Veliki Otok

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  • Day14


    July 6, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Die Postojna Höhle ist unglaublich!!!! Das 24 km lange Höhlensystem aus Kalkstein mit den Grottenolmen 🦎😉

    Mit einem Zug geht's 2 Kilometer in den Berg hinein bei 9 Grad 🥶🤪

    Das Höhlensystem von Postojna ist der obere Teil des stark durch den Karst geprägten Einzugsgebietes der Ljubljanica und ist mindestens seit dem frühen Pleistozän durch die Pivka, den Hauptabfluss des Pivka-Beckens und ihre unterirdischen Zuflüsse geschaffen worden.

    So, nun genug der Geologie!
    Wer jemals in Slowenien ist, die Höhle ist ein Muss ☺️😁
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  • Day11

    Postojna cave

    December 23, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    We were blown away by Postojna caves today, via a train ride into the belly of the cave then an hour walking tour. Some quick facts that made us say wow:

    - 3 million years old
    - 24km long
    - 100m underground
    - Train built in 1870s
    - Recipient of the first electricity in (what was then) Austria
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  • Day8

    Slovenia Day 1

    December 28, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Slovenia blew us away and we loved every moment of our 3 nights there. After watching the sunrise from our balcony on Saturday morning, we ventured off to the Postojna Caves to see their annual live nativity scenes performed inside 5km of the cave. The cave was lit up with thousands of lights and live Slovenian performers/musicians entertained us as we walked throughout. Eddie and I have never seen caves like this before! Amazing!Read more

  • Day6

    Höhlen von Postoina

    August 29, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute waren wir zu aller erst in der größten Höhle Sloweniens, die Postojna Höhle.

    Zuerst ging es für uns mit einem kleinen Zug 3,5km in die insgesamt 24km lange Höhle hinein. Schon da konnten wir die rießigen Hallen mit den schönen Stalagmiten, -titen und -naten bewundern.
    Neben den üblichen Karsthöhlenerscheinungen haben wir auch Spaghetti, ein Eis, den ältesten Hahn der Welt und Vorhänge beobachten können.

    Alles in Allem wirklich schön, aber natürlich sehr sehr voll alles.
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  • Day23

    The giant cave - Postojna

    April 23, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We arrive at the caves - and realise that ‘popular’ is an understatement at these ones...a loooong queue (in the rain) to buy tickets, and we get one of the last spots of the day. There’s a little cave zoo to visit, showing us the animals that live inside caves, with an audio tour that would have probably been really interesting and informative if we didn’t have a 1 and 4yr old to chase around after. No bears to be seen but some very interesting species of water salamander with no eyes, that can survive up to 10 years until the next meal! Nic’s tummy is grumbling just at the thought! This takes half an hour of not having to wait in the rain, then we head into another queue (‘loose use of term’) and finally reach the train.

    The worst photo opportunity ever is found by the official cave photographers - apparently they are not allowed to take photos in the caves (although the public are) so the photographers are snapping pictures as unsuspecting visitors are coming though the turnstiles. The worst pics ever of the caves visitors in a big crowd not in the cave - which could be anywhere, - but we laugh at the end of the pictures of us and others that they are actually trying to sell.

    The train takes us far and deep into the cave system, and as we step off the train we realise that this isn’t just a little hole in the wall that you walk in and walk out...the sheer size alone make these caves spectacular, they are huge in depth and height, and as we walk along the path of the tour, each corner brings a new cave from stalocytes, stalagmytes, stacks 10s of thousands years old, curtains and sparkling ceilings, truly amazing!

    The tour finishes with the final train ride out of the caves, Coen is so enthralled by this that he falls asleep (he has walked for an hour by now though!), and we decide to park up at the motorhome spot in the car park to get an early night ready to leave Slovenia in the morning...
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  • Day15

    Postojna Jama

    July 20, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    By a sudden impulsive idea we went towards the cave. After a bit of luck and running back and forth between hostels and lunch and laundry we made it for the train. The best arabic chicken wrap for lunch by the way! From a place called Abi Falafel. At the station we were saved from the heat by an automat with fresh orange juice. What a great concept! After some more luck everything worked out perfectly well and the caves were beautifull! Also a bit cold, though, but that finally justified us carrying all this clothes around Europe.Read more

  • Day244

    In the bag

    June 28, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    A fierce, fire breathing dragon once lived in Postonja caves. Everybody was terrified of it. A brave shepherd called Jacob also lived nearby and was always going on saying things like "if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen" and similar annoying phrases. So it all came to a head one day and the villagers told him that if he was such a smarty pants he could find a way to deal with it. "Go! Quench the flames of the reptile's ardour". And so on.
    "All right," quoth the valiant sheep guardian, "I will."
    So he devised a cunning plan to fill some tasty calf carcasses with quicklime and tempt the dragon to eat them. Cunning because he used someone else's veal rather than his own mutton.
    Sure enough the dragon tossed the lot down and went for a quenching pale afterwards. No sooner had he drunk his fill when he thought, "My that was a good meal - I'm fit to burst." Then he did.
    In gratitude for his amazing victory the townsfolk collected all the bits of dragon skin and created a faux crocadile bag for him. And ever since they have been bag makers in this town.

    However, I am not here for the bag but for another so-called dragon, the Proteus or Olm, symbol of the town.
    I can't face paying 65 Euros for the combo so have handed over 10.9 after queueing 30 minutes at the ticket booths. You know you are in a commercial enterprise when only 3 booths out of 7 are manned and the queue exits the building and lines the street.

    In the caves of S.E. Europe lives the inspiration for both Peter Pan and Gollum. It’s the olm, a blind, cave-dwelling salamander, also called the proteus and the “human fish”, for its pale, pinkish skin. It has spent so long adapting to life in caves that it’s mostly blind, hunting instead with various supersenses including the ability to sense electricity. It never grows up, retaining the red, feathery gills of its larval form even when it becomes sexually mature at sweet sixteen. It stays this way for the rest of its remarkably long life, and it can live past 100 though 50 to 60 seems more normal. It’s essentially blind although its hidden eyes and even parts of its skin can still detect the presence of light. It also has an array of supersenses, including heightened smell and hearing and possibly even the ability to sense electric and magnetic fields.

    The caves here have provided the olm with safe haven for over 20 million years, but pollutants leaching into the caves and the attentions of eager black market collectors have seriously hit the olm population, and it is now vulnerable to extinction.
    The "Vivarium" is an interesting zoo, where samples of cave biota including the olm are kept in tanks in part of the cave system. Visitors can see them under ultra-violet light. I was more impressed by the CaveCricket though: for ruthless appetite they take some beating. First they eat anything they can find in the cave; then when they can't find any other animal they turn cannibal! And then, when all the other crickets have been devoured, they start eating their own limbs.

    Another piece of trivia from the cave. Graffiti have been found dating back hundreds of years although thankfully the practice has ended now. The earliest is dated 1213 & if you want to see it look at a 2 euro coin.
    (So they say, I don't have one to hand.)
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  • Day191

    Postojna, Höhle

    November 13, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌫 11 °C

    Heute haben wir Nieselregen und 14 Grad. Genau das richtige Wetter für die Höhle.

    Am Eingang erinnert sich Jobo das wir damals mir den Kindern schon Mal hier waren, muss gefühlt 20 Jahre her sein.

    Mit einer kleinen Eisenbahn geht es ersteinmal 2 km in die Höhle rein. Dann 1 km zu Fuß und 3 km wieder raus. Die Größe der Höhlen ist beeindruckend. Leider sind auch mehrere Koreanische und Chinesische Besuchergruppen da. Dazu kommen noch mehrere Schulklassen. Wir fühlen uns fast wie in China.
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  • Day190

    Slowenien, Postojna

    November 12, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nach 505 km sind wir nun in Slowenien. In Postojna gibt es eine Höhle mit 24 Kilometer langen Gängen. Sie gilt als die zweitgrößte der Welt.

    Leider sind wir 20 min zu spät, im November und Dezember schließt die Höhle schon um 15:00 Uhr.

    Es gibt aber direkt an der Höhle einen Stellplatz mit Strom und Entsorgung. So verschieben wir den Besuch auf morgen.
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  • Day22

    Train Ride in a Cave

    May 21, 2018 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today we left Coatia for the last time on this trip and entered Slovenia. Our first destination was Postojna Caves.

    An electric train took us 3 miles into the cave where we disembarked and walked amoung amazing caverns and geologic formations.

    During WW II, German forces stored aircraft fuel inside the cave. Partisans blew up the fuel depot and it burned fpr 7 days. Formations near the depot are still blackened by the smoke.
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