Slovenia demystified!

Tripoto
9th Jul 2010

Guarding the city of Ljubliana

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

Ljubljana Town Hall

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The Fountain with Allegorical sculptures of the three Carniolan Rivers

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

The Mestni Trg

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Me at Mestni Trg

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Emerald Green Ljubljanica River

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Butchers' Bridge with a sculpture of a a man with lions body

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The Famous Dragons Bridge

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View of Ljubljana from the top of the castle

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Me at Ljubljana Grad

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

Triple Bridge on Preseren Square

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Tromostovje with the Franciscan Church on Presernov trg

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Preseren trg at Night

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Quirky sense of art - This is a sculpture of Adam & eve!

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Lake Bohinj - beautiful reflections and hues

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Mesmerised at Lake Bohinj

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the lake is located in the Triglav National Park

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Surrounded by Julian Alps - fag end of 'The Alps'

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Me at Lake Bohinj

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

Castle Bled on top of a rock

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

Lake Bled

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Castle Bled

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View of the castle across the lake

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View of the church on the island on the Lake

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Me on top of castle overlooking the lake

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church on an island in the lake!

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Me corking vivo bianco

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..at Castle Bled vinery

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worlds second largest cave

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Entering Postojna Caves..5.2 km underground..

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inhabits the subterrenean 'Karst' world

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

Stalagmites and stalactites - and -10 degrees!

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Enter Vintgar Gorge

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

The oldest surviving castle - Predjama

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Knight Erazem lived here. AKA robber knight

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Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

he central square of Piran - The Tartini square

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The only original gothic house - Venetian

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The pier as you enter the town..

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The Piran Pier

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A long pathway parallel to the sea...

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Piran as seen from the Church on top of the hill...

Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah
Photo of Slovenia demystified! by Sonali Shah

The Statue of Giuseppe Tartini - famous violinist and composer

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The red lightpole is where you depart for a boat excursion and the blue one is w

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The square in the evening..c

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I visited Slovenia as part of my 21 day Eastern Europe trip starting from Croatia and ending with Czech Republic, covering Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungry in-between.

Slovenia is a small country. Normally everyone stays in Ljubljana and they do day trips everywhere. But I went to Slovenia from Croatia, travelled from Rijeka (in Croatia) and went to Piran first. I took a bus from Rijeka to Koper (going to Trieste, Italy) and changed buses at Koper to go to Piran. In 2010, when i went Croatia was not included in the Schengen visa (i had to take a separate visa for Croatia) so there was an immigration point at the border where they stamp your passport for entry in Slovenia and departure from Croatia. I think now Croatia is included in the schengen.

I stayed in Piran for 2 Nights at Hotel Tartini, a quaint place right in the Tartini Square. nothing fancy, decent breakfast and room. From Piran I did a day trip to Rovinj (back in Croatia). It was a 2 hr cruise to another fishing village, nice swim although the beach was quite rocky. All coastal beaches in Croatia are Rocky. I wasn't prepared for it, but after sometime, its manageable.

From Piran I took a bus to Ljubjliana. I stayed there for 3 nights and did all day trips from there - to Bled and Bohinj, Predjama Castle, Postojna caves, Vintgar gorge and Skofia Loka. Ljubljana is beautiful in itself. Walking around the old town, scouting for the vegetarian restaurant Govinda (highly recommended in various forums) in pouring rain and then reaching to find the place shuts at 8! The helpful people at information centre who advised me to do all these day trips, meeting 25 government of India babus on a trip to learn how this small country works!! Making loads of friends on the way and finding the perfect Indian restaurant run by a gujju and punju couple and having the most amazing black dal, all in slovenia. 

Being a vegetarian is a bit difficult in these regions, but i was most grateful to all chefs in most of the restaurants i visited, who cooked me up delicious veggie meals out of their menus especially for me. I guess they took pity on the Indian girl travelling solo, and is adjusting to eating all by herself! Good fun! 

It was love at first sight..this charming Slovenian capital has a vibrant street cafe culture and although it lacks the grandeur of Prague, it took my breath away with its architecture, museums and buzzing night-life!
Photo of Ljubljana, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Ljubljana, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Ljubljana, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
The utmost pristine and supremely beautiful place i've ever seen - Bled and Bohinj! Bled - An Alpine Lake resort famous for a picturesque island in the middle of the lake, a beautiful church on it and an old castle on a rock..above it!
Photo of Lake Bled, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Lake Bled, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Lake Bled, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Lake Bled, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Lake Bohinj located in the Bohinj Valley of the Julian alps is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. The beautiful waters of this glacial lake gives out hues that transport you to paradise!
Photo of Lake Bohinj, Ukanc, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Lake Bohinj, Ukanc, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Lake Bohinj, Ukanc, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Lake Bohinj, Ukanc, Radovljica, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Postojna Cave is a 5.2 Km long karst cave system created by the Pivka River. The caves are home to the endemic olm, the largest trogloditic amphibian in the world. A mini - train (open air) takes you through the deepest end of the cave to see the Stalagmites and stalactites.
Photo of Postojna Cave, Jamska cesta, Postojna, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Postojna Cave, Jamska cesta, Postojna, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Postojna Cave, Jamska cesta, Postojna, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built in a cave mouth high up on a cliff, 9 kilometres from Postojna Cave. Also on our way back we stopped at Vintgar Gorge, Carved by the Radovna River. we stopped by a medieval town called Skofja Loka and had amazing lunch :)
Photo of Predjama Castle, Predjama, Postojna, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Predjama Castle, Predjama, Postojna, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Predjama Castle, Predjama, Postojna, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Piran is a beautiful, small sea-side town on the coast of the Istria. So close to Italy that everyone speaks Italian more than Slovenian! Had the most awesome Tiramisu here!
Photo of Piran, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Piran, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
Photo of Piran, Slovenia by Sonali Shah
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