Tourist towns are interesting. We mostly experience them as tourists, wandering through town, seeing the sights, maybe getting lost, and hopefully having a good time doing so. But what about those living in a touristy area? Do they despise the tourists? Do they feel like they are always on vacation?
Piran, Slovenia is a beautiful coastal town on a very thin peninsula of land jetting out into the sea. I went there by chance and was awed by the town’s coastal scenery and small alleys. This alley was cool and shady on a hot summer day. You can see how old the cities around the Mediterranean are. I hope you can imagine the feel of the warm sea air in the shade of this alley.
In the center of Bergen, Norway, this statue stands imposingly on a harbor pier. It really stood out. People took to sitting around the statue and birds found the top of the statue to be a nice perch. I didn’t have time to read about who this statue is of, but thanks to the internet I figured out it is of Leif Larsen. He was a naval officer and the most highly decorated Norwegian in WWII. History has so many details, it is amazing how it seems you can never learn it all.
Looking at the next few photos I want to post, I noticed that many were in black and white. So I thought I would group them together in a theme “week”. It will actually be more like a number of posts over two weeks, but that doesn’t matter.
There are not many places where you can actually go behind a large waterfall. On a hike in Norway in the summer of 2015, we passed by Storseterfossen. The waterfall, located near Geiranger, is about 30 m high and can be reached by steep but short hike. The view from behind the waterfall is quite different. The sound echoes, the rocks are moist and mossy, and you appreciate the waterfall not by looking at its size cascading over the mountain, but rather by feeling and hearing it.
Walking around Ludwigshafen center, I passed by the offices of the Rheinpfalz, the local newspaper. I saw this man reading the daily paper and it struck me as quaint. There was a time when many more people would have been stopping by to take a look and depending on the daily paper for news. Also, the angle struck me – while you can clearly tell this is a man, he is headless, with the paper covering his head. It stuck me in the moment.