Slovenia, a wonderful land!
Slovenia, a wonderful land!
I remember I was in Slovenia many years ago, soon after the end of the war, and I was surprised by the beauty of this country half destroyed by the fightings.
I was especially shocked by the situation of the roads; they were narrow, full of holes, in some places nothing more than a country road. And of course no petrol stations, so if you had to go to the toilet you had a very big problem!
In my following visit, after some years, I found out there were a lot of works in progress and it seemed the situation was improving. Then I had no chance to get back there, but when I did at Easter 2016… well, I was without words!
It is now a wonderful place, with wide highways, petrol stations, department stores and so on…. that is, no more traces of the war, and the natural beauty of the country has been enhanced!
What can you see in Slovenia? There is quite a lot, but unfortunately we had not so much time, but what we saw was wonderful!
Our first stop was in Piran, a very small town on the beach, very charming. The main attraction for us, the Adventure Grannies, was gastronomy 🙂
We had heard about a “gostilna” (restaurant in Slovenian language) where the food is really very good and the price is very cheap! We booked a room from the owners of the restaurant Pri Mar and in the evening we allowed ourselves a huge fish dinner, paying very little money!
But Piran worths a visit because it is lovely, you can have a walk along the sea or in its narrow alleys, and this is a nice way to spend you time!
The morning after, after a quick breakfast, we left to go and visit Postojna Caves, which are the most visited caves in Europe and the only ones that can be visited (at least for a part) by train! Infact, after buying a ticket, visitors are divided into groups, according to the language they speak, and then they can catch the train.
So you can enjoy the first part of the visit by being comfortably sitting while you see stalactites and stalagmites pass in front of your eyes! Once you get off the train, you have to walk, and sometimes the way is rather steep… but the Adventure Grannies faced them without hesitating!
What should I say? Very beautiful, amazing, you really must visit them! The only thing that didn’t work very well in the organization was the number of people in the groups. They were too numerous, or at least our was very big, so we couldn’t hear the guide’s explanation because we were rather far from him!
When you buy your ticket for the caves, you should also buy a ticket for Predjama Castle, that is only 9Km and you cannot miss it!
I have seen a lot of castle around the world, each with ist style and belonging to different periods… but this one is unique! It has been built in a cave, and in some parts the wall built by man overlaps the rock, I had never seen something like that before! The inside is fascinating too, some of the rooms are furnished, even if the furniture is very simple and bare, but after all it dates back to 700 years ago!
I am not going to tell its history, but I warmly recommend to visit it if you are in the proximity!
And finally we spent the last night of this short trip in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital. The hotel we had chosen, Hotel Allegro, was in a pedestrian area so it was in a great position to visit the city.
Ljubljana is built in the same style of many other eastern capitals, with a nice promenade along river Ljubljanica, the huge Dragons’ Bridge, the Triple Bridge, but above all the castle that overlooks the city.
I was a little disappointed with it! It is a wonderful medieval castle, but once we got on the top by cable car (you can also walk if you feel like, but the path is rather steep and we were lazy that day) we realized that several restauration have modified it; it is full of restaurants, and kiosks and shops, so now it seems like a very modern and common square. But the view over the city and the mountais is amazing!
We couldn’t visit anything else, but we were satisfied by what we saw!