Slovenia is but a dream now, we just arrived home and my plan to keep blogging in the moment didn’t work out as we had no Internet and were on the move everyday. It was actually a blessing in disquise as it allowed me to be more in the moment and savor everyday than looking through the lens of a blogger. The country is incredible, hospitality to the max, clean, green and beautiful and if you get a chance you should go. Here is how our time in Slovenia unfolded;
Following my last post, we were leaving Venice, Italy and heading to our new apartment in the countries capital of Ljublijana, along the way we stopped in the coastal town of Piran, Slovenia. It is a lovely seaside village on the Mediterranean coast of Slovenia noted for its proximity to the old salt pans which still produce the high quality ‘Fleur de Sel’ today. It is an old port town with narrow streets and buildings that descend from a hill leading to it’s large historic square complete with prerequisite church and fountain. It has many Venetian influences that can be seen throughout the square including the symbol of the Doges on many of its buildings, here you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in some great seafood and Slovenian specialties.
We followed its boardwalk which lead to the well-known town of Portoroz to the left, famed as a seaside resort destination for Europeans from all over. Instead we left Portoroz for another day but you can reach it in a short walk. We opted to go for a swim along Piran’s boardwalk which also functions as its beach, the clear blue Mediterranean waters and heat of the day was demanding a jump in.
After drying off in the afternoon sun we threw our shorts back on and walked towards the port and old town center for some sightseeing, shopping and a few drinks at one of its atmospheric cafes. The town also has a maritime museum, an aquarium, the salt pans and some other attractions which we didn’t make time for but it was a nice, relaxing stop and great way to split up the drive to our apartment on the outskirts of Ljublijana. We had an Airbnb for the next three days and settled into exploring all that Slovenia had to offer.
The next morning, we headed out early for the drive to Postojna to visit its famous caves and the historical site of Predjama Castle. Our journey into the caves started on a small train that took us over 2 kms underground and into the second largest cave system in all of Slovenia carved by the Pivka River which surfaces and retreats underground multiple times as it flows through the country. This was one of the memorable highlights over our 10 months and I was able to do a post on the Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle that night so here is a link to my previous post. If you’d like to see a few more photos of Piran or the rest of Slovenia then here is a link to our Slovenia Photo Gallery.