Tag Archives: Croatia

Zagreb airport

Friday 18th May 2018, 12.45pm (day 2,458)

Zagreb airport, 18/5/18

And another picture of Zagreb’s transport infrastructure to mark the end of this week here — the airport being a considerably more modern construction than the railway station. An impressive space, in fact. It’s been a good week and I will probably be back at some point next year.

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Getting ready for my lecture

Thursday 17th May 2018, 4.55pm (day 2,457)

Zagreb lecture, 17/5/18

The reason I was put up for another two nights in Zagreb after the Networked Learning conference was so I could come to give this lecture at the University. A few more people did arrive by the time I started… so hopefully my hosts thought the bother was worth it. I enjoyed it, anyway. Home tomorrow.

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Zagreb central station (James Bond reference)

Wednesday 16th May 2018, 1.40pm (day 2,456)

Zagreb station, 16/5/18

The conference ended today but I am in Zagreb until Friday, and transited to a different hotel in the early afternoon. My walk there took me past the main railway station, a symbolic spot for those who have seen and enjoyed From Russia With Love — the best Bond movie (yes, it is) — as it’s here that 007 meets the evil Grant –the best Bond villain (don’t argue now) — posing as a fellow British agent.

Actually, those scenes weren’t filmed here, but in Turkey: and in the book, Grant and Bond meet not in Zagreb, but Trieste. But this is just detail….

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Pigeons fighting in the rain

Monday 14th May 2018, 11.40am (day 2,454)

Fighting pigeons, 14/5/18

I’m aware this photo could have been taken anywhere, but it happens to be in Zagreb, Croatia: making this the first place to begin with Z that has appeared on the blog in its 2,454 days.

The pigeons of Zagreb, at least, the ones pictured here, may have decided for many reasons to have a fight but amongst those may have been the fact that on this late morning it was absolutely throwing it down with rain, as is visible here (and it’s not always easy to see rain on photographs unless it’s very heavy). I have been here 24 hours now and there’s certainly been copious amounts of moisture pouring out of the sky. I think there are three birds visible on this shot, but I must admit I’m not entirely sure.

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Take-off, Dubrovnik airport

Thursday 23rd October 2014, 4.55pm (day 1,155)

Take off, 23/10/14

Not my take-off, obviously — but we were next in line to head into this rather worrying sky. Mind you, I shouldn’t have been anywhere near being able to take this shot. I had to sit through a five-hour flight delay today on my way home from an enjoyable few days in Dubrovnik. But these things happen for a reason.

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Cheap (Croatian) cat shot

Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 9.30am (day 1,154)

Croatian cat, 22/10/14

I call most cat shots ‘cheap’ because they are just such photogenic creatures, you don’t really have to make a lot of effort to get a decent shot of them. They are beautiful and willing, like all good models. Today in Dubrovnik the weather was far, far worse than it has been in the last few days, cold and stormy, but this little cutie, pictured in the grounds of my hotel, meant I didn’t have to worry over much about the lack of decent light and also the fact that, y’know, I kind of had to work for most of the day.

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Croatian dancing

Tuesday 21st October 2014, 8.45pm (day 1,153)

Croatian dancing, 21/10/14

If it’s the conference dinner, wheel out the folk dancers…. I sometimes wonder whether we should do this kind of thing with conferences in Manchester. You could take the delegates into a local nightclub, pour them blue WKDs and let them photograph the natives as they get down to it on a Friday night.

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Dubrovnik at dusk

Monday 20th October 2014, 5.30pm (day 1,152)

Dubrovnik, 20/10/14

For around five hundred years, from the early 1300s until 1806, at which point it had to surrender to Napoleon, Dubrovnik was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean. When you see the impressive fortifications, you can quite understand this. And damn, it’s a beautiful city too — but surely beauty and power go hand in hand in so many ways.

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Looking down from the city walls, Dubrovnik

Sunday 19th October 2014, 3.00pm (day 1,151)

City walls, Dubrovnik, 19/10/14

Croatia becomes the 21st different country to make it onto this blog. I am here for a conference until Thursday morning. Today was a day off, and once I left home (getting up at 4am… ) and flew here, I still had most of the day to explore the old walled city — which apparently was used for filming “King’s Landing” in Game of Thrones, should that float your boat. It was substantially damaged in the war of independence in 1991, but as far as I can tell the restoration has been exemplary. This shot was taken looking down from the wall-walk. it would be nice if her shadow wasn’t there, I guess, but then again, it comes with the rest of the good light…

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