> Sasha's Blues: Photo diary. Partisan hospital, Bohinj and old city centre of Kranj.

Photo diary. Partisan hospital, Bohinj and old city centre of Kranj.

I just got back from the amazing all-day trip with my dearest fiance. It was sunny, a little bit cold and full of interesting things I got to see:)

In the rugged terrain in western Slovenia, there's a remote gorge called Pasica where Slovene Partisans built a partisan hospital back in 1943 - in the middle of Second World War. Franja partisan hospital ran until the end of war in May 1945 and due to its remote location(hidden in the forest), accesable only by bridges it was never discovered - although the occupying Wehrmacht forces launched several attempts to find it. Today it's a museum and it is protected as cultural monument of national significance.

River Cerknica, photographed on our way to partisan hospital


Franja partisan hospital - 2nd of 14 barracks. This one was used for surgeries.

Commemorative plaque - under the names of the fallen there's a excerpt of poem written by Slovenian partisan poet Karel Destovnik-Kajuh. A rough translation would be "what I died for, I'd die for again"
This was my third visit to the site and it breaks my heart every time. Just to imagine the horrors people were forced to face...It's unimaginable.

Our next stop was Bohinj, a basin in northwest of Slovenia. Bohinj is famous for it's periglacial lake Bohinj and beautiful nature - it is located in the heart of Slovenian national park.

River Sava Bohinjka - this is it's actual colour, no retouching at all.

Crystal clear water of Sava Bohinjka river
Sava Bohinjka
Weather was not being nice to me at this point, so unfortunately I couldn't get a good photo of the Bohinj lake :(
Next we went to see Savica waterfall, located about 20 minutes walk up the steep mountain. After a rip off of 10€ for parking and entrance fee (!?) and a completely soaked shirt (I really need to start working out) we finally reached the top. And it was well worth it. The view that was awaiting was so spectacular I could not stop staring at the roaring waterfall.

The photo doesn't do it justice, although I've tried really hard to capture this magnificent view

 Old legend from Bohinj - it is said a white chamois buck  (or steinbock in some versions) called Goldhorn lives in the heights of Mount Triglav.

Goldhorn's golden horns were the key to a treasure hidden in the mountains around Triglav. A young and brave hunter from the Trenta Valley fell in love with a beautiful girl and managed to win her heart by bringing her beautiful flowers. However, one day a rich merchant from Venice came by and tried to gain her attention by giving her golden jewellery and dancing with her. As the hunter approached the girl, she mocked him. The hunter was desperate and left. Persuaded by another hunter, called the Green hunter, who was said to have brought about the fate of several honest boys, he decided to go that very night to find Goldhorn and claim his treasure.
In the morning, they found the animal, shot it and pursued it. The dying animal dragged itself onto a narrow, rocky ledge. Suddenly the boy saw on a dangerous trail the most beautiful and healing flowers. The Green hunter forced him on to catch the Goldhorn before it ate the magic Triglav flowers that grew from its blood, but it was too late. The Goldhorn had already eaten one and the flower gave it tremendous life power. It ran towards the hunter, who being blinded by the bliss of its golden horns lost balance and fell from the mountain. (via Wikipedia)

Goldhorn's statue at the Bohinj lake
The afternoon was coming to an end and we decided to head home - middle of the way we stopped in Kranj, one of the oldest cities in Slovenia, dating back to 5th century. The old city centre is absolutely beautiful: full of small coffe shops, antiquarian bookstores, old architecture and museums. My kind of place:)

Hearts on the well

Statue of our national poet, dr. France PreŇ°eren

Best banana cake I've ever had:)

No comments:

Post a Comment