Hol18: Munich and Beer #1

Munich or München (but why is it FC Bayern Munich in English and not FC Bavaria Munich ? – we need to know) has long been on the bucket list despite around 25 trips to Germany over the years.  Finally I got there as the final stop on my 2018 European tour with a few days to kill before heading back to Dublin.  And of course as the least hipster tourist in the world, my first stop was the Hofbräuhaus.  The world famous beer hall and tourist trap.  And it was magnificent despite the crowds and tourist prices.

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Entrance to a world of beer
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outside the Hofbräuhaus

 

Once indoors, it was time to go digital with the lovely Fuji X20.

Hofbräuhaus, Munich
the ubiquitous logo
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
The HB Barrel
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
see what they did there?
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
a swift half
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
the wee shop
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
the locals’ table (I saw no locals…)
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
tonight’s turn
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
shredding tuba solo
Hofbräuhaus, Munich
gettin’ funky with the spoons

Many other photos were taken on the Huawei P9, but were drinking selfies which are better not to be shown.

Colour pictures – the Fuji X20, mono on the Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100

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.

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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.

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View of Lake bled (Fuji X20)
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cheesey lakeside pose

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

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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.

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

 

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the walk up to the church
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Door of the Church of the Assumption
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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