Season’s Greetings

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
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Lofoten islands, Norway
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Eros Bendato

Eros Bendato (Eros Bound), often called ‘The Head’. Sculpture by Polish artist Igor Mitoraj on the main square in Krakow, Poland (7 December 2013)
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Mitoraj’s work has been exhibited in Venice, Paris, Warsaw, Rome, Florence, Aix-en-Provence and elsewhere, and his large-scale heads will be familiar to many in London from works displayed outside the British Museum and in Canada Square.
For more information on Krakow visit the website of the Polish National Tourist Office in London www.poland.travel.

Ironbridge (2): Quaker cemetery

The Quaker cemetery in Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK. Ironbridge Gorge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Stokesay

Stokesay Castle, one of the best preserved fortified medieval manor houses anywhere in Britain. Shropshire, UK. Pictured here, one of the striking and highly unusual wood carvings on the Gate House.
Stokesay Caste, Shropshire, UK. Photo © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved UKsh_0053a
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Ironbridge (1): Tar tunnel

Tar tunnel in Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK. Ironbridge Gorge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The so-called ‘tar tunnel’ dates from 1787, when miners attempting to dig a canal tunnel into the hillside (as part of the Coalport Canal) struck bitumen, which continues to ooze out of the tunnel’s brick walls over 200 years later.
Tar tunnel, Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage, Shropshire, UK. Photo © Rudolf Abraham UKsh_0160a
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Teta Fani

Traditional lace-making, Pag, Croatia. Teta Fani Sabalić, age 87, sits outside her house in a narrow street of Pag’s old Renaissance town centre. Pag lace-making (Paška čipka) is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Traditional lace-making, Pag, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © All rights reserved. HRpag_0643a Traditional lace-making, Pag, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © All rights reserved. HRpag_0659a
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Paski sir

Paški sir, a firm, sharp-tasting sheep’s milk cheese from the island of Pag, Croatia. The distinctive taste of this cheese comes partly from the diet of the sheep on this island, where a large part of the extremely sparse vegetation on which they graze is composed of rich, aromatic herbs (in particular sage), dusted with sea salt from the harsh northeast wind (the bura). The cheese is aged for up to a year, sometimes longer. This photo was taken at Paška sirana in the small town of Pag, where the cheese is made.
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Last pint in Zagreb

Pivnica Mali Medo (‘Little Bear Beerhall’), on Tkalčićeva, a street lined with cafes and bars in the historic centre of Zagreb, Croatia. Pivnica Mali Medo serves five types of traditionally brewed, unfiltered beer from Zagreb’s Medvedgrad Brewery (Pivnica Medvedgrad), including the mighty fine Mrki Medo (‘Brown Bear’) – pictured here on its way to my table, accompanied by a smile – and the slightly stronger Grička Vještica.
Pivnica Mali Medo, Zagreb, Croatia. Photo © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. 20130817_0005a
This is my last evening in Croatia for this trip, after over 2 1/2 months spent mostly on the coast and islands. Sigh.
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Sinjska Alka (3)

Images from the third and final night of the 298th Sinjska Alka, in Sinj, Croatia (4 August 2013). The Alka is a knightly tournament dating back to 1715, in which riders compete to spear a small metal ring from a galloping horse. The Alka is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Below: young women in local folk costume. Photo © Rudolf Abraham
298th Sinjska Alka, Sinj, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRsinj_0708
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Above right and below: Ante Zorica, winner of the 298th Sinjska Alka. Čestitam, Ante. Photos © Rudolf Abraham
298th Sinjska Alka, Sinj, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRsinj_1025
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Island highs (4) – Vis

As some of you already know, I’m currently walking, cycling and ferry-hopping my way around some of Croatia’s 1,185 or so islands, while working on a new hiking guidebook for Cicerone – so here’s the fourth of several posts on some highlights from the roof of the Croatian Adriatic…

The small church of Sveti Duh, near the top of Hum, the highest point on the island of Vis
Hiking on Vis, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRvis_0663
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