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Last week, my work took me to Germany.  It was my first visit to Hamburg.  The trip lasted the typical just-under-two-days, but I did have a free afternoon to look around. Hamburg is a small city, well organised and easy to cover on foot.  But it was freezing! Snow and ice everywhere.  On the day I left (Wednesday) it was snowing again.  Ice floated on waterways and sat stubbornly on sidewalks.  Some lakes were almost completely frozen.  The main Christmas tree on the big lake was still there late February, waiting for the ice to thaw… hopefully before Easter.

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I’m out of the snow and back home today.  It’s around 20ºc in Kuwait, which is a welcomed change for me.  This was London yesterday.  I woke up to a white blanket all over London Town.   Lucky my flight was late evening, and the weather calmed down considrable,  Apart from a twenty minute delay for de-icing, the rest of the flight was perfect.

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I lived in London for more than fifteen years, but this was the heaviest accumulation of snow I’ve seen.  My trip has changed and I’m back in London over the weekend for some meetings during the week.  Colleagues, new to London, were asking me what to do on Saturday morning.  I offered shopping, but they preferred to join me on my ‘photo walk’.

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Not the easiest shots I’ve taken recently… especially when wearing a suit! I took these early this morning outside my hotel before heading to our France office in Sens.  It was -3°c and it continued to snow the rest of the day.

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It’s nothing new to any business traveller reading this post, but this is all I saw of Paris during my trip – and probably all I will see.  However I still thought it was worth sharing.  The snow wasn’t as bad as what I saw on the news in London, but it covered Paris in fluffy white rather quickly.

My meetings are outside Paris but I took the above shot very early this morning from my hotel balcony.  Click to get the larger view to see some of the snow flakes near the street light and the car’s headlamps.  The snow storm got a little heavier later and I just heard that 30 flights were cancelled at Paris CDG Airport earlier today.  I’m further south now, and there is no sign of snow. The forecast suggests -3˚c  and snow showers.

Not many people can guess correctly where I took this photograph.  Most seem to think it’s South Asia somerhere.  In fact I took it in Woking Surrey.  This was the closest mosque to the office.  It also happens to be the Europe’s first purpose-built mosque – outside of Muslim Spain.  Read its full history here.

In the snoowwww…..

I think snow will always have this affect on me… I feel like a child.