Hol18: Signs of Salzburg

Austria and southern Germany have really eye catching signage on hotels, cafes, shops – whatever some old building needs to identify itself with.

salzburg  apothek sign
A fancy chemist.  Engel’s
Salzburg Cafe Innenhof
Inner city cafe – Salzburg style

 

 

salzburg Gosser sign
Gösser drank here
salzburg towers
A nice bit of sign, spire and cloud

 

cafe konditorei
sweetie shop / cafe
salzburg street hats
more signage
corner cafe salzburg
Eulenspiegel bar

Ricoh KR5 with 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: 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: No Place Like Rome 2

Romans  – the current ones, not the ancients – are more often than not a stylish lot as are many of the tourists, at least not the sweaty football shirt-wearing middle-aged Irish ones.    And like Paris, it’s easy to snap a more flattering street shot when you’re in such beautiful and iconic surroundings.

rome along tiber 01
Just like the banks of the Seine

 

Rome busker
Roman Busker – I suspect more aged than his youthful demanour
rome cafe
Roman cafe – bloke inside
Rome, Girl in a cafe
roman cafe – girl outside
rome trevi 3
Capturing the magnificence of the Trevi Fountain
rome fountain 1
Drinking water freely available

Photos shot on Ricoh KR5 with Oriental Seagull 100

HOL18: No Place Like Rome 1

When you get to a certain age, holidays should be a time for rest and relaxation. So this summer I decided to backpack from Rome to Munich over 3 weeks with an old film camera.  The robust Ricoh KR5 with a few K-mount lenses was the kit of choice with a Vivitar V3000 body as backup although this became quickly irrelevant when the back of the Vivtar fell off in transit.  

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I did have a digital option – a Fuji X20 compact and a Huawei phone – but the aim was to capture the holiday on monochrome film and with no specific photographic objective in mind other than always having the camera with me.  So first stop was a few days in Rome.  While with some cities it’s often a struggle to convey a visual identity, Rome has no such problems exuding a certain cool.  And on every street, you’ll find scooters – Vespas.

 

rome Vespa
Classical building and a Vespa
rome Vespa
Vespa.  One of many.
rome street scene 4
I love a wee European kiosk.  And a Vespa
rome casual
Woman on a scooter admiring other scooters.

It’s worth mentioning that the traffic in Rome is bloody awful and this pale middle-aged northern European would look ridiculous wobbling around the Roman vias with a well reduced life expectancy.  Unlike the natives, however who have a natural born ability to safely navigate the eternal city while remaining the smartest looking people in Europe.

Photos shot on the Ricoh KR5 on Oriental Seagull 100.

 

Tokyo: Asakusa

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is a real tourist trap, traditionally a ‘pleasure quarter’ – we don’t have many of those in NI.. – it’s a great day trip for the temple and the market.

Photographically I arrived with an  Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100 which had a broken meter so was shooting manually on 1/40th – and a Nikon F60 loaded with Tri-X.  On probably the brightest sunniest day of the year.  Probably a case for digital..

Anyway  – the Sensoji temple

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Sensoji Temple – Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100

 

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Sensoji Temple – Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100

 

A Chōzuya,  for pre-worship purification

asakusa temple
Chōzuya.  Nikon F60/Kodak Tri-X

Then for shopping, there is the Nakamise arcade area.

asakusa shopping street
Entrance to Nakamise, Nikon F60/Kodak Tri-X

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Posing in kimonos while shopping.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X 

asakusa souvenirs
Souvenirs.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

It’s a smallish area but you can still be sold the guided tours

asakusa seller
Tour guide. Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

asakusa parade
Random music parade.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

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Kimomos and umbrella.  Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100

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Just the umbrella.  Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100

asakusa couple
Just the kimonos. Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

asakusa arcadeshopping
Quieter moment.  Nikon F60/Kodak Tri-X

asakusa arcade
Covered arcade. Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

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Information.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

The magic of travel is that at home two of the least likely things I would do would be worship and shop. With or without the camera.