oh Jacko I have been looking forward to this!!
Germany sounds great.
Unfortunately I can't see the pictures, Photobucket is blocked for me. too bad, because they sound like they are something.
Sorry about your experience in Toronto with Air Canada....I was on my way to New York City one time via Toronto , and I got stormstayed overnight in Toronto. But not before they made us sit on the tarmac for an hour (in July! and no A/C on in the plane!) before they made the call to cancel the flight. That was fun.