Fall Vacation, Part 2 - Ljubljana and the Karst

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hi everybody!
Continuing our trip from Salzburg we were finally on our way to Slovenia. We arrived in Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana, on Monday afternoon and were met the following day by our friends Tom and Meeghan (you may remember them from the Belgian Beer weekend). It was a beautiful day so we wandered around Ljubljana, toured the house of the local architect, Joze Plecnik, hiked up to the castle and it's tower, had dinner at the same great pizza joint as we had eaten at the night before and wandered around town some more.

After 2 days in Ljubljana it was time to go move on to the Karst region of Slovenia. This region is full of cave systems, the largest of which are the Skocjan Caves. Our Rick Steves' guidebook perfectly describes the cave as follows: "The first half of the experience is the "dry caves," with wondrous formations and what seem like large caverns. Then you get to the truly colossal "finale" cavern, with a mighty river crashing through the bottom. You feel like a bit player in a sci-fi thriller. It's a world where a thousand evil Wizard of Oz monkeys could comfortably fly in formation." What more can we say? The tour only covers 1/3 of the cave system and that is still huge and impressive.

The Lippizaner stud farm is 15 minute drive from the caves, so we decided to tour that as well. The Lippizaner's are the white horses used for performances. The most famous of these are the ones from the Vienna school, but the Slovenian ones are just as beautiful and apparently also provide impressive performances. There was no performance the day we visited, so we just toured the farm and learned about the history of the breed.

From there, we traveled on to the Istrian coast of Croatia, stopping first in Rovinj.

Stay tuned for more happy travels!
Melanie and Chris

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Where we stayed: Hostel Celica - Once an old military prison, this hostel is run by a nonprofit student arts organization and has been voted the hippest hostel in the world.

Where we ate:
* Ljubljanski Dvor - The setting right along the water can't be beat. And the pizza isn't bad either!
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