Hol18: Salzburg – Amadeusville

When you arrive in Salzburg, you know you are in Mozart’s town.  He’s everywhere in the form of 2 Mozart Houses, numerous statues, music venues and every item of tourist tat you could think of.  I have to confess to actually not liking classical music (I’ve watched the Amadeus movie a few times..) and I’ve no real academic interest but he has definitely become a bit of a tourist magnet for the city.

mozart statue
One of the better Mozart statues
mozart platz
Mozartplatz
Salzburg Mozartplatz
Mozartplatz

Of the 2 Mozart houses, we visited the Mozartheim – where he grew up before going to Vienna. His birth house in the main shopping area is above a Spar and had much longer queues. There’s no photography permitted inside the Mozartheim – and it is rigorously enforced.

Salzburg Kasse Mozart
Mozartheim

One slightly dodgy statue of Wolzgang is artist Markus Lüpertz’s ‘Hommage to Mozart’ outside St Mark’s church.  The half male/female ‘lumpy’ piece isn’t overly prominent in the city tour guides and not too revered by its citizens.  It puts the Ronaldo one in a bit of perspective.

salzburg mozart statue
Hommage to Mozart. It reflects his inner turmoil, apparently

Finally despite all the keyrings, stickers, phone covers and countless other pieces of tat, my favourite item of shopping is the Mozart Chocolate Balls. (genuine Salzburg)

salzburg mozart balls
Chocolate classical balls

Kit – Ricoh KR-5 and Fomapan 100.

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 – Ljubljana 1

I had no real expectations regarding Ljubljana having little knowledge of the city or indeed of Slovenia beyond the usual photos of Lake Bled.  It was however one of the friendliest, relaxed, photogenic and enjoyable cities I’ve been to in Europe,  and there seemed to something going on at every junction along the river.

The area around the Triple Bridge can attract the artists and the crowds.

Ljublijana sax band
Shredding sax and drums
Ljublijana busker
Dylan / Neil young tribute act
Ljublijana busker
maker of … sounds
Ljublijana protest
Animal rights protesters

There is a statue of France Prešeren, Slovenia’s greatest literary figure near the bridge which is a general meeting point – and the starting point for the excellent Free Walking Tour.

Ljublijana  preseren
France Prešeren – national poet and Julija obsessive

 

And in direct line of sight from Prešeren is a little wall statue of his unrequited love and subject of many a poem, Julija Primic.

Juliija
Julija Primic – object of Prešeren’s desire

 

And of course if you’re hungry there’s many food vendors.

Ljublijana food stand

All shot on the Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100.

Hol18: Venezia 3 – what to shoot?

Venice is great to visit  – but every bugger will have taken every conceivable picture there is to be taken.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t take photos, try to find something different to shoot or just decide to visit somewhere and record what’s there.  I didn’t do the usual slow shutter speed shot of blurred gondolas parked on the lagoon with San Giorgio Maggiore in the background (no tripod anyway..) but with a bog standard film camera / prime lens and cheap monochrome film you’ll get something different from the thousands of smartphone grab shots and selfies.

 

Music indifference, St Marks, Venice
Indifference to music on St Mark’s

 

Venice
St Mark’s from the Lagoon

 

 

 

Venice
A bloke fishing.  In Venice.

 

Murano
Deliveries, Murano

 

 

 

Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia
Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia..  so it is

 

Venice
Icon

 

 

 

Venice
The dynamic range of cheap 35mm film
Murano
Murano canal.

All photos shot with the Ricoh KR-5 on Oriental Seagull 100, developed in Ilfosol 3..

 

Hol18: A funny thing happened on the way…

Rome Forum 01
Forum Romanum (Roman Forum)

Any trip to Rome should really include some Roman sites – as in ancient Rome.  There are numerous sites across the city, but as it was my first trip to Rome the easiest thing to do was the Forum and Colosseum.  Oh, and a quick travel tip – go early (obvious) and buy your combined ticket to both at the Forum entrance – everyone seems to queue at the Colosseum for a ticket, with your pre-bought ticket you can just walk smugly by.
For photography I had the sturdy Ricoh Kr-5 with a roll of Oriental Seagull 100.  After one shot, it was obvious that the Ricoh’s batteries were done – I’d no metering so it was Sunny 16.  And as it was very, very sunny, basically F16 at 1/125 or 1/250 for toning it down a bit.

The forum was at the heart of ancient rome – market places, temples, government buildings, courts – if it was happening in Rome, it happened here.  The remains date from around the 7th century BC to around the 3rd century AD.  The sense of history and place is amazing and more than I’m capable of describing, but for a tourist with a camera it’s a delight to take a slow walk around the ruins and try and capture some essence of the place.  Even on a 40 year old camera with a dodgy meter.

 

Rome Forum 08
view from the hill
Rome Forum 09
a column..
Rome Forum 11
Temple of Vesta (home of the Vestal virgins, Procul Harum fans..)

Rome Forum 02

Rome Forum 12
the obligatory peace sign pose

Rome Forum 05

Rome Forum 07
fountain

The Forum is well worth a visit, and actually makes for a much nicer photo walk than the Colosseum – which isn’t too shabby either.