Flying High in Slovenia
Slovenia's Soca Valley is one of the world's great adventure hubs – the steep terrain of the Julian Alps is carved with narrow gorges for hiking and canyoning, while the ice-blue Soca River has class I-V rapids for rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Or, if you want a (literally) breathtaking view of the valley, you can try paragliding. For any and all of these activities, head to X Point Sport and Tourism in Kobarid. My husband and I went paragliding on a whim – though it was our first time and we were terrified (I mean, nervous), we were in the expert hands of pilots Ivan and Dejan, and it went without a hitch. Circling high above the villages, farms, and forest-covered mountains, with no sound but the wind and the flutter of the chute, is an experience I'll never forget.
By Ellen Hall
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5222 Kobarid, Slovenia