Hol18: and that was it

Last few shots of Munich.  It was my favourite spot on the European tour – the beer, the weather, the very German signage, the beer, the architecture, the metro (clean and punctual) and the fact that every green space contains a beer garden.  I’ll go back.

 

a wee kiosk
Shopping for the Touristen
tat
quality tat
peters tower
Peter’s church ticket booth
window box shadows
windows
mezzomix
Mezzo Mix – the genius of adding coke and fanta
frauenkirch1
Frauenkirche
albertgasse
quiet beer drinking area
wee fountain man
fountain heads
alone in the alter hof
a quiet part of Munich
hotel am markt
such wonderful signage
munich palace
the Palace
munich door
Door of Munich
valentin museum
Valentin Museum

 

And finally – lederhosen, sex and falafel all under one roof. So German

so german

Ricoh KR5 and Agfa APX

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.

hofbrauhaus1
Entrance to a world of beer
hofbrauhaus2
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: 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: 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 – 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