Thursday Doors, 5/7/18: Ljubljana

All this happened on the way to the cemetery. Doors are where you see them, just don’t look too closely: those of Italy are closed yet and now Slovenia is about to close its doors as well. 

We used to do it on November 1st, The Day of the Dead, but since I’m here now and won’t be then, mom and I went on a stroll to the Žale Cemetery in Ljubljana to visit one half of my ancestors (and then father jumped out of the hedge and scared us).

On the way we passed: one church with hidden doors, one ACAB playground with goals for doors, one hateful line, one hopeful line, and then we reached the cemetery where most doors are permanently shut, including those of more than 1000 graves of Italian soldiers who died here in the Second World War.

So on one hand we have an appeal to stop the migrants and on the other promised growth of human rights. I just hope there won’t be a war over it.

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

32 thoughts on “Thursday Doors, 5/7/18: Ljubljana

  1. I feel for the Italian soldiers buried away from home (not that they are caring, I understand that, but I always feel for those away from home even if they are not homesick. Me, I get very homesick very fast and so I don’t travel much, always have been this way). Anyway, short story made long, it reminded of me when we visited the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii for WWII soldiers. And, I love the shot of the church and that tomb with the face kind of glaring. Always you capture pictures and emotion.

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    1. Thank you, Claudia, for saying that. 🙂 That’s right, I capture emotions too, whether I want it or not. Italians are just one example at this cemetery, there are also Germans and Austrians and Jews. Many dead people far from home.

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      1. That seems to happen at all cemeteries. I remember visiting the Moravian cemetery in Bethlehem, PA, dating from 1700’s and there was a story of one grave, a traveler who died while in the city and so…stayed forever.

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  2. Mmm, We Grow Human Rights is wonderful!
    As for doors, I’ll take the creamy yellow stone with the wooden X door, hardware reminiscent of birds ❤

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  3. What a different post, Manja! Yeah, the boat shape is hard to overlook:) In my mind I can see and your mom strolling through her and pausing for you to take a few shots here and there:) Like the top you’re wearing in the last shot:)

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    1. Thank you, Jesh. In the last shot? But there are more shots after that reflection. Can you see them? I haven’t been inside this church yet, maybe one day. It is not very inviting, with the gate and door closed.


  4. You found some wonderful doors on this outing. I’m fond of the two dark brown wooden ones in the middle of the pack.
    Sadly there are hateful, angry people who blame everyone else for all their problems, pretty much in every country. Whether you choose to be angry and resentful, or hopeful and positive, in the end we all wind up in the same place – a cemetery like the one you visited. Personally “We grow human rights” is the kind of sentiment I want to carry around with me until my time comes.

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    1. Very true, Norm. This is the last stop of everybody. It’s not nice to discover that in the meantime the word on the street has started to clash with own beliefs. And I don’t mean the bit about human rights. Thank you!

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  5. I don’t like that ACAB attitude. They aren’t. It’s scary that some people/youngsters/men think that.
    Migrants or no migrants, that’s a tricky issue. Of course I am for human rights and relocation for a better life. But who will pay for the better life? And what crime and health issues does it bring along to the host country? How come women and children are usually not among the migrants? It’s all too confusing. Let’s just all live in peace, please! 🙂
    Thanks for the thought-provoking photos, Manja! Enjoy Slovenia!

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    1. Thank you, SMSW! Nothing good will come out of this. I haven’t seen the film ACAB (by an Italian director) but I can see huge differences between police in different countries. And I’ve had enough encounters with the ones in Slovenia to see why someone would think or write that. If someone joins the police to cure own inferiority complex, then you’ve got citizens who don’t want any of that. I’m enjoying it as much as I can and try to focus on the positive.

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