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Croatia – windows on Otok Cres

I have a serious fascination with faded facades and wooden windows. I became especially aware of that when flipping through the photos of our recent trip to Croatia. Probably 15% of all pictures show no more that a chunk of crumbling wall or a window, shutters, lintels. The only reason there aren’t even more is that we spent barely any time in towns but instead were bumming in the shade by the water almost 24/7.

In Croatia it was the colours, crumbling details and the aging grace that especially caught my eye.

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

The shutters in the next photo I find ingenious. I’ve seen all the single features before, the outwards tilt for extra ventilation and the handle for adjusting the tilt of the top lamellea in the upper section, but never in this combination.

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

There were so many decaying houses (some of them reminded me of Sweet Junipers Feral Houses). Some of them were in the middle of a town while others now stand lonely on the hillsides. Farms that might have once been the pride of their farmers are now abandoned because of a lack of infrastructure (many never got hooked up to the water main – a PVC pipe place alongside the road – or power line) and a fragmented property situation caused by the structure of the local the inheritance laws.
This one building in Osor looked like it had been abandoned maybe 30 years ago. You can see the cob webs though the stained glass door. I can only imagine what the room behind that door looks like! What’s really neat about this house too though, is the stones above the door. They were taken from a nearby monastery from the 14th century that has long fallen into ruins.

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

mangia minga - Windows on Otok Cres

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