Category Archives: Slovenia

Slovenia

 

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Slovenia is a perfect little jewel in the center of Europe. We fell in love with the country for its glorious mountain scenery (so much more affordable than Switzerland or Austria), its tranquil farmland, the many friendly people we met, its compact and walkable capital city, and its delicious breads and cakes. Slovenia was the setting for two of our most breathtaking experiences: exploring a mammoth cave and running off the side of a mountain.

 

 

Why Slovenia?

Why Slovenia?

Slovenia—a small country in central Europe that until 1991 was the northwestern-most province of Yugoslavia—bills itself as the sunny side of the Alps. That must be true, because the rain that had been dogging us for a month in northern Italy disappeared a few days after we crossed the border. Of course, at that point… Read More

Wonders Underground

Wonders Underground

We saw the most amazing thing today (June 18): Skocjan Caves in southwestern Slovenia. I apologize in advance because there’s no way I can describe how breathtaking this cavern is, and we weren’t allowed to take photographs inside. Suffice it to say that reaching the cave required a 90-minute bus ride (each way), followed by… Read More

The Day We Got To Be Birds

The Day We Got To Be Birds

Mount Vogel, Slovenia, July 9, 2008 “The only thing you have to do is run. When I tell you, you must run as fast as you can–at least 15 or 20 kilometers per hour–and not stop until we are in the air.” I rise on my toes in preparation, like a sprinter. The voice behind… Read More

Highlights of Slovenia

Highlights of Slovenia

Here are some of our favorite spots in this beautiful and interesting country: Skocjan Caves–So awesome they get their own posting[link]. But don’t confuse these with Postonja Cave, which you’ll see posters for all over Slovenia. Postonja is highly commerical and touristy, with an electric train running through the cave and musical performances and live… Read More

A Strange Day in Ljubljana

A Strange Day in Ljubljana

Slovenia’s capital and largest city seems to have a little bit of everything. We learned that first-hand on a very sunny and hot Saturday in late June. We began the day by strolling around the central market that spreads around Ljubljana’s cathedral, drooling over the fruits and vegetables, flowers, fresh meat, honey, bread, and other… Read More

Quirks of Slovenia

Quirks of Slovenia

Every country has its practices or sights that seem especially unusual to an outsider. Here are some of the ones we noticed in Slovenia: People smoke like chimneys here–more than Italians, certainly, and maybe more than Spaniards. Strangest of all, even many outdoorsy people smoke. It’s not unusual to get to the end of a… Read More