Slovenia
Most na Soči

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  • Day225

    Hills alive with the Sound of Music

    June 9, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    My timing has been perfect for experiencing the local festival, which they tell me is shrinking year by year. Some relics of the communist past are hard to break, and the mayors of the local towns who should be facilitating the event for the benefit of the population do not want to stick their heads above the parapet. So they do nothing.
    This tiny stage is all that remains of a once glorious tradition. The party goers were all standing around chatting to each other, drinking and generally behaving well.
    There are 3 big, back-to-back festivals in the valley later in the year: Heavy Metal, pop and reggae. The biggest by far, attracting 30,000 people, is the metal one. Surprisingly, this is also the best behaved group even though movement is well nigh impossible. The worst is reggae which seems to be frequented by impoverished drug users and brings little to the economy.
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  • Day223

    Alps

    June 7, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    A strange symbol on top of the mountain opposite the house.
    The head of the Soci valley where much fighting between Italians and Austro-Hungarians took place during WWI. The hobbit house was built long before the kiwis had them: this one housed artillery and machine guns though.
    The weather is very variable as the warmer air from the Adriatic meets the cooler air from the Hungarian Steppes over these mountains. This storm cloud over Krnsko Jezero formed and disappeared within 20 minutes.
    One fortunate by-product of the weather systems is that hang-gliding and parasailing enthusiasts have one of the best environments for flying in Europe. Many push their luck too far though: although fatalities are rare the helicopter gets to practice quite often. Some of the valleys have particular systems that act as traps. Get caught in the cooler air in the valley and there is no way out.
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  • Day223

    Town with the most

    June 7, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It could be a delightful weekend escape for romantically inclined couples if the hotel by the bridge had not closed. Instead Most na Soči, occupying a rocky crest above the confluence of Soča and Idrijca rivers, is just delightful.
    7,000 grave sites date settlement back to between the late Bronze Age and the Roman period but not much seems to have happened since then. The earliest name seems to have been "In Ponte Sancti Mauri", (at Saint Maurus' bridge.) Then it became "Sveta Lucija na Mostu", (Saint Lucy on the bridge) after the local church; followed by 'Santa Lucia di Tolmino' and "Sveta Lucija ob Soči", (Saint Lucy on the Soča River) before ending up as 'Most na Soči' as a result of the communist government 1948 Law on Names of Settlements and Designations of Squares,
    One suspects a sense of humour regarding the chrome bannister leading down to the water. Is it a lure or a test for those with walking difficulties? Larissa assures me that it is in fact a work of art, though she finds it inapproriate and incomprehensible - as do I.
    Construction of the dam for the Doblar hydro plant downstream has backed the river up to form a torquiose lake which reflects the mountains and adds colour to an evening glass of schnaps.
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Most na Soči, Most na Soci

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