If all is going according to schedules, timetables and plans, I’m somewhere between train stations at the moment approaching the Austrian-Slovenian border at Jesenice, a city that’s best known, if it’s known at all, as the hometown of hockey superstar Anže Kopitar.
It’s been a few years since I spent any time at the station which is just as well. I remember it as mostly shuttered, gritty and dingy, with broken or cracked windows and doors. No, not the most welcome first stop into this self-proclaimed “Green Piece of Europe”. If it’s been fixed up since, please let me know.
Fortunately, most travelers coming from Austria and points northeast don’t see any of that. Unless they’re switching to the local commuter lines that service the mountain resort towns of Bled and Bohinj, they’re usually traveling onward towards Ljubljana and Zagreb.
I did spend the greater part of one rainy early autumn afternoon in 2012 drinking a few beers with a Dutch couple in the station’s only restaurant/cafe/bar. The images at top and below are typical of the place’s decor, a welcome respite from the station’s dinginess. I remember the pair as entertainingly engaging, genuinely curious about all things Slovenian, and armed with a bottomless well of questions about the objects on the walls bearing the likeness of former Yugoslav dictator Tito. It’s always a pleasure to encounter inquisitive people.
Which brings to mind this simple no-frills scene shot with a cheap camera as my train pulled into the main station in Brescia, Italy, on 21 March 2011. I love how the train stopped with my camera pointed directly in front of this very curious man. If anyone knows him, drop a line.
And for the record, the lead photo, which serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 594th straight, was snapped in Jesenice, Slovenia, on 24 September 2012.