Hol18: auf wiedersehen goodbye

I enjoyed Salzburg – plenty to see and a great city for walking about.  I probably didn’t get the best of it not being a classical music lover or enjoying fine (= expensive) dining.  However there are a few city views that would warrant a return.

 

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View along the River Salz
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Inner city Cafe – Salzburg style

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Hotel Altstadt – fixer a bit spent in developing…
salzburg viewpoint
Salzburg Spire
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Cycling from the Sound of Music tour

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..

 

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The river – Ljubljanica

 

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The old Franciscan church 

 

 

 

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Ljubljana cathedral spires

 

Ljublijana kiosk
European cities excel in their wee kiosks

 

 

 

Ljublijana Library
The stand out stone work of the city library

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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more Slovenians on another bridge
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: Slovenia – Lake Bled 2

It’s not all about the lake.  Bled has some good walks and viewpoints around the lake, although it is prone to changes to the weather.  I never made it up to the castle – it was wet and the light was going, but there it was nice to see the area away from the crowds at the lake.

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The Old Parish house, Bled
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A pub.  since 1903.  Bled
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translated – rustic Pizza (is that movie?)
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Shirne at the Parish house
bled island shop
old shop front
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St Martin’s church
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St Martin’s church
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St Martin’s church


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View from the hill – away from the lake

Photos shot on the Ricoh KR5 and Rollei RPX25

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
wedding 2
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

Hol18: Rovinj, Croatia (Hrvatska)

My first moments in Croatia (I find Hrvatska a bit difficult to pronounce) were getting off the ferry in Rovinj,  and Rovinj is very, very easy on the eye.
It’s got a very nice town square.

Rovinj town square
Rovinj town square

It’s got very pleasant bars – all decked out with the very recognisable flag.

Rovinj Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo bar
Rovinj steps
with seating down to the sea

In its old town centre, there is a baroque church overlooking the bay – the Church of St. Euphemia (she was from Byzantium, apparently)

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Church of St. Euphemia
Rovinj church
Church of St. Euphemia

Around the town, there’s no shortages of places to have a drink or to photograph.

Rovinj taverna
 Taverna, Rovinj
Rovinj ruins and house
House among some ruins

 

Rovinj old town
Old town
Rovinj at the Copa Pizza
At the Copa..  View from the bay

While I was here, I tried for the first time some Rollei RPX25 film, it was pretty bright after all.  And the RPX25 is the most grain-free film I’ve shot. 

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Rovinj in the evening
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Man in window of pizzeria.  It’s like a basic advent calendar
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decorative house, Rovinj

Rovinj was nice introduction to Croatia and a base for a relaxing few days.  It’s not the most dynamic of places, but a good entry point travelling by ferry from Italy.

Camera:  Ricoh KR5 with Fomapan 100 (the grainier shots) and Rollei RPX25 (no grain)

Hol18: Venezia 2. Giudecca

Giudecca is the longish island that lies opposite the main island of Venice and you can get to it by vaporetto from St Marks.   One of the main attractions is that it’s relatively quite and peaceful.  Being mainly residential, most tourists don’t go across, but it’s a delightful place with some magnificent churches, views and cafes.  En route the vaporetto also stops at San Giorgio Maggiore, the little island with the landmark church everyone photographs from across on the main island.

 

San Giorgio Maggiore
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
Church of the Santissimo Redentore, Giudecca
Church of the Santissimo Redentore, Giudecca
cool bloke, Giudecca
Giudeccan..  nice hat.
Giudecca
residential area, Giudecca
Vaporetto stops, Giudecca
Vaporetto stop, Giudecca
venice giudecca
Giudecca waterfront
Selfie.  Giudecca
along the waterfront, there is a set of mirrors.  For the Venetian selfie

Kit: Ricoh KR-5 and Oriental Seagull.

Hol18: Venezia 1. Gondolas.

This was my third visit to Venice but my first staying on the island – near the Arsenale (1-0 to the..) – as opposed to being a day tripper from elsewhere.  Venice is a crazy illogical place, has a love/hate relationship with tourists but I love it totally.

It can be an expensive place to visit.  Eating and having a coffee on St Mark’s would take up a two-day food budget for me and a Gondola ride starts at around €70.  I prefer the Vaporetto saver tickets and just photograph the Gondolas.

Grand Canal, Venice
On the Grand Canal
Gondola musician
Musical accompaniment
Venice
gondoling by the restaurant
Venice
enjoying the gondola
Venice
parked
Gondola racing. Venice
Gondola races

Photos all taken on the Ricoh KR-5 and Oriental Seagull 100.

Hol18: Arrivederci Roma

Rome was everything I thought it would be – magnificent in its ruins, churches, history and people.  I’ll go again, maybe in autumn when the heat isn’t as crazy.  The sites, streets, piazzas are all undeniably photogenic and maybe in less tourist-heavy seasons, I’d take a more measured photowalk round the numerous easily walked.  Here’s some random shots of Rome.  Shots taken on the Ricoh KR5 and Lomography Earl grey 100 film.

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view of  Castel San Angelo
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Castel San Angelo
Rome Catharine Siena
Catharine of Siena
Rome fountain
a rather ornate fountain
Rome Happy Hour
Happy Hour
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Street scene
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Ornate Building
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Roman Street


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Cafe along the Tiber
rome Trattoria
Trattoria
rome trevi 4
Tat at the Trevi Fountain
rome kiosk
A kiosk selling Kodak

 

Hol18: Status Civitatis Vaticanae

That’s Latin for Vatican City, the Catholic Church’s city state in downtown Rome.  Now I’m not one for religion of any shape nor of certain religions’ supra-earthly claim of superiority over actually-very-earthly things.  The Catholic Church in particular has been on dodgy ground over many things in the last two millennia yet it still has unfathomable status in the lives of people and nations around the world.  And at the Vatican, it has established an undeniably photogenic tourist trap.

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St Peter’s Basilica

St. Peters Basilica  – and the Square  – is magnificent. From every angle.

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St. Peter and the gang
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playing “Spot the Nun”

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Pius the Ninth.

It’s not all Catholic mysticism, history and solemnity.  Vatican as a city state has to function like cities.  There’s a post office.

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An Post..  as the Irish pilgrims call it
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Goods inward – with Swiss Guard on the gate

And everything for the Tourists, of course.

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A female tourist in a wide brimmed hat is cooled by the Maderno Fountain
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Tat touristico Vaticano

Now – a bit of a personal beef.  The security at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica wouldn’t let me in.  Why?  I was wearing the wrong shorts.  Now they were waving by all sorts of folks in summer attire – male/female, shorts, skirts all at several levels of skimipness.  My pale, inoffensive yet atheist legs however were banned.  I tried discussing the logic of this in light of the appearance of numerous others, I channelled a bit of Wallace and Gromit referencing The Wrong Trousers but to no avail.  So I hung around for a few minutes and mingled in with a tour group to gain access.  There’s also a ban on photography which is almost univerally ignored.  Including myself with the phone.

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St Helena
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Interior
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Peter
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Those scandalous Northern Irish godless legs and footie shorts

There is of course the other side of the Catholic Church and its history that isn’t on full view.  A rather innocuous looking building is the Palace of the Holy Office.  Or.. The Inquisition.

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nobody expects The Inquisition

And of course there is the history of the highly dodgy Popes. I’m thinking the Borgias and in particular Pope Alexander VI, a gent who made Tony Soprano look like Winnie the Pooh. But his tomb is not on view in St Peter’s with the numerous other Popes’. He can however be found about 15 minutes away, in the Spanish national church of Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli. But I tracked him down, and there was no issue with the legs. Maybe he wasn’t that bad a Pope.

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Alexander VI – Bad Borgia Pope
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Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli. Exterior
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Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli. (Interior)

The Vatican and Catholic presence in Rome is great to visit and is visually and historically fascinating.  But I find the overblown sense of self-aggrandizement a bit grating given the mixed history and lust for power that the Vatican represents.

A few practicalities – don’t go early, everyone does this to beat the crowds so there are very large crowds.  Mid afternoon is a bit less frenetic.  And make sure leg-wear goes to below the knees.

Camera – Ricoh KR-5 / Oriental Seagull 100 and the Huawei P9