August 2017
  • Day21

    Slap Virje

    August 25, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The day has come, it's time for us to leave Slovenia. Especially after spending almost a week in Bovec, extending our stay till over and over, it is hard to say goodbye to the gorgeous mountains and crystal rivers. But we will come back.
    In the meantime, we wanted to make as much of our last day as possible. By mountain bike we went up to the waterfall (= slap) Virje, then a bit through the parts of Bovec we hadn't seen so far. After that, it really was time to catch our 4h bus to Ljubljana, in order to be there in time for our bus to Stuttgart.
    Bye bye Balkan 👋
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  • Day20

    Hiking towards and along Soča

    August 24, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    As the title says, we walked a beautiful route along the Soča river, from Bovec to the town of Soča. Enjoy the pictures!

  • Day19

    Kayak time

    August 23, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Great kayak tour on the Soča! However, it made us want more: longer time on the river, faster rapids and a higher level of difficulty. We're going to have to come back and do a real kayak school.
    In the afternoon, we first had a coffee with our Dutch friend Remco, before he left for Ljubljana. Then we did another of our evening hikes.Read more

  • Day18

    Jump in(to) Italy

    August 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Today the guys took us up to Mangart, which's peak is at 2679 m and which lies partly in Slovenia, partly in Italy. We couldn't go all the way to the top, as you need special equipment there, but from where we were you already had an awesome view on the border triangle of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Since we were so close and had already jumped over the border several times in the mountain, we decided to drive to Italy for a short visit at Lago di Fusione Superiore. At the end, we enjoyed the sun at a ski lift in Kranjska Gora.
    Since today again most of the trip had been by car, Julia and I used the evening for a small 2h hike to nearby Kal Koritnica -- after all, we had planned for active holidays.
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  • Day17

    Allround Tour around Bovec

    August 21, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We had spent the whole last day down because of food poisoning, so for today we wanted to start slowly with our outdoor ambitions. It came very conveniently that Alan, a Slovenian guy from our dorm, was going to drive to different spots with a friend and offered to take us. At all of them there was a little hike, but not too much for our still a little week stomachs.
    We first drove to a starting point for the waterfall Kozijak, intending in jumping in and swimming a bit. But when we arrived there, saw that the waterfall was in a cave and realized how cold the water was, Alan was the only one crazy enough to go in for a moment.
    We went on to the river Nadiža, which was probably even colder, but after we saw children playing in there, Julia and I decided that we had no excuses anymore and went for a swim. The water was icy ⛄
    After a stop at the Museum Kobarid, that depicts the history of the war against Austro-Hungary in this area, we made a picnic at the Soča river before continuing to a barrier lake. There, we hiked up to a cave the military used to hide in during the war.
    In the evening we even went to a festival back in Bovec, with amazing dancers from Russia, Mexico and Indonesia!
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  • Day15

    Julian Alps

    August 19, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Coming to Bovec was already worth the drive for the spectacular views on the Julian Alps. The pictures are not the best from out of the bus, but I still felt like I had to share them :)

  • Day15

    Lake Bohinj

    August 19, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We didn't want the rain to stop us from making something out of the day (which is not so easy in a purely outdoors-oriented destination like Bled). Thus, we took a bus to the close by lake of Bohinj, to at least walk around a bit and have some coffee.

  • Day15

    Lake Bled

    August 19, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    This is just a collection of pictures I took during our 1,5 days here. One of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen!

  • Day14

    Vintgare Gorge

    August 18, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Today was adventure day! We hiked to Vintgar, which is part of the Mount Triglav (highest mountain in Slovenia) National Park. It's a beautiful river with crystal clear water flowing through tall rocks.
    Since we hadn't walked enough yet, we then also went all around Lake Bled (pictures in next entry), which is another 6km. On the way, we found a tree with a kind of swing that you could jump into the lake from like Tarzan.
    In sum, we walked a total of 25km, climbed trees, refined our swinging skills and swam. Useless to say that even the next day we'd still be tired, but happy about a great day.
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  • Day13

    Europe's greenest city

    August 17, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We arrived to Ljubljana at 2.20 a.m., but after a few hours of sleep somehow managed to get up rather early. On our way out to get breakfast we meet Ray, a guy from Melbourne who spent the day with us. He actually brought his bike from Australia to cycle the entire way from Milan to Athens!! 😱
    We had breakfast at Celica, the partner hostel of our's, which used to be a prison and has a decent morning buffet.
    Then we joined the free walking tour, went to the fruit & vegetable market and up to the castle. It already feels like having a daily new-city ritual. In the evening we had our usual mixed salad and then went down to the common area, where soon we got a group of people together to go out for another bit.
    Worth mentioning is our “hostel“: during the year, it is a university dorm (maybe the name Student's Residence should have been a hint), but in summer they take in travellers. It was fine for two nights, but I cannot imagine how people spend their whole university life here. Two persons share a room that is at most 10sqm to barely fit bed, desk and a little cupboard for each of them.
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