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Title: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2019, 01:08:20 PM
Booked our vacation for next summer.  We are doing a Tale of Two Cities: a week in London and a week in Paris.  Staying in Soho in London and Montmarte in Paris.  Taking Euro-star under the Channel to go from one city to the other.  I read that Brexit won't disrupt the train - hope that's correct.  It's been over 30 years since we've been in Paris, so I'm expecting significant changes.  About 14 years since I've been in London.  Planning a day trip from London to Edinburgh - it's about 4 1/2 hours on the train, so we can leave early, see a bit of the city, and get back late.  Never been to Scotland, so I'm taking the opportunity.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on November 28, 2019, 01:09:50 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2019, 01:08:20 PM
Booked our vacation for next summer.  We are doing a Tale of Two Cities: a week in London and a week in Paris.  Staying in Soho in London and Montmarte in Paris.  Taking Euro-star under the Channel to go from one city to the other.  I read that Brexit won't disrupt the train - hope that's correct.  It's been over 30 years since we've been in Paris, so I'm expecting significant changes.  About 14 years since I've been in London.  Planning a day trip from London to Edinburgh - it's about 4 1/2 hours on the train, so we can leave early, see a bit of the city, and get back late.  Never been to Scotland, so I'm taking the opportunity.
Wow!  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: xSilverPhinx on November 29, 2019, 01:01:51 AM
Sounds like great fun!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 21, 2021, 06:53:24 PM
Traveling to London, finally, on Oct 2.  This was postponed from last year.  It's a pain - I have scheduled a pre-flight Covid test, a Day 2 test (which may not be necessary), and have a return flight test kit.  I think I'll have my booster by then, but my wife still refuses to go with me.  She is more cautious than I am.  I need to get out of the USA even if only for a week.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 23, 2021, 12:06:00 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 21, 2021, 06:53:24 PM
Traveling to London, finally, on Oct 2.  This was postponed from last year.  It's a pain - I have scheduled a pre-flight Covid test, a Day 2 test (which may not be necessary), and have a return flight test kit.  I think I'll have my booster by then, but my wife still refuses to go with me.  She is more cautious than I am.  I need to get out of the USA even if only for a week.
Have a pleasant, and safe trip, Bruce.  :computerwave:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 23, 2021, 12:49:18 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 23, 2021, 12:06:00 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 21, 2021, 06:53:24 PM
Traveling to London, finally, on Oct 2.  This was postponed from last year.  It's a pain - I have scheduled a pre-flight Covid test, a Day 2 test (which may not be necessary), and have a return flight test kit.  I think I'll have my booster by then, but my wife still refuses to go with me.  She is more cautious than I am.  I need to get out of the USA even if only for a week.
Have a pleasant, and safe trip, Bruce.  :computerwave:

Thank you, Mags.  I hope all my papers are in order. It's a real pain in the ass.

I'm staying in Soho and I have walking tours and pub stops planned every day.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Dark Lightning on September 23, 2021, 01:15:21 AM
Safe travels! I'm working on getting my feet better for some of the same. Can't walk too far at a given time due to arthritis. Though I will say that if I'm to have my pocket picked, I'd rather that it was at home.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 23, 2021, 04:56:18 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 23, 2021, 12:49:18 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 23, 2021, 12:06:00 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 21, 2021, 06:53:24 PM
Traveling to London, finally, on Oct 2.  This was postponed from last year.  It's a pain - I have scheduled a pre-flight Covid test, a Day 2 test (which may not be necessary), and have a return flight test kit.  I think I'll have my booster by then, but my wife still refuses to go with me.  She is more cautious than I am.  I need to get out of the USA even if only for a week.
Have a pleasant, and safe trip, Bruce.  :computerwave:

Thank you, Mags.  I hope all my papers are in order. It's a real pain in the ass.

I'm staying in Soho and I have walking tours and pub stops planned every day.
(https://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m88h7uVKwo1rcg76uo1_250.gif)

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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
I wish you an enjoyable, and safe trip Sir....you could also amuse those of us who will be stuck at home by regularly posting pictures, along with detailed accounts of your trip and adventures.

8)

I'm told the best thing to do when in Soho, in fact all of London for that matter is to go to this Sicilian restaurant called, "Circolo Popolare", and order yourself a "Booby Cocktail"....don't ask what this is or even Google it, just go to the restaurant, and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact the first round is on Mags!

The restaurant is supposed to be very pretty, and have over 20,000 bottles of booze...Enjoy!!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on September 23, 2021, 08:11:35 PM
You'll have a great time! :)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 23, 2021, 08:12:42 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
I wish you an enjoyable, and safe trip Sir....you could also amuse those of us who will be stuck at home by regularly posting pictures, along with detailed accounts of your trip and adventures.

8)

I'm told the best thing to do when in Soho, in fact all of London for that matter is to go to this Sicilian restaurant called, "Circolo Popolare", and order yourself a "Booby Cocktail"....don't ask what this is or even Google it, just go to the restaurant, and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact the first round is on Mags!

The restaurant is supposed to be very pretty, and have over 20,000 bottles of booze...Enjoy!!

Thanks, it's on my list now!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 24, 2021, 07:59:50 PM
Just got my Pfizer booster, so I'm triple poked, and ready to fly!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 24, 2021, 08:53:20 PM
Mistake
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on September 24, 2021, 09:48:45 PM
if you visit walton on thames and run across a nice italian girl named lisa cavalli, tell her ive never forgotten her
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 25, 2021, 01:06:22 AM
Quote from: billy rubin on September 24, 2021, 09:48:45 PM
if you visit walton on thames and run across a nice italian girl named lisa cavalli, tell her ive never forgotten her

Sounds like a great story.  I will ask her if I see her.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 05:40:07 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.

:secrets1: Si, pero el que invita paga, Bruce.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on September 26, 2021, 12:08:14 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 05:40:07 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.

:secrets1: Si, pero el que invita paga, Bruce.

Sí jefa Margoth :money:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 26, 2021, 12:15:48 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 26, 2021, 12:08:14 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 05:40:07 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.

:secrets1: Si, pero el que invita paga, Bruce.

Sí jefa Margoth :money:

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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on September 26, 2021, 05:26:56 AM
 :query:

Anyway, have a wonderful time Ecurb.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 01:07:01 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 05:40:07 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.

:secrets1: Si, pero el que invita paga, Bruce.

Mags, si me encuentras allí, te compraré el cóctel que quieras.  Bruno, si me encuentras allí, me comprarás el cóctel que quiera.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 01:07:47 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on September 26, 2021, 05:26:56 AM
:query:

Anyway, have a wonderful time Ecurb.

Thank you, I believe I will.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on September 27, 2021, 01:44:18 AM
there was this nice canadian girl named lynn weber, too.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 27, 2021, 03:47:12 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 01:07:01 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 05:40:07 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.

:secrets1: Si, pero el que invita paga, Bruce.

Mags, si me encuentras allí, te compraré el cóctel que quieras.  Bruno, si me encuentras allí, me comprarás el cóctel que quiera.
(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/PlushScrawnyConch-max-1mb.gif)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on September 27, 2021, 05:08:53 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 01:07:47 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on September 26, 2021, 05:26:56 AM
:query:

Anyway, have a wonderful time Ecurb.

Thank you, I believe I will.

I believe he will have a wonderful time, as well. He has been getting a lot of good vibes from everyone here ever since he announced his trip.  ;)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: xSilverPhinx on September 27, 2021, 12:45:21 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 27, 2021, 05:08:53 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 01:07:47 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on September 26, 2021, 05:26:56 AM
:query:

Anyway, have a wonderful time Ecurb.

Thank you, I believe I will.

I believe he will have a wonderful time, as well. He has been getting a lot of good vibes from everyone here ever since he announced his trip.  ;)

(https://c.tenor.com/EIrX4RpF12UAAAAM/good-juju-witch.gif)

Good vibes! Good vibes! :grin:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 02:26:02 PM
I'm picking up Good Vibrations!!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 05:05:37 PM
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/320x240q90/924/8w5Pgw.jpg)

I'm practicing posting photos.  This is the Paisano Hotel in Marfa, TX.  We stayed there recently.  During the filming of the movie "Giant", Liz, Rock and James stayed here.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on September 27, 2021, 05:38:52 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 05:05:37 PM
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/94x94q90/c/r/923/JlzCBF.jpg)

I'm practicing posting photos.  This is the Paisano Hotel in Marfa, TX.  We stayed there recently.  During the filming of the movie "Giant", Liz, Rock and James stayed here.

That works. Did you intend it to be that size?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on September 27, 2021, 06:01:04 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on September 27, 2021, 01:07:01 AM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 05:40:07 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 25, 2021, 04:10:22 PM
Quote from: Magdalena on September 25, 2021, 04:21:38 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 23, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...and order a "Booby Cocktail. In fact, the first round is on Mags!
...
Bruno!  >:(
Cuál es su problema?
Yo nunca dije que le hiba comprar "boobies" a Bruce.

Sería un lindo gesto a Margoth.

:secrets1: Si, pero el que invita paga, Bruce.

Mags, si me encuentras allí, te compraré el cóctel que quieras.  Bruno, si me encuentras allí, me comprarás el cóctel que quiera.
Absolutely, I would buy you drink Ecurb....more than one in fact, plus lunch. 8)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on September 27, 2021, 06:32:28 PM
are quid deals still a thing?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on September 28, 2021, 04:19:52 PM
One other thing Ecurb. If you happen to visit Athens' while overseas, can you ask them why they hate getting up early? I always wondered if it was because Dawn is tough on Greece.

Have fun. 8)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on September 28, 2021, 05:22:59 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on September 28, 2021, 04:19:52 PM
One other thing Ecurb. If you happen to visit Athens' while overseas, can you ask them why they hate getting up early? I always wondered if it was because Dawn is tough on Greece.

Have fun. 8)

Ha! 
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 01, 2021, 07:47:27 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/povHAb2uj)

Name the 3 movie stars in this photo, and the movie they were in together.  This is in our hotel in Marfa, Texas, where they stayed.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 01, 2021, 07:57:07 PM
Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was Giant.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 01, 2021, 07:58:35 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pnkZQUpNj)

Mule Ear Peaks in Big Bend National Park
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 01, 2021, 07:59:58 PM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 01, 2021, 07:57:07 PM
Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was Giant.

You win the grand prize!  Buy a $20 bottle of wine and send me the bill.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 02, 2021, 01:06:18 AM
screw the movie stars!

did you go see the lights?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 02, 2021, 01:51:54 AM
Quote from: billy rubin on October 02, 2021, 01:06:18 AM
screw the movie stars!

did you go see the lights?

I've spent an hour looking for them before. Boring.  I did take a cool drive through the mountains and desert to Chinati Hot Springs.  Wild country!!  No Country For Old Men - even though I was there.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 02, 2021, 02:25:13 AM
well i confess ive never seen em from the highway.

but i was watching the news one night in midland and they had a reporter with a camera crew out there at that rest area on the highway. just filling in empty broadcast time.

and all of a sudden there they were, on television, live.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 02, 2021, 03:54:08 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 01, 2021, 07:59:58 PM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 01, 2021, 07:57:07 PM
Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was Giant.

You win the grand prize!  Buy a $20 bottle of wine and send me the bill.

:thumbsup2:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 02, 2021, 11:44:15 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 01, 2021, 07:57:07 PM
Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was Giant.

Beat me too it!  ;D
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 02, 2021, 11:45:42 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 01, 2021, 07:58:35 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pnkZQUpNj)

Mule Ear Peaks in Big Bend National Park

You've got the picture thing sorted. :)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 02, 2021, 01:02:03 PM
Quote from: Tank on October 02, 2021, 11:44:15 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 01, 2021, 07:57:07 PM
Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was Giant.

Beat me too it!  ;D

:yes!:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 02, 2021, 08:09:50 PM
Apparently, I satisfied the myriad requirements to travel from the USA to the UK - they gave me a boarding pass.  I can't wait to be poked and prodded in the UK to see how they do it there.  That's Monday.  Then a self-test 2 days before I come home.  Now I'm sitting in the United Club in the Houston airport, waiting for my plane. My next post will be from London, sometime tomorrow, I hope.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 02, 2021, 09:24:37 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 02, 2021, 08:09:50 PM
Apparently, I satisfied the myriad requirements to travel from the USA to the UK - they gave me a boarding pass.  I can't wait to be poked and prodded in the UK to see how they do it there.  That's Monday.  Then a self-test 2 days before I come home.  Now I'm sitting in the United Club in the Houston airport, waiting for my plane. My next post will be from London, sometime tomorrow, I hope.

Looking forward to it!  :D
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 03, 2021, 03:43:55 AM
Ecurb. I put together a map for you, the Great British Road Trip...enjoy!

(https://i.imgur.com/FLrfEtH.jpg)


Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 03, 2021, 05:50:13 AM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on October 03, 2021, 03:43:55 AM
Ecurb. I put together a map for you, the Great British Road Trip...enjoy!

(https://i.imgur.com/FLrfEtH.jpg)

The Isle of Man is well worth a visit, but it requires a ferry.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 03, 2021, 03:57:31 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pnSNBi37j)

Carnaby Street in Soho. This was the center of the Mod fashion scene in the 60's, and is referenced in the Kink's song "A Dedicated Follower of Fashion".

You can click on these to make them bigger.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 03, 2021, 04:00:54 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/poMbxD4Xj)

Shakespeare's Head pub on Carnaby.  I had an Old Speckled Hen Ale here.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 03, 2021, 04:04:29 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pnx6RhMTj)

Street art off of Carnaby.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 03, 2021, 04:06:58 PM
I'll post at least 3 photos every day.  Tomorrow I'm heading north on foot, first to get my Day 2 test, then to Regent's Park, and with any luck, to Abbey Road.  I'm trying for a shot of me crossing where the Beatles crossed.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 03, 2021, 04:23:43 PM
That's an interesting part of London. You are close to Liberty in Regent Street, where you can get wonderful scarves for your wife.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 03, 2021, 06:28:56 PM
is portobello road still a thing?

kensington market?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 03:22:44 AM
Quote from: billy rubin on October 03, 2021, 06:28:56 PM
is portobello road still a thing?

kensington market?

Yes. Portobello Road is in Notting Hill and Kensington Market is near Knightsbridge.  Not sure if I will make it to either - long walk from where I am staying.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Bad Penny II on October 04, 2021, 07:59:42 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 03:22:44 AM
Quote from: billy rubin on October 03, 2021, 06:28:56 PM
is portobello road still a thing?

kensington market?

Yes. Portobello Road is in Notting Hill and Kensington Market is near Knightsbridge.  Not sure if I will make it to either - long walk from where I am staying.

Has anyone called you "luv"yet?
Do have any calming techniques prepared in case someone does?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 04, 2021, 08:25:26 AM
Quote from: Bad Penny II on October 04, 2021, 07:59:42 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 03:22:44 AM
Quote from: billy rubin on October 03, 2021, 06:28:56 PM
is portobello road still a thing?

kensington market?

Yes. Portobello Road is in Notting Hill and Kensington Market is near Knightsbridge.  Not sure if I will make it to either - long walk from where I am staying.

Has anyone called you "luv"yet?
Do have any calming techniques prepared in case someone does?

Wrong end of the country for "Luv" lol
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 04, 2021, 01:45:30 PM
Very cool pictures so far, looking forward to seeing more :thumbsup:...and if you don't mind I wouldn't mind hearing about the food you eat, especially if it's regional varieties.

Now I'm hungry.





p.s. Is it true that in the UK they refer to a "Booster Shot", as "Borchestershire Shot"?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 04, 2021, 05:06:41 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on October 04, 2021, 01:45:30 PM
p.s. Is it true that in the UK they refer to a "Booster Shot", as "Borchestershire Shot"?

:lol:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:15:22 PM
A brief outline of my day before I start posting pics.  I still have a bit of jet lag, so I got up at 4:00 am, busied myself with my morning routine, and then headed out at 6:00 am for The Regents Park and Abbey Road.  Then I cam back to the Hale
Clinic to get my Day 2 Covid Test. Then over to Kings Cross Station, down to the British Museum (where I saw the excellent Nero exhibit), then back to the hotel to rest.  Then back out to shop in Soho, on Carnaby and at Liberty, a large department store. Then more rest, then back out to explore some pubs in Soho and St. Giles.  In all, I walked over 10 miles. My knees will probably punish me tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:19:03 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pmmP1AGqj)

Here I am crossing Abbey Road at the same place The Beatles crossed it on the Abbey Road album.  I guess I am dressed mostly like George here.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:21:49 PM
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Can anyone tell me what this is and what it means?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:25:03 PM
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A photo of Neal's Yard, a little square in St. Giles that doubles as a residential and restaurant area.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: xSilverPhinx on October 04, 2021, 07:30:17 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:21:49 PM
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Can anyone tell me what this is and what it means?

A portal to J.K Rowling's imagination.  ;D
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:30:29 PM
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Bruno asked about food.  This is a Steak & Ale Pie at the Crown & Two Chairmen pub down the block.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:34:03 PM
Yes, Silver, you win a scholarship to the Hogwarts school.  This is found in Kings Cross Station,
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:37:35 PM
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I guess I've visited half a dozen pubs.  Today I was sampling various Scotch whiskies, including here at the Three Greyhounds.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 04, 2021, 07:40:29 PM
That all looks great!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:40:37 PM
Tomorrow I venture east, to the old City of London (the original Roman city area), the Tower of London, Tower Bridge (I will cross 4 bridges tomorrow if my feet and knees allow me) and see various points of interest along the way, including the remains of the Roman wall and The Globe Theater.  Cheers!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 07:58:22 PM
Just got my Day 2 test back and I'm negative.  Yeah!! Guess the vaccine is working so far. Or maybe it's the whisky?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 04, 2021, 08:15:26 PM
Or both. As you can't have more vaccine I would suggest more whisky.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 04, 2021, 08:41:25 PM
Sound and reasonable advice.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 05, 2021, 03:47:09 AM
So glad to see your evocative photos and to hear you made it to some of my favourite places.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 05, 2021, 10:42:01 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 05, 2021, 03:47:09 AM
So glad to see your evocative photos and to hear you made it to some of my favourite places.

He's in our time zone now too!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 05, 2021, 12:03:05 PM
Quote from: Tank on October 05, 2021, 10:42:01 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 05, 2021, 03:47:09 AM
So glad to see your evocative photos and to hear you made it to some of my favourite places.

He's in our time zone now too!

Thank goodness he's been vaccinated.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Bad Penny II on October 05, 2021, 01:45:14 PM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 05, 2021, 12:03:05 PM
Quote from: Tank on October 05, 2021, 10:42:01 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 05, 2021, 03:47:09 AM
So glad to see your evocative photos and to hear you made it to some of my favourite places.

He's in our time zone now too!

Thank goodness he's been vaccinated.

He is triple vaticinated and that's an unnatural amount of ...
what's it an unnatural amount of Green?
Superlative gifts of modern medicine.
No! that's not what I was after, collaborate or be gone Green.
That many vaccinations messes with your ions, my wifi plays up whenever Ecurb posts, the 1/2 avocado from yesterday is browning more that it should, and a butcher bird looked at my funny.  He needs to be ducked.

They've got an excellent ducking stool at Leominster, I think Tank should arrange something.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0f/The_Ducking_Stool_at_Leominster_-_geograph.org.uk_-_15898.jpg/600px-The_Ducking_Stool_at_Leominster_-_geograph.org.uk_-_15898.jpg)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:26:37 PM
Sorry for browning your avocado, Bad Penny.  Here is the Tower of London. If one of Henry VIII wives browned his avocado, she would be sent here.

(https://imageshack.com/i/poCgYLV9j)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:30:09 PM
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Here is the Tower Bridge.  I climbed 206 steps to the top, crossed on the glass walk, and went back down 206 steps. All in the process of walking at least 10 miles, and doing 25 pushups before breakfast.  Not too bad for a 69-year-old codger.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:33:12 PM
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Looking down from the glass walk on the Tower Bridge.  Everything in your body says "don't step on that fucking glass, you idiot!!!!"
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:36:50 PM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pmMp19wEj)

Proof I was here.  Or maybe it is photoshopped?  But I'm not savvy enough to do that! But maybe a 5-year-old helped me?  Oh, hell, there is no proof of anything anymore!!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:40:12 PM
Now for some science.

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Part of the original London Wall.  The top is medieval, and the bottom is Roman, 1800 years old.  Archeology Rocks!!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:43:44 PM
We move to eating and drinking. Had a 12-year-old Glenfiddich here.

(https://imageshack.com/i/poB4j4HRj)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:47:57 PM
Lunch - lobster soup and fish & chips.

(https://imageshack.com/i/pn7raLh4j)

(https://imageshack.com/i/pouNT4wDj)

Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:53:50 PM
Dinner. The Spanish girl at my hotel desk told me in English to eat French, because Soho used to be London's French Quarter.  I obeyed.

(https://imageshack.com/i/pmipEdAKj)

Mushroom risotto.

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Lamb stew.

Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:55:37 PM
Until tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 05, 2021, 07:56:32 PM
Sleep well :)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Icarus on October 06, 2021, 02:00:45 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:36:50 PM
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Proof I was here.  Or maybe it is photoshopped?  But I'm not savvy enough to do that! But maybe a 5-year-old helped me?  Oh, hell, there is no proof of anything anymore!!

The kid took a pix of a fine looking old guy Ecurb.  I do question your judgement about stepping on that fucking glass.  Never trust them damned Brits. Do you suppose that they set glass traps for American tourists?  Keep in mind that they are still mad about losing the war over the American colonies.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Recusant on October 06, 2021, 07:29:56 AM
It hasn't been my experience that the British are still sore about losing the American colonies, except perhaps for some particularly myopic sorts. We still provide them a large target for condescending remarks, just as back in the day.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 06, 2021, 07:50:48 AM
Trump.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Recusant on October 06, 2021, 08:39:53 AM
Indeed. Brexit and Mr Johnson tend to pale some in comparison, but are not to be discounted as competitors.  :snicker1:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 06, 2021, 11:54:49 AM
those glass catealks are not for me either
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Bad Penny II on October 06, 2021, 02:04:06 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 05, 2021, 07:47:57 PM
Lunch - lobster soup and fish & chips.

(https://imageshack.com/i/pn7raLh4j)

(https://imageshack.com/i/pouNT4wDj)

I don't like the look of the fish and chips, they look overcooked.



You can't leave at that, it's too negative, you have to end with something nice.

I don't have any nice presently, can you do it?

I like the colours of the Mushroom risotto.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 06, 2021, 02:57:33 PM
Hello Ecurb,

It looks like you are really enjoying yourself so far...I'm enjoying the pictures quite a bit, and my mouth was watering over the Mushroom Risotto,...as Bad Penny said the colours are nice.
Lobster soup looked quite yummy as well.

I also swore I could smell the lamb when I was looking at the picture. I don't eat meat that often, but occasionally the wife will slow cook some lamb, and the smell of it cooking is always so tempting to me that I can't help myself and have to have some.

Love the picture of the London Wall...can you actually get close to the wall? (I would be sorely tempted if possible to grab a small souvenir if I was there)

Anyway, I hope you continue to enjoy your trip, and stay out of trouble...I don't know that Tank would bail you out if needed. 8)

Bruno

Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 07:48:48 PM
Another 10+ miles today on foot.  Started of going to Notting Hill, passing Hyde Park on the way.  Here is the Marble Arch at Speaker's Corner, and Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

(https://imageshack.com/i/pmxfUVTGj)

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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 07:55:24 PM
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Sea Bass for lunch at The Ivy in Soho.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 07:58:35 PM
Greek Beef Stew for dinner.

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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:02:21 PM
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Oxford Street at sunset.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:06:33 PM
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Regent Street.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:08:38 PM
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What the English do at night.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:11:20 PM
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Quiz: What happened on top of this building on January 30, 1969?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:17:58 PM
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Bruno, here is another wall photo, showing more clearly the line between Roman and medieval.  Yes, you can get close enough to touch it in some places, but I did not pilfer anything.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 06, 2021, 08:55:12 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:02:21 PM
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Oxford Street at sunset.

What a truly beautiful photograph!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on October 07, 2021, 01:03:25 AM
I like this thread.  :news:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 07, 2021, 02:38:22 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:11:20 PM
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Quiz: What happened on top of this building on January 30, 1969?

If that's #3 Savile Row, which I believe it is, than something magical and wonderful happened there! :party:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 07, 2021, 02:43:42 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:17:58 PM
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Bruno, here is another wall photo, showing more clearly the line between Roman and medieval.  Yes, you can get close enough to touch it in some places, but I did not pilfer anything.

That's a really nice picture, thank you...(We'll have Tank check your luggage before you depart) ::)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Dark Lightning on October 07, 2021, 03:20:19 AM
It's just some old chunk of brick I picked up in the countryside, honest!  :D
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 07, 2021, 04:12:34 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:11:20 PM
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Quiz: What happened on top of this building on January 30, 1969?

I think some band played on the roof, but I can't remember more than that. Perhaps the Rolling Stones?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 07, 2021, 10:33:43 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 07:48:48 PM
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portobello!

i used totake the train in from walton on thames on saturdays to spend all my money at the flea markets there.

i recall stuff that were ii to have it now would make me temporararily wealthy, but was dirt cheap there and then

damn thats been a while

i shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 07:55:57 AM
I'm posting later than usual, as I stayed out late last night watching The Mousetrap at St. Martin's Theater.  Yesterday I did the typical tourist stuff, but there was one big surprise, which I will explain later.  I walked south, to Trafalgar Square, across the Thames, to Waterloo Station, past the London Eye, back across the Thames to the houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and down the Mall to Buckingham Palace.  Then I decided to walk the length of Hyde Park again so I could return to Churchill Arms pub in Kensington, where I ate Pad Thai and met a lovely couple - he was a retired stockbroker and his wife was from India. Then back to Soho and getting ready for the play.  For the 4th day in a row, I walked over 10 miles.   
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:07:52 AM
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The London Eye, from the Golden Jubilee walking bridge.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:10:59 AM
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Houses of Parliament. The Elizabeth Tower is being repaired, but you can still see the clock showing.  Big Ben is the bell (Tank reminded me)!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:15:28 AM
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Boudica statue. She was a Celtic queen whose tribe burned Roman London and some other towns, but Nero sent more troops in and defeated her.  Coincidental that I saw the Nero exhibit at the British Museum a few days ago.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:20:28 AM
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Front of Westminster Abbey.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:23:22 AM
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Side entrance to the Abbey.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:25:49 AM
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Inside the Abbey. 
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:32:16 AM
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Buckingham Palace behind the Queen Victoria monument.  Here is where the surprise occurred.  I happened to be there a little before the beginning of the Queen's Baton Relay, which is, I understand, the beginning of the Commonwealth Games, which actually are played next year in Birmingham.  She gives a baton to an athlete and it is carried around to the various Commonwealth countries, like the Olympic Torch. 

Well, guess who showed up - The Queen!!!  I was a few hundred yards away, but I did get some photos.  I'll show you one in which you can see her. She is about 1/4 inches tall and dressed in orange (that's almost literally true).  That will be the next photo.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:36:41 AM
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See if you can locate her a little to the left of center of this photo.  You should be able to tap to enlarge. Sorry, that's as good as I could do with an IPhone.  She came in a car, got out and did the ceremony, got back in the car and left, I guess back to Windsor Castle.

William, Charles and I think Camilla were there, too, but who cares. I saw the Queen!!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:45:49 AM
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For Bruno, my Pad Tai with chicken at Churchill Arms.  For some reason, many pubs serve Thai food.  Kinda fits in with the environment.  This is where I met the stockbroker and his wife. He was English, but had an MBA from Harvard, and worked with Solomon Bros. for 10 years on Wall Street.  Then he went to Tokyo and Hong Kong before retiring at 46 (he is now 71).  So he did very well.  His wife is from India and they also have property in the south of France. He brought me a Glenfiddich 12 (double neat) before my walk back to Soho, and my knees appreciated the anesthetic.

This is a wonderful thing about London - there are so many connections here from everywhere in the world. You encounter everything.  For example, after being here for almost a week now, I can say "fuck" in 27 different accents.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:53:27 AM
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Last photo today.  A scene from The Mousetrap.  Obviously, this is an Agatha Christie play, and it is the longest running play in British history - 69 straight years (not counting the shutdown last year due to Covid).  So, the Queen began her rule in February 1952; I was born in September 1952; and The Mousetrap began to run in October 1952.  And I saw all three of them today: The Queen behind her black bars, myself in the mirror (yuck), and The Mousetrap on stage.  Quite an alignment of the stars for me.  Cheers!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 09:11:49 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 07, 2021, 04:12:34 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:11:20 PM
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Quiz: What happened on top of this building on January 30, 1969?

I think some band played on the roof, but I can't remember more than that. Perhaps the Rolling Stones?

I assume you are joking, but just in case you are not, this is 3 Savile Row (about 10 minutes from my hotel), where the Beatles played their Rooftop Concert, their last public appearance.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 09:15:08 AM
Quote from: Tank on October 06, 2021, 08:55:12 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:02:21 PM
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Oxford Street at sunset.

What a truly beautiful photograph!

I wish I could get more like this.  Everything was just right. Photography is not my strong suite, especially with just an IPhone.  And it is impossible for me to truly capture the effect of what I am seeing. 
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 08, 2021, 10:56:06 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:10:59 AM
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Houses of Parliament. The Elizabeth Tower is being repaired, but you can still see Big Ben the clock showing.

[PEDANTIC]You can't actually see Big Ben as that is the bell inside the tower.[/PEDANTIC]
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 08, 2021, 12:47:16 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 09:11:49 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 07, 2021, 04:12:34 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:11:20 PM
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Quiz: What happened on top of this building on January 30, 1969?

I think some band played on the roof, but I can't remember more than that. Perhaps the Rolling Stones?

I assume you are joking, but just in case you are not, this is 3 Savile Row (about 10 minutes from my hotel), where the Beatles played their Rooftop Concert, their last public appearance.

No, sadly I wasn't! I should stick to classical music in future, where I am on firmer ground. I looked it up in the meantime.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 08, 2021, 02:20:21 PM
we shall now refer to uou as christopher robin
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 08, 2021, 02:29:44 PM
Quote from: Papasito Bruno on October 07, 2021, 02:38:22 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 06, 2021, 08:11:20 PM
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Quiz: What happened on top of this building on January 30, 1969?

If that's #3 Savile Row, which I believe it is, than something magical and wonderful happened there! :party:

It looks like I win the quiz,...I'll shoot you my address Ecurb so you can mail me my winnings :frolic:

Well, it certainly looks like from your wonderful pictures that you are really enjoying your trip, as well as getting lots of walking in which is nice. There's no better way to enjoy a trip abroad than being able to simply stroll around.

That Pad Thai looks very yummy, so thanks for posting...one of my favorite local restaurants is Thai, and I find it intriguing that the pubs there serve Thai, what a nice variety.

Enjoying your pictures very much...the inside of Westminster Abbey looks amazing. I really love old churches, and that one in particular has such a long history. It would truly be amazing to step inside.

I saw Mousetrap years ago (Local Community Performance, and it was quite good), but I had no idea the play has been running for so long in London, wow...so very cool you get to see it there, I bet it was a wonderful performance.

I think I could make out the Queen from your picture, but not sure....you should have asked her why she doesn't visit the forum anymore? I used to really enjoy her posts here.

Don't forget to have a drink or two on Mags... 8)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 03:18:24 PM
Quote from: Tank on October 08, 2021, 10:56:06 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 08:10:59 AM
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Houses of Parliament. The Elizabeth Tower is being repaired, but you can still see Big Ben the clock showing.

[PEDANTIC]You can't actually see Big Ben as that is the bell inside the tower.[/PEDANTIC]

Oh crap, I knew that.  Now I feel stupid.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on October 08, 2021, 03:27:35 PM
Quote from: billy rubin on October 08, 2021, 02:20:21 PM
we shall now refer to uou as christopher robin

Oh yes, he designed St. Paul's Cathedral.
:evilgrin:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 08, 2021, 06:04:02 PM
theres a statue to christpher wren in there somewhere you are walking, bruce. near haymarket?

because of the fire
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 07:31:52 PM
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For lunch, Chicken Ruby at Dishoom, an Indian restaurant in Soho. It is a butter chicken with a smooth curry sauce.  Quite tasty.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 07:35:39 PM
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Went through Chinatown this evening.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 07:37:49 PM
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Pork dim sum, Shanghai style for appetizer at dinner.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 07:39:44 PM
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Cashew chicken for main course.  Very tender and good.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 08, 2021, 07:41:58 PM
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Stopped in at this pub in Covent Garden this afternoon. It's on Floral Street, and lives up to it.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 09, 2021, 09:11:34 AM
Another nice day today weather wise, Saturday.
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Post by: Recusant on October 09, 2021, 12:11:51 PM
I've been enjoying the photo tour of the grand city very much. Thank you, Ecurb Noselrub!
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 09, 2021, 12:28:56 PM
I am still kicking myself for the Big Ben error.  Must remember - Big Ben Bell - BBB.
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Post by: billy rubin on October 09, 2021, 05:03:09 PM
the one in st peters is named great tom

post more pictures. i havent been overseas in 35 years, and havent walked in london since, what? 1972

back then the moving staircases in the tube were still made of wood

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 11:28:36 AM
Made it home last night - 10 hour flight, not much hassle at Heathrow or Houston.  Bill, I'll post a few more photos today - I have hundreds, but I know that someone's account of their own vacation can get tedious.  I'll try not to be repetitive on the pics.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 01:51:11 PM
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Some random photos.  This is the night scene near my hotel in Soho. The French House is a well-known pub in the area.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 01:52:54 PM
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A view from Chinatown.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 01:54:38 PM
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Inside the St. Martin's Theatre.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 01:56:22 PM
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A proper young English woman, near Westminster Abbey.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 01:58:12 PM
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A building across from St. Martin's Theatre.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 02:00:51 PM
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Looking into St. James Park.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 02:02:59 PM
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Ceiling of Westminster Abbey.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 02:07:06 PM
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Had a proper English Breakfast my last morning.  Not sure why the photo turned out yellow. I tried the black pudding - not too bad, but it is best not to discuss how it is made.  Here is what was in it: two fried eggs, a sausage link, bacon (Canadian bacon for Americans), cherry tomatoes, Portobello mushroom slices, black pudding (under the mushrooms), hash brown potatoes and cubed fried potatoes, beans, and toast.  I ate most of it, but left most of the potatoes - just too much food.  It was very good. 

In all, I walked well over 50 miles, never taking public transportation (except limos from and to the airport). It was a "wandering" tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. London is not a grid like US cities.  It is more like a pile of pick-up-sticks, with streets going everywhere - a wanderer's paradise. If you average all the factors, London is ranked as as the No. 1 Alpha Global City in the world, and I can't disagree.  I think it is the greatest city on earth.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 10, 2021, 06:51:19 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 09, 2021, 12:28:56 PM
I am still kicking myself for the Big Ben error.  Must remember - Big Ben Bell - BBB.

Don't stress on it. I can name the things I know about the Alamo on the fingers on my left foot!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on October 10, 2021, 06:54:23 PM
It's been fun sharing your wanderings :)
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Post by: billy rubin on October 10, 2021, 08:19:50 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 11:28:36 AM
Made it home last night - 10 hour flight, not much hassle at Heathrow or Houston.  Bill, I'll post a few more photos today - I have hundreds, but I know that someone's account of their own vacation can get tedious.  I'll try not to be repetitive on the pics.

dont be silly.

im fascinated

i used to set my watch every morning by the clock tower at westminster on my way into waterloo, but i havent been there in years and years. it looks very different in some ways, the same in iothers
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Post by: Recusant on October 10, 2021, 08:53:38 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 02:07:06 PM
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Had a proper English Breakfast my last morning.  Not sure why the photo turned out yellow. I tried the black pudding - not too bad, but it is best not to discuss how it is made.  Here is what was in it: two fried eggs, a sausage link, bacon (Canadian bacon for Americans), cherry tomatoes, Portobello mushroom slices, black pudding (under the mushrooms), hash brown potatoes and cubed fried potatoes, beans, and toast.  I ate most of it, but left most of the potatoes - just too much food.  It was very good. 

In all, I walked well over 50 miles, never taking public transportation (except limos from and to the airport). It was a "wandering" tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. London is not a grid like US cities.  It is more like a pile of pick-up-sticks, with streets going everywhere - a wanderer's paradise. If you average all the factors, London is ranked as as the No. 1 Alpha Global City in the world, and I can't disagree.  I think it is the greatest city on earth.

The Full English is an amazing meal. You missed out, not getting fried bread (https://www.wise-geek.com/what-is-fried-bread.htm). Probably adds another third to the total amount of fats, but if you're eating a Full English you aren't really worrying about something like that.  :lol: 

The Full Scottish is close, but with a hunk of haggis, and maybe preceded by a bit of porridge. I've found that after either one you're set for a full day of adventure, not needing any further sustenance until the evening.
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Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 13, 2021, 06:00:12 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on October 10, 2021, 11:28:36 AM
Made it home last night - 10 hour flight, not much hassle at Heathrow or Houston.  Bill, I'll post a few more photos today - I have hundreds, but I know that someone's account of their own vacation can get tedious.  I'll try not to be repetitive on the pics.

Glad you made it home ok...have enjoyed this, and would still love to see more photos, so keep posting...I also have to say that I don't think I ever saw a picture of you on the forum before this thread, so I was quite surprised how nice you look.
         Would never think you were a lawyer :o
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 14, 2021, 06:31:13 PM
A few more images from Westminster Abbey:

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 14, 2021, 06:32:45 PM
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The Coronation Chair.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 14, 2021, 06:34:48 PM
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Unknown Soldier buried in the abbey.  This is the only floor grave there that nobody walks over. 
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 14, 2021, 06:41:40 PM
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Grave of Elizabeth 1 and Mary 1 (Bloody Mary), who were half-sisters, both daughters of Henry VIII.  Mary remained Catholic but Elizabeth went with dad.  They are buried together, even though they were separated in life.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Papasito Bruno on October 15, 2021, 04:39:07 PM
I've always loved and admired the architecture and designs of old churches...Westminster Abbey looks quite stunning.

Would really like to see that one day.

Anyway nice pictures!
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Post by: billy rubin on October 16, 2021, 01:16:59 AM
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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 17, 2021, 09:23:00 PM
OK, Billy, here are some more pics for you. Here are two shots of the inner works of Tower Bridge - the machinery that lifts the drawbridge:

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Here is the approach to the bridge:

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Here is the view back toward the original City of London from the bridge.  You can see the Walkie Talkie and the Gherkin buildings.

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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 17, 2021, 09:29:27 PM
Here are a couple more from Portobello Road in Notting Hill, since I know you liked the place:

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Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on October 17, 2021, 11:58:51 PM
whats th epower source to raise the bridge? it looks like some sort of mixed machinery. obviously it would have been a steam engine when it was built, but thats out of fashion now

i never spent much time above the gground in london. i went from place to place in the underground, and then surfaced locally to do whatever i was about. i knew the tubes but not the streets
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 18, 2021, 02:49:58 AM
Now it is electricity, but used to be steam. It's a bascule system, sort of like a seesaw on each side.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on October 18, 2021, 03:57:37 PM
And here is an article on the dark side of living on Portobello Road:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/instagram-famous-private-homes-cmd/index.html


Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 16, 2021, 10:36:54 PM
After Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday, my 15-year-old grandson and I are having our first road trip, heading to Louisiana for 3 nights.  The second day we will make it to New Orleans and spend one night in Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter.  I want to give him a taste of NOLA, so on our eating list is Galatoire's, Inn of the Two Sisters, and, of course, coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde.  He will see Bourbon Street, the Mississippi River, the French Market, and maybe a voodoo museum, as well as hear some jazz.  Then, coming back we will take some back roads through Cajun country and maybe see the Tabasco factory at New Iberia. Some education, some bonding, and some fun.  I'm looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on November 17, 2021, 12:12:40 PM
That sounds real fun.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Bad Penny II on November 17, 2021, 01:32:14 PM


We aren't disappointed that Ecurb didn't invite us.
Ye, we're nothing to him so why would he?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on November 17, 2021, 02:46:41 PM
I heard a similar song sung by a street performer in Quebec. Even his voice sounded the same.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on November 18, 2021, 12:53:45 AM
as i recall its not just tabasco. i think every louisiana hot sauce comes from new iberia, with maybe some from avery island

buy your grandson one of those tabasco holsters


https://www.etsy.com/listing/825747060/custom-hot-sauce-holster-leather-tabasco?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_c-accessories-belts_and_suspenders-belts&utm_custom1=_k_EAIaIQobChMIq-Dm_tmg9AIVAryGCh2-FgSyEAQYASABEgIqdvD_BwE_k_&utm_content=go_12569400142_119179562803_507393804196_pla-353036817019_m__825747060_113608921&utm_custom2=12569400142&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq-Dm_tmg9AIVAryGCh2-FgSyEAQYASABEgIqdvD_BwE
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Recusant on November 18, 2021, 07:06:59 AM
Road trips rock. Happy trails and enjoy, Ecurb Noselrub!  :smokin cool:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 18, 2021, 01:20:54 PM
I'll post some pics.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 26, 2021, 02:45:04 AM
Set out after Thanksgiving dinner  our 3 day road trip to NOLA. My grandson has his learners permit, so he drove all the way to our first destination, a Holiday Inn Express in Baytown, Texas. He did well in Houston traffic, driving through on the Interstate at night.  Tomorrow, we complete the drive to NOLA, where we will stay in the Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter. We will have a full day in NOLA, then leave after lunch on Saturday and drive through Cajun Country - Thibodeaux, New Iberia, Breaux Bridge (where we will stay for the night).  Then, we will make our way home Sunday. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow. 
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Post by: hermes2015 on November 26, 2021, 03:30:21 AM
Have a wonderful time.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:05:48 AM
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Grandson Collin at our hotel in NOLA.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:10:39 AM
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The Mississippi River at Algiers point - half a mile wide, 160 feet deep.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:13:50 AM
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Collin about to step out on the town.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:16:22 AM
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Popi (me) about to step out with Collin.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:19:50 AM
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Galatoire's Restaurant on Bourbon Street.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:22:24 AM
Quote from Tennessee Williams: "America has three cities - New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.   Everything else is Cleveland".

I would add San Antonio and Boston, but otherwise, I understand the sentiment.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:25:12 AM
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Collin chose Oysters en Brochette for an appetizer.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:28:35 AM
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I chose turtle soup au sherry.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:32:58 AM
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Collin chose filet mignon with Bernaise sauce for an entree'.  He devoured it and proclaimed that it was the best steak he had ever consumed in his long 15-year life.  It melted in his mouth.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:36:44 AM
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I had Chicken Bonne Femme (good woman chicken??), which was a half chicken with bacon, grilled onions, and potatoes. Yummmmmm.  Couldn't finish it - so much food!
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:39:43 AM
Then we strolled around Bourbon Street and inhaled all the absolute human weirdness. Then ...
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:41:29 AM
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Collin met some friends.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:52:10 AM
I leave you with some random shots in the French Quarter - NOLA is an absolutely unique city.

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Post by: Magdalena on November 27, 2021, 03:58:58 AM
^^^
Cool pictures, thank you for sharing them.
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Post by: Tank on November 27, 2021, 10:35:03 AM
That was a fun set of travelogue shots!
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Post by: billy rubin on November 28, 2021, 12:15:19 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on November 27, 2021, 03:32:58 AM
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Collin chose filet mignon with Bernaise sauce for an entree'.  He devoured it and proclaimed that it was the best steak he had ever consumed in his long 15-year life.  It melted in his mouth.

remember when your life was full of firsts?

i still have them, but i have to go looking.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:17:31 AM
My daily report. Early this morning we went to Cafe du Monde and had beignets. Powered sugar on fresh baked dough. Warm sweetness.

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:23:29 AM
The Bayou Classic (an American football game between two HBCU's - Grambling State and Southern U.) was taking place, and black high school bands from all over the country were in a parade. You cannot capture the energy in their drumming, dancing and playing, but I had to at least post one photo.

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:28:11 AM
Buffet lunch at Court of the Two Sisters.

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:31:50 AM
Then we went along the River Road and visited Oak Alley Plantation, then on through Cajun Country.  The oak tree with the moss is in New Iberia.

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:38:49 AM
We are staying in Breaux Bridge. I chose Sydney Mae's for dinner, and chose well.  I had Cajun seafood gumbo, and Collin had another filet mignon. The photo is of some Cajun bread, which is a heart-attack on a plate. Next to us were Lance and Celeste, and we instantly hit it off. Everyone here seems like family. Of course, I'm sure other folks would have a different impression, but they were friendly, and her Cajun accent was charming. She pronounced my last name like it was French.

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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:42:01 AM
Tomorrow we start back toward Texas and home. We will make a few stops, and I'll have a final report tomorrow. It has been a wonderful trip. Not one problem arose between us. Just a lot of good memories to share. Travel is one of the greatest blessings in my life. I absolutely love it.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on November 28, 2021, 10:40:57 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on November 28, 2021, 02:42:01 AM
Tomorrow we start back toward Texas and home. We will make a few stops, and I'll have a final report tomorrow. It has been a wonderful trip. Not one problem arose between us. Just a lot of good memories to share. Travel is one of the greatest blessings in my life. I absolutely love it.

:popcorn:
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on November 29, 2021, 01:26:31 AM
Here is what we did today on the way home:

1. Stopped at NuNu's in Scott, LA, to buy some Cajun products: boudin sausage and regular sausage to cook at home.,cane syrup (sugar cane is one of the main crops here), and Tabasco sauce;

2. Drove through Crowley, LA, the "Rice Capital of America" - rice "paddies" are everywhere;

3. Back in Texas, I let Collin drive over the "Rainbow Bridge" at Bridge City, Texas.  I have a video, but I can't get it to post, so I'll add some screen shots at the end;

4. Drove through the Big Thicket in Texas, a region of forest so dense with undergrowth that you cannot see or walk behind the first row of trees;

5. Drove through the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation near Livingstone, Texas; and

6. Drove past the Sam Houston statue at Huntsville, Texas - 67 feet high, right on I-45.

The east Texas forest was beautiful, as it just now has fall colors down here. We had a great trip, and I look forward to doing another one with him in the future.  Now, a few shots of the Rainbow Bridge drive over:

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You can see the bridge in the distance.  Looks like it is going straight up.

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Starting our ascent.

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At the top.  The video is much better, but just can't get it to post.
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 23, 2021, 03:28:50 AM
The day after Christmas my wife and I are traveling to Mexico City for 4 nights.  I will send some pics. We are staying in the Grand Hotel right on the Zocalo, the central plaza.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on December 23, 2021, 08:06:19 AM
Excellent! Make sure you take your paperwork. ;)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 23, 2021, 12:57:33 PM
Globe trotter! I was in Mexico ca y2k to buy some cheap wool blankets. Walked over the border at Nogales.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: xSilverPhinx on December 23, 2021, 02:23:19 PM
I enjoy your travel logs, Bruce! Looks like you're having great fun!  :grin:
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 23, 2021, 11:35:18 PM
The tricky thing is omicron. It is not bad in Mexico City now, but that can change rapidly.  I'm triple stuck and will be wearing a mask.  If I get it, I may have to sneak over the border to get back in the US.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on December 25, 2021, 12:04:57 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on December 23, 2021, 11:35:18 PM
The tricky thing is omicron. It is not bad in Mexico City now, but that can change rapidly.  I'm triple stuck and will be wearing a mask.  If I get it, I may have to sneak over the border to get back in the US.

:rofl:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 25, 2021, 12:48:52 PM
Quote from: Tank on December 25, 2021, 12:04:57 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on December 23, 2021, 11:35:18 PM
The tricky thing is omicron. It is not bad in Mexico City now, but that can change rapidly.  I'm triple stuck and will be wearing a mask.  If I get it, I may have to sneak over the border to get back in the US.

:rofl:

Apparently, it is not very hard.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 27, 2021, 02:12:27 AM
The Zocalo, the historic center of Mexico City. At Christmas, it is turned into a giant carnival. 23,000,000 folks in this mega-town.

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A little history: The Zocalo was where Tenochtitlan was located, the capital of the Aztec Empire. After Cortez conquered it, the Spaniards leveled all the Aztec buildings and replaced it with Spanish architecture. On the other side of the Zocalo is Templo Mayor, the remaining ruins of the Aztec culture. The city was built on an island in Lake Texcoco, but over time it has been drained, and today it is the giant Mexico City. The "Mexica" were the dominant tribe of the Aztec culture, and founded Tenochtitlan, which today is Mexico City.

These photos are from my hotel room in the Gran Hotel de Ciudad de Mexico. It's wild out there.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 27, 2021, 02:17:21 AM
The Mexicans are very strange - they seem to like to eat, drink, make noise, and have fun. Reminds me of ... humanity?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on December 27, 2021, 11:18:48 AM
I love your travelogues :)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Bad Penny II on December 27, 2021, 11:56:00 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on December 27, 2021, 02:12:27 AM
The Zocalo, the historic center of Mexico City. At Christmas, it is turned into a giant carnival. 23,000,000 folks in this mega-town.

There are about 25,000,000 on the entire island continent, and I find it much too hurly-burly, there were less than 11,000,000 when I sprouted.
I don't think I will ever travel to Mexico City, thanks for your travelogue though, although it lacks the depth of your Old Blighty 'n Louisiana ones. 
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Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 27, 2021, 09:28:56 PM
I'm just finishing my first 24 hours in Mexico City. Today I went to the pyramids of Teotihuactan, about an hour drive from my hotel. I hired the same guy who who brought me from the airport, and he will take me to other sites, as well.  I can speak a little Spanish to him, and he speaks some English, so we manage.

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This is the Pyramid of the Sun. The hot-air balloons are for tourists to see it from above. I just walked around for about an hour and saw it from ground level. This one is about 213 feet high, not on the order of the Egyptian pyramids, but impressive, none the same. There used to be a temple on top, which was assumed to be for the sun god, but the modern interpretation is that it was for a water god. Unfortunately, there was child sacrifice here. Even with that, the Aztecs had a true civilization. They were advanced builders, though they did not have the wheel or the arch.

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Looking up the Pyramid of the Sun. It is truly massive. Over 1,000,000 cubic yards of material.

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The Pyramid of the Moon. It was dedicated to sacrificial ritual for the entire Teotihuacan cosmology.  These pyramids are between 13 and 19 centuries old.  Obviously, there were stages of construction for the whole complex.

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Back in Mexico City, here are some ruins of the Templo Mayor right behind the Zocalo. This was the main Aztec temple at the time, and after Cortes conquered them it was destroyed. It was not even known that the ruins existed until sometime last century. Now there is a museum  there. There was also a tower made in part from human skulls in this complex. I'm not sure the Aztecs were very friendly folks. Of course, neither were the Spanish, the French, the Portuguese, the English, etc. Just humans, in general.

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No, this young man is not dressed up for a Man United game. He is in Aztec warrior dress. I paid him 100 pesos for the photo. I think Cortes did the same thing, and that's how he conquered them - while they were posing.

Mexico City is over 7000 feet high, and it is over 80 degrees here. That, combined with having to wear a mask, makes it hard for this old codger to breathe. So I at a big lunch, drank a couple of beers, and took a nap. I thought I was ordering just guacamole and goat cheese for an appetizer, but it also had roasted grasshoppers. That was a surprise - guess I will need to look up every single word in the menu description from now on. I tried a few of them mixed with the guac - tastes like chicken (not really, not much taste at all). That will be my only insect dish this trip.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Magdalena on December 28, 2021, 01:01:59 AM
^^^
Very nice, Ecurb Noselrub.  :)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 28, 2021, 01:26:02 AM
(https://imageshack.com/i/pmSOrH48j)

Here is my guac, goat cheese and grasshopper dish. I didn't notice the grasshoppers (crickets???) until I looked closely. I thought it was some chilies or something similar. The first reaction after seeing insects in your food is "yuck". But then you start to consider if you are up for the challenge. At least they didn't hop.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Dark Lightning on December 28, 2021, 01:43:39 AM
^ They were pranking the gringo!  :P
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 28, 2021, 09:09:24 PM
Today I walked to Chapultepec Castle, then back through the Roma Norte district. About an 8 mile walk. I'm beat. The altitude really takes its toll. 

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Chapultepec Castle. Its name means "hill of the grasshopper". It is built on a hill that was considered sacred to the Aztecs. It was built by the Spanish and the Mexican leaders. Today it is a museum. Very pretty grounds and a great view of Mexico City, which seems to go on in every direction forever.

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A view from the castle up Paseo de la Reforma and the Angel of Independence. The American Embassy is on that street.

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A view in back of the castle of the city. There is a bit of a permanent haze on the horizon. The city is in a valley between large mountain ranges, so it is easy for fog/smog to get trapped there.

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Inside the castle. It is quite opulent on the inside, although not nearly on the order of the Russian Czarist palaces.

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The Angel of Independence, celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain.

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This monument inscription says "To the Defenders of the Homeland; 1846-1847."  Against whom were the Mexican defenders fighting?  Against the United States. What we call the Mexican-American War, they call the War of United States Intervention. As a result of that war, the border with Texas was set at the middle of the Rio Grande (Mexico had claimed up to the Nueces River), and Mexico ceded to the US New Mexico, Arizona and California. It halved their territory and spread ours from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Mexico has quite a different view of that war than we do.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Bad Penny II on December 29, 2021, 10:34:08 AM
Oh this is great, I don't have to go to places with water my innards wouldn't cope with yet I can still experience the places.

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Looks like Deep Thought to me, did you have a question for it?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 29, 2021, 12:06:27 PM
Quote from: Bad Penny II on December 29, 2021, 10:34:08 AM
Looks like Deep Thought to me, did you have a question for it?

Hmmm.
1. Why would people spend so much time, effort and money to build such structures, when they could have been been building things that actually did something?

2. Why didn't they reserve the rights to the future income stream that this generates?

3. Why didn't the lower classes who did the work rebel sooner?

4. Why didn't the Egyptians sue them for patent infringement?

5. Why am I interested in seeing these things? Why has it become such an all-consuming drive and goal in my life?

Those are my questions. If you don't like them, I have others. 
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 29, 2021, 08:39:22 PM
Ecurb reporting for his daily travelogue. Today my driver, Christian, took me to Xochimilco (so-chee-milk-oh), and to the lovely neighborhood of Coyoacan, where Friday Khalo, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky lived.

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The boats of Xochimilco. This area is all that is left of Lake Texcoco, which covered the entire valley. It is a system of canals, and the boats take tourists around to see what it looks like. I did not want to wait to get on a boat with 20 other people, so I took some photos and left.

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Casa Azul, the Blue House, where Frida Kahlo grew up, lived as an adult, and died. When she and Diego Rivera were married, they also lived here for a time. I could not get tickets to go in (so many people are here for the holidays), but I got to see it from the outside. Frida was world famous in the 1940s and 1950s. She died at age 47, after suffering her entire adult life from injuries received in a bus accident.

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The main plaza of Coyoacan (place of the coyotes), the neighborhood where Casa Azul is located. It is a wonderful place, with markets, shops, restaurants, parks, etc. Nice people. I bought a bunch of Frida souvenirs for the folks back home.

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Not very picture-worthy, but this is the Leon Trotsky house and museum. He lived in exile here from the Soviet Union. He had an affair with Frida (she and Diego had many affairs), and was ultimately assassinated in Mexico City under the orders of Stalin.  Mexico City was quite the center of attraction in those days.

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Back at the Zocalo, here is a plat of the religious section of Tenochtitlan, which was at the center of the city when Cortes arrived. 200,000 people lived on this island in Lake Texcoco. I am standing in the sacred center taking this photo. The large building is Templo Mayor - I showed you the ruins. Look closely and you will see what looks like a wire rectangular structure in front of the Templo Mayor. The Aztecs strung the skulls of sacrificial victims there so their gods would be reminded what they had done for them.

Bad Penny wants Deep Thoughts, so my Deep Thought on this one is "Damn, I'm glad I did not live in that culture."

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My whole red snapper for lunch. The sauce was delish.  Deep Thought - "Man, that was good. MUCH better than grasshoppers."


Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on December 29, 2021, 10:16:55 PM
wait

grasshoppers?

have i missed a critical reference?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 29, 2021, 10:17:45 PM
I learned that the Aztec language, Nauhuatl, has given a number of words to us that we know in English. Some of them are intuitive, others are surprising. Here is a list of what I found:

INTUITIVE:
1. Tequila
2. Mezcal
3. Avocado
4. Mole (sauce)
5. Guacamole (avocado sauce)
6. Cocoa
7. Chili
8. Peyote

SURPRISING:
1. Coyote
2. Chia (super food)
3. Tomato!!!! (never would have guessed - "tomatl")
4. Shack!!!! (xahcalli - "schacalli" - a grass hut)

Of course, these words went through Mexican Spanish before being Anglicized, but still, it's interesting to know that we all speak a bit of Nauhuatl.

Deep Thought for Bad Penny - "I wonder if I speak any Australian without knowing it? Crikey, what a thought! I had better drink a Fosters).

Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 29, 2021, 10:18:42 PM
Quote from: billy rubin on December 29, 2021, 10:16:55 PM
wait

grasshoppers?

have i missed a referenve?

Yes, go back up a day or so.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on December 29, 2021, 10:21:32 PM
ah

ver cosmopolitan
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 30, 2021, 12:03:25 PM
I tested negative on my Covid test, so I am headed back to the USA today. For my last post I will give my overall impressions of Mexico City - the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and to finish on a positive note, the Very Good. I will treat each category in a separate post so it doesn't get too long.

First, a general comment on international travel: while I love going new places and experiencing other cultures, international travel is a giant pain in the ass. Yes, I understand the need for Covid measures, but since Covid (especially Omicron) is already everywhere, the restrictions on flying should be minimized. After requiring vaccination and the wearing of masks, all the testing should be done away with. We don't do it for travel within our country and shouldn't do it internationally. Mexico did not require a test for me to get here, but I have to test to get back into my own country, even though I am triple vaccinated. I think it is unnecessary.  They have taken all the fun out of flying, loaded you down with onerous testing and documentation requirements, and added to the stress of life. All the travel apps and testing apps that you get don't always work right (like everything else), so you are left to scramble to try to comply. It sucks. Just require vaccinations and masks, and let people move in freedom. My opinion.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 30, 2021, 12:28:44 PM
The Good: Generally, Mexico City is a great place to visit. As the fourth largest metropolis in the world and the capital of a major nation, it offers everything you would expect in a giant city. Like any other place, stay in the right location and you will be safe and enjoy yourself. I highly recommend it. The best points -

History - I think I have given you a sense of the depth of history here: pyramids that date back over 1500 years, the Aztec civilization, the Spanish Conquest, Mexican Independence, the conflicts with my nation - the USA, the cultural developments of the last century - history is oozing from every pore here. I only scratched the surface of what the museums here have to offer - you could spend weeks browsing in them. In this respect, Mexico City is in the same class as Rome, London, Paris and the other great world cities.

Culture - All the aspects of a deep and developed culture on on display here: excellent food, joyful and passionate music, a blend of Old World and New World architecture, indigenous and European language components, the good and the bad of religious influences, and travelers from all over the world. You will not be disappointed to experience it.

The People - Mexicans are generally courteous, friendly, cooperative, fun-loving, and interesting people. For all the negative press, I did not have a single bad encounter with a native. Sure, I was careful to stay in the right places, but I would do that in New York or even Austin. I wandered the markets of Coyoacan and did not feel unsafe for one second. I stood out like a sore thumb, but no one tried to take advantage of me. I specifically want to mention Christian, my driver, who assisted me 4 out of the 5 days I was here, and the hotel staff at the Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de Mexico, who assisted me multiple times, especially yesterday when my self-administered Navica Covid Test app (curse the name) would not function properly and they raced to get me tested locally. Wonderful folks - bless them.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 30, 2021, 12:36:10 PM
The Bad:  Not as significant as the good, but I have to be complete and objective.

Crowding - Around my hotel, during the holidays, one step outside immediately put me in the middle of 1000 people. Every street, every plaza, people everywhere. Nothing you can do about it, but if crowds bother you, you might vacation in the desert somewhere. I will say that the crowding wasn't much worse than I experienced in Soho in London. It was just more prevalent.

Traffic - Fortunately, Christian knew all the short-cuts and diversions, so we only experienced significant stoppage a few times. But I saw some traffic jams that I would not want to have anything to do with.

Cleanliness - OK, no city is perfectly clean. I would say that Mexico City gets a 7 overall, so that's not really bad. I saw a few places where it was a 3 or 4 when we were driving outside the center, and one or two places where it reminded me just a bit of Mumbai, India (the filthiest place I have ever been).  But overall, it wasn't that bad.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 30, 2021, 12:55:15 PM
The Ugly:

Poverty - This is the one ugly part of this country, but that does not differ from poverty anywhere. Outside the city proper, you can see tens of thousands of cinder block houses packed tightly together covering the hills for miles. I try to imagine living in those conditions - it depresses me. It is not like what I saw in India, with the hellish slums of the large cities, but it is bad enough. Poverty is ugly everywhere, and to be born into it is a curse. Like governments everywhere, the Mexican leaders are not doing a great job in dealing with the welfare of their own people in this regard. Curbing population growth, expanding educational opportunities, government work programs, and liberalizing the economic system to allow more access to more people are all goals for which governments fall short. Those with power and money are selfish and don't want to give up what they have. So corruption and graft breed, and the innocent suffer. That is more a comment on humankind than just on Mexico, but it is right in your face at times when you come here.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 30, 2021, 01:10:43 PM
The Very Good:  I don't want to leave you with the wrong impression of Mexico City. Come and see it. Get vaccinated, put on a mask, drink bottled water, and come have a good time. The Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de Mexico is fantastic, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of the hustle and bustle of human endeavors in the Zocalo. Did you see the opening scenes of the Bond movie "Spectre"? It was filmed at the Zocalo and the Gran Hotel. The roof-top restaurant Terraza is excellent. You can eat good food, drink good wine, enjoy open air dining, and watch the madness of the Zocalo 50 feet below. You will meet wonderful people, see interesting sights, experience a warm and passionate culture, see the chaos and charm of people getting it on with life. I give it my highest recommendation. 

I have been many times to Mexico, but always a border town or near a border town, or a resort like Cancun. You cannot evaluate a nation based on those experiences.  Now, I have a better perspective on the country, a greater appreciation for its soul. The land of Mariachis, the birthplace of tequila (the country should get an A+ just for this alone), a country that laughs in the face of death by celebrating it with painted skulls, how can you not love it?  I leave you with happy face for these trying times.

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Viva Mexico!!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on December 30, 2021, 05:18:43 PM
^^^this is why i read your posts.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on December 30, 2021, 06:38:29 PM
Love your travel news.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on December 31, 2021, 02:44:09 AM
Me too.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on December 31, 2021, 03:01:31 AM
how can you drink tequila but not mezcal?
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on December 31, 2021, 03:24:39 AM
Mezcal is stuff that got kicked out of Tequila School. 
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Icarus on December 31, 2021, 03:26:56 AM
Ecurb's travelogues are marvelous.  Thanks EN
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Recusant on December 31, 2021, 07:42:17 PM
Here, here!  ;)

:bravo:
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on January 01, 2022, 12:59:24 AM
As a result of this trip I started reading more on Meso-American civilizations. Fascinating. I also learned about the Columbian Transfer - what the Old and the New World got from each other.  They gave Europe chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, maize, avocados, etc. The Old World gave the New World horses and smallpox, wiping out at least 80% of them. I think the Old World came out ahead on that one.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on January 01, 2022, 01:21:26 AM
There is Another

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Interchange
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Dark Lightning on January 01, 2022, 01:28:24 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on January 01, 2022, 12:59:24 AM
As a result of this trip I started reading more on Meso-American civilizations. Fascinating. I also learned about the Columbian Transfer - what the Old and the New World got from each other.  They gave Europe chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, maize, avocados, etc. The Old World gave the New World horses and smallpox, wiping out at least 80% of them. I think the Old World came out ahead on that one.

Mustn't forget syphilis, acquired from sheep, hitherto unknown in the "new world".
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Tank on January 01, 2022, 06:49:03 AM
Potatoes, never forget potatoes!
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on January 01, 2022, 02:59:41 PM
Ah, yes, another wonderful transaction - we give you potatoes, you give us syphilis. What a deal!

And billy, thanks for mentioning the pre-historic north-south transfer.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: billy rubin on January 01, 2022, 03:16:59 PM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on January 01, 2022, 02:59:41 PM
Ah, yes, another wonderful transaction - we give you potatoes, you give us syphilis. What a deal!

And billy, thanks for mentioning the pre-historic north-south transfer.

it wasnt a human one, but its a parallel to what you are talking about. its still going on. nine banded armadillos crossed into texas from the south somewhere around 1900, iirc, and by 1960 they had made it as far north as kansas, where i recall my father pulling one out of the garbage can in the alley. that armadillo would have been a pioneer, at the leading edge.

the virginia opossum only made it across panama less than million years ago. its ears get frozen off up in michigan these days, so its probably as far up as it going to go.. and stuff has been going south, like the north american puma.

biogeography is really interesting, but i want to hear more about mexico
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Icarus on January 02, 2022, 06:51:27 AM
I continue to learn from my friends at HAF.

To damned bad that we are so few.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on January 02, 2022, 04:35:33 PM
Street musicians - some really good ones in Mexico City. Right in front of my hotel a guy sounded like Pavarotti, and an older cellist played with the passion and skill of YoYo Ma or Pablo Casals (IMO). He did a rendition of Schubert's Serenade that fed my soul.  These a talented people.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on April 29, 2022, 11:08:09 PM
This past weekend my wife and I traveled to Schulenburg, Texas, in the middle of a large German, Czech, and Polish area of Texas. Thousands immigrated here from the Old Country in the 1800s. We did a tour of the "painted churches", which are beautiful. I know most don't care about churches here, but the interiors of these wooden Czech Catholic churches are amazing. Here are some photos:

(https://imageshack.com/i/pmfzR8ymj)

St. Mary's High Hill.

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Sts. Cyril & Methodias, Dubina.

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St. Mary's, Praha.

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After the tour, we went to the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, and drank some Shiner beer - founded by Germans. After that, we ate at Lucy Tequila's in Schulenberg, so we mixed Mexican, German and Czech cultures. A true Texas Fusion day.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Dark Lightning on April 30, 2022, 12:22:53 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on April 29, 2022, 11:08:09 PMThis past weekend my wife and I traveled to Schulenburg, Texas, in the middle of a large German, Czech, and Polish area of Texas. Thousands immigrated here from the Old Country in the 1800s. We did a tour of the "painted churches", which are beautiful. I know most don't care about churches here, but the interiors of these wooden Czech Catholic churches are amazing. Here are some photos:



(https://imageshack.com/i/pm5sd5d8j)



Is that a depiction of the FSM, near the top?  ;)
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: hermes2015 on April 30, 2022, 04:42:14 AM
Quote from: Dark Lightning on April 30, 2022, 12:22:53 AM
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on April 29, 2022, 11:08:09 PMThis past weekend my wife and I traveled to Schulenburg, Texas, in the middle of a large German, Czech, and Polish area of Texas. Thousands immigrated here from the Old Country in the 1800s. We did a tour of the "painted churches", which are beautiful. I know most don't care about churches here, but the interiors of these wooden Czech Catholic churches are amazing. Here are some photos:



(https://imageshack.com/i/pm5sd5d8j)



Is that a depiction of the FSM, near the top?  ;)

Ha, done in pretty Bauernmalerei style.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Icarus on May 01, 2022, 06:44:11 AM
Churches or any other structure with such beauty and demonstration of fine art and exceptional craftmanship, definitely earn my respect.

On the other hand, I tend to think of such magnificence as a monument to man's ego rather than a temple of God.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Ecurb Noselrub on May 01, 2022, 01:47:28 PM
Quote from: Icarus on May 01, 2022, 06:44:11 AMChurches or any other structure with such beauty and demonstration of fine art and exceptional craftmanship, definitely earn my respect.

On the other hand, I tend to think of such magnificence as a monument to man's ego rather than a temple of God.

There is probably some truth to that. Over time these churches have served as much as a point of community pride and an inspiration of a sense of identity as they have a place of worship.
Title: Re: Ecurb's travels
Post by: Buddy on May 03, 2022, 02:45:28 PM
Beautiful pictures Bruce!