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The Top of Europe

Well, not really.  Switzerland’s Jungfraujoch region calls itself “The Top of Europe” but Mount Blanc, in France, is the highest point in Europe at 4,810 m (15,781 ft).  Jungfrau clocks in at a relatively measly 3,471 m (11,388 ft), but there is publicly accessible transport up to it.  Basically it’s the highest point in Europe you can buy a … Continue reading »

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The Sky’s the Limit

As it turns out, I’m not the only, nor indeed the first, person to think it ironic that something called the “Pacific” ocean would be home to some of the bloodiest and hardest-going battles of the Second World War. I had the great fortune to meet and spend time with a man who thought much … Continue reading »

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Rant

Last few days have been a blur. Finished off Oslo in a mad rush, visiting the Norwegian Holocaust Museum (housed in the same villa Vidkun Quisling appropriated for himself during WWII). The museum has, surprisingly, a fine collection of ephemera from the era: Then a blast across the Bygdøy peninsula for a peek at something altogether more … Continue reading »

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Reykjavik after dark

Off to the infamous dong museum today. For the impatient (but not the squeamish) I’ll just cut to the chase: Pictured above is the biggest dork in the place, standing next to a whale penis.  There’s many, many penii in the collection, including bear, rat, hamster (the collection’s smallest, at just under 2mm) and, yes, … Continue reading »

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Iceland before Dark

Travel tip: don’t arrive in Iceland at 06:00 local time. Unless you’re a smuggler of some sort, in which case, yeah, that’s when you want to arrive. We didn’t, in any real sense of the phrase, “go through” customs. There wasn’t even anyone there to wave us through. I mean the place was deserted. You … Continue reading »

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