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1326 metres above sea level yeah it's quite something when you climb there. Bones of the soldiers killed in battle are laid inside a marble sarcophagus at the base of the structure.
 

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Venice Floods 2019

People sitting out at cafe tables knee deep in floodwater in Venice.

 

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Fog over Sofia, Bulgaria last night



Thw billowing clouds are water vapour from natural gas heating plants.
 

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

[h=2][/h] A musician dressed as Santa Claus poses for a photo with passengers in a bus decorated for Christmas and new year celebrations. :Merry Xmas:
 

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Icy dips mark the feast of Epiphany



Bulgarians sing, play bagpipes and chain dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during Epiphany, in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria on Monday to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs.
 

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Celebrate Epiphany - the Feast of death by Cold Water Shock! :eek:
 

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Romania's new year bear dancers



T
he Bucovina and Moldova regions in the north-east of Romania are rich in traditions and ancient customs. Lots of towns and villages host winter festivals and parades; one of the biggest is the Festivalul de Datini și Obiceiuri Strămoșești (the festival of customs and ancestors’ customs) in Comănești on 30 December. Different groups come from miles around to participate, and it has become best known for its bear dancers: groups who process through the streets in bear costumes, often made from real animal furs, some as much as 50 years old.

The bear was a sacred animal in ancient Romania. It’s thought that the tradition of dancing bears originated many centuries ago among the Roma who would visit villages just before New Year with real bears on leashes to dance and chase away bad spirits from the outgoing year. When the country was under communist rule, it was banned; bear dancing was made illegal in 1998; and, when Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007, the last of the dancing bears were bought from their owners and “retired” to a bear reserve in the Rila mountains.
 

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People wear face masks in response to bushfire smoke haze in Sydney.
 
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