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Top photos from December, 2011

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December 12th, 2011I took a breather from my chaotic Ottawa life to test my new camera on CP and CN and on some aircraft at CYOW on the way back up. I learned on my lone CN that my camera's mode dial is much easier to knock than its predecessor and blew the approach shot completely. Overall, big fan of the new camera, though! Keep an eye on the site in early January, should be quite a bit of interesting new material from the holidays...
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Finch, Ontario(map) The CP Winchester sub spans from the end of the Veaudreuil sub out of Montreal to Smiths Falls. Finch is roughly 20 miles East of Smiths Falls on the Winchester sub.
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Iroquois, OntarioIngleside, Ontario, is near Morrisburg on the CN Kingston sub.
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Monkland, OntarioMonkland is midway between the 417 and the 401 on the 138 which connects Ottawa to Cornwall. The CP Winchester sub passes through this small community.
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Ottawa, Ontario(map) Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is home to the O-trains, a busy Via station, and the Ottawa Central.
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December 20th, 2011I went into London for a few hours and explored my way back to Marlow.
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Didcot, England(map) Didcot is the site of an EWS freight yard, large railway junction, and a historical museum that is accessible directly from the passenger station.
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London, England(map) The English capital is a highly busy railway-using city with an extensive passenger network.
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Maidenhead, England(map) Maidenhead is the junction of a main line and the Marlow branch.
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December 21st, 2011I left High Wycombe for London, dropped off my bag at a friend's house, had lunch with my cousin, got on the train to Cambridge at London-Liverpool St, watched trains at Cambridge for some time in failing light, had curry with a friend there, and hopped the train back to London-King's Cross and back to my friend's house.
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Cambridge, EnglandCambridge is an academic and high tech city about 45 minutes on the express train north of London.
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December 22nd, 2011We took the London overground to Willesden Junction, explored there, took the Underground on the Bakerloo to the Jubilee line, got off at Westminster, found Parliament closed for the holidays, walked to Trafalgar Square for lunch, on to Covent Garden, toured the Transport Museum, found the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, grabbed a doubledeck bus on route 242 to Hoxton to the Monster Supply Shop, stopped in at the East London Furniture Company, on to London Hackspace, and across to Brick Lane for curry on a street where salespeople from each of the numerous curry restaurants try and pitch you on a deal to get you to eat there instead of next door, then took the Overground back to Camden Town, catching a Freightliner intermodal on the Overground tracks as we detrained.
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London, England(map) The English capital is a highly busy railway-using city with an extensive passenger network.
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December 23rd, 2011Walked to London-St Pancras International for the 8am EuroStar to Brussels. I was hoping to have some time to explore both the train and the platform, but was surprised to discover airport-style security and procedures at St Pancras and so was not able to get a shot of the EuroStar either there or in Brussels. The Chunnel was... well, dark. And my seat on the EuroStar was marketed as a "window" seat, but it had a pillar between the large windows and so I could not see out. It was fairly anticlimactic and I ended up sleeping most of the trip instead. In Brussels I watched trains come and go at the station, finding them dirty and unattractive. I caught the ICE at 14:25 to Cologne, where I got off the train, walked across the platform, and boarded the train to Duisburg that was leaving so soon I was moving before the ICE that I had gotten off!
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Brussels, BelgiumBrussels is the capital of the European Union.
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Dusseldorf, GermanyDusseldorf is an industrial city in the Ruhr Valley.
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Liege, BelgiumLiege is near the Belgian-Dutch-German border.
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December 24th, 2011My hosts here took me exploring in the area immediately around where I am staying. We explored Munchengladbach (without the camera) and then Krefeld, riding the tram back.
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Krefeld, GermanyKrefeld is a small city between Dusseldorf and the Dutch border.
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December 25th, 2011We travelled to Cologne for lunch with family of my hosts, then spent an hour exploring the cathedral, railway station, and historical bridge in the city's centre.
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Koln (Cologne), Germany

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December 26th, 2011I left Krefeld for Fulda, taking an hour to step over the border into Holland with a quick trip into the town of Venlo. The weather was unpleasant and so I did not go far. Then back on the train and off to the small city of Fulda, northeast of Frankfurt.
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Dusseldorf, GermanyDusseldorf is an industrial city in the Ruhr Valley.
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Frankfurt, GermanyFrankfurt is one of Europe's most important transportation hubs, with its airport the city's largest employer and the train station equally important to the domestic transportation system.
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Krefeld, GermanyKrefeld is a small city between Dusseldorf and the Dutch border.
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Venlo, HollandVenlo is just over the Dutch-German border from Monchengladbach.
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Viersen, GermanyViersen is north-west of Monchengladbach on the German-Dutch border.
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December 27th, 2011I explored Fulda with a friend there, then took the train up to Hamburg for the next item on the checklist.
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Fulda, GermanyFulda is a regionally important city comparable in size to Guelph. It is best known in modern times as a strategic city in the Cold War that both NATO and the Soviet Union essentially had plans to destroy in the event that the war became hot.
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Hamburg, GermanyHamburg is the second largest city in Germany, and has the country's largest seaport. It is also home to Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model train layout, an impressive site I highly recommend.
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Hanover, GermanyHanover is around an hour south of Hamburg.
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Luneburg, GermanyLuneburg is just outside of Hamburg to the southeast.
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December 28th, 2011I visited Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model train layout, and then spent some time exploring downtown Hamburg before taking off for Berlin.
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Berlin, GermanyOne of the most storied cities I've visited, Berlin is the capital of the reunited Germany with many reminders of the Second World War and the Cold War everpresent in the city, a must-visit for any European traveler
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Hamburg, GermanyHamburg is the second largest city in Germany, and has the country's largest seaport. It is also home to Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model train layout, an impressive site I highly recommend.
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Wittenberge, GermanyHalf way between Hamburg and Berlin is Wittenberge. The area is full of large wind farms.
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December 29th, 2011A friend of mine living in Berlin showed me around this vast historic city, walking for some five non-stop hours. It is an amazing place which words can't really describe. From there I took the overnight train to Zurich, Switzerland.
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Berlin, GermanyOne of the most storied cities I've visited, Berlin is the capital of the reunited Germany with many reminders of the Second World War and the Cold War everpresent in the city, a must-visit for any European traveler
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December 30th, 2011I travelled from Berlin to Zurich on the overnight City NightLine train, arriving in the morning and leaving my bag at Zurich's only hostel (which cost more than the train) before hopping back on the train to Sargans to take a bus into Liechtenstein. After walking an hour in Liechtenstein I got back on the bus and back to Sargans, where I caught a train to Bregenz, Austria, before returning to Zurich to spend a long, nostalgic evening with an old friend.
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Altstatten, SwitzerlandAltstatten is between Buchs and St Margrethen along the Swiss-Austrian border.
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Bregenz, AustriaBregenz is the first city into Austria coming in from northeastern Switzerland.
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Buchs, SwitzerlandBuchs is directly across the border from Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
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Sargans, SwitzerlandSargans is a small town on the border with the city-state of Liechtenstein.
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St. Margrethen, SwitzerlandSt. Margrethen is a town on the Swiss-Austrian border near Bregenz, Austria.
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Vaduz, LiechtensteinVaduz is one of a small number of cities to be found in the miniscule country of Liechtenstein, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria high in the Alps.
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Zurich, SwitzerlandZurich is the financial capital of Switzerland, which in turn is the financial capital of Europe. Prices are out of this world, and so is the surroundings. Switzerland, in its entirety, is a place I will definitely return to.
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December 31st, 2011I took the train from Zurich to Geneva where I caught up with my family in transit in a different direction entirely, and celebrated New Years at the Hotel Calvy in Geneva.
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Geneva, SwitzerlandGeneva is the southwestern most city in Switzerland, along the French border at the end of Lac Lemac, a beautiful, scenic lake in the Alps.
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Morges, SwitzerlandMorges is between Zurich and Geneva.
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Neuchatel, SwitzerlandNeuchatel is between Zurich and Geneva.
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Zurich, SwitzerlandZurich is the financial capital of Switzerland, which in turn is the financial capital of Europe. Prices are out of this world, and so is the surroundings. Switzerland, in its entirety, is a place I will definitely return to.
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