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Croatia trip

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by theoldsmithy, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Hi everyone, just got back from a week in Istria, northern Croatia. It's a lovely area and I'm happy to share some photos. Some with the RX100, some with the X-E1/27mm combo.

    This was taken at Moscenicka Draga on the east coast. One of the quieter seaside towns in that area - most were really busy, even in early June.

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    DSCF0087-2.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    We stopped for lunch in Opatija - the major resort on the east coast. A strange mixture of belle-epoque style grand hotels and Tito-era brutalist structures.
    But this was a very restful place to while away a pleasant hour.
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    DSCF0089-3.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    This is one of the grander sorts of building in Opatija.
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    DSCF0091-4.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    We visited Hum, officially the smallest town in the world, apparently. It has town walls and gate, a church, town hall, restaurant (and of course a couple of souvenir shops), a mayor and
    a population of somewhere between 14 and 20 depending on which source you believe. This is at the church.
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    DSC00779-5.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    And here is one of the houses.
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    DSCF0094-6.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    Idling away some time while the better half prepared herself to go out for dinner - this is the wood store in our rented house.
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    DSCF0105-7.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    And a close up of the tiles on the wood store roof.
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    DSCF0106-8.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    Rovinj (aka Rovigno). A very dramatic town with Venetian-style campanile, as many Istrian towns have, but in this case it also has a glorious setting.
    I had been looking forward to taking loads of photos around the old town but really it was so hot (at least 35 degrees) that I gave up and headed for the cool
    of the A/C in the hire car!
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    DSC00796-9.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    Here's the church at the top of the hill.
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    DSC00798-10.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    And a different view of the other side of the old town.
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    DSCF0108-11.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    On a walk in the area immediately around our accommodation - we saw straw and hay being dried all over the place, but I particularly liked this little group.
    NB I had an experiment with Topaz Detail here - I reduced (blurred) the large details and increased (sharpened) the small details.
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    DSC00808-Edit-12.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    Last day and a trip to Pula's Roman amphitheatre before getting the flight home.
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    DSC00831-1.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    I have to get a door shot...this is in the very quiet old part of Pula leading from the Roman forum to the fortress on top of the hill.
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    DSC00835-Edit-2.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr
     
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  2. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

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    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Nice work Martin. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay.

    I always love seeing photos from the old country...it's been 4 years since my last visit and I'm long overdue for another summer on the Adriatic Coast.
     
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  3. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    I see you've been to Rovinj (Rovigno), it's a beautiful city with bag loads of photo opportunities, as is all of Istria. Some of my dearest images are from there. Hope you enjoyed your stay.
     
  4. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Thanks so much, Martin - I've always heard that is an especially beautiful area and your photos prove it to be so. If you feel like adding a travelogue along with more photos, please do!
     
  5. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    833
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Thanks, BB. I've added some rudimentary commentary. I'll see if I can upload a few more tomorrow.
     
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  6. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    833
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    A few more from Vodnjan (aka Dignano) - a very pretty but slightly crumbling old town just north of Pula

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    DSC00821-Edit-2-3.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

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    DSC00819-Edit-2.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    And this one is the castle at Dvigrad, reputedly built by Captain Morgan (after whom the nearby village of Mrgani is named). It came out a bit flat so I whacked it through HDREfexPro, hopefully it's not too OTT
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    DSC00815_HDR-1.jpg by theoldsmithy, on Flickr
     
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  7. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    833
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
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