hiking at lake Bohinj

Slovenia: Hiking at Lake Bohinj

Hiking at Lake Bohinj   Lake Bohinj is situated at the edge of Slovenia’s only national park – Triglav National Park. Only a two hour bus ride from Ljubljana, it is a quiet lake set among the peaks of the Julian Alps. While it might be best known for skiing, in the summer, the dozens of hiking trails that sprout from various points around its shores draw outdoors enthusiasts from around the region. Slapovi Mostnice[…]

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Piran, Slovenia

Slovenia: 5 things to do in Piran

Slovenia: 5 things to do in Piran Piran’s old town is one of those picturesque medieval towns reserved for postcard pictures, and travel magazines. It is a popular spot for Italian and Slovenian holiday makers but rarely makes a destination for those of us coming from a bit further afield.  Whether you are just visiting for a day, or planning a longer holiday, these “five things to do in Piran” are sure to deepen your[…]

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View of Piran, Slovenia

Slovenia: Impressions of Piran

Impressions of Piran The tiny city of Piran is one of Slovenia’s best preserved medieval towns. Successively occupied by Illyrians, Romans, Franks, and Slavs, Piran was once a part of the Roman, and Byzantine empires, the Kingdom of Italy, the Dukedom of Bavaria, before eventually seeking greater autonomy through an alliance with the Venetian Republic. Today, Piran’s architecture helps tell its history. The dramatic Byzantine fortification built during the 7th century watch over the city[…]

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Menges

Slovenia: Small Adventures in Ordinary Towns

Small Adventures in Ordinary Towns   Today I went to Menges. If you don’t know where that is, that’s ok. If you do know where that is, I suspect I can guess your hobby.  Menges (pronounced Men-gesh) is a very ordinary-looking town that the bus passes through between the airport and Ljubljana. From the main road the town is little more than a collection of ordinary homes and a pretty bell tower. To be honest,[…]

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Stara roba - Nova raba might be Ljubljana's only true thrift shop

Thrift Shopping in Ljubljana

I’ve been a thrift-shopper for most of my life. As a kid, my brother and I would raid the Salvation Army thrift shop down the street from my grandmother’s house digging through old suitcases and forgotten toys.  On the way home we checked out the junk at the short row of antique shops selling old furniture and collectibles for way too much money.  Anything old, quirky, or vintage, was fair game on those shopping sprees.[…]

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A woman buying candy at Ljubljana's Christmas Market

3 Conversations from Ljubljana’s Festive Market

For many people, Christmas Markets are one of the best reasons to visit Europe during the holidays. For the entire month of December, cities and towns from Madrid to Sarajevo sprout hut-like vendor stalls selling crafts, food, drink, and a healthy dose Christmas charm. Ljubljana’s Christmas Market (officially called the “Festive Market”) is part of this tradition. From the First weekend in December until the first of January, little wooden booths line the river from[…]

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le Petit Cafe menue

le Petit Cafe, Ljubljana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Ljubljana) Sunday 21 December, 2014 le Petit Cafe, (Trg francoske revolucije 4 map, website) The cafe is packed and it takes us a few moments to find an empty table back in the corner near the restroom. I order the house specialty: Tall Latte “le petit” and get out my book as my dad exclaims in wonder at each subsequent breakfast emerging from the kitchen. I first tried this cafe a couple[…]

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