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2017 Balkan Countries, Venice and Lake Como


Map of June, 2017 trip to Balkans and northern Italy
Video of approach to Dubrovnik Airport

Sunset view from hotel, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Mamula Island fortress, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Entering Blue Cave, Herceg Novi Bay, Montenegro
Video in Blue Caves

Swimming beach near Marmula, Zanjice Bay, Montenegro

Entrance to Yugoslavian navy submarine pen, Herceg Novi Bay, Montenegro

Hotel beach on Herceg Novi Bay, Montenegro

Evening along promenade, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Sunset over pool at hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Statue of the first Bosnian King Stjepan Tvrtko I, founder in 1382 of Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Doorway to Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

ProSerbian Graffiti, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

A Strawberry Smart Bench (solar powered, Wi-Fi connection, USB charger) in Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Royal Carribean’s “Brilliance of the Seas” approaching Kotor, Montenegro

Entering Kotor, Montenegro
Video approaching Kotor

Lion of Venice, Kotor, Montenegro

View from city wall, Kotor, Montenegro
Video from City Walls

Cruise ships in Kotor Bay, Montenegro

A huge black poplar (populus nigra), planted in 1667 in the Piazza of the Cinema in Kotor, Montenegro

Old town and clock tower with chapel and fortress above, Old Town, Kotor, Montenegro

Catholic church, “The Lady of the Rocks”, Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Saint George Benedictine monastery in Kotor Bay, Montenegro
My painting

Roman floor mosaic, Risan (Roman Rhizon, 2nd cent. AD), Montenegro

Detail of Roman floor mosaic, Risan (Roman Rhizon, 2nd cent. AD), Montenegro

Approaching walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Video approaching Dubrovnik

On top of the city wall, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Tile rooftops, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Video from City Wall

Kayakers near Fort Lovrjenac (St. Lawrence Fortress) , Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fort Lovrjenac from city wall, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Harbor and walls at Dubrovnik, Croatia
Video of Boat Harbor

Dominican Cloister, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Clock tower on Stradun, pedestrian street in old Dubrovnik, Croatia

Here comes the bride, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Tending mussel farm, north of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Irrigating raised farm plots, south of Split, Croatia

Cruising on the Cetina River, Omis, Croatia

Boaters at mouth of Cetina River, Omis, Croatia

Parish church of St. Michael, Omis, Croatia

Colorful begonias, Omis, Croatia

Mirabella Fortress, Omis, Croatia

Along the Adriatic south of Split, Croatia

Ferryboat in Split, Croatia

Basement of Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia

Bust of Diocletion, Emperor of Roman Empire (284 - 305 AD), in his palace, Split, Croatia

Archbishop’s greeting before mass, Split, Croatia

Mens’ Chorus inside Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia
Video of Mens Chorus

Statue by Ivan Metrovic of Bishop Gregory of Nin (with a lucky toe), Split, Croatia

View of Adriatic from Mestrovic Museum, Split, Croatia

Sculpture in Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, Split, Croatia

Large sculptures by Ivan Mestrovic, Split, Croatia

Wooden reliefs of Life of Christ by Ivan Metrovic in his castello, Split, Croatia

“Roman” guards at north gate of Diocletian’s palace, Split, Croatia

Bell tower and Cathedral of Saint Domnius (originally Diocletian’s masoleum), Split, Croatia

View from Bell Tower in Diocletian’s palace, Split, Croatia

Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Split, Croatia

Stori Most (old bridge) over Neretva river, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Video from Old Bridge

Below Stori Most (Old Bridge), Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
My painting Video from below bridge

Copper smith in his shop, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Parlor in traditional Turkish-style house in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Courtyard of traditional Turkish-style house in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

End of 800 meter War Tunnel under international airport, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Fields above tunnel under airport, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Destroyed building along “Sniper Alley”, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Istiqlal Mosque, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

A muzzein in a minaret calling the faithful Muslims to noon prayer in Saarajevo, Bosnis & Hercegovina

19th century Town Hall, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inat Kuca (the Spite House), moved by government when owner refused to sell to make way for a new town hall, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Museum on corner where Gavrilo Princip shot Austrian Grandduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 6/28/1914, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

"Latin Bridge" over Miljacka River, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Shops with decorated bullets in old town, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Shops with metal work in old town, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Minaret of Havadze Duraka Mosque, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Old Jewish synagogue in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Statue built in 1795 where road blocks kept plague-carrying people away from Ruma, Vojvodina, Serbia

View of train station from my room in City Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia

Saint Sava Cathedral, largest Orthodox church in the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia

Renovation inside Saint Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

Paintings on gold leaf under sanctuary of Saint Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

Supporting arches under sanctuary of Saint Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

Museum of Yugoslavia, which chronicles the period of Socialist Yugoslavia as well as the life of Josip Broz Tito, Belgrade, Serbia

Some of Tito’s many presidental gifts, Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Serbia

Roman helmet, Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Serbia

Statue of Josip Broz Tito, Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Serbia

Armament collection. Kalemegdan fortress, Belgrade, Serbia

Statue of Nikolla Tesla, scientist, Belgrade, Serbia

List of Tesla’s patents used by Westinghouse at Niagra Falls power plant. Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Serbia

Enjoying the park, Belgrade, Serbia

A European white stork (Ciconia ciconia) nesting in Novi Sad, Serbia

Entrance to Synagogue, Novi Sad, Serbia

Our guide, Srdjan Boskovic, describing the Jewish synagogue in his home town, Novi Sad, Serbia

Stained glass window over entrance of synagogue in Novi Sad, Serbia

Three Roman helmets in the Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

The statue of Jovan Jovanović Zmaj (poet and physician) outside biship’s palace, Novi Sad, Serbia

Krusedol Orthodox Monastery, in Fruska Gora National Park, Serbia

Zivanovic Museum of Bee-keeping and Wine cellar, Fruska Gora, Serbia

Fertile fields of corn and barley in Slavonia, the breadbasket of Croatia

Klemen Novak (our tour leader at left), bus driver Josip Barokcic, and assistant leader Srdjan Boskovic at rest stop next to Afghan refuge tent camp in Croatia

Entering Mirogoj Cemetery (“one of the most beautiful resting places in Europe”) in Zagreb, Croatia

Our guide Srdjan describing layout of Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia

Tile roof on Church of St. Mark showing coats of arms of Croatia (left) and Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Begonias and statue of St. George and the dragon, Zagreb, Croatia

Getting ready to sell steamed sweet corn, Zagreb, Croatia

Local bus donated by Japan in Zagreb, Croatia

Cathedral, Zagreb, Croatia

Interior of Cathedral, Zagreb, Croatia

View from Cathedral, Zagreb, Croatia

Peaches and mechanical scale, Farmers’ Market, Zagreb, Croatia

Fruit stands, Farmers’ market, Zagreb, Croatia

Waterfall at Plitvicka National Park, Croatia

Cascades at Plitvicka National Park, Croatia

A bg European pike (Esox lucius) swimming in river at Plitvicka National Park, Croatia

Several falls and pool at Plitvicka National Park, Croatia
Video of falls

Bolle fountain and begonias, in Zrinjevac Park, Zagreb, Croatia

Egyptian bronze cats, Archeological Museum, Zagreb, Croatia

Egyptian faience statues, Archeological Museum, Zagreb, Croatia

Crowds gathering for opening night at Croatian National Theater, Zagreb, Croatia

Opening night for ballet at Croatian National Theater, Zagreb, Croatia

View from my room in Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Croatia

Ljubljana Castle from Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Preseren Monument and Square in front of Central Pharmacy, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Otocec Castle (now hotel) on an island in the Krka River, Slovenia

The park at Otocec Castle on an island in the Krka River, Slovenia

Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix) at Otocec Castle, Slovenia

Swans and gosslings in Krka River at Otocec Castle, Slovenia

Steep climb up to Castle, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Castle courtyard, Blejski Grad, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island from Bled Castle, Lake Bled, Slovenia
My painting

Traditional Pletna rowboat, Lake Bled, Slovenia

Urbanc House, an Art nouveau building, (now Galerija Emporium), at Prešeren Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Art nouveau detail on Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hauptman house, an Art nouveau building on Prešeren Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Art nouveau building (now a credit union), Ljubljana, Slovenia

San Francesco Monastery at Prešeren Square, from Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Interior or San Francesco Monastery at Prešeren Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sunset on Triple Bridge over the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Flower Market, Ljubljana, Slovenia

12th century Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rainbow flag on city hall during gay pride week, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Kresija Building across Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

55,000 year old Neanderthal bone flute and reconstructed version in National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana

Slovenian musicians at farewell concert in Restaurant Sestica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Video of dinner

Folk dancers in Restaurant Sestica for farewell dinner, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Morning fruit market, Ljubljana, Slovenia

License plates from Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Serbia and Slovenia

My transportation from Ljubljana to Venice

Three canal bridges, Venice, Italy

A boatbuilder in his shop making gondola oars, Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Cathedral in San Marco Square, Venice, Italy
Video of San Marco Square

Doge’s Palace, San Marco Square, Venice, Italy

Looking north from Campanile to 4 cruise ships, Venice, Italy

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute Il Redentore church in the distance from top of Campanile, Venice, Italy
Video from Campanile

Bell ringers on top of San Marco Cathedral, from Campanile, Venice, Italy

Gondola traffic, Venice, Italy

Gondola parade at Rio di S. Provoio, Venice, Italy
Video of gondolas

Gold ornament on our gondola, Venice, Italy

Our gondolier pushing off from a wall, Venice, Italy
Video from our gondola

Bevilacqua textile store, Venice, Italy

Glass harp player, Venice, Italy
Video of musician

Boat traffic on Grand Canal near Basilica of Santa Maria delle Salute, Venice, Italy
Video from Water Taxi

Powdered pigments in art store, Venice, Italy

Lifting a row boat from Canale della Guidecca, Venice, Italy
Video of departing cruise ship

View of Grand Canal from roof of Fondaco dei Tedeschi shopping mall , Venice, Italy
Evening video

Mask display in interior courtyard of Fondaco dei Tedeschi shopping mall , Venice, Italy

Porch of Peggy Guggenheim Museum on Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Video of passing water taxis

Glassblower, Murano Island, Venice, Italy

Showroom of Murano glass, Murano Island, Venice Lagoon, Italy

Colorful houses and leaning church tower, Burano Island, Venice Lagoon, Italy

Colorful houses on Burano Island, Venice Lagoon, Italy

Museum on Torcello, Venice lagoon, Italy
My painting

Wine jugs, Torcello, Venice Lagoon, Italy

Magic Store on Ruga Giuffa, Venice, Italy

Petition to ban cruise ships from Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge and behind it the Fondaco dei Tedeschi shopping mall with observation deck, Venice, Italy
Vidoe of Rialto Bridge

“Support” - by Lorenzo Quinn: a 2017 sculpture of two hands “holding up” the Ca’ Segredo Hotel on Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Casa Israelitica di Riposa, Jewish home for the aged in Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy

Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy

Swimming in the Adriatic Sea, Lido Island, Venice, Italy

Colorful mosaics on Ausonia Palace Hotel, Lido, Venice, Italy

Outdoor restaurant near Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy
Video from water taxi

Armor for men and horses, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

Great Council Chamber, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy
Video of ceiling

Giants Staircase, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

Entrance to Grimani Palace and our courtyard door on right, Venice, Italy

Courtyard of our AirBnB next to Grimani Palace, Venice, Italy

Floor design, Grimani Palace, Venice, Italy

Cat and two squirrels in floral ceiling painting, Grimani Palace, Venice, Italy
Video of ceiling

Bone sculpture by Jan Fabre, Grimani Place, Venice, Italy

Glass pigeons by Ritsue Mishima installed in Grimani Palace courtyard, Venice, Italy

Admiring a large Roman bust of Athena, Grimani Palace, Venice, Italy

Moving cargo over bridge in car-free Venice, Italy

Gondoliers at San Zaccaria watertaxi station near San Marco Square, Venice, Italy

Bust of Napoleon by Antonio Canova, 1806, in Galleria Accademia, Venice Italy

Accademia Gallery, Bridge and water taxi station, Venice, Italy

The Lion of Venice, 3rd cent. BCE bronze statue, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

The Horses of St. Mark, taken during the sack of Constantinople in 1204, Venice, Italy

The Lion of Venice on Basilica San Marco, Venice, Italy

Basilica de Santa Maria della Salute on Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

COOP grocery, Venice, Italy

Water in San Marco Square at high tide, Venice, Italy

“Life Electric”, by Daniel Libeskind to celebrate scientist Alessandro Volta, Lake Como. Italy
Video of Como harbor

Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy
Video approaching Cernobbio

Hydrofoil repairs, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy

Funicular from Como to Brunate, Lake Como, Italy
Video going up funicular : Video coming down

View of Como from Burante funicular, Lake Como, Italy
Video from Volta Munument

Night view of Villa d’Este (in Cernobbio) from Como, Italy

Leaving Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Mel Stabin teaching watercolor class at Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Pedestrials in Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Lunch time in Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Lakeside promenade, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Balcony view, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Posing for photos, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy

Good traveling companions, Villa Monastero Gardens, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

St. John the Baptist church (11th cent.), Varenna, Italy

Waterfront homes in Nesso, Lake Como, Italy
Video near Torno

Swing Dancers, Lake Como, Italy

Sunrise on departure day, Lake Como, Italy