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Today, pictures from valued commenter Sister Golden Bear.
Here’s some of the more artsy shots from a trip to Slovenia and Croatia a few years ago. (More from Croatia, as well Bosnia and Montenegro to come.)
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Rick Steves calls Lake Bled the perfect place to take a vacation from your vacation — and yes, it’s quite relaxing. One reason Tito had a vacation home here.
Lake Bled is nestled in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, almost at the border with Austria. There’s a small island in the middle of the lake with a church on it.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is popular with tourists, and there’s numerous boats available for rent.
For almost five year Rovinj — on the Adriatic Sea coast — was one of the most important towns under Venetian rule in the area of what is now northwest Croatia. Rovinj was fortified by two rows of defensive walls, remains of which can still be seen today. It remains an important administrative center and fishing port, but it’s known more as tourist destination with an atmospheric old town, built on a headland.
Balbi’s Arch was built in 1678–79, on the site of the old town gate. On one side, there is the carved head of a Turk while on the other side is the carved head of a Venetian.
The Monument to the Sun consists of 300 multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle, with the photo-voltage solar modules underneath. These power lighting elements installed in a circle that producing a night-time light show.
The monument symbolizes communication with nature, with the aim of communicating with light, while the nearby Sea Organ represents communicating with sound.
Both are located on the entrance to Zadar’s port, which on the western-most point of the Zadar peninsula.
Just an interesting column near the Monument to the Sun.
Thank you so much Sister Golden Bear, do send us more when you can.
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