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Veliki Otok

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  • Day320

    Postojna Caves

    May 12, 2017 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    There's a 1 minute video of the caves on our VnW Travels You Tube channel here: https://youtu.be/9bK7pWFdiYg

    It was the last full day of Ali and Tom's visit and we had chosen to visit Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle about 55km South West of Ljubljana.

    Our experience at Škocjan caves had been incredible and we were keen to compare it with the more commercialised attraction at Postojna. The caves could only be explored with a guided tour and as they'd been promoted so heavily by the tourist board, we'd bought tickets (€23each!) on their website the night before for the 1pm slot. A group of around 50 people assembled at the starting point, before splitting up to congregate under half a dozen signs for various languages.

    After a short introduction, we went as part of the English speaking and largest group, to board the small train that would take us into the cave system. We hurtled through tunnels and at times felt the need to duck because of the head clearance, never mind poor Ali who is 6 inches taller! There was too much to take in at the speed we were going, the section of caves open to the public at Postojna is obviously longer than that at Škocjan; we even passed through a wide hall with a huge manufactured crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling and smaller decorative lights attached to the walls!

    Once off the train, we were told a little about the caves by our guide through a microphone and speaker system, before climbing 'the mountain' and looking back on an incredible array of stalagmites, stalactites, columns, stone chandeliers and flowstones. From then on we were able to walk at our own pace, catching up with the guide (or not) when they were informing the group about certain sections. The paths were wider and there were a greater range of formations here than at Škocjan, the route we took was also dry, as the river had redirected its course many years previously. Although we were warned not to use a flash, we were able to take photos here and it is great to have them to look back on.

    A real treat at the end of our underground adventure was to see some rare salamander-like creatures that were first discovered in the Postojna caves. The Proteus lives for up to 100 years, can go without food for 10 years due to its super slow metabolism and is blind, using instead its excellent sense of smell and weak electric fields to find its prey. Its skin isn't unlike human skin and it can grow to 30cm long. There were several living in a vivarium in the cave and it was amazing to be able to see them, although it was upsetting that others ignored the signs saying you shouldn't take any photos because the light damages the creatures. We took a photo of the black and white live film that was showing on a screen instead.

    We came to the happy conclusion that the commercialisation hadn't spoiled Postojna caves and we'd definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area!

    Predjama Castle was only 9km away so we drove over to take a look. After another difficult time parking, we walked a short distance and were afforded a good view of the fortress. What had motivated us to visit was its position, built in the mouth of a cave it was like something out of Lord of the Rings!

    We were all feeling pretty tired by this point so picked up some ready made pizzas, garlic bread and a large cream cake for our last meal with Ali and Tom in the van that evening.
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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

  • 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.Read more

  • 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.Read more

  • Day2

    Meraviglie del mondo sotterraneo

    April 23 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Arriviamo alle grotte dopo un'ora e mezza di tangenziale sotto secchiate d'acqua. In più qui l'asfalto non è per niente drenante quindi in alcuni punti non si capiva se l'acqua arrivava più dal cielo o dalla strada...

    La mattina è iniziata bene nonostante la pioggia, con una bella doccia (entrata nella top ten delle migliori docce all'estero, ndMatt) e un'ottima colazione, varia e abbondante, con uova cotte al momento e fette di torta tipica, una girella di noci, uvetta, cannella e miele.

    Abbiamo preso il biglietto "top" per vedere tutte le attrazioni della zona e siccome abbiamo dovuto aspettare le 12:30 per entrare nelle grotte, ci siamo fermati prima all'Expo delle grotte, un padiglione dove installazioni interattive e pannelli spiegano la storia delle grotte, la formazione delle stalattiti e delle stalagmiti, il ciclo dell'acqua, il modo in cui le grotte di Postumia sono state scoperte e conservate... queste mostre mi piacciono sempre molto, ci sono sempre tantissime informazioni interessanti! Anche qui come in America Matteo si è divertito a giochicchiare con tutto senza troppo concentrarsi sulla parte educativa della cosa. Ma lo amo anche per questo ❤️

    Entriamo alle grotte con il trenino, la cosa davvero caratteristica di Postumia: nessun'altra grotta sotterranea ne ha uno! Il trenino conta 150 posti circa, e questo giro siamo tutti italiani (in realtà un po' dovunque siamo tutti italiani........) quindi abbiamo anche la guida in lingua. Le grotte sono veramente ENORMI. Io e Matt siamo stati a Frasassi e a Borgio Verezzi, ma queste sono dieci volte più lunghe... non bastano gli occhi per guardare tutto! Ci sono così tante forme e colori, così tante cose particolari che avrei voluto avere tre giorni per camminare piano piano tra le concrezioni e guardarle tutte. Il percorso in trenino è stato bello in questo senso, perchè non dovendo guardare dove camminavi era più facile stare con il naso in su a guardare la meraviglia che ci circondava.

    Il simbolo delle grotte sono "la colonna e il diamante", due enormissime concrezioni, una alta e scura e quella accanto rotonda e bianca, scintillante. C'erano anche qui gli spaghettini bianchi che colavano dal soffitto e sembrano troppo sottili per essere veri, concrezioni a tendaggio che sembravano così sottili e ondulate che parevano dovessero muoversi come stoffa da un momento all'altro... c'erano concrezioni nere, rosse, marroni, bianche, dorate e color sabbia. Alcune formazioni erano umide e stillanti acqua, altre erano già asciutte e scintillavano di cristalli di carbonato di calcio.
    L'ultima parte delle grotte è la sala dei concerti, con un'acustica così perfetta da permettere anche a vere e proprie orchestre di esibirsi qui. Un'altra particolarità delle grotte è la sala da ballo, arredata da meravigliosi candelieri e appliques a corrente e che ha ospitato davvero, fino all'apertura della ferrovia sotterranea, feste e balli.

    Un giro meraviglioso in un modo sotterraneo gigantesco, in cui la guida ha potuto fermarsi poco per spiegarci tutto (ci sarebbe voluto troppo tempo!) e che è culminata nell'incontro con il proteo, o "pesciolino umano", il vero proprietario di queste grotte.
    Inizialmente la Fra aveva proposto a Luca di restare e di diventare il dio di questi baby draghi bianchi e ciechi (in stile Cast Away, ndLuca)... ma quando abbiamo scoperto che riescono a restare dieci anni senza mangiare ci siamo resi conto tutti che non avrebbero saputo accoglierlo come loro leader... sono troppo diversi! 😋
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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.Read more

  • Day23

    The giant cave -

    April 23 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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  • Day10

    Postojnska jama

    May 31, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Auch hier waren wir wieder in einer Höhle, diese ist soo groß und langläufig, dass durch sie eine Bahn fährt. Mehrere Kilometer ist sie lang und das über mehrere Etagen. So beeindruckend groß sie allerdings auch war, und auch mit einer Bahn durch eine Trpfsteinhöhle zu fahren und anschließend diese auch zu Fuß noch zu erkunden, hat uns leider nicht so beeindruckt wie die Höhle in Solwenien. 😏 Dennoch ist diese Höhle auch einen Besuch wert, da sie einfach auch Gigantisch Groß ist und so viele Verschiedene Arten der Tropfsteine beherbergt.👌

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