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Slovenia

Curious what backpackers do in Slovenia? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Didn't write last night because we had too much fun and got into our room really late. We got into Piran which is in the farthest west coast point of Slovenia. Absolutely stunning. Climbed the bell tower,146 steps to the top, and took some great photos. Walked the promenade and had a great lunch. Drank some wine in our room and then met a couple of guys for drinks later. Had a ton of fun laughing and joking with them. One was from Bosnia and the other was local. The weather was warm sunny and 17 degrees.
    We were supposed to get a ride to Trieste Italy but had to grab a cab instead. We got into Trieste at 11 am. Christy crashed and I headed into town to explore.
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  • Beautiful little country. Stayed in a hotel just outside the capital (Ljubljana - try and pronounce that) that was the friendliest I've ever been to. Owners just couldn't do enough. It was well after lunch when I arrived and asked if there was something light I could have from the kitchen - ended up with a veal roast, vegatbles, salad and the obligatory bread I couldn't jump over. Kept asking me if it was alright so I was obliged to eat the lot 😨. I had to settle for a fruit dinner in case I exploded.

    Slovenia was designed by a god that loves motorbikes - beautiful scenery and fantastic roads. I'll post pics in my next footprint for Kranjska Gora. In the meantime I'll leave you with a pic of a little church and some food.

    Ohh, a lot of the hotels are pet friendly....pretty much whatever pet you want to travel with. A small compact car pulled up for an overnight stay - mum, dad 2 kids, 2 huge dogs and a smaller one. No idea how they fited them in the car, or their room!!!!
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  • I thought that mountain road behind Zargreb had some twists and turns. The roads and scenery to this Alpine resort town are just fantastic. Lots of people visiting tjough nothing like during the ski season. The scenery just kept getting better each time I went around a corner, and there were lots and lots of corners. The roads, leading up to the alpine pass (Vrsiska road) were prefect for motorbike riding mostly good fast speed corners on almost perfect tarmac. But the alpine pass was something else steep and sharp corner after sharp corner. As you get closer to the top the hairpins are all cobbled rather than bitumen, I'm guessing it needs less maintenance but it's quite rough and makes it interesting on a motorbike and there were motorbikes everywhere. The hairpins are numbered 1 to 50 and it climbs almost 1000 metres in a very short space.

    I did see one funny/strange sight. A hiker walk along the road had 6 or 7 sheep following him, when ever he stopped did they, when he went off again, so did they. He just looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and said they had been following all afternoon and he couldn't get rid of them. I guess if he got lost he could always have lamb for dinner.

    I stayed at a resort in town (much cheaper in summer) the room and food were great and the views of the surrounding mountains were beautiful.

    Down the other side of the range the next day, nowhere near as steep..but fantastic riding, and I'll be in Austria.
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  • Still in need of water and a toilet emptying facility, we got on the motorway, set the cruise control to 80kmph and the sat nav for a stopover in Jeruzalem, Slovenia. After border controls, where we were waved through with only a flash of our closed passports, we started to pass through Slovenian towns and noticed a marked improvement in the quality of the houses compared to those in Croatian towns. Many were brightly painted with detail around the window frames, their gardens ornamental as opposed to practical. We put this down to the effect of the recent Croatian war.

    Jeruzalem stopover was in the Tourist Information car park, down from the church with great views of hillside vineyards. We had hoped to get a toilets key from the tourist information office in order to fill a few containers of water but unsurprisingly it was closed!
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  • I stopped along the way for a hot chocolate (the pic shows it was so thick thst the spoon stood straight up in it....couldn't drink it, had to eat it). And met 3 guys ftom Germany doing a 2 week European bike trip.

  • Well I made it am am just waiting for Christy to show up in the next five minutes. What a magnificent city so far. You could eat off the pavement here it's so clean . 360 from Dublin . Check out the view, I had when I walked the door from the airport. Stay tuned

  • So much action today. Started the morning within a one hour walk in the city while Christy slept in. It was cool but the sun was shining and I found the centre and market with a short 7 minute walk. Found st. Nicholas church with the most beautiful brass door I have ever seen. It is so incredibly clean and beautiful here. I give this city a five star rating; right up there with Kraków. Went back to the hotel and had a fabulous breakfast. Then we headed back out to the city for the day. We took a boat trip up the fishermans wharf river and stopped at the foot of the national park.

    It was beautiful. We had lunch by the river send then went back to the hotel for a glass of wine. Went back to town and had a tasting with andreas a Spanish wine maker and agent. He gave us a bottle of cold pressed olive oil as a gift from his olive grove and offered me a job. I'm thinking about it! He gave us a name if a great restaurant to eat at called chompas. They squeezed us in for s 7 pm dinner. It was incredible. We had a film maker send us an appetizer and then the guy next to me sent us fresh grilled bread. Then the chef sent us croatian sausages. We had so much fun with the locals and laughed our butts off. Then the owner told the guy next to me to.....have to edit this part ha ha ha......use your imagination! I love this city! Today's beautiful shots.
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  • Been smiling since we got here! It was world smile day today and we had yet another great day. Toured the castle, food festival in the square, found a wine bar referred to us by Blair winemaker from ruby blues and checked into our Airbnb. Walked about 10 k today and there is no lack of things to do here. Had a great pizza for dinner tonight and Christy saw her first help tonight! That's hedgehog in slovak. Check the little gaffer out. Two locals thought I was Russian today. Been doing lots of translating. Dropped in on our restauranteur & his wife tonight and they gave us a glass of local wine and cheese and talked to us. They were so happy we had dinner at their restaurant last night. Check out the funny giggling picks if us in the mirror. FYI on the menu was local delicacy- raw young horse meat. I was at a loss for words .Read more

  • What s phenomenal day today. Started the day with walking to the Grotto Caves called Postojna. We took a small train into the caves about 1 km down. We then meandered through the caves for two kms. We went down below the ground 140 metres and couldn't believe the amazing rock formations. Huge stalogmite columns. Felt like I was in a star wars movie. At one point the lights went out and it was sheer silence. After the cave tour we headed 9km up the road to Predjamska Jama where the castle was built into a rock cavern for protection purposes. It was amazing and had underground escape tunnels for its occupants to flee if war was about to break or if they were threatened. The stairs were so steep that a midget would never have made it up them. Tomorrow we head to Piran, the west coast and then to Trieste making our way ti Budapest Hungary.Read more

  • It's been six weeks since we sat in our car and started our roadtrip. 10000 km and 42 days later we're back home. Today is our first day back home and let me tell you, nothing beats your own bed and couch! Thor agrees, as he slept till 11😁 Home sweet home! And it's such a pleasure to come home to a clean apartment (thanks for setting up fresh bedding for us Raquel!).

    I'm sure we'll feel post-travel depression soon, as the trip was really AMAZING! We didn't watch tv a single day, I think that explains a lot 😊 We did a circle around France, but we could easily stay there and explore for another month or two, there's so much more to see! And for you miss Italy, we'll be definitely seeing you some more!

    There wasn't just nature and places that we loved. We also stayed at 7 different great houses and met a lot of nice people! (Thanks for having us! And thanks for the wine-we have it enough for the whole year! But when I think again, it will be perfect for our cheese and wine party tomorrow😋) Home exchange really gave us that something more that we never experienced before. We loved it! 🏠

    I know it's been only a day, but can't help to think any other question than 'Where to next?' 😉
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