Tag Archives: Lost Place

The Dolomites, Italy

Impressions from my last road trip three weeks ago to the Dolomites, Italy. What can I say? The Dolomites never disappoint, even if you are welcomed at the Brenner pass (austrian-italian border) on a Sunday night with a snow storm and five inches of fresh snow. Nature is starting to bloom at this time of the year and the green pastures gives a great backdrop to the freshly snow-covered landscape. Enjoy!

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Earth pyramids of Platten…

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Green pastures and freshly snow powdered mountains, Pustertal…

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Pragser Wildsee, home of the series “Bergpolizei”…

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Plätzwiese and Dürrensteinhütte…

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Plätzwiese…

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Cima Cadin di S.Lucano, 2839 m and Cima Ciadin de la Neve, 2757 m (right)…

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One of the few nightscapes this time, Hohe Gaisl, 3146 m, feat. Procyon/Canis Minor…

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I love lost places, and I love churches…the inscription on the ceiling says: ” Wer in den Teich hinabsteigt wird gesund. Der Geist Gottes schwebt über den Gewässern.”

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Sextner Rotwand, 2965 m, Kreuzbergpass…

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Town of Padola…

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Parrocchia di San Lucano Vescovo, Auronzo, with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the backdrop…

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Chiesa di San Martino, Valle di Cadore…

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Suspension brigde @ Igne…

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Vajont Dam site, Longarone, where a massive landslide of Monte Toc (to the right) caused a man-made tsunami and killed almost 2000 people, Oct. 1963…

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Lago di Vajont, Longarone…

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Mist, early morning, rising over the town of Etro…

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Sunrise over a hazy Lago di Vajont…

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Torrente di Cimoliana, Riserva Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane…

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Val Settimana…

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Lago di Barcis…

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Mosaic, ossuary @ Timau

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Remains of WW 1 @ Kreuzbergpass…

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Petrova Gora, Croatia

While planning my trip to Croatia and Bosnia last September, I came across a place on Google Maps called Petrova Gora. Never heard of it, nor knowing a place like this would exist, I got instantly hooked what I had found out searching the internet. Thinking about Croatia, nice beaches, crystal clear waters and waterfalls came to my mind. But nothing like Petrova Gora, a so-called “spomenik”, a monument, a lost place, from a time when Yugoslavia still existed. The location, the architecture, the design, the abandonment of this place is extraordinary, out of this world to say the least. Arriving on a rainy and foggy afternoon driving uphill a gravel road through the woods, spending the night up there and exploring the basement the next morning have been an amazing experience. I hope this place stays like this in the future time for others to explore and to enjoy. If you want to learn more about this place and the spomeniks of former Yugoslavia in general, visit this site: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org . Enjoy!

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Grmec: Bosnia´s Lost Spomenik (Monument)

The reason we traveled to Bosnia in Sept. 2017 (while visiting Croatia in the first place) got one name: Grmec! After crossing the border at Prnjavor, we went further on via Bihac, Vrtoce and Medeno Polje, visiting some other spomenik sites along that way. At Bosanski Petrovac, we turned on a minor road towards Krnja Jela, following from there on a gravel road up into the Grmec Mountains. Henceforth we were blind flying…the road map we got was to imprecise, no GPS assistance, no internet connection. On our uncertain way through the woods we came across some forest workers, who were hauling logs with their horses and asked them for the way. While none of us was speaking a single word of their language, the first woodsman drew us a sketch. Some kilometres further, an old man showed us the direction towards a very muddy dirt road. We didn´t want the risk of getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere, so we turned around and thought that´s it. But shortly after that, on the way back, we came across two fellows with an old Mercedes pick-up truck and asked them for advice. You won´t believe it, but one of them was speaking perfectly german, while working in Germany for a long time. He explained us the way and after some 25 km and three hours of driving through Bosnian woods we arrived at Grmec…what a relief. We spent the night over there and got in contact with local log truckers the next morning. What a ride! Thank you Bosnia for having us and having a hell of a time!

If you want to learn more about this monument and  the spomeniks of former Yugoslavia in general: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org/grmec . Enjoy!

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The road to Krnja Jela and the Grmec Mountains in the distance…

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Forest worker on duty @ some very muddy dirt road, Grmec Mountains

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Finally got there…

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Someone must have been here before us…

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The next four images: traces of a beautiful park before it got lost…

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Eerie and beautiful…

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…lit with a video light…

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…and additional car head lights…and the Milky Way above.

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The next morning…

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…log truckers ready for take-off…

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The destroyed Grmec Hotel or Korkanica Hotel…while talking to the truck drivers that morning, one asked me in between, what we are doing here, I replied: holidays, and he pointed towards the shattered building and stated in unbelief something like: Here!?!

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