?

DrFumblefinger ·
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Re: Visiting Versailles

jack james ·
Palace of Versailles is an awesome royal place of France which is very famous among tourist. I also went there before going to san diego fun trip . Although I visited this site but after reading your detailed blog post many new things is came to my knowledge. I am highly grateful at this informative post and increase my information.
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

Jonathan L ·
I love Barcelona. It is one of the few cities that I feel I could live in, if I were to leave NYC. Large enough to have an active cultural and social life that is not dependent on tourists, small enough to be able to get around and do things without a car. Lovely things to look at. Great food.
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

PHeymont ·
I'll second Jonathan L on that...one of the two or three cities I'd be willing to live in, besides Brooklyn...and you found my favorite tapas place, too!
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

DrFumblefinger ·
Great post! Have yet to visit Barcellona, but will soon. An unrelated question. Is that Madonna as in the entertainer, or Madonna as in the mother of Jesus?
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

thepoormadonna ·
My friend jokes that I am the Queen of reinvention - much like Madonna (the musician type). Forever having a complete change of heart about my life's direction. But I've decided to embrace that now change is good! Keeps things interesting. Wholeheartedly agree Jonathan and Paul. In fact I applied for a few jobs there in the summer! I'm still considering it... Oh, and that tapas place! Just brilliant. Was completely worth the 40 minutes we had to wait for a table!
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for the great post and I'll have to try the Tapas Place next time! I got the same impression in my visits as you - that the locals seem very happy and proud of their city , as they should be.
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

thepoormadonna ·
It was a pleasure to write. Glad you enjoyed it! Yes you simply must check out Taller De Tapas - the atmosphere is amazing and the food is to die for!
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

IslandMan ·
excellent article and pictures.... I can relate with many of the personal comments you make; decisions you make in life should be for yourself first. I too made a decision to leave home, family and friends and see the world. It was tough at first, but, once you explore and experience, you don't look back. Congratulations!
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Re: And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

thepoormadonna ·
Thank you Islandman! And congrats to you too! Here's to a life of incredible experiences.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo, #104

GarryRF ·
A wonderful man I had the privilege to meet many years ago told me a story. He was a pilot with the Royal Air Force 1939 - 45 in WW2. "You young people today - you talk of the stress you suffer. You stop your motor car and in the rear view mirror you see someone flashing their headlights at you. You get a stress attack and curse him. When I was a young man I suffered the same problem. The flashing lights I could see in my rear view mirror were the machine guns on the wings of a Messerschmitt...
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Re: June 11, 2016: Royal Heads in the Sand

DrFumblefinger ·
A remarkable likeness of the Royal couple -- more life like than the real thing!
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Re: Spotted on the Road: Riley 1969 Saloon

GarryRF ·
A Royal Enfield model called the Bullet Classic. I should never have doubted your eye for a classic like this !
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
Yes - my Dad and lots of other guys told me their stories! My Dad was in the Royal Navy and was taking landing craft full of soldiers from ship to shore - several times - under heavy fire! A guy I was doing work for had lots of photos and souvenirs on the walls of his house. Medals and maps. Newspaper cuttings and Badges. All in frames. I asked him how much he remembered of D-Day. "Every minute of every hour. Me and my mate had been together since the outbreak of war. Nearly 5 years. We were...
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Re: Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
I found the dinosaurs in Alberta, and the Wooly Mammoths in the Yukon, but more on that sometime in the future....
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

Mac ·
We used to live in Casablanca, Morocco for around 4 years a while back. Yes, mid-Feb is still the back end of the cool period but is close to Spring depending on altitude - so think positive and enjoy this lovely country! 9 days is brief for all that can be seen. The "Royal Triangle" that is all within reasonably easy reach is Marrakech, Meknes and Fez and those 3 would happily fill your days (and nights) with fascinating insights into Morocco. An optional stop on the coast at El Jadida...
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Re: The Petite Ceinture, Paris: Where Gumbo Was (#71)

Travel Rob ·
Fascinating! I've been by the front many times and I never knew!
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Re: The Petite Ceinture, Paris: Where Gumbo Was (#71)

Lynn Millar ·
Fascinating past. Love the bike gate.
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Re: The Petite Ceinture, Paris: Where Gumbo Was (#71)

PHeymont ·
In an e-mail, Jonathan L provides an update—a happy one—on the Gare Ornano. It appears that about a year after I took my pictures, the station was sold, the KFC is gone, and a new cafe+recycling center has renovated the station; a picture below shows a view of the rear very different from the one below the KFC picture above. The site now also hosts food trucks! Thanks to Jonathan L for finding the followup, which can be found at http://www.larecyclerie.com/ It's in French, but if that's a...
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Re: Hawaii: Coping with Hurricane Ana

GarryRF ·
The Flag was adopted 70 years after the death of Cook. It was designed by the Head of the Hawaiian Navy. Who's previous employment was with the British Royal Navy.
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Re: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge – The Creepy and the Miraculous

GutterPup ·
I love it when the Skyway is enveloped by fog, it's spooky and exhilerating at the same time! I'd have to say my scariest crossing of a bridge came when I crossed the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado - whoa!!
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Re: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge – The Creepy and the Miraculous

DrFumblefinger ·
When crossing the Royal Gorge Bridge, just one rule: Don't look down!!!!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 24, 2014: Floral Clock, Niagara Parkway, Ontario

GarryRF ·
Outside Pietermaritzburg City Hall, South Africa is a Naval gun from the British Royal Navy Ship HMS Fawn. After the ship ran aground in 1850 the gun was relocated to its current location. It was fired to announce 1 O'clock to the surrounding town. A visiting dignitary asked how the time was kept to ensure its accuracy. "We have a telescope that looks into the local clockmakers shop. He has a 100 year old Belgian clock in the window that is famous for keeping perfect time" So the wealthy...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo #32: Solved!

PortMoresby ·
Streetview shows the building, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, but the object is gone. It certainly does look like a mine, and while Mac sounds sure, despite it being politely presented as a question, I'd be disappointed if a society of sculptors would just drop a piece of "found" material by their doorstep without using it as a basis for further artistic exploration.
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Re: Looking for Historical Landmarks !

PHeymont ·
Long history of alliance is discussed, but don't think I've ever heard that count before. I used to point out that the Monroe Doctrine was based on an almost unintended alliance. In the wake of Spain's loss of American colonies, Pres. Monroe wanted to warn other European powers, France especially, from attempting to take them over, but lacked the military power to stop any attempts. And, only a short time after the 1812 war, there was still a lot of anti-British sentiment. But Monroe was...
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Copenhagen: More Than Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid

Caroline Coupe ·
  Copenhagen is an incredible city, a place where a rich history meets modern culture. The Danish capital boasts historic palaces and churches, sprawling gardens and parks, canals, and world-renowned fine dining. In preparing for my move here...
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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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Government St., Mobile: A Great Historic Street (Pt. 2)

Travel Rob ·
 Barton Academy, 504 Government St. First Public School in Alabama   I've walked on Government Street in Mobile Alabama four separate times. The funny thing is, as I finished up seeing the sights that I came for, I  kept...
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And life was never the same again: How Barcelona stole my heart

thepoormadonna ·
Can you recall a moment from your travels that has really shaken your soul? A moment that has changed you forever?   Well, here's mine.   As I sat watching that sun set over Barcelona from the incredibly beautiful Parc Güell earlier...
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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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Visiting Versailles

DrFumblefinger ·
    Among the many wonderful palaces of Europe, Versailles is said to be the greatest and grandest of them all.  It’s a  UNESCO World Heritage site  and is on almost every traveler’s list of “must see”...
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The Loire River Valley

DrFumblefinger ·
    Many find a visit to the  Loire Valley  to be the highlight of their visit to France, as did we.   When we were planning our journey I discussed our itinerary with my friend, Wayne.  Wayne and his wife had...
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The Medieval Fortress and Town of Chinon

DrFumblefinger ·
  There are few places in France of greater historic importance than Chinon.  You wouldn’t know that by what you see when you drive thru it today as it seems a small sleepy rural town.  You’ll see little evidence of...
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The Amazing Gothic Church of Sainte-Chapelle

DrFumblefinger ·
  Not nearly as large, well-known or frequently visited as its big sister just a few blocks away (the famous and ancient Notre-Dame Basilica), Sainte-Chapelle was hands down my favorite church in Paris.   Sainte-Chapelle (sant-shah-pel) is...
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Montreal: Je Me Souviens

DrFumblefinger ·
There are many great cities to visit in Canada, two of my favorites (for different reasons) being Vancouver and Montreal.  Vancouver has one of the most breath-takingly beautiful settings of any city in the world, and I’ll be discussing it...
 
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