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Overnight: Carnival in Cologne, Germany

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KarnevalKoelnw398h264Cologne (in German 'Koeln' or 'Köln') - is on the Rhine River in Northern Germany. It celebrates 'Carnival' - or 'Fastnacht' - the weeks time before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday in a very different way than the southern Germans do. There are parades but there are also fancy dress parties, a feature of which, as you might guess, is much drinking, the presenting of kings and queens, and a 'Buettenredner' - a teller of jokes in 'Koelnisch' - the dialect of German spoken in and around Cologne.

Here's one of those parties:

Here's a Wiki on the Carnival in Cologne.

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Overnight: Carnival in Venice

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Photo: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2009/feb/12/venice-carnival-local-street-party

Photo: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2009/feb/12/venice-carnival-local-street-party

If you could only go to one carnival celebration in Europe, this would be it (although there are many other worthy candidates) - the Carnevale di Venezia - Venice. Many carnival celebrations are loud - the Venice Carnival is subdued and understated. Buon divertimento!

Just another beautiful mask:

Photo: http://www.travelblogexchange.com/profiles/blogs/venice-carnival-10-days-of

Photo: http://www.travelblogexchange.com/profiles/blogs/venice-carnival-10-days-of

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Sydney New Year fireworks display in full

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Video- President Obama, First Family Attends Annual "Christmas In Washington" Concert

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