in germany in slovenia traveling

von: ljubljana ——————> nach: berlin!

it’s pretty much set in stone at this point: the bags are more or less packed, the bikes have been sold, the vacuum cleaner is gone, and we have the train tickets on the table.

berlin is our next stop! :D

we’re moving on april 1st. we’re excited, we’re nervous, we’re knee-deep in decluttering and packing… and we’re quite sad to leave, yet insanely pleased of our choice of living in slovenia – it’s been a wonderful wonderful year.

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logarska dolina

logarska dolina is a glacial alpine valley.

say that slowly, and enjoy the images those three words pop into your head. if you’re picturing an extremely green narrow valley surrounded by big snowy mountains, you’re exactly right.

logarska dolina is picture perfect all year round, and has a little bit of something for everyone: long walks in the valley, lots of waterfalls to see, and also plenty of trails for hiking in the mountains. it’s located in the kamnik-savinja alps, a good 1h30m from ljubljana, but if you can make a day trip and take the time to enjoy it slowly, you won’t regret it.

and the food…! i’ve mentioned it before: wherever you go in slovenia, you can be sure that you’ll find a nice restaurant, a mountain hut or a tourist farm. meet the best mushroom soup we’ve had to date:

we also had štrukli and meat ravioli, but none as impressive as that soup. definitely worth the trip! :)

foooood in slovenia


ok, so we might be a little late for pi day… but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a slice of delicious wholewheat pie on the market today! every saturday, they are handmade in place by a chubby baker, who always attracts big crowds. doesn’t hurt that the pie (with prosciutto or egg) is really good too! :)

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krvavec… in the summer!

i found these pictures when tidying up the mac – they’re from last summer, and make me really eager for the coming warm months… so looking forward to them! :)

20 minutes from ljubljana, krvavec is a ski resort by winter, and a pretty quiet place the rest of the year. on clear days, the views of the karavanke mountains are stunning.
the 8-min gondola ride that will take you up there still works during summer at certain hours, so we decided to take my parents there for some hiking when they came to visit last summer. walking on a ski resort in summer feels a bit like crossing an abandoned town in the desert, nobody in sight and the chairlifts waving eerily in the wind…

that day we walked and walked and walked, and then lost track of the trail and almost had to run downhill to catch the last gondola down :P

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a day in notranjska

notranjska region is most famous for the postojna caves, which are some of best known caves in the karst region… but if the underground isn’t exactly your thing (like it isn’t mine), don’t worry, there’s plenty more to see!

start at the lovely snežnik castle, for instance, the best preserved in the region.
once every hour, someone will come and guide you through the stories of this residential castle. it’s in impeccable state of conservation, and best of all, it has all the 19th century furniture from its latest owners in display. walking those rooms will take you straight back into one of jane austen’s books :)
dinning room in snežnik castle room in snežnik castle room in snežnik castlehunting trophies

nearby you’ll find one of the most intriguing places in slovenia: the cerknica lake, which is an intermittent lake. when at full capacity in rainy periods, this is the biggest lake in slovenia. but in dry periods, the water goes away, and the lake can disappear completely!

the magic? it’s all in the ground. the karst landscape topography is shaped by the dissolution of limestone, often with sinkholes and underground systems of caves which can fill up with water, or drain it. wikipedia explains it better:

It lies in a depression of the limestone plateau known as the Karst, and exhibits some of the most remarkable features of Karst phenomena. The lake, which under ordinary conditions has an area of about 10 square miles (26 km2) and a mean depth of 20 feet (6.1 m), communicates through a number of openings with a series of subterranean reservoirs or caverns, some of which are above the lake level in the surrounding hills. In the autumn, when the rainfall is slight, the lake is completely drained into the reservoirs lying below its level, and its bed is speedily covered with rich vegetation. With the returning heavy rains, the surrounding higher reservoirs are filled and discharge suddenly through the subterranean passages into the lake, so that the latter very rapidly regains its ordinary volume and may even inundate the surrounding country. The changes in level are, however, very irregular. Sometimes the lake does not disappear for several years, and it can remain dry for over a year, as it did in 1834-35. It is rich in fish, which disappear and return with the water.

walking on cerknica lakecerknica lake

very near to the lake, there’s the perfect place to eat: a tourist farm called levar which we discovered on tourist farms and mountain huts are some of the best things in slovenia: wherever you go, there’s one waiting to win you over with delicious traditional food.
and charmed we were! from bread with pancetta to homemade liquor and apple juice, chicken soup, pljescavica with all the sides, donuts… it was a banquet!

bread w/pancetta

last recommendation for a day in the region goes to rakov škocjan, a park famous for its natural stone bridges. sadly, we didn’t have a lot of time to explore it, but from what we saw, it must be a spectacular place to walk and enjoy nature. next time, we’ll save a bigger part of the day to explore this park!
rakov skocjan

and there you go! notranjska might be an often understated region, being a bit tucked away from the bigger cities or other well-known tourist destinations, but it packs a lot of interesting sights! :)