Iceland - day 14

The day before last, on our way back to Reykjavik. Weather was still not good, a lot of clouds with tiny bits of sun coming through here and there. First we went to see yet another waterfall - Glymur. You need to take a hike to get there (and walk across the stream) and the road may be steep at times but it’s worth it and it’s not very demanding. What is useful, especially after a rain - is a set of trekking shoes.

When we went up almost to the top of the trail we had an amazing, almost idyllic view on the waterfall. The sun shown itself for a moment creating a beautiful rainbow in the gorge and there were seagulls flying inside of it as well. It was like looking at a natures masterpiece. Unfortunately it was practically impossible to catch on camera.. :(

Somewhere along the road we stopped and I had an opportunity to photograph some Oystercatchers. I’ve seen them before but they were hard to photograph without anything to mask myself. This time they were skittish too but allowed for some decent photos.

We continued on our journey towards Reykjavik.

Last stop for that day was Þingvellir - national shrine of Iceland. It is a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. Þingvellir has for this reason been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally, this place has also unique geology and natural features - a canyon Almannagjá, formed between two tectonic plates, a visual representation of continental drift.


Pstraze

Late in 2016 I went to visit Pstrąże, given rumours that it is being demolished (which was true). It's an old village, in Dolnoslaskie voivodeship, first mentioned in 1305. It was your usual village up until 1905 when it was modernized for the needs of German army. They built barracks, stables, provided bridge with railway connection (which is now the main entrance to the city for the explorers). After year 1945 the village was seized by Russians and used as military base till 1992. Russians change the name to Strachów (Страхув) for the time they were in charge. When Russian army left it fell under control of Polish army, which is patrolling the area till today. In late 2016, local administration started to demolish old living flats that were constructed by the Russians. Older, German buildings were left intact, for the time being. This village is sometimes referred as "Polish Pripyat".

Slovenia - part 4 - Ljubljana

Few shots from Slovenia's capital - Ljubljana. Beautiful city, maybe not too much sites to visit, but the city centre (bridges!) is worth your time.