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.
Once indoors, it was time to go digital with the lovely Fuji X20.
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
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.
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.
Having rowed to the island, there was a wedding to crash – complete with piper.
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.
After a few hours on the lake and island, it was time to head inland and up.