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Bled Island, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Marital bliss. Too much to ask? That's the promise for the lucky groom to carry his bride-to-be up the 99 steps to ring the bell and wed in the church at the top of the stairs on Bled Island. I'll be honest, they're kind of steep, so you really...
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Cesta Gorenjskega odreda 16, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
The restaurant at the Garden Village Bled embraces garden-to-plate dining right down the the restaurant's design, which evokes a greenhouse. Pots of herbs dangle from the ceilings, place mats are made of real grass and herbs grow out of tables so...
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Lake Bled, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
It's easy to spend hours staring out at Bled Castle, which looks straight out of a fairytale with its island-location in the center of Lake Bled. But it's much more fun to actually take to the waters and experience the castle first-hand. All...
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Lake Bled, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled transforms at sunset. Take in the magic from the shores of the lake. Many people rent fishing rods and try to catfish, pike, carp and lake trout. Other rent bikes and cycle the three-mile loop around the lake. On a warm summer night,...
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6230 Predjama, Slovenia
This treasured country is phenomenal Though this castle by far was the most impressive and seemingly almost undiscovered by the world. And I appreciate why. I felt like ( sadly) I was in a James Bond movie and this was the grand lux hotel. The...
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Inventive and traditional gastronomy merge—truffles, to be sure, but also bear cheek—at Pri Lojzetu, arguably the birthplace of Slovenian slow food. 386/(0) 5368-7007.
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Matavun 12, 6215 Divača, Slovenia
A tour of the massive World Heritage site Skocjan Caves affords the singular experience of peering into a glowing subterranean river that flows beneath a blanket of snow. 386/(0) 5-708-2100. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
The Soča River runs along Western Slovenia and following its path made for a beautiful road trip. The river has a deep emerald hue that looks photoshopped in pictures, but is 100% real. Coming from Ljubljana with the goal of arriving in Bled, we...
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Martina Krpana ulica 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The most important lesson that I learned from my time in Ljubljana.... is that I love Bosnian/ Serbian food. I may be suffering some serious Ćevapčići withdrawal when I return to Canada. But while the Bosnian excel at food they are masters of...
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5222 Jezerca, Slovenia
Triglavski Narodi, or "Triglav" is one of Europe's oldest parks and is a hidden traveling treasure. Premiere places to see while traveling western Slovenia. Raft the Soča River, one of the world's premier rafting locations and an important battle...
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6330 Piran, Slovenia
This is a lovely coastal town which is very Italian in charm and food. A must destination while in Slovenia if for nothing more than the excellent seafood and vistas.
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5271 Slap, Slovenia
Zmago, the owner and lead winemaker, met us at the top of the hill that leads to his family farm and the headquarters of a small organic Slovene wine label, Guerila. He walked down from the family's house to greet us, a plate of dried fruit,...
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Robidišče, 5223 Breginj, Slovenia
Become a co-creator of culinary delights. Put an apron on! Pavla will lead us to the mill where we will grind grain into flour (buckwheat, wheat, spelled, corn). You will see, it is quite a tough job. After that we will prepare dough from flour,...
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Movia is practically a synonym for the growing prominence of Slovenian wine. Learn why at the winery’s swanky bar in Old Town. For a more casual tasting experience, head roughly two hours east to the Kogl Estate winery and ask about the Mea Culpa...
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Metelkova ulica 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The ‘Metelkova City Autonomous Cultural Center‘, in Ljubljana, Slovenia—more commonly known and much easier said ‘Metelkova’— is a composition of seven buildings and outdoor space run by independent leaders of civic engagement, political action...
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San Mauro 157, 52462, Momjan, Croatia
The Istrian interior is agrarian and food-focused – the kind of place where the roads are marked "Oil Route" and "Wine Route." So, what better place to stay than at a farm hotel? The Agroturizam San Mauro is run by the Sinkovic family, who have...
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Turjaška ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
While in LJ City we took the tram up to the castle for a lovely September afternoon enjoying the museum and panoramas of the city and mountains. This is a must while in town.
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In what was once the archers' tower at the Ljubljana castle, we had lunch at Strelec Restaurant. It's a gorgeous space with views of Ljubljana below, and the archers' windows have been preserved so diners can imagine what it would have been like...
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dusk in Slovenia
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Vodnikov trg, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The market opens daily except Sundays. There are outdoor flower market, and indoor fish and meat market. The indoor market has different sections selling anything from dairy to meat. The colonnade at the Triple Bridge end provides shelter for...
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Stritarjeva ulica, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
I love the cozy, beleaguered look of a city after the holidays, when all that's left is two more months of marching through frigid wind and slushy streets.
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Grajska planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The castle is on top of Castle Hill overlooking the old town in Ljubljana. You either walk up there (which is not easy) or you can take the funicular railway up the hill, which is a lot easier. The courtyard has an outdoor cafe.
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Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The market is open daily except Sundays. It has a flower market, a fish market and dried fruit on the lower level of the market hall as well as bakery, dairy and meat stalls. The colonnade provides shelter for stalls selling herbs, spices, and...
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Livade, Croatia
On the steep hills above the truffle-obsessed town of Livade in central Istria, Croatia, a man named Vlado Tomažič makes olive oil on his family’s farm. When my husband and I rented the apartment, Casa Maršić (casamarsic.com), adjacent to the...
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Pula, Croatia
This is the ancient Roman Arena at Pula on the Istria Peninsula. Istria, which is currently a part of Croatia but has also been part of been a part of the Venetian Empire, the Austrian Empire, Italy, and Yugoslavia. As a result, the area is a...
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Rovinj, Croatia
A year ago I took a short road trip through Istria, Croatia to explore the medieval hilltop towns, Venitian cities, sacred churches, and the famous wine, olive oil and truffles. It is an amazing area of Croatia just across the sea from Venice. It...
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Rovinj, Croatia
A trip to Rovinj makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s a little old town with an active fishing port located on the Adriatic Sea, and it hasn’t been overrun by tourists. The RC44 Championship Tour—which consists of regattas in five...
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15, Zdenac, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
Stop by Bakho to pick up Istrian wine during your stay in Rovinj. Ask owner Emmanuel in his latest finds.
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Trg Sv. Eufemije, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
While visiting Rovinj, meander your way to the highest point on the peninsula and take it one step further and climb the bell tower. Stairs are not for the faint of heart, however the view is worth it at the end. I am told on a clear day you can...
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Zdenac 14, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
Check villa cissa out during your next stay in Rovinj. Great central find and the owner interviewed the Beatles!
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Ul. Joakima Rakovca 7, 52424, Motovun, Croatia
Hotel Kastel in Motovun, Croatia is a perfect place to stop for a meal when traveling in the region of Istria. The meals highlight the quality of meat in produce from the region and often blend traditional and modern approaches to rustic cuisine....
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52420, Pračana, Croatia
In researching agriturismo restaurants in north-central Istria, everyone said the same thing: "You must go to Tončić." Nestled in the hills near Oprtalj, this restaurant was so good that we went twice, in one day. This is simple food, extremely...
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52420, Buzet, Croatia
I am having a mad love affair with Croatia (Ssshhh, don't tell France.) In particular, its heart-shaped peninsula Istria that juts into the north Adriatic Sea. Istria is Croatia’s culinary gut, and I make the easy a 2.5-hour drive from the...
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Rovinj, Croatia
After a lovely evening at Sidro restaurant in Rovinj drinking Kabola Merlot and eating cevapcici and kajmak we walked past all the fishing boats settling in for the night. The wet, cool air woke us up just as it was time to settle down.
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51410, Opatija, Croatia
Volosko is a little Istrian seaside town, not far from Rijeka. Konoba Tramerka isn't right on the water, it's up a little alley, which means that it's slightly off the tourist path. Fresh octopus was marinated then grilled and dressed with a...
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Poljanak, Croatia
Oldest national park in southeast Europe . It's 16 lakes connected by waterfalls and is a World Heritage site.
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Čatrnja, Croatia
Karst mountain area
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Croatia
It was stormy all day, with grey clouds brewing over us. But after a quick but driving rain, the sun illuminated the lake beautifully. It was enchanting to see the different greens as they interacted differently with the sun. The plants in the...