All things Nicholas

It's no secret that I have a soft spot for anyone named Nicholas. They are all great people. 

 This Nic is particularly wonderful. This is his Triumph.  

This Nic is particularly wonderful. This is his Triumph.  

 Nic sketched this self portrait while holidaying in Tassie a few years ago.  

Nic sketched this self portrait while holidaying in Tassie a few years ago.  

 Time together in Melbourne  

Time together in Melbourne  

 His honeymoon photo. Hahahaha  

His honeymoon photo. Hahahaha  

 Another wonderful person 

Another wonderful person 

 St Nicholas Church in Krka National Park, Croatia  

St Nicholas Church in Krka National Park, Croatia  

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 St Nicholas Church in Kotor, Montenegro  

St Nicholas Church in Kotor, Montenegro  

 Shop assistant in Kotor with his favourite St Nicholas. I made a return visit to this shop and asked this Nic if he was named after Nicola Tesla. No, he was named after his grandfather, Nicola, who died when the car he was driving ran over an un detected land mine in Croatia. The car is still there, a rusty reminder from WW 2 

Shop assistant in Kotor with his favourite St Nicholas. I made a return visit to this shop and asked this Nic if he was named after Nicola Tesla. No, he was named after his grandfather, Nicola, who died when the car he was driving ran over an un detected land mine in Croatia. The car is still there, a rusty reminder from WW 2 

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 Nic at work! 

Nic at work! 

 Performing

Performing

 Saint Nicholas on the Salutation to the Sun in Zadar, Croatia ( date of feast 6 December)

Saint Nicholas on the Salutation to the Sun in Zadar, Croatia ( date of feast 6 December)

The bells of St Nicholas Church from San Giovannis Castle in Kotor.  

Continuing . . . .  

I chose to leave Kotor via the windiest road possible.  

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At turn 25 there was a small roadside stall selling locally made produce.  

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and this is where I met another charming young man, called Nicholas!! 

 In his freedom pose. All Montenegrins he says,  are warriors, they have to be, there are not many men in Montenegro and other nations keep wanting to occupy their country.  

In his freedom pose. All Montenegrins he says,  are warriors, they have to be, there are not many men in Montenegro and other nations keep wanting to occupy their country.  

I asked Nicholas if he was named after Nichola Tesla, no, he was named after his grandfather. The tradition goes back 13 times, every second generation there is a Nicholas, on the other generations there is a Slavic. Great naming tradition and one he wants to maintain. I also asked him where he learnt English. He is from Serbia and his education was in Russian. He now speaks 9 languages, having learned them from visitors to his roadside stall.  

 I bought a jar of his aunts honeyed fruit. Figs, wild strawberries, cherries,a nod walnuts and almonds.  

I bought a jar of his aunts honeyed fruit. Figs, wild strawberries, cherries,a nod walnuts and almonds.