SLOVENIA 2016

SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
SLOVENIA 2016
We felt that Croatia should not be the last stop of our epic Eastern European tour. We weren't quite ready to come back to The States! I mean, how did 6 months just whiz by out of the blue? Surely it's not time to head back home already!

With that said, Slovenia seemed like the perfect place to end our Balkan Tour. The weather was getting colder, but not terribly cold. And we still had 7-9 days left in the Schengen region. We asked ourselves, 'When's the next time we'll ever be in Slovenia? In this part of Europe?' The likelihood - very slim. Definitely not in the near future. So ... we went for it.

It only took 2 hours from Zagreb to Ljubljana via bus. Not knowing what to expect from Ljubljana, we wondered around the city for a few days. Our first impressions - very surprised at how modernly quaint and wonderfully walkable this city was, with pockets of delightfully weird hipster spots and cute little European Old World nooks. We absolutely loved checking out the huge variety of food stalls at the daily Farmer's Market!

Ljubljana isn't a very big city, and we often find ourselves back at the hostel by 2pm. Maybe 3pm. The rest of the day was spent catching up on work and photo editing. And because the hostel isn't very big, it was super easy to chat it up with fellow travelers over tea. Honestly, the best part of our stay in Ljubljana! Spent hours upon hours just sharing personal stories and I loved it!

After leisurely wondering Ljubljana for days, we decided to day trip it out to Lake Bled. Now Lake Bled, itself, is a delight. Simply put. The mini island in the middle of the lake, complete with a church on top, is certainly a picturesque scene. Like a page out of a fairytale book. The walking route around the lake takes about 2 hours, with a little detour up a nearby mountain for those into a little adventure. We opted to take this upward path to get a top-down view of the lake. Unfortunately, the Fall colors have not settled in yet, but nevertheless, the views from atop were stunning. Def worth the mini hike! Other than that, there's not much to do in the town of Bled. However, there are these typical cakes of the Bled region to try out, nothing really special, but certainly a must if you're there.

Although we didn't do terribly too much in Slovenia, I felt that we've done enough to make our stay worthwhile. We may not have toured the country's caves, but it's okay, because Texas' Hill country is home to some of the most amazing cavern systems in The States. So I didn't fell like we've missed out on too much. But if you're looking for more activites in Slovenia - then this is def something to consider!

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When: October 2016
Temp: 50-65F
Cities: Ljubljana, Bled
Stay: Hostel Tivoli. $12/night for 8 bed dorm. Free breakfast. Free Tea/Coffee. 10 minute walk to Old Town.
Recommend: Walking Tour, Old Town Ljubljana, Metelkova, Lake Bled

-jin-