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Re: Just how much tax is in your ticket?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Ron B.: My recent, free Air France ticket - LA to Paris to Barcelona and then Venice to Paris to LA the tax was $577.97. That's a lot of travel, Ron, but it certainly makes one relook at the definition of "free".
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Re: Boston in the fall - suggestions please!

GarryRF ·
Take a look here for some ideas. Most have All-Inclusive packages. But that doesn't stop me going off exploring on the bus and getting a B+B overnight ! You're not glued to the hotel. Plus you don't want to be on the go EVERY day. Relax and take in the countryside. https://www.thomascook.com/holidays/caribbean/cuba/
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Re: Paris to get express train to CDG airport

HistoryDigger ·
Nice to know. In the meantime, I'll take the RER B.
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Re: Your Favourite Travel Camera (or 2)

Paul Heymont ·
I see I'm in good company--I'm joining the two-camera brigade for the first time in years (years ago I traveled with two SLRs, one with color film and the other B/W, and then for a while with a film and a digital). I've been working for the last dozen years with a single compact (been through a Fuji, a Canon, Panasonic Lumix and recently a Nikon S9400 ). All have been good, and on an escalating curve of features. All the left-behinds are still in use elsewhere in the family. I actually...
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

Paul Heymont ·
I think '79 or '80 was the end of the line for MGB, so you're probably in the right time-frame. Sad thing about the B...it could never look to me like an MG. Tell me MG, and this is what I see...
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, Dave B!! Another car expert! We're lucky to have you as a member! I love cars, but as with women find they're pleasant to look at but I know little about them, LOL! (hey, it's a joke everyone, relax!) Appreciate your input and we've several pieces on Cuban cars planned, featuring dozens of photos. I know you'll like them. And be challenged by them. Cubans have a say of changing cars slightly when needed. And feel free to share your love of cars as you hit the road with the rest of us!
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Re: "Spotted on the Road". Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Former Member ·
Dave B - That is interesting. I had wondered about the front grill on the Charger. I had noticed the front fender running lights but had not known their significance. Thanks for the education.
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Re: Do you Like these Hotel Tipping Tips ?

Former Member ·
also keeps you from being called unflattering names behind your back. No worries - I find that people don't mind calling me unflattering news to my face Dave B. has given this issue a lot of good thought. My policy in the US is to tip 15 percent for adequate service. I add and subtract 5 percent from there, depending. According to the guidebooks, many servers outside of the US are paid professional wages. In that case, we do not tip, but simply round up the bill. Hope that this is not wrong.
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Re: Another Blowout Price$487rt- LA- Copenhagen

Travel Rob ·
If you're in LA going to Europe,now's the time to buy $479.50 rt end of April-Early May. MY TRAVEL SELECTIONS Outbound Los Angeles - Copenhagen Tuesday 29. Apr 2014 7:30 PM - Terminal: B Flight DY7092 - LowFare Operated by Norwegian Long Haul 1 Adult $236.70 Return Copenhagen - Los Angeles Tuesday 6. May 2014 3:10 PM - Terminal: 2 Flight DY7091 - LowFare Operated by Norwegian Long Haul 1 Adult $242.80 Total price incl. all taxes and surcharges $479.50
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Re: Air Miles vs Low Fare Airline

PortMoresby ·
Call it whatever you like, but I seem to have missed your point. But, no matter, MY point was simply that I see no excuse for charging astonishingly different prices for the same product, transportation from point A to point B, on partner airlines ostensibly selling the same thing.
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Re: Crackpot Hall, Yorkshire Dales

Amateuremigrant ·
Great memories of the aul country ! (B Huddersfield) Look at the masonry, consider how far the stone mason had to come and go !
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#268)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are some more clues from this week's destination of interest...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#262)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here's a few more details from our destination of interest.
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Re: Government St., Mobile: A Great Historic Street (Pt. 1)

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for the nice comments. Wait until you see the public buildings on Government St in Part 2 ,equally as impressive! The houses above are mainly private homes. A few homes on the street have offices in them. Some of the homes might make it on the historical homes tour once a year, but you'd have to check in advance . http://www.historicmobiletour.com/#!homes/c1hpk The Mobile area does have open to the public the Bellingraph Gardens and Home which is highly regarded and another place on...
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Re: New trend: airport lounges for non-members

Paul Heymont ·
It is a pleasure, as well, when making early morning connections in Europe. I've had lounge access through various credit cards for the past few years and truly enjoyed breakfast in a lounge while waiting for the next flight, and even the ability to doze a little, knowing that a) the seat is comfortable, b) my bag is safe and c) the agent at the desk will remind me it's time to walk to the gate! Even at $35 a pop...likely worth it.
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Re: AirBnB vs New York. Update

Paul Heymont ·
As a frequent Airbnb renter (about 16 times) I obviously think it's a valuable thing and want it to succeed. I also think that there's room for reasonable regulation that's sensitive to local needs, and that a reasonable compromise can be found. Let's take the case of New York City...there is a real shortage of affordable housing. While it's not caused by Airbnb, but rather by a series of market issues that I won't rehearse here, it's reasonable for the city/state to ban short-term rentals...
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Re: AirBnB vs New York. Update

Paul Heymont ·
Well, I see the point of your argument, but even without any liability on Airbnb's part it could work. Part A) If the local jurisdiction (NY or elsewhere) catches you in violation you can be fined, or whatever penalty. Part B) on notification by local jurisdiction that a listing is in violation, agency required to remove listing. I'm sure Airbnb and others would be able to work with that...they're willing to collect taxes and this would be far less burdensome than that!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#303)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here is your next puzzle clue...
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#343)

DrFumblefinger ·
The leeches are on display in the next exhibit, George, but perhaps instead you'd like to look at our next puzzle clues from this week's mystery destination. How might they tie in with the exhibit shown in our first clue?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your next puzzle clues. These are some of the sights you'll see as you head to our mystery destination. Tomorrow we'll get our first glimpses of this interesting site.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are today's clues. One more photo of the region we're in, and our first photos of our destination of interest. Many more photos are still to come.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here's your next set of puzzle clues....It's all about the rocks.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
We have one correct answer to this week's travel puzzle so far, but I think these clues should help more of you figure our where Gumbo is. The rock formation in the top photo is especially commonly photographed.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Review these, then all the prior photo clues, and hopefully you'll be able to recognize where we're visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#322)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your next puzzle clues, both buildings from our destination of interest. What might they have in common?
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James William

James William
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Dave B.

Dave B.
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Re: Classic American Cars #1

DrFumblefinger ·
Cubans are famous for "customizing" their cars and making little (sometimes major) changes to them, for reasons not obviously apparent to us but which would have made great sense to them when they did it. But I'm sure as a car guy you are very familiar with this. It's only easy if you know the answer, Dave B. Thanks for your help in figuring out what it is. And thanks for sharing thes beautiful car photos, GarryRF. I could look at these great machines all day long.
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Re: Classic American Cars #1

Dave B. ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: It's only easy if you know the answer, Dave B. Thanks for your help in figuring out what it is. Sorry... didn't mean to come off as a know-it-all. The message that I wanted to convey was that when you said 'Cuban cars', I was expecting to see some extremely modified sheetmetal/trim. That '53 is in very near-to-stock condition.
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Re: Classic American Cars #2

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for that website, Dave B! It's the kind of thing I like to look at and get nostalgic about.
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Re: Classic American Cars #3

Dave B. ·
Since there are so many (either 2 or 3... ) Cappuccinos in the U.S., most of us have never seen one. The only reason I even knew about them was this article http://jalopnik.com/5260426/19...r-a-diminutive-11990 that appeared on Jalopnik back in 2009. It took me a while to find it. There have been a couple of short articles since then, but nothing in depth. The only other internet reference I could find was a page on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_Cappuccino Even with a...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8

Paul Heymont ·
It might be "Shopping," or it might be "Shipping," or "Shilling" or just someone's name. It might be a 6-letter port city beginning with B...but it isn't. English? Nearly any port in the world--because it IS a port. Is it connected to the ocean? Only in the sense that ultimately all navigable water is. Ooohhh! I feel like Rumpelstiltskin!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 09, 2014: Roadside produce stand, Southern Sri Lanka

GarryRF ·
British Troops in hot countries swear by this stuff. High in Vitamin B. Gorgeous ! Yeast extract you spread thin on toast Mozzies hate the smell of your skin after a few days of indulgence. First time I've NEVER been bitten in Cuba !
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Re: Classic American Cars #7

Dave B. ·
Hi folks The yellow convertible is probably a 1951 Chevy. It's a bit hard to tell because some of the trim appears to be from a 1952 and/or another GM car from the era. The usual way to year-spot these cars is to look at the grille. Paul's photo of the red car correctly identifies it as a 1952, with the prominent 'teeth' in the grille. The yellow car doesn't appear to have the teeth, which would normally make it a '51... but who knows in Cuba?? Best regards, Dave B.
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Re: Philly's "Rocky Steps" Endangered?

Travel Rob ·
What's amazing to me, more than Rocky, was how it came about. Sylvester Stallone turned down big money for his script because Hollywood wanted it without him being Rocky. And he was broke at the time. He stuck to his guns and eventually got to star in Rocky, becoming a huge movie star. Incredible that he had that much confidence in himself. http://www.philly.com/philly/b...-could-be-Rocky.html
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 2, 2014: Boats at Cassis, France

IslandMan ·
    We had a day to spare on a recent trip to Marseilles . The B'n' B we were staying at recommended a visit to Cassis (French pronunciation:kasi). We took a local train there, about 40 minutes journey from Marseilles. The town is situated...
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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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Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

Paul Heymont ·
For some of us, credit cards are more than a convenient way to pay—they are the lifeline to free travel through loyalty programs. Between points for purchases and bonuses for opening or upgrading credit card accounts, it's possible to get quite...
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Charleston and its Single Houses: Where Gumbo Was #79

Paul Heymont ·
TravelGumbo member Club2013, by e-mail, was the only one to correctly place Gumbo’s secret destination: Charleston, SC. He found the special characteristics in an almost generic “old town” streetscape, and hit the nail on the head....
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Arctic Birds on Migration: Saskatchewan

My Thatched Hut ·
    Many of the Arctic birds are large white birds such as geese and swans but also include smaller and different coloured sandpipers and other birds.   Where is the best place to see these magnificent Arctic birds?  The most...
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Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capital in the world!

DrFumblefinger ·
Ottawa is a vibrant and charming small city — so pleasant that it’s hard to believe it’s home to soooo many politicians.  Of the national capitals I've visited, Ottawa seems the most livable to me (ie. if...
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Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum in the California desert, and specifically had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (like the one in the above photo).  Congratulations to the many who...
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Coast-to-coast road trip...without a driver

Paul Heymont ·
Well, sort of without a driver. Delphi Automotive had a driver on board its highly-automated Audi S5, but only to a) satisfy local laws, and b) help out a bit less than 1% of the time as the Audi SQ5 which was chosen for its looks. Delphi added the...
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Scottsdale By the Numbers

Marilyn Jones ·
Scottsdale Attractions:          1) Hot Air Expeditions: Start your day in a hot air balloon soaring over the desert with the sun creeping over the mountains.         2) Taliesin West : Frank Lloyd...
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Nashville, Tennessee.....the Elvis tour continues!

DrFumblefinger ·
  Until I attended my first medical meeting in Nashville, I'd never thought much about visiting this mid-sized city, an oversight on my part.  Nashville's a fun destination in many ways, especially if you're a fan of Country music.  I...
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Airbnb's Cool Model Train Commercial

Travel Rob ·
Airbnb is so happy with their complex Model Train commercial ,they are going to translate it  into multiple languages and publish it worldwide. The set of this commercial took 30 people five weeks to build. The filming took 85 takes to get...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 30, 2014: The Mural on Queen Street

Paul Heymont ·
  Walking with friends on Queen Street in Charleston a few weeks ago, we spotted this large mural on the wall of a building, above a parking lot. It certainly looked familiar if somwhat altered; we recognized it as a take on Renoir's 1881...
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The Lure of Stonehenge

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines shares thoughts and memories, and great photos of a visit to Salisbury Plain.
 
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