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Published: August 7th 2017
Our plan had been to spend the whole day in Plitvice and to drive only as far as we could that evening, but to camp somewhere still in Croatia. Since we had started our day early, finished the park at 2 PM and because it was much too hot to spend the afternoon outside, we changed our plans and left ASAP to spend the night in Ljubljana. It was only a 3 hours' ride, so it was ok.
We had found a nice hostel online, but it was very complicated to get into the parking (the main entrance was closed, we had to find the other entrance and there were 4 more cars waiting to get in) and the staff at the hostel was very slow.
Anne’s foot, where she had been bitten by that wasp, was swelling slowly, but it was ok for her to walk with me to the city centre. We walked around for a long time, trying to find a restaurant, but everything was full and I was starting to be pissed. I am a very friendly and happy person, but when I’m hungry, I’m the worst! ^^ In the end we found a free
spot on the balcony of the most wonderful restaurant : it was cheap, it had really good food and the waiters were very friendly and funny! :D We had some beer, pasta and tiramisu for a desert and we enjoyed watching the thunder storm with all the lightning. It didn’t rain much, but it got much cooler which was a blessing! :-)
The next morning, we got up at around 7 AM, had breakfast and went to Vintgar, a gorge next to the Triglav national park. I have already been there 6 years ago with my friend Lars and I absolutely wanted to show it to Anne. For me, Vintgar is the most beautiful place in Slovenia (and Slovenia has a lot of beautiful places ;-)). There was already a small queue at the entrance when we arrived there at 9:30 AM and – strangely – a lot of Belgians! We had a very good time and Anne liked this place just as much as I did. :-) Unfortunately though, her foot was even more swollen than the day before and I pitied her even if it didn’t hurt much. That and the heat made us decide not to
stop in Bled to spend some time at the lake but to pass by it only and start our way home a day earlier than planned. It turned out to be a very good decision because, when we left Bled, we saw the queue of cars that wanted to enter this town… It would take them at least 2 hours to do this, it was sooo crowded, nothing advanced anymore and the queue went almost until the highway exist!! °_°
On our way back, we had a lot of traffic jams and so we decided to stop just after Munich to find a camping and not to go to Augsburg or Ulm as planned. We exited at some small city and drove around the villages there trying to find a guesthouse or camping. In the end, the owner of one pension allowed us, for small money, to camp in her garden. She was very nice and we were happy we happy to have found her. Before settling down, we went back to the last town to have a good (and cheap) pizza and some wine. It was a very nice last evening and it was wonderful to spend our
last night in the tent again. :-)
In conclusion, I can say that this was the most beautiful and wonderful holiday I have ever had (except for my trip to Chile and Argentina). I can highly recommend this route with the same stops we have done, maybe with a bit more time to enjoy a few more days in Montenegro and in Mljet. I recommend not to go in July or August because a) there are too many people and b) it is much too hot.
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