We spent three wonderful weeks in Slovenia in June and July. It’s a fabulous country and the Triglav National Park in the north west, tucked up against the Austrian and Italian borders, is a stunningly beautiful place. The mountains are spectacular, the waters in the rivers are so pure and clear that one can drink them, there are waterfalls everywhere, and the walking is great.
We spent the first couple of days in the capital Ljubljana which is a relaxed and beautiful city, it’s central old town is like a miniature Prague, but it was too hot for slogging around city streets so we moved on to coast for a few days. Slovenia is tiny so everywhere is within easy travelling distance, although we were delayed on our trip to the coast by an accident and tail back on the motorway which we only managed to escape after a couple of hours by a nerve wracking drive back up the motorway in the wrong direction on the hard shoulder and an escape onto the back roads and a way around the jam.
Slovenia only has 45 km of cost line and no real beaches but it was nice being near the sea in the heat. We spent a lot of time just strolling around the tiny alleys and courtyards of the old Dalmatian town of Piran. Then we headed north and into the mountains.
Here are a few photos of Ljubljana and the coast, to see more photos from the coast click here
We were based in Kranjska Gora, a ski resort on the northern side of the Triglav just a few kilometres from both the Austrian and Italian borders. The town was lovely and the walking first rate. Slovenia really exceeded our expectations. We learned a very important Slovenia phrase, ‘Pod Slap’, which means literally ‘Under the Waterfall’ and following the signs to Pod Slap we found some really stunning waterfalls.
Here are some photos of the landscapes we passed through, to see more photos of the rivers, canyons and waterfalls click here
Here are a couple of minutes of video of some of the Slovenian waterfalls and rivers
Most days we spent walking, often ending up miles from the road at a mountain hut where you could get some splendid if basic hot food and cool drink.
Here are some photos of us on the trail, to see more photos click here
This is Isabel sitting next to a gigantic column of water that fell a hundred meters from the cliffs above
The country we walked through was lush with green vegetation and endless alpine flowers with butterflies and insects flitting around. I took a few ultra closeup macros photos of the flowers and insects (when I could catch them) because when you stopped and really looked at them their complexity and colours were amazing.
Here are some photos of some flowers and bugs, to see more Slovenia fauna photos click here
Once when I stopped for a breather I looked down and I realised that there was a ferocious struggle going on at my feet between some soldiers ants and a large beetle. The ants were winning. Here is a photo of the struggle.