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Občina Tolmin

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  • Day33

    Tolmin

    June 24, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    4kms walk in the mountain and along the ISONZA River discovering the Tolmin Gorges. Then cold swim in the River (between 5 and 9°C).

    4kms de marche dans la montagne et le long de la rivière ISONZA à découvrir les gorges de Tolmin.
    Puis, bain frais dans la rivière (entre 5 et 9°C).
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  • Day12

    Stage 26: dreznica to tolmin

    September 5, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Another blue sky day though quite chilly. Walk up past interesting sculptures and through small towns. Big up to pass but fairly gradual. Long down with a swim in the Soca river awaiting us. Last bit into town and ultimately find a hostel for the night. Head back up for BT (beer time ) and huge dinner with lots of veggies- finallyRead more

  • 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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  • Day232

    Sapota a hit?

    June 16, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    After a fairly solid lunch, we took a short hike up to Slap Sopota. Initially I wondered who Sopota was and what she had done wrong but Larissa laughingly explined that Slap is Slovene for waterfall. (Who said Slavs don't have a sense of humour?) Reminds me of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains.
    Apparently the mountains surrounding us are riddled with cave systems and are drawing an expanding crowd of adventure tourists. Andre and his gang have been asked by the property owner where they are building a garage if they would clear the entrance to one system that begins in a sinkhole 10m from his backdoor.
    It seems to be common knowledge that illegal hunters gut their kills and leave the offal in bags up in the hills. In this case, as Marco found to his digestive system's detriment when lowered on a rope to inspect the condition of the cave entrance, they had been tossing the bags down the sinkhole, where they not only decomposed but also attracted other animals who then could not escape so contributed more mass to the atmosphere. The guys do not appear to be very keen to take the job.
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  • Day223

    No kanal

    June 7, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Here in Slovenia, at a small mountain village called Kanalski Lom just over the border with Italy, my hosts Andre and Larissa are renovating a small cottage and garden.
    Andre qualified as a civil engineer but his life has been redirected by an encounter with Leukaemia from which he is supposed to be convalescing. He says he feels more invigorated getting up to start work at 6 and constantly on the go between his 5 ongoing projects. He is acting as project manager in the reconstruction of various buildings in the area, made more difficult perhaps by knowing everybody having been born and bred about 6 km away.
    Larissa is a nurse who has been working with disabled children and is now going on to geriatric care for a while. She has no desire to work in a hospital, preferring like many of her generation to remain local, growing much of the food and hanging out with old friends even if that means doing with less money. Turns out she is the same age as Nandalie.
    Slovenians have been charming and welcoming to me: we have not been able to visit any town without someone - often related to Andre - saying hello and stopping for a chat. All the roads are narrow, so locals do complain about the 60 seater buses that clog the roads and provoke German motorcycle posses.In high Summer there is an over supply of motorhomes and cars that result in a quick trip to the shops taking up to 3 times longer than in Winter.
    We are at about 600m altitude and the nearest town with a cafe is Mosti na Soci, 400m lower and about 4km away. Village life is not centred on the church, although people have turned out for the Saint's day and are having a bit of a picnic. I took this shot because there is a man standing in the bell tower with a hammer: real man, real hammer and he bangs out quite a tune!

    It must be a Slavic thing as, like Russians, everybody sinks shots of (frequently home made) schnaps at the slightest opportunity; Na zdravje!
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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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  • Day232

    Javorka

    June 16, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Javorca
    In the southern part of the Triglav Park you can find the Alpine pasture of Polog, above the valley of the Tolmika river, where the rear echelon of the Austro-Hungarian army could recuperate in a relatively safe haven from artillery fire during WWI, and where members of the Austro-Hungarian 3rd Mountain Brigade created this church between March 1 and Nov 1 1916
    The Soca (Isonzo) Front from 1915 to 1917 was an area to be avoided if possible. Sadly, many Italians and many Austro-Hungarians were not allowed the choice. The names of 2564 Austro-Hungarians who died fruitlessly are recorded on oak shingles on the walls of this church.
    Remigius Geyling, a Vienna painter and stage set designer, was a 1st Lieutenant who took part in the battles. He drew up the plans for the "Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca". The soldiers, most of whom were tradesmen, constructed the monument under another one of their officers, Hungarian Lieutenant Geza Jablonszky.
    The Coats-of-Arms of the 20 provinces that comprised A-Hungary are remembered in panels on the exterior walls. This one is 'Trieste / Trst'.
    Just up the valley during WWII the German Army obliterated the Simon Gregorcic Partisan Brigade in the pastures of Sleme and Mali Stador. So it is fitting that the modern Sentiero della Pace dalle Alpi all' Adriatico, (that from the town of Log to Trst,) passes through this place, where on St Vitus\ day an Orthodox mass is held and at Whitsun, a Catholic one.
    It is a very pretty chapel in a very tranquil setting, and not a Coca-Cola vendor in sight.

    Inscribed above the door by Italians renovating the building in 1934 is the phrase:
    "Ultra cineres hostium ira non superest".
    [Anger / violence does not survive the ashes of the enemy.]
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  • Day227

    Arch triumph

    June 11, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Its the day of the wedding in Tolminski Lom, the next village, and the village lads have turned out to prepare the "parton". This is an arch of spruce boughs under which the bridal couple must pass and which holds a sign wishing them luck. They must keep the sign safe until the next wedding when they hand it over to the newlyweds.
    Now each village has its own variation on the theme, and there is great rivalry between them. Andr, who comes from Tolmin on the other side of Most na Soci, is quite scathing about their preparation for he tells me in his village all the unmarried souls turn out to make an elaborate parton covered with flowers and baubles, and he is ashamed that he shows me this paltry excuse for one.
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