Estonia – Youth Song & Dance Celebration

12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn, Estonia (July 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Estonia Song Dance Celebration photography copyright Rudolf Abraham

Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration 2017 © Rudolf Abraham

Estonia Song Dance Celebration photography copyright Rudolf Abraham

Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration 2017 © Rudolf Abraham

The Song and Dance Celebrations in Estonia take place only once every five years, with around 8,500 dancers and massed choirs of some 20,000 singers, performing to an audience of 100,000, and along with the Song and Dance celebrations in neighbouring Latvia and Lithuania are inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. © Rudolf Abraham

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Masopust in Vortová (2)

More shots from Masopust (Carnival) in the village of Vortová, near Hlinsko, Czech Republic (25 February 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Masopust (Carnival) in Vortová, Czech Republic photography © Rudolf Abraham

Vortová, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham

Carnival traditions in the Hlinsko area are inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Riga (2): National Library of Latvia

Early morning light on the facade of the National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia © Rudolf Abraham

Riga National Library Latvia photography © Rudolf Abraham

Riga, Latvia © Rudolf Abraham

Shot on a trip to Latvia last year while working on a feature on Riga for Morning Calm magazine.

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Slovenia – Piran sunset

Piran sunset, Slovenia © Rudolf Abraham

Slovenia – Piran sunset, travel photography © Rudolf Abraham

Sunset – Piran, Slovenia © Rudolf Abraham

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Shot in August this year while working on the new edition of my Istria guidebook published by Bradt.

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Peaks of the Balkans (1): Theth

Two images from the Peaks of the Balkans trail in Albania – a waterfall near the village of Theth, and a kula (fortified tower house), also in Theth. © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans trail, Albania © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans trail, Albania © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans trail, Albania © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans trail, Albania © Rudolf Abraham

The Peaks of the Balkans is a recently developed 192km cross-border hiking route through mountainous borderlands of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. I’ve just finished writing the first English-language guidebook to the whole route, for Cicerone.

Two fantastic local tour operators, if you’re planning a trip to the Peaks of the Balkans, are Zbulo in Albania and Zalaz in Montenegro.

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Northumberland Coast Path

Northumberland Coast Path (Northumberland Coast AONB), my daughter walking near Chiswick Sands (top) and Goswick Sands (bottom) © Rudolf Abraham

northumberland coast path aonb walking hiking travel

Northumberland Coast Path © Rudolf Abraham

northumberland coast path aonb walking hiking travel

Northumberland Coast Path © Rudolf Abraham

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Shot on a recent visit to Northumberland to re-walk some sections of the Northumberland Coast Path.

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Bamburgh Castle Sunset

Sunset over Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland coast © Rudolf Abraham

Northumberland Bamburgh Castle coast photography Rudolf Abraham

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland © Rudolf Abraham

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Shot on a recent visit to Northumberland to re-walk some sections of the Northumberland Coast Path.

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The Busós of Mohács (2): Danube crossing

Busó carnival, Mohács, Hungary (February 2016). The Busós of Mohács cross the Danube in traditional wooden boats, on the last Sunday before Lent, before gathering for a procession through the town centre. © Rudolf Abraham

Buso carnival Mohacs Hungary photography © Rudolf Abraham

Busó carnival, Mohács, Hungary © Rudolf Abraham

Buso carnival Mohacs Hungary photography © Rudolf Abraham

Busó carnival, Mohács, Hungary © Rudolf Abraham

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Schemenlaufen (2): Roller & Scheller

More shots of the Roller (‘jumpers’) and Scheller (‘ringers’), the two main groups of characters at the Imster Schemenlaufen or Imster Fasnacht – a traditional carnival procession held only once every four years in the town of Imst, Tirol, Austria (31 January 2016).

Schemenlaufen, carnival in Imst, Tirol, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Schemenlaufen, carnival in Imst, Tirol, Austria (January 2016) © Rudolf Abraham

Schemenlaufen, carnival in Imst, Tirol, Austria © Rudolf Abraham Imster Schemenlaufen, Imst, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Schemenlaufen, carnival in Imst, Tirol, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Schemenlaufen, carnival in Imst, Austria (January 2016) © Rudolf Abraham

The Schemenlaufen in Imst is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. © Rudolf Abraham

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Schemenlaufen (1): Carnival in the snow

Schemenlaufen, a traditional Fasnacht (carnival) procession held only once every four years in Imst, Tirol, Austria (31 January 2016). Pictured here, the two main groups of characters in Schemenlaufen – the Roller (‘jumpers’) and Scheller (‘ringers’), both in elaborate traditional costumes and masks, with the latter wearing huge cowbells around their waists – perform their stylised dance together in the streets during the procession. The Schemenlaufen in Imst is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. © Rudolf Abraham

Imst Schemenlaufen carnival in Imst, Tirol, Austria, January 2016, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage photography © Rudolf Abraham

Schemenlaufen, Imst, Tirol, Austria (January 2016) © Rudolf Abraham

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