Meet your favorite ski jumpers!
Ski jumpers are still not paid in millions of Euros and that's probably why you can meet them pretty easily. All it takes is to walk around, go for coffee or in my case, go to a disco.
This is Jasmina & and me with my favorite Finnish jumper Risto Jussilainen. We saw him on the street on our way to disco and he immediately agreed to a photo session! Just for the record, in 2001 Risto finished overall 3rd in the world cup; in Planica he & his teammates won the team competition and he placed 2nd in the individual competition.
We met several other jumpers including Adam Malysz & Andi Goldberger and could have taken pics of them, but we did not want to be pushy. Risto was our favorite and a pic of him was enough!!!
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Fans! Polish fans!
Adam Malysz captured the overall world cup title three times in a row! Ever since he started winning, Polish people follow him around in tens of thousands!
When they come, the competition can be anything but boring. Trust my word - these people know how to make great atmosphere!
My fondest memory of Polish fans is from 2001 when they came with flags and banners of all shapes and sizes displaying some of the craziest wording I've ever seen:
1. Adam - 500 m!
2. Adam for President!
3. Adam flies high - Adam come down to Earth!
If only I had better camera at the time to capture their masterpieces of paraphernalia. You cannot even imagine what crazy fans can come up with!
Photo: when the competition was over, a friend and I were "surrounded" by a group of merry Polish fans :-)
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For many years now the last competitions of the ski jumping world cup take place in Planica. Usually, they take place the one but last weekend in March and usually there are three competitions - team competition on Friday and two individual competitions on Saturday and Sunday. Competitions start at 10 am as they have to be completed before 1 pm when the wind begins. The wind is so regular that you can bet your money on it!
Planica gained fame much before it became the last stage of the ski jumping circus due to numerous world records. The first jump over 100 m happened there. Andreas Goldberger set his world record of 225 m also there. Matti Hautamaeki broke that record in 2003 during the team competition only to improve it twice in individual competitions the following days.
So many of world longest jumps/flights were achieved there that Planica became the synonym for spectacular flights and fans expect new records every year.
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KOCA V KRNICI 1113 m
There are several huts in the mountains and you can decide to walk to one of them when you set out!
This day it was a walk to the Koca (hut) Krnici and believe me it was not that easy!
Ever crossed an extremely rock-filled riverbed under the hot sun and temps of some 30 degr. Celsius??
But I liked it, it was great fun!
Reaching the Koca you can have a drink there, hot or cold and rest in the shade of some wonderful trees that spread their branches extra wide it seems to offer us all as much shade as possible.
There were even some people who arrived by bike!
Perhaps a bit childish: but I enjoyed getting the stamp as 'EVIDENCE' that I had walked up, after which there still was the walk down.....lolol.....all went well and it was a well-spend day!
I have to showe you the stamp! and I have a few more......from higher up in the mountains...
Her name means: BUCKWHEAT GIRL....
Clearly visible in the wall above the Vrsic Pass is the face of a young girl names "Ajdovska deklica".
Ajdovska or "jeda" women ("jeda is the local name for buckwheat) predicted the fate of newborns in Kranjska Gora and advised farmers when to sow and harvest their crops.
One of them, Ajdovska deklica, predicted to the son of a hunter that he would shoot a goldenhorn, which lived in the surrounding mountains.
This prediction angered the other ajdovska women, who changed the Ajdovsks deklica into stone.........and I have seen her.....
THIS IS ZLATOROG
The legendary rock-goat (chamois?) with the gold horns, who was the keeper of a treasure hidden in the Mountains.
A greedy hunter killed him, shot him between the horns.
But......out of the blood on the soil a flower grew and with his last strength Zlatorog managed to eat the flower and.....could get up but....disappeared, never to come back!
But before disappearing he killed the hunter, destroyed the meadows and from that moment he was immortal!
Here he is at the entrance of the TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK, to protect it and the still hidden treasure!
Have a drink, an ice-cream or some crêpes at the Jasna restaurant, because it is there, near JASNA LAKE that this huge sculpture is located....
PRELAZ VRSIC 1611 m.
This was funny! We drove a certain route and decided to have our packed lunch at the highest point.
There were spot enough to park the car and we were not the only ones who had lunch there.....
But after some 10 minutes someone with a mountain bike I had already seen on the opposite side of the road came up to us, which I thought strange.
We had to pay!!! for being there!! Well of course we did when it seemed clear that it was his job to let people who stopped there car there on top, pay!
And this card he gave me made it clear:
It says: NOTICE TO VISITORS...
TYhe Vrsic Mountain Pass 1611 meters (and remember I told you in the first tip who built this road......poor souls!) is the highest point on the Vrsic road, the ONLY ROUTE THROUGH THE TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK.
Every year traffic congestion grows worse and protected nature is threatened more and more...
Only your consideration will help us preserve the natural beauty of Vrsic. We are asking visitors to enjoy its wonders ON FOOT, in peace and silence.
Try to leave your cars in the Valley and walk or take the bus up to the pass.
Transit through the pass is free, but those STOPPING or PARKING at Vrsic are requested to make a contribution towards the maintenance of car parks and progressive traffic control.
the Municipality of Bovec
the Municipality of Kranjska Gora
But we got this NOTE while standing there!!
Had we known we would have walked up, not for the little money we had to pay but to help protect the Park.....
It was just a normal road......well, next time!
RUSKA KAPELICA = THE RUSSIAN CHAPEL
During the First World War (1914 - 1918) Kranjska Gora was an important military crossroads.
The Vrsic pass had to be kept open throughout the winter......
The road had to be cleared and the road was cleared and cleaned of enormous quantities of snow.
This hard work had to be done by Russian POWs (Prisoners of War) under the supervision of Austrian soldiers.
On 12th March 1916, bells began to ring in Kranjska Gora......sad news arrived from Vrsic: a huge wnowslide had buries the Russian Camp below Vrsic, killing more than 300 prisoners and 10 guards.
In memory of these men, The Russian Chapel was built along the path to Vrsic...
This monument is only a 100 mts. from the road and there is a sign......I would advise you to take some time to go there and say a prayer for those victims.
NEW IN KRANJSKA GORA -...
NEW IN KRANJSKA
GORA - LARIX HOTEL
In the beginning of December they are going to
open a complex of three swimming-pools with total surface of 300 sq. metres. The
swimming-pools will be equipped with underwater massage with air bubbles and
geysers. The sole users of one of the swimming-pools will be children. You will
be able to relax in a whirlpool with the surface of 10 sq. metres. Turkish
baths, Finnish and infrared saunas with a refreshing cold-water basin will also
be available. If you want to get sun-tanned you will be able to enjoy a
solarium. We can also offer classic, reflex and Chinese TU-INA massages,
magneto-therapy, acupuncture and pedicure.
ON THE WAY TO LAKE JASNA
It takes only 15 minutes from the centre of Kranjska gora to Lake Jasna.On the way you can admire smaragd green waters of river Pišnica, many little watterfalls and cascades.
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LAKE JASNA - PART 4
One can just sit down and relax admiring wonderful scenery - the Alps, river Pišnica, ducks on the lake,fish in the lake
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LAKE JASNA - PART 3
Crystal clear water of the lake and amazing scenery are ideal for an afternoon picnic.You can find a nice restaurant Jasna there and children's playground.
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RATECE VILLAGE FESTIVAL....
This village holiday offers visitors a presentation of local customs, national costumes and domestic arts and crafts....
Park near Kranjska Gora
A beautiful place to relax for a while, with a small lake, a great statue of an Ibex (mountain deer) and the background view of the Julian Alps.