Today was a travel day of sorts. We were up and ready and breakfast ate by 8:30. Toure picked us up and we were headed out of Croatia and on to Slovenia. Our guide couldn't believe that we had forgotten the most famous Slovenian who resided in America? . . . wait for it . . . Melania Trump. Duh! Anyway, she is from a beautiful country and we did drive by her home town. We drove two hours to the capital for our tour. It is a small town of about 200,000 people. We walked along the river and through the different open squares of markets and kiosks. There are a lot of churches here too, and they are all beautiful. We hopped on another cable car up to a castle and walked around the area that overlooked the entire town. The views were impressive. Then we kept walking along the shops and stopped inside the second oldest Catholic church in Europe. It was beautiful and what you expect a European church to look like, and this one doesn't have chandeliers from Vegas. There was one cleaning lady in the church armed with a dust buster who shushed anyone who
whispered louder than a mouse. Since it is a small town, we covered most of the area in about an hour and a half. We stopped for lunch and had a traditional sausage of the area. We didn't tell our guide, but they tasted like Hillshire Farms kielbasa, still good though! The last morsel we had in town, Toure said we HAD TO HAVE the cake of the area. It's to die for. We ordered two and they were good, but not the best we have ever had. But who turns down cake?
From the capitol city we then traveled 45 minutes to Bled, Slovenia. This was like a post card out of the Alps. There is an island in the middle of a lake that has a church on it and there's a castle on the top of the hill that overlooks the lake on one side and the Alps on the other. There are three peaks of the Alps that are on the Slovenian flag. The area reminded us of small German towns. Again, the trees are incredibly green and tall lying under the peaks of the mountains. They do have several ski areas and do well
at the winter Olympics.
We decided not to take the boat ride to the island and instead opted for the castle. We walked the grounds took pictures of the area. Finally the clouds cleared and we got to see all three peaks that they are so proud to have on their flag. The last thing we did here was have another "to die for" piece of cake. This one was different and is the official cake of the country. So we didn't want to be rude and had yet another piece of cake. This one was really good! We could have had a few more pieces of this one. Kirsten quickly texted her mother the name of this cake and Judy had found the recipe in minutes.
From Bled, Slovenia, we headed back to Croatia, north to the peninsula area. It was another long day, so we made it to our hotel and Toure left us for the evening. Opatija is located on the largest port in Croatia and again, it's amazing. We decided to walk along the water for an evening stroll and then called it an evening. We didn't even have dinner tonight, we were too
stuffed from our Johnsonville Brauts. We are here for two nights so we got comfy in our tiny hotel room.
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