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Kranj in the evening




Or how the Metaldays site looks in early spring when not occupied by thousands of metalheads from all over the world.

Since the above mentioned heavy metal festival is taking place in one of the most beautiful places in our country, dare I say Europe or World, and since I took my wife for a little trip, which took us to Tolmin, where the festival (previously known as Metalcamp) is taking place for more than a decade, it was quite interesting to visit the place where we have enjoyed our summer days so many times in the past.

Here’s how the site looks at the moment:

01Remember the walk down the path to the main beach? Missing in this photo is a bar on the right and topless women playing badminton!

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Cerklje AB open day

Each year Slovenian Army celebrates its day (15th May) by opening doors of its barracks and bases. Military part of the Cerklje airfield is no exception. Based in SouthEastern part of Slovenia, this used to be Yugoslav AF base equipped with J-21 Jastreb and J-22 Orao jet attack planes in 1991. After the war, airfield was taken over by Slovenian Army and it became its main aviation base with just a small detachement based at Ljubljana International aerodrome. Today it is home to Aviation School equipped with Zlin 242L and 143 light aircraft and Bell 206 JetRanger helicopters. Advanced turboprop trainers/light attack aircraft Pilatus PC-9M “Swifts” are also based there. Other assests like Cougars, Porters, B412s and Turbolet also visit the base frequently.

As I was working that day, I only managed to take some of the aircraft pictures.

Pilatus PC-6 Turbo-Porter

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions, and has been built both by Pilatus and by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. It remains in production as of August 2011.

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One April workday we decided to go for a roadtrip up one of the nearby alpine gravel roads leading to the Košuta ridge in Karavanke Alps. Never been there before, not knowing which of the many roads to take, we just took the first 🙂 We arrived at the plain between Planina Šija and Tegoška planina. Here’s a few photos of that beautiful day, where/when we felt, we are alone in the world.

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Velika Planina

You are in the middle of the winter, a shitload of bad weather behind you and the forecast predicts a chance of sun in the Alps – what to do? Pack the gear, skis and drive to the mountains of course. Destination this Sunday (suitable name, ain’t it :)) was Velika Planina at Kamnisko-Savinjske Alpe. Small mainly family oriented skiing resort in the winter and idilic cow shepherds villages during the rest of year.

Upon arriving at the upper station of cable-car, such a view greeted us and promissed a great day on the snow.

Throught the desert of Seth… 😉 I’m in love with snow and cold, I can’t help myself

A view towards the beautiful snow covered mountains in the North.

Some were enjoying skiing…

…while others were enjoying the view of milky seas below us

One of the shepherd’s villages covered in snow…

…and baking in the winter sun