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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 16th 2019

Slovenia is a new and old place: It only gained independence in 1991. Slovenia has historically been the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages and cultures, and there are sizable Hungarian and Italian populations here. Nearly all of the population between the ages of 25 and 64 speak at least one foreign language and almost three quarters of them speak two!! This is the highest percentage in the European Union. Present-day Slovenia has been inhabited since prehistoric times. There is evidence of human habitation from around 250,000 years ago. A url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divje_Ba... read more
The castle and flags tonight
Bill on the Triple Bridge
Our living room

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 13th 2019

How lovely to wake up to glorious sunshine and a fantastic view of Ljubljana Castle! Breakfast is great again, and I find a lovely spot in the restaurant all to myself. (Mrs Anti-social!) I am reading my Kindle and still feel a bit guilty about reading for pleasure instead of MBA and business books! Soon after breakfast I head into the Old Town. It is only a few minutes walk from the Hotel Lev. On the way I notice a large department store with a Spar in the basement. If anyone reading this decides to visit Ljubljana, I can recommend this Spar shop for all your bits and bobs. It is spacious, quiet, well laid-out and air-conditioned. And inexpensive - for example, cold bottles of water cost 40 cents. You can stock up on wine, beer, ... read more
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 12th 2019

Today I shall be travelling once more - this time from Zagreb to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I have a train at 12.36 so I want to make the most of the time this morning and explore more of lovely Zagreb. I do breakfast early so I can get out as soon as possible. After a great breakfast (with a bewildering amount of choice), I head back to the main square through the lovely park with the bandstand and fountains. It is very peaceful and quiet here on a Sunday morning. I decide to walk the route that Vlatka will do with our guests next summer. So, from the main square I make my first stop at the large model of the city. Vlatka will stop here with the group and use the model to ... read more
Dolac
View from Upper Town
Happy Child

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 1st 2019

Best sleep of the holiday:check, first cup of proper tea in a week :check, opening the lounge curtains and seeing lake Bled:check cuddling Seth on the sofa for an hour looking out into the lake:check. I'm definitely going to cry when we leave here! The morning yesterday was time for a ride on the tourist train to bled Town (it goes right past the door, I cannot over emphasise how much this is the best apartment in the world) and a trip first, to pub bled! More great views (totally unappreciated by Seth who decided pretending to be Dr elephant the dentist from Peppa with a leaflet as a mask was a far better way to spend the time) and a light snack and drink and then an explore. Despite having visited pub bleds toilets twice ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled July 31st 2019

Nuremburg seems about 3 weeks ago. It should have been a 4 hour journey to Salzburg with a nice 2 hour stop in a lovely park for a picnic, getting to our tyrolean home for a nice early tea, a wander round and early bed. Nice. Instead we had our annual 'this should take four hours but will actually take 10' journey . It was 8 hours on the road with a couple of half hour stops (still at the lovely park mind you) and some of southern germany's finest villages, dirt roads and farm tracks. Seth proved himself again to be a very able traveller with no complaining, no grumpiness and perfect cheeriness the whole time. When we finally cleared the closed road and got back on the autobahn, it was time for a stop. ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 10th 2019

And so to Slovenia and meeting up with Pete and Elfi (Elfi the wonderful cake maker from Olney). First stop Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia and one which we knew very little about. On our first night we wandered into the old town to get a feel for the place, a lovely city with plenty of history. As per usual the next day we attended a walking tour of Ljubljana (definitely worth doing). It’s astounding the history of the country, a part of the former Yugoslavia. For a few months after the end of the First World War it was the centre of European politics, as the Vienna convention to redraw the political lines of Europe was held in Ljubljana. Our tour guide talked about the changes that her grandfather had seen and how he lived ... read more
the story of Slovenia on a church door
the library
map of Barbed wire surrounding Ljubljana

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bohinj June 12th 2019

We got up to get the first cable car down just after 8:30am, first stop was the store to pick up food then headed west to the Julian Alps. Our planned first stop was the Goreljek Bog nature trail but unfortunately we encountered a road closure that meant a long detour that took us past Lake Bled and along the main road. This took us past the Vodnik Viewpoint so we stopped there for lunch first. There was a lovely view down the valley to Lake Bohinj & a beautiful cat that followed us up there! From here we headed over to Goreljek Bog, it took a little while to find where the nature trail started but then it was a lovely short walk around the peat bog, although Chavaunne was unimpressed & there were rather ... read more
Savica Slap
Lake Bled
Vodnik Viewpoint with bonus kitty!

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola June 11th 2019

Up at 7am to allow an early start to our hiking - although it was already hot when we started at 8am! We followed the signs to Konjščina & Planina Dol, although had to take a slight detour when we got stuck behind a fence! Luckily we soon spotted a signpost that got us back on track. There were a couple of herdsmen around the huts at Konjščina & Dol with their cattle, some beautiful animals. From the road through Planina Dol we headed up the very steep mountainside in the heat of late morning! It was hard work but was worth it, the views from the top was stunning! There was also a box with a stamp - which was sadly very faint. Amusing quote of the day from Chavaunne when we saw some Primula ... read more
Raven from summit of Konj
Cows at Planina Dol
Wildflowers

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana June 10th 2019

My flight out on Sunday was at lunchtime so thankfully not an early start this time & plenty of time to get the pets all sorted before heading to Standstead for 10:30am to meet up with Chavaunne. We got our bags checked in early & went through security, got a tasty early lunch at Giraffe - aubergine tagine & burger. Once at the gate the notice said "boarding", then "final call" & finally "gate closed" with all passengers still standing in the queue at the gate! We finally got on & up in the air slightly behind schedule. It was very cloudy for most of the flight but it cleared as we flew over the alps. We made up some time and landed only 20min late and met up with Vicky in the tiny arrival area! ... read more
View from Velika Planina
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Dragon at Ljubljana castle

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled May 14th 2019

Dies hier ist tatsächlich mein erster Blog aus Europa in 10 Jahren Travelblog. Bisher waren mir die Trips nach Italien, Frankreich oder Spanien irgendwie nie spannend genug, hatte ich immer das Gefühl, dass es da nicht so viel zu erzählen und erinnern gibt außer weinseligen Abenden und Strandbildern. Warum also jetzt? Ich glaube weil für mich das "alte Jugoslawien" irgendwie immer noch nach Abenteuer riecht, auch wenn es zu einem großen Teil doch schon lange zu Europa, ja sogar zu einem nicht unerheblichen Teil zur EU gehört. Aber die immer noch erschreckend lebendige Geschichte der Region (zum Beispiel in Form der Landminen in Bosnien und Herzegowina oder dem aktuellen Konflikt in Albanien), die Andersartigkeit von Land und Leuten und die Hoffnung, hier noch ein paar unverfälschte, noch nicht vom Massentourismus ‚versaute‘ Orte zu finden, überwiegen. Vier ... read more
Vintgar Klamm
Vintgar-Klamm mit der Junior-Wandererin
Alte Eisenbahnbrücke in der Vintgar-Klamm




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