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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana June 4th 2017

By happenstance Ljubljana is the venue for the European Kayak, C1 and C2 championships this weekend. The man made slalom site at Tacen is roughly 5km from the centre, about 40 minutes on our rented bikes.... read more
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 18th 2016

Day 25 - Sun. Oct. 16 - Port of call: Koper, Slovenia. Weather: Fog and the threat of rain in the morning and partly sunny in the afternoon - temperatures of 70°F/21°C Overnight our ship moved across the top of the Adriatic to dock at the port of Koper, Slovenia. Koper is one of Slovenia’s largest towns and shares a common history with Italy. Both Slovene and Italian are recognized as official languages in this country. The port itself is very much a working container port, which we have experienced elsewhere, and means that it is not particularly lovely or impressive. For some reason, which was never explained to us, we were required to carry our passports with us today. Normally our ship ID and any piece of government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s ... read more
Adam & Eve
Cathedral bronze door
Open air market

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 17th 2016

Picking up where we left off with the clink of coffee cups and the hum of conversation in the background, I left Split and had a bit of choice on how to get to my next conference. This meant getting to the towns of Piran and Portoroz, a lovely little spot on the tiny 40km sliver of coastline owned by Slovenia. The fact that I was there to talk about whales for two weeks was a fact that amused every Slovene I encountered to no end. Slovenia has some dolphins, and like many other populations, they're not doing as well as most would like. Anyways that gave a few options. Either go along the Croatian coast, or try to cut through along a more consistently used road. The problem was that the rational mid point stop ... read more
Ljubljana Dragon
Ljubljana old town
Sure. Why not.

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 3rd 2016

Day 250 Saturday 24th September 2016 – Zagreb to Ljubljana Damn, damn, damn, we are leaving Zagreb just as we getting to really love it, sort of feels like an unconsummated relationship, I guess we will just have to come back for a booty call. Both feeling a bit tired this morning which wasn’t helped when our bed collapsed in the middle of the night (and no it wasn’t from what you were thinking), at 3am it just hit the floor and we had to sleep at a weird angle and in the morning I once again had to do some running repairs. Our bus wasn’t till 12.30 so we didn’t leave our home till 11.45 for the 15 minute walk to the station. I (Scott) had just a touch too much to drink ... read more
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 9th 2016

The day had started with a bit of a hiccup.... Woolly says – I don’t like hiccups they make my whole body bounce! ........ funny to watch though! Having queued at the main bus station for our tickets the lady behind the counter told us that we had to buy them on the bus, not a problem we thought and as we followed the mammoth through the fume laden bus garage we happily joined the line to pay. Woolly says – Having reached the front the driver informed us that we had to book online, now I know Jo can be a liability with dates and times of travel but she spends hours checking bus routes on line and no where had it said that we had to book beforehand. I looked at the driver who ... read more
One of the many bridges
Brilliant drinks fountain
Lovely buildings

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana April 17th 2016

I am writing to you from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Six months ago I had never even heard of it, but my travel guru, Rick Steves, sings its praises in his guide to Eastern Europe, so I wanted to see for myself. Ljubljana is the capital of this small country that used to be a part of Yugoslavia. It is wedged into the corner where Austria and Italy meet, with Hungary to its east. I traveled here by train yesterday from Budapest and was struck by the scenic gorge we passed through over the last hour or so (see photo). Slovenia has mostly been a sleepy backwater through history, but has maintained an independent spirit and language and seems to be populated by universally pleasant and friendly people - at least everyone I have met so far meets ... read more
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana March 27th 2016

Geo: 46.0546, 14.5044As I mentioned earlier, Europe transitions to Daylight Savings Time later than the U.S., and this Sunday (the last of March and the last our trip) was the day to "Spring forward." This meant that our already short night would be shorter by an hour.We originally been booked to fly from Ljubljana to Brussels, and then from there on to Washington. I called United Airlines the day of the attacks, and was told no decisions had been made about when and if the airport would reopen. By the next day, it was clear it would not open anytime soon, so I called United back to have us rerouted. At first the agent asked if we okay leaving a day later than scheduled, but luckily he was able to secure us seats on a connection ... read more
Departing Ljubljana
On the way to Germany

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana March 18th 2016

Geo: 46.0546, 14.5044As I mentioned earlier, our gateway to the Adriatic was to be the city of Ljubljana -- the capital of Slovenia and a city, the spelling of which still confounds me to this day. Our flight departed from the old terminal in Vienna, which I knew all too well. The day started and ended with crystal-clear skies, which made for fantastic views of the Julian Alps during our very short 30-minute flight from Vienna.The airport is tiny, and beautifully situated in the foothills. We had a pre-arranged transfer, and our driver was waiting for us, after we retrieved our bags from the airport's one-and-only luggage carousel. It was a two-hour drive down to Opatija, on the coast, but that was less than half the time it would have taken to drive from Venice, and ... read more
Adria Air flight
View as we descended
View from the air

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 27th 2015

I have to be a little diplomatic here. I think there is some ongoing animosity between Croatians and Slovenes. When I told my Croatian friends I was going to Slovenia for a couple of days, they rolled their eyes or worse. At dinner in Vis with my friends' friends, one girl had brought her Slovene boyfriend to dinner and she told me that Slovenia is actually quite lovely and gave me recommendations on restaurants. So, I was very curious as to what I would find. When I got let off at the bus station it was about 11pm, so I quickly found a taxi to take to my hotel. It was very quiet and I did not feel quite comfortable wandering around by myself; also, it was noticeably cooler. So I asked the taxi driver if ... read more
Postojna Caves
Postojna Caves
Predjama Castle

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 15th 2015

Bid farewell to Zagreb and off to Slovenia. Only a short time to the border. Get to passport control and we have to get off the bus, walk in the office, get our passports stamped then out the next door (on the Slovenian side) and back on the bus. Hmmm..... Anyway, all done quite quickly in comparison to one of the Bosnian borders. A few minutes later we stop at a roadside diner. No Burger King this time. We are given half an hour. Way too much time again, and you had to pay €0.50 to have a wee. Finally into the centre of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Meet our guide who likes to crack jokes and ask us lots of questions - thought he was meant to be the expert. Bloody hot so everyone ... read more
Lake Bled
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