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Slovenia

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

We arrived in Slovenia and the green countryside everywhere was beautiful. The houses in the small villages were also much better kept than in Italy. We stayed our first night in the border town of Novo Gorica at a farm camping the owner was very friendly and was in South Africa in 2009 on her honeymoon. The area is an adrenaline junky paradise and you can choose between paragliding, cayaking, mountain biking or climbing all done on organised tours. After our little mishap with my passport and not paying the last camp in Italy we took a little detour back to Venice and returned to Slovenia the next day. We decided to follow the autoroute to Ajdovscina and stayed at a park next to the public swimming pool. It was very hot and the pool was a blessing. We left for the Predjama castle the next morning and took a real scenic route that was not really meant for a camper, part of it was on gravel but it was really beautiful and green with huge pine trees lining the route through ravines and mountain tops. Every few kilometers there was a little village in the middle of nowhere and you had to wonder how and why they built it there. Predjama castle was impressive, built in 1274 under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to make access to it difficult. It was later acquired and expanded by the Luegg noble family, also known as the Knights of Adelsberg. The castle became known as the seat of the knight Erasmus of Lueg , lord of the castle in the 15th century and a renowned robber baron or something like the Robin Hood of Slovenia. We passed through Postonje and headed up north through the Soca valley following the emerald green Soca river to Tolmin. Our next stop was planned to be at Lake Bohinj, from Tolmin to lake Bohinj is 13km as the crow flies but by road it was 65km and it would take more than an hour and a half. The road was spectacularly beautiful and we drove along single roads for most of the route proving difficult and stressful at timed. We found a restaurant halfway to Bohinj perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley below. We ordered fresh trout and a mixed grill of local klobasa and meat, needless to say it was delicious. Thick dark clouds moved over as we left followed by a thunderstorm. The thunder in the valley sounded like a war just broke out and it was an amazing thing to experience. We arrived in Bohinj to find the campsite on the lake was full and went to a site in the town, it was also crowded but we found a nice spot. The campsite is situated on the river that feeds the lake and we could swim in it. I also caught a trout with a lure i made myself, so dinner was fried trout that was really tasty. We left for Ljubljana and passed lake Bled on route, it is clear why this is one of the most beautiful sites in Slovenia pity we were in the middle of high season and the place was packed with tourists. We found a campsite on the outskirts of Ljubljana a 20 min bus ride from the centre. The city was very peaceful as it was a Sunday so we stolled along the river looking fir the dragons that was the protector of the city. Ben was very intrigued by them and had a lot of questions about them. We had a great pizza at a restaurant in a little side street and ended our visit with an ice cream. We left Ljubljana the next morning but first had a stop at the mini city, an indoor interactive play area for kids in the shape of a small town where each room is occupied by a small business like a shop, bakery, bank, police and fire station, needless ti say the twins had a great time. Our last stop in Slovenia was in Ptuj in the east of the country and the oldest town in Slovenia. It is also located close to a thermal spring and the campsite had a huge waterpark next to it where most if the day was spent. Sadly we had to leave Slovenia, it is really a beautiful country and we had a great time travelling through it, well worth a visit.




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