Hello, dear kite lovers!
The end of the year is coming, and it’s an appropriate time to look back and reflect on our kite and KAP adventures of 2023. This year was crazy and fun, we got some beautiful kite aerial photos and found some very interesting stories.
We took part in 6 big kite festivals, and put together one small and one micro festival. We had 25 KAP outings, of which 24 were successful. We published 41 articles here (including this one). We put our kites in the air 58 times – more than once per week, every week of the year!
Our kites were roaming around India, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. We welcomed our friends from the Netherlands, Croatia, and Poland. We participated in kite festivals in Gujarat, Spotorno, Jesolo, O., Urbino and on the island of Prvić. We did a small IKF with Zmajoljupci in Zajčja dobrava near Ljubljana, and a cute little IKF Stožice with Peter, Cisca, and Boris the kite flying dog of Colors in the Sky.
We took kite aerial photos of Rajkot, of the cold Bloke plateau, of lake Cerknica and Planina karst polje, of nature reserves and landscape parks and Adriatic islands and kite festivals and crow nests and prehistoric pile-dwellings and Renaissance towns and marshalling yards and …
But all the fun and the stories of 2023 would mean nothing if it weren’t for you, our friends. It is plainly impossible to name you all, old friends and new friends we’ve made this year, great people and great kiters from all over the world. Big thanks to everyone – it was a pleasure and an honour to fly with you!
Anyway, one of those classical end-of-year tricks is to publish a 10 Most Popular Articles, and this is exactly what we shall do. So please – enjoy our kite and KAP stories you have liked the most in 2023!
There was barely any wind on the high Bloke plateau on that late January day, but there was way too much snow and it was cold as hell. A nice change after coming back from hot Gujarat 🙂
A story about the dragon in the Coat of Arms of Ljubljana, with modern day dragons flying again over Ljubljana Marshes landscape park.
An amazing kite festival in Spotorno, Italy. We are forever indebted to our great friend Sandro Macchi – SMAC and the members of 30 kite club for the invitation and the opportunity to fly kites on the beautiful coast of Liguria.
Yet another kite festival in Italy – but what an overwhelming experience. The Medieval town of Urbino and its contradas created a show that we will remember forever. With special thanks to Luca Ovarelli, contrada Lavagine!
For us, Summer ends on an island – Prvić Island, Croatia, and its phenomenal Creative Days of Faust Vrančić festival. Antonia and all the friends there, Žuža and Žare of Zmajoljupci – Croatian Kite Association, the blue Adriatic sea, the scents and sights … it was perfect yet again!
Urbino is a true Renaissance wonder – and flying a kite with a camera from the imposing Fortezza Albornoz over this amazing pile of bricks that changed the history of art was an unforgettable experience.
A crazy festival in a crazy town of O., full of crazy people, crazy sports and crazy murals. Among all the crazy things we did there, setting a new Slovenian record in throwing a cup of coffee into the river as far as possible was not the craziest … Ana, Ivan, Giovanni, Josip, Stanko, Ivica, David and all the good people of O. – you are all completely crazy.
A huge and impeccably organised kite festival. Filippo and his team outdid pretty much every other festival with 250 kiters coming from all over the world, creating a fantastic event on a mile and a half of the immense sandy beach of Lido di Jesolo.
And the winner article, the one you enjoyed the most in 2023, was actually …
… a series of articles about a incredible adventure far away from home.
The things we saw and did there … the friends we’ve met and made, the kites we flew, the sites we explored, the wild animals we’ve encountered, the roads we travelled … it was simply amazing. A trip of a lifetime that couldn’t be described in one take – so we did seven of them:
Well, that about concludes this year. The new one will have a power start, as we are going back to India for the IKF Gujarat 2024 on the very first week of January, and we surely wish that 2024 will turn out to be as cool as 2023!
We hope you enjoyed 2023 it as much as we did, and we wish you all a great year 2024. May the winds be with you!
Ivor, Janez, Gregor, Sergeja, Jerneja, Saša;