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I'm continuing my journey through the hills of eastern Drabantia. Misty mornings, foliage slowly turning gold, autumn is in the house, the house being the river Elže valley, the most recent stop of my journey.


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Feel good time

Cozy mornings on the radio

When relaxing in the beautiful nature of the Vaberec region, you might appreciate having some good music as your company, and I've got you covered.

Rádio Pohoda is there to sate all your lust for hit oldies music, as well as popular pop-rock songs from the turn of the millennium, or even modern folk music. The word pohoda can't be translated literally, but it describes well-being, feeling good, chillin', so sit back and enjoy the sound. Aired at 105.5 or 105.3 FM from Sejd or Pazderník respectively, this station is the perfect soundtrack for your fall holiday in the region.

Maple Town

It's essential to switch things up sometimes, which is why I often create small detailed locations in between macro-mapping, like Hustomyšl or JAS earlier this year in the Janov region. Here I drew the monastery town two weeks ago, and now I'm making a small town of some 5,000 residents that's squeezed between the hills, Javorník nad Elží.

Let's break the name down. Nad Elží means it's near the river Elže, while the core name itself, Javorník, derives from javor, which means maple in Drabantian. And you would be completely right to think the town is damn proud of their tree. It has it on its coat of arms (which I have yet to create), they even have a 26-meter tall maple planted outside the town gate. Not only do maples grow in the forests around, some cultivars are used for tree rows and parks in the town.

Javorník was founded in the 11th century by king Radoslav II., and the central square is named after him now. Just like other towns in the region, it was founded as a silver mining site, and sure, there was some silver. But there wasn't a lot of it, and the extraction was difficult and the miners didn't get to live very long, so by the end of the Middle Ages, all of the mines have been shut down. There's very little evidence of the mines left, but the local museum on the town square has an entire floor dedicated to it. Arguably worth a visit.

Anyways, the town is far from finished right now. I want to draw the entire town in full detail, and it's the first time I'm doing that. That means there is a lot more yet to come to Javorník, and about that, in a week or two.

Monday bliki by Eklas

Comments are v welcome

That's a very cute town you've mapped there, I love it! The only thing I dislike about its look is how educational institutions and hospital sites are now rendering orange :( --Stjur (talkOGF) 19:00, 24 September 2018 (CEST)

In fact, the colours of farmland and schools/hospitals have swapped altogether. It looks horrible! P.s. Eklas I get the feeling your supermarkets 'Leno' and 'Iro' are eyeing other from across the street. Yuanls (talk) 23:13, 24 September 2018 (CEST)
they're looking for business opportunities --Eklas (talk) 10:50, 25 September 2018 (CEST)
Nice looking small town but I wonder if two cemeteries of that size aren't too many. Also I wouldn't depreciate the new rendering style as a whole. While I don't like the new colors (they would differ more from each other) there is one very good change - the access roads are now thinner than common roads so the interchanges' details are more visible now on lower zoom levels (but for me roads are still too thick). --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 13:03, 25 September 2018 (CEST)
Thanks! I thought about that too. The smaller cemetery is several hundred years old, while the larger one is from the 20th century, i.e. more modern, capacious and also, not christian-only. --Eklas (talk) 18:06, 25 September 2018 (CEST)