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Bob Ramsak
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This is an image of visitors admiring the Serrano Glacier in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest and least-visited. Only accessible by boat and short hike, it’s located about a kilometer from the small dock at Puerto Toro on the Last Hope Sound.

This was taken during a day trip I took on 07-Feb-2013, exactly three years ago, and serves confidently as today’s Pic du Jour, the site, 765th straight.

You can view it larger here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/02/07/serrano-glacier-chile/

Have any of you been to this part of Chile recently?


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Quick Question: When was the last time you used a pay phone?

This was taken three years ago today near the bottom of the world in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city on the planet. It reminded me of an elevator to hell.

It was the last time I used a pay phone. Or, more precisely, a phone booth.

Whenever you step outside in Ushuaia, you should do so prepared to encounter at least three seasons. About twenty minutes after I took this, I returned to take cover from a swirling downpour that emerged from the proverbial “nowhere”. I didn’t make any calls though.

You can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/01/30/phone-booth-ushuaia/

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 30-Jan-2013

#streetart #Patagonia #Argentina  
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A brief video notebook of the Stari Vrh ski area located near Skofja Loka, Slovenia, about 45 minutes from the capital Ljubljana. Enjoy!
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This is the Los Gnomos Lagoon, a glacier-fed lake at the terminus of the Enchanted Forest Trail in Chilean Patagonia's remote Queulat National Park. As I posted back in April 2014, it's a trail that admirably lives up to its name.

The lagoon is the source of the southern Chile's Cascada River; it in turn is fed by snow melt and a glacier through dozens of waterfalls that give the park its name. Queulat, or Queolat as a native Chonos called it, means ‘sound of waterfalls’. Those sounds still echo from time to time.

If you missed the post, one of the most visited on the site, it's here; I updated quite a bit of the info today, adding a couple links, eliminating a few dead ones, and tacking on a couple photos, too.

http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/04/11/chilean-patagonia-enchanted-forest-trail/

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I’ve had my head above the clouds quite a bit over the past four or five weeks. I hope that’s a trend that continues throughout the year.

This is looking down from Osredek pri Dobrovi, a village of about 50 in the Polhov Gradec hills only about 25 kilometers west of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Although it’s just a short distance from the city, as soon as we escaped the blanket of fog that often covers Ljubljana, it felt like we were in a whole ‘nother world.

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http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/01/19/church-on-a-misty-hilltop-near-ljubljana/

Osredek pri Dobrovi, Slovenia, 26-Dec-2015

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This is a view north from the summit of Kamniško Sedlo, a point that jabs the sky at 1,903m (6,243ft) in the heart of Slovenia’s Kamnik Alps.

Sedlo is Slovenian for saddle; more specifically in this case it means col, the lowest point on a ridge between two peaks, so technically I suppose this isn’t a summit in the traditional sense. But it’s a fairly steep ascent so as you approach it, you’re quite glad that your destination is the so-called low point.

It’s a ridge that’s a common fixture on vistas to the north of Ljubljana (see below); the hike’s base, the Dom v Kamniški Bistrici moutain hut, is about 35km (45min drive) away, making it a nice day trip option for mountain enthusiasts passing through the Slovenian capital.

But don’t let its proximity to Ljubljana fool you into thinking that it’s an easy walk, because it’s not. The 10.8km trek features an elevation gain of nearly 1,300m (4,265ft) the makings of a fairly demanding three hour workout. For someone like me, anyway.

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http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/01/17/summit-of-kamnisko-sedlo-slovenia/

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Thanks so much +Margaret Tompkins  - YOU ROCK!  :) A great day to you!
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Along one of the many beaches at Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It’s the country’s smallest national park, but also its most popular.

If you'd like you can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/02/05/beach-manuel-antonio-national-park-costa-rica/

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This is the view to the north towards Slovenia's Kamnik, or Kamniško-savinjske Alps from the summit of Stari Vrh, a small ski resort near the medieval city of Škofja Loka*, and about 45 minutes west of the capital Ljubljana. Gotta appreciated snow-making machines.

It’s not the biggest ski resort in the country, and it’s not the best. But that doesn’t mean that Stari Vrh isn’t worth a visit. There's plenty to entertain you for a few hours, not least of which are the views.

More about the ski area, including another handful of images and a very short video, is here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/01/26/stari-vrh-ski-area-slovenia-a-120-second-review/

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Looking for something to browse through during a late morning coffee break today? Spend a few minutes of it with this excellent compilation.
 
Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!

Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography !!

Do you want to be a part of this collection?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share some of the profiles of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!

We have some wonderful new photographers this week!!  Congratulations on having your photographs selected for the +Landscape Photography page.  If you are receiving a notification, then at least one of your photographs was selected this week and featured on the +Landscape Photography page.  Please share the collection with your friends and circles!

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Wednesday’s Headlines #3 - Small is Beautiful:

The new series continues with 19 contributors filing 25 images from 20 cities in 13 countries. The theme? Small is beautiful.
The new series continues with 19 contributors filing 25 images from 20 cities in 13 countries. The theme? Small is beautiful.
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Martin Luther King Jr. in Ljubljana

I’m not sure exactly when it was painted and by whom, but it was a most welcome site to see this mural honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. near the Cobbler’s Bridge along the western banks of the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana’s old town center when I returned to Slovenia late last August.

I also don’t know how much of this mural is part of the original design, but the text incorporated into it does do King’s message justice. “Moč besed” means “the power of words; “Govori ljubezen” means “speak love”.

If anyone knows who painted this and when, please let me know. :)

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http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/01/18/martin-luther-king-jr-in-ljubljana/

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Wow. Nothing short of phenomenal.

From 1981; the brief back story:

"One day in 1981 Bowie reunited with Queen in a recording studio in Switzerland, with the intention of doing vocals for the song “Cool Cat” . David got bored and suggested writing a new song from scratch. According to Mark Blake, author of a biography of Freddie Mercury, they began a 24 hours marathon of wine and cocaine and ended up with this musical gem."

Read more at http://www.mindblowingvideos.com/how-under-pressure-sounds-without-music-freddie-mercury-and-david-bowie-a-cappella.html
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer, blogger & roaming rambler with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.

Born in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), I spent much of my life in the U.S. midwest before returning permanently to Slovenia in 2004.

I’m a long-time professional journalist with more than twenty-five years’ experience as a reporter, editor, copywriter and translator. I’ve reported and written extensively on culture, politics, development, travel and Olympic sport.

From 2000 through 2012, I focused almost exclusively on coverage of international track & field and distance running. I covered the last three summer Olympic Games, several World Championships and dozens of other international, continental and regional competitions on four continents. I worked closely with the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field, first as a chief correspondent and later as an associate website editor where I oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. I regularly reported for Reuters, The Press Association and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and news and specialist websites.

Founder of Piran Café.

I'm a frequent traveler and love sharing tips, insights and photos from the road. You'll find quite a bit of that on my G+ stream.

As a photographer, my work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Slovenia and the United States.

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Travelers, travel bloggers and other kindred spirits:
If you're planning to visit Ljubljana, and have any questions or are seeking suggestions, feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to help in any way I can, and will be delighted to meet up for a drink and even play tour guide for a bit if I'm in town and have the time.

Circling Policy (v 1.1):  :)
I enjoy connecting and engaging with people from all walks of life and all corners of the planet. Note however that I'm continually at or very near the G+ 5,000 limit, so as much as I'd like to I can't automatically follow everyone back. That said I regularly remove inactive G+ers, with 14 days of inactivity generally set as the cutoff, to make room for others I'd like to circle.

Rules? Just a few: I will not tolerate racism, hatred, religious extremism or bigotry in any form. Also know that I'm not a fan of cat GIFs or empty profiles.
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I've witnessed four of Usain Bolt's world records and I've had cholera. Not in that order.
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