Life on the Farm
Trip Start Sep 17, 2013
26Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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From Koper, we drove a short distance east to a tourist farm, our first and only, reserved lodging for the next five weeks. Knowing that tourist farms are popular throughout Slovenia and Croatia, offering an opportunity for tourists to experience restful retreats and delicious farm-fresh meals, we hope to make tourist farms our primary lodging throughout travels in this region.
We finally got underway about 1:30 p.m., and headed easthttp://www.hudicevec.si/ENG , around 4 p.m. That provided time to settle in and explore the farm before dinner. Following a leisurely dinner of beef broth soup followed by meatloaf, cheese/pastry roll and a dessert similar to monkey bread, we turned in early, knowing that we had much to explore the following day. Our wine was teran, a local varietal that is deep red, dry and fruity.
Hudicevec is located in the Karst region of Slovenia, a limestone plateau that is home of two major cave systems: the UNESCO World Heritage Skocjan Caves (http://www.park-skocjanske-jame.si) and the Postojna Caves. The Skocjan Caves were first recorded in the second century, but waited for modern exploration in the 1800s to be "discovered." Photography is strictly forbidden, so we tried hard to mentally capture the images of massive caverns. We crossed a very high, sturdy bridge over a noisy river crashing through the final cavern before exiting into the bottom of a deep, narrow canyon.
Next up: Lipica Stud Farm, home of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions. Founded in 1580 and originally owned by Italian priests from Trieste, this farm once provided horses for the Archduke of the Hapsburg royal family
We returned to Hudicevec Farm for a second evening of Katja's warm hospitality and another tasty dinner. Learning that Jack had a cold, she insisted he try a special herb-infused schnapps and hot tea with local honey.
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