Hol18: The Sound of Villach

On the second day in the southern Austrian metropolis of Villach, a street music festival was taking place.  I took some photos, naturally.

Villach Drummer
drummer eye contact and a person’s feet
keys Villach
shredding keys
band shot 2 Villach
the band
Villach bass
a rather dapper bass player
Villach flamenco guitar
a thoughtful guitarist
Villach flamenco dancer
traditional Austrian flamenco
Villach flamenco band
The Full Spanish

Hol18: Villachers

A few more shots taken while lurking around the quiet yet delightful Austrian town of Villach.

There’s the usual source of nutrition by the river

King of Bratwurst Villach
The Bratwurst King

A cliched shot of object-obscuring-head

flowerhead Villach
flower in place of head

Some decorative cafe/hotel decal – something you see a lot of over here

Post cafe Villach
An Post
Villacher
a few locals..
villach claire wendy
… a few tourists
Villach church
going by the church to the Biergarten

Ricoh KR-5 and Fomapan 100 providing the imagery.

Hol18: Villach – Austrian surprise.

This part of the trip was a bit unplanned.  Trying to get a cheap train north from Ljubljana resulted in a few nights staying in Villach, a town in the Gailtal Alps in southern Austria on the river Drau.  I hadn’t heard of until I checked the direction of the railway line on Google Maps.  And it turned into quite a nice stopover.  We got a good value AirBnB in a residential area overlooking the town and spent a nice 48 hours around the river, churches, statues, squares, beer and food.

A bit like Ireland, there’s no shortage of places to go for a drink.  Villach has its own brewery  – Villacher beer – and a splendid Brauhof.

Villach Brauhof
Villacher Brauhof

 

Villach Brauhof 2
and Biergarten

Also like Ireland, there’s the church for each bar.

Villach St Jakob side
Church of St Jakob
Villach St Jakob
Church of St Jakob
Villach rathaus fish
On the site of the old Rathaus, there is a commemorative fish..
Villach Centre
the main shopping street has a splendid fountain

And there’s a statue of the most famous Villacher – painter and sculptor Hanns Gasser

Villach Gasser
Hanns ‘Two N’s’ Gasser

Down by the river, you can get a splendid 2 hour beer cruise with a nice backdrop of bridges and mountains

Villach River 3
River Drau
Villach river 2
River Drau

Kit – Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100

Hol18: Slovenia – Ljubljana 2

Away from the crowds and walking tours there are many quieter streets and walks in the centre of Ljubljana to indulge in a bit of street photography and to try and capture the look and feel of the city, even around the Triple Bridge when it isn’t so crowded..

 

Ljublijana  river
The river – Ljubljanica

 

Franciscan Church Ljublijana
The old Franciscan church 

 

 

 

Ljublijana church
Ljubljana cathedral spires

 

Ljublijana kiosk
European cities excel in their wee kiosks

 

 

 

Ljublijana Library
The stand out stone work of the city library

 

ljubljana bridge
One of the Triple Bridge (s)

 

 

 

Ljublijana market
government offices..  and the main market
Ljublijana morris column
Morris Column and scooter – staples of all smart European cities

 

Ljublijana  statue
Valentin Vodnik –  poet, journalist and priest
Ljublijana street scene
a quiet street in the cathedral area

 

 

Ljublijana street scene
an overcast street in the cathedral area
Ljublijana street scene
residential arches

 

 

Ljublijana  slovenians on a bridge
more Slovenians on another bridge
Ljublijana  sign
Union Beer – Slovenia’s finest

All shot using the Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100

 

Hol18: Slovenia – Lake Bled 2

It’s not all about the lake.  Bled has some good walks and viewpoints around the lake, although it is prone to changes to the weather.  I never made it up to the castle – it was wet and the light was going, but there it was nice to see the area away from the crowds at the lake.

bled parish house
The Old Parish house, Bled
bled pub
A pub.  since 1903.  Bled
bled rustic pizza
translated – rustic Pizza (is that movie?)
bled shrine
Shirne at the Parish house
bled island shop
old shop front
bled church2
St Martin’s church
bled church1
St Martin’s church
bled church
St Martin’s church


bled skyline
View from the hill – away from the lake

Photos shot on the Ricoh KR5 and Rollei RPX25

Hol18: Slovenia – Lake Bled 1

It’s on many bucket lists of places to visit and Lake Bled didn’t disappoint.  From Ljubljana you can get a direct bus or the more civilised option – the train to Lesce Bled and a short bus ride to the Lake.

lesce bled
Lesce Bled station – one hour from Ljubljana

Once at the Lake – the customary things to do are take a walk along the lakeside, hire a rowing boat, head over to the island and back, and then take a walk up to the castle. All very predictable no doubt but no less of an experience.
I didn’t get the usual shot from the high vantage point of the lake and island – the day became a bit overcast, wet with some bright spells and the Church of the Assumption on the lake was covered in scaffolding for renovation work.  As it’s such a great place to visit, sometimes the photos have to take second place to the experience, even with some Fomapan100, Rpx25 and a wee bit of digital on the Fuji X20.

lake bled view
View of Lake bled (Fuji X20)
lake bled 2
cheesey lakeside pose

Having rowed to the island, there was a wedding to crash – complete with piper.

piper
Piper – colour digital (Fuji X20)

With the Ricoh loaded with the extremely slow Rollei RPX25, I managed to get a shallow depth of field in a pre-rain sunny spell – and hardly any grain.

piper bled
Piper  – 25 ISO film
wedding crashers, Lake Bled
the Bride and Groom
wedding 2
Bridesmaids
wedding reception bled
about to nick the champagne

 

lake bled island
the walk up to the church
bled church1
Door of the Church of the Assumption
bled church2
Church of the Assumption and some scaffolding..

 

After a few hours on the lake and island, it was time to head inland and up.

Kit:  Fuji X20, Ricoh KR5 with Rollei RPX25

Hol18: Pula, Croatia

Pula was an hour’s bus ride from Rovinj and is a great spot for a day trip with a bustling old town, Roman ruins and plenty to point the Ricoh at.

pula tourism
Tourist info – Pula

Pula has its own amphitheatre, a wee colosseum.

pula ampitheatre 3
Pula Amphitheatre
pula ampitheatre
Pula Amphitheatre
pula wall
old building with 3 owners embedded
pula rain
refuge from the rain – it can get wet

Croatia of course has a fascinating recent history, particularly during the second world war where as well as being occupied by Nazi Germany, it had its own collaborating dark side – the fascist Ustaša which was resisted and subsequently defeated by anti fascist Yugoslav movements.  There are a number of memorial to anti-fascism and Pula has a large memorial garden alongside the main harbour.

pula antifacist memorial
Anti-fascist memorial
Pula Tito
Tito
Pula memorial
anti-fascist memorial
pula petrovic
Ruza Petrovic – partisan blinded by fascists

Back in the old town the town-hall is on a old Roman site
Pula ruins

pula bar
some old buildings of course become bars

And various remnants of old walls and portals into the old city

Pula archway 2
archway into old town

 

pula James Joyce
and of course, there is the Irish presence – a James Joyce bar

Shot on Rollei RPX25 and Fomapan 100.