How do people deal with me?

Apparently this is what people resort to when stuck in Europe with me for a whole month!

Victoria Argyle smoking from a huka

Smoking from a huka.
I tried it too but I don't recommend it. It's kinda icky. Caffeine is still my drug of choice.

Frederick convinced Vicki that kissing the arse of the solider brought good luck ...

Insanity kicks in after a while and they start believing anything they're told. Frederick convinced Vicki that kissing the arse of the solider brought good luck.

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Two bad photos in a row, so I thought I'd better include a nice one :)

More from London

Here are some photos I forgot to add from my trip around sooty, icky London.

Big Ben in London.

Big Ben in London.

The Globe Theatre. Apparently this is where William Shakespeares original plays were performed, albeit this is obviously not the original building.

The Globe Theatre. Apparently this is where William Shakespeares' original plays were performed, albeit this is obviously not the original building.

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Cologne

After traversing the Rhine, Vicky, Vikas and I headed north to Cologne. We didn’t spend much time there, but the huge Cathedral in the middle of the city sure is an impressive site. Construction started in 1248 and didn’t finish until 1880! It was the tallest man-made structure in the world until 1884.

The Cologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral

3D image of the inside of the Cologne Cathedral

3D image of the inside of the Cologne Cathedral

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Another 3D image of the inside of the Cologne Cathedral

Cologne was decimated after 262 air raids by the Western Allies during World War II. By the end of the war essentially all of Cologne’s pre-war Jewish population of 20,000 had been deported or killed. The photo below shows the devastation of the city.

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Cologne in 1945. To see the full devastation in detail, view the high resolution version. Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo (which I obviously did not take!).