Greetings. Welcome to Piran Café.

I'm Bob Ramsak, a reporter, photographer and blogger driven by a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I’ve visited 54 countries and write something and make pictures every day. Piran Café is my notebook, kicking since 2006.

I roam often but Piran Café is not a typical travel blog. It's a collection of experiences, moments and vignettes, both long-form and short, connected and propelled by those primary passions and published here to inform, entertain and engage. More here.

I'm based between Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Ljubljana, Slovenia; currently in Madrid, Spain.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your visit and please, don't be a stranger.

LATEST POSTSStraight From the News Feed

Mannequin Monday #51

Is this week’s addition to the world’s largest repository of blighted mannequins wearing a plastic hair piece attached with transparent and light brown strapping tape? You tell me.
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ECUADORDispatches From and About my Current Base

Cayambe Bids Farewell

Another reward. For what exactly I’m not sure, but just before my last sunset in Quito the perpetual veil over the Cayambe volcano lifted long enough for me to enjoy a spectacular view to the northeast from the balcony that I’m already missing. The mountain straddles the equator; the highest point on the planet that
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ALWAYS WORTH ANOTHER LOOKRecent Favorites

GALLERIESTravel and Stock Image Collections

PIC DU JOURDaily Travel Pic, Nearing 500 Straight

Mannequin Monday #51

Is this week’s addition to the world’s largest repository of blighted mannequins wearing a plastic hair piece attached with transparent and light brown strapping tape? You tell me.
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Donna Summer in Quito, and The Age of Aquarius

There in spirit at least, and heard in this little book shop/record store on Calle Oriente about a month ago. “Love to Love You Baby“, the original. It fit nicely, the chorus pleasantly echoing through a rare quiet moment on the block. When I passed by, I tried to imagine what she would sound like
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Spice Aisle, Otavalo Street Market

It’s not really an aisle, more like a section at the end of two rows of stalls and makeshift stands which themselves are at the end of what I’ve been referring to as the food court at the renowned market in Otavalo, Ecuador. It’s reputed to be the largest indigenous market in South America, but
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May 1 Square, Piran

To serve as a reminder of the place that this blog is named after, here is May 1 Square in Piran, formerly the Piazza Portadomo, that sits just a block in from the Adriatic coastline that separates the town from Croatia’s Savudrija peninsula. I haven’t visited there since early last October and found myself genuinely
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