Falling in love with Ljubljana: Part Two

Ljubljana, nestled in Slovenia, is the capital of the small Central European country. Combining Mediterranean beauty with art nouveau and baroque styles, the city is a potpourri of worlds, all meshing together to create a picturesque and gorgeous place. With thousands of cultural events in town, plus no shortage of attractions, along with having theContinue reading “Falling in love with Ljubljana: Part Two”

Falling in love with Ljubljana: Part One

There are few cities which render me gob-smacked quickly. In fact, there are only a few I can count which had me fall hopelessly in love at first glimpse: Madrid, Berlin and Split. And, now Ljubljana is also on the I’m-crazy-about-you list. This gorgeous, whimsical capital surrounded by the Alps to one side and theContinue reading “Falling in love with Ljubljana: Part One”

Group tours: are they worth it?

I’ve been on a few group tours in my day. During this most recent little jaunt from Thailand to Europe I went on three of these outings. The first was with Abraham Tours in Israel where we experienced Hebron and learned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The second and third were with Roundabout Tours in SloveniaContinue reading “Group tours: are they worth it?”

The Medieval Škofja Loka

It’s hitting that magnificent Golden Hour when we arrive to Škofja Loka (Slovene for Bishop’s Meadow), a medieval city only 25 km from Ljubljana. The day has been a long one, starting with exploring Bled Castle, then on to Vintgar Gorge, exploring Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled to soak up the storybook landscape it offers. I barelyContinue reading “The Medieval Škofja Loka”

Slovenia Tourism: Discover Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

The aquamarine, clear water sparkles in the morning sun, setting off tiny glints of gold in the ripples of Lake Bled’s water against the looming Julian Alps and Karavanke ranges. From where I stand, high above the lake itself, it is truly one of the most beautiful, most spectacular places I have ever had theContinue reading “Slovenia Tourism: Discover Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj”

The rush of Vintgar Gorge

There is a whisper of water that gently mists my face, speckling my glasses as I make my way towards the quiet roar a few feet away. I breathe in the fresh Slovenian air, and let the sheer beauty of the clear Radovna River cascading down, down, down into a rainbow, against a blue morning skyContinue reading “The rush of Vintgar Gorge”

Finding peace in Piran

I sit in the front passenger seat of the white Roundabout van as we whir through the Slovenian countryside, passing the lush green rolling hills and striking vistas of the Karst region (and where we had just explored the Škocjan Cave) and criss-cross between towering mountains. We go through a tunnel and in an instant,Continue reading “Finding peace in Piran”

In Earth’s belly: the Škocjan Cave

The droplets of water plunk down from the damp ceiling, ploink. Ploink. It sounds like a dripping faucet in a vacuum of silence as we all stand, meters below the surface of the earth, eyes adjusting to the nearly black surroundings. Ploink. Ploink. Ploink. It’s cold down here. Far colder than the day I envisionedContinue reading “In Earth’s belly: the Škocjan Cave”

Where squatting meets art at Ljubljana’s Metelkova

What do you get when you take away societal norms and merge like-minded individuals with art, music and an entire underground scene that can go entirely unnoticed to people should they not walk down Metelkova 3 Street in Ljubljana, the capital of the tiny Central European country of Slovenia? Answer: Metelkova. Located a quick walk fromContinue reading “Where squatting meets art at Ljubljana’s Metelkova”

Behind bars in Ljubljana: Hostel Celica review

You’d think sleeping inside a former military prison would be creepy. I even ask the manager of the property as she guides me down the dark, damp stairs to where solitary confinement used to be, a stone cave-like basement, if it is haunted. She chuckles and responds with a simple “no.” In fact, other thanContinue reading “Behind bars in Ljubljana: Hostel Celica review”