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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
It's hard to pull yourself away from the fairytale setting of Lake Bled, but less than three mile's drive is Vintgar Gorge. This magical gorge looks straight out of the Hobbit, with its technicolor pools and waterfalls. The gorge carves its way...
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Lake Bled, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Bled (and the lake by the same moniker) is the most Fairytale-esque town I've ever experienced. The people are almost jarringly friendly by American standards, the island church is as beautiful as it is quaint, and the castle perched on the cliffs...
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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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Matavun 12, 6215 Divača, Slovenia
The caverns of Skocjan aren't the best known of Slovenia's caves, but they are certainly worth a visit. Less than two hours from the capital, we visited as part of a tour that also took in Predjama Castle, the seaside town of Piran and the...
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Probably the least Balkan-esque of the countries that make up the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia is renowned for its natural beauty. However, before you venture to the lakes, waterfalls, castles and caves make sure you spend a good amount of time in...
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Mošnje 1 a, 4240 Radovljica, Slovenia
Vila Podvin is an elegant restaurant on the grounds of a former castle on the outskirts of Lake Bled. Chef Uros Stefelin holds a weekly farmers’ market and is working to recover heirloom varieties such as the powerfully sweet and seedy tepka pear....
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Miklošičeva cesta 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Chef Janez Bratovz applies modern techniques to farm-fresh ingredients and riffs on Slovenian culinary traditions. The formal setting is balanced by the warm hospitality of a family operation (Bratovz’s wife is the manager, his daughter the...
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6230 Predjama, Slovenia
The best kept culinary secret in Slovenia is the strudel at the inn near Predjama Castle. There is only one inn, you can't miss it. The pastry is served warm and with just the right amount of sugar. Like all great castles this one too has a troll....
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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
There is nothing like the power of water. What it's done along the one mile trail through the Radovna River gorge is an engineering masterpiece. Built on wood scaffolding, the trail winds its way down river, crisscrossing the current in the...
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dusk in Slovenia
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6230 Predjama, Slovenia
A must see castle
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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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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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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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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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Cankarjeva cesta 6, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
It's impossible to leave Slovenian, especially the Lake Bled region, without trying a slice of cream cake. Nearly every restaurant and cafe will have the iconic dessert on its menu, but Sava Hotel on Lake Bled claims to be the creator of cream...
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Poljana Paska Miličevića, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik's city walls reached their full extent of 2.1 kilometers between the 11th and 13th centuries. Made entirely of stone, they are an immense system of forts, bastions and walkways intended to protect the city. That you can still safely walk...
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Budapest, Csengery u. 57, 1063 Hungary
Director Pail Feig took long walks around Budapest when he wasn't working on his 2015 movie, Spy. He'd start at his hotel, move to Castle Hill, and then pass through the popular shopping avenue. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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Budapest, 1118 Hungary
A huge dolomite rock rising up from Hotel Gellért at its base marks one of the earliest inhabited parts of Budapest. The citadel atop the hill was built by the Austrians in the mid-1800s to better control the unruly Hungarians after...
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Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...
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At the the north end of Vaci Utca in Budapest is a wonderful outdoor area filled with shops, local food stands and live music. On a nice afternoon you could spend hours sampling all the local delicacies and enjoying some domestic beer. It by far...
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Budapest, Andrássy út, Hungary
The main road Andrássy avenue is closed over the weekend for markets. Many food stands, wine shops and craft shops are setup along the street. You can stroll down the street, taste different food, and burn the calories by walk more. It's miles...
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Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
Fisherman's Bastion was built in the late 1800s on Buda's Castle Hill not to provide protection, but rather as a lookout point—and this fairy-tale castle site, with its seven spired towers representing the seven tribe of Magyar (Hungarians)...
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Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand...
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Hungary
One of Budapest’s best known and most ornately decorated coffeehouses—as well as one of Europe’s oldest—Café Gerbeaud has been satisfying the city’s sweets cravings since it opened in 1858. The decor in the...
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Budapest, Károlyi Mihály u. 9, 1053 Hungary
Long ago, in a time in which there was no internet, the coffeehouse was the center of debate, thought, and social life in Central Europe. Once one of Budapest's traditional intellectual centers, the ornate Cafe Central (Centrál...
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073 Hungary
The New York Café was reputed to be ‘the most beautiful cafe in the world’ at one point and well worth a visit. The interior is incredibly opulent with gorgeous crystal chandeliers and magnificent frescos.
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Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 2, 1114 Hungary
Danubius Hotel Gellért is an art nouveau hotel on the western (Buda) side of the city, right by the River Danube and just below the city's famous Géllert Hill, formerly a prime vinicultural area. It first opened its doors in 1918 and...
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Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
It's an unforgettable experience: Getting up at the crack of dawn in mid-winter, walking through the large municipal park on the Pest side of town, checking in to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (mostly with Hungarian pensioners because tourists...
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At Pile Gate, the Old Town’s main entrance, descend the staircase to a landing near the small fountain (formerly only for Jews) to experience a moment of serenity, looking at this quiet bay bracketed by the mighty fortresses of Lovrijenac and...
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In operation since 1317, the Franciscan Pharmacy was relocated in the 19th century to just outside the beautiful Romanesque-Gothic Franciscan cloister so that women could enter. Alongside Western and allopathic remedies, the pharmacy sells organic...
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Barba practically invented street food in the area, featuring items like octopus and shrimp burgers, anchovy sandwiches and fried calamari. Try to snag the prime spot by the window to observe the river of people flowing down the street from the...
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Gundulićeva poljana, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This lovely open-air market in the Old Town is full of color and sells a bounty of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s also the place to taste sugar-coated orange and lemon peels (arancini and lemoncini), sugar-coated almonds...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
The drive from Split to Dubrovnik along the Southern Dalmatian coast is breathtaking. It is not a long drive and is supposed to take only four hours to complete, but stunning views across the Adriatic seduced us into stopping our car every 10...
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One of Dubrovnik’s oldest fortresses stands atop a 100-foot rock, guarding the western land entrance to the Old Town, and vigilantly turned toward Venice, Dubrovnik’s traditional rival. As you enter the Old Town through the Pile Gate,...
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20000, Lokrum ul., 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lokrum is just a 15-minute ride from the Old Town harbor, and boats depart every half-hour throughout the day. The island offers magnificent walks through a botanical garden and olive groves, leading up to sites such as the remains of the oldest...
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Omiš, Croatia
The view of the Cetina River as it hits the Adriatic Sea is just stunning in Omiš. Climb up the 13th century fortress for the best view.
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Omiš, Croatia
Omiš is just outside of Split and an easy bus ride way (60 bus). Here is a view of the town walking down from the fortress. It is worth a few hours to check out Omiš and if you are into rafting or canyoning, this is the place for you
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Trogir, Croatia
Close to Split. A UNESCO world heritage site. Medieval, castle town, but without the pressing crowds of other popular coastal towns. It's small—a perfect afternoon for seafood lunch along the harbor, exploring shops along the narrow lanes, and a...
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Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia
The focal point of Split, this 1,700-year-old Roman palace is nestled on the Adriatic seafront and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Roman Emperor Diocletian built the palace as his seaside retirement home, and across the centuries...
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Trg Sv. Stjepana 42, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Hvar island is a surefire spot to get your groove on. Fun is round the clock here—you'll find sunset beach parties, full-moon revelries, and bass-infused beach bashes. Don’t miss designer cocktails at Carpe Diem, a seafront bar...
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Ul. Higijeničkog Društva 19, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Simply a must for anyone visiting Hvar town on the island of Hvar, the fortress overlooking the town is very old, and offers a splendid view of the town below, and of the islands in the distance. Make the short walk up here, pay the modest...
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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Ul. od Puča 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The name hardly prepares you for the exquisitely cut and styled women’s clothes inside. Among the featured Croatian designers, my favorite, who goes by the name Rococo, creates Grecian-themed gowns and cocktail dresses. The Dubrovnik branch will...
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Ul. Ćirila Ivekovića 4, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
Croatia’s cool seaside city of Zadar is known for its showstopping sunsets. Architect Nikola Bašić has created two spectacles that harness the local natural beauty. The Sea Organ is a musical instrument fashioned from pipes and holes...
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Croatia
Mljet (pronounced Mee-yet) National Park is located on a stunningly beautiful island in the Adriatic off Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentions this island in the Odyssey, and according to legend Odysseus was marooned...
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Lozovac, Croatia
This national park in Croatia is the quainter cousin of Plitvice, but it's no less stunning. The waterfalls are sonorously everywhere, dipping and dropping into pools, cascades, drips, and eddies -- all throughout lush parkland and along dirt...
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Trg Republike Hrvatske 1, 22000, Šibenik, Croatia
One of the first truly Croatian cities, today Šibenik is know for its laid back coastal living and as home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cathedral of St. James. There’s much more to this beautiful town though than one church and the best way...
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Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia
Split is not known as a shopping destination, but if you have a hankering to go shopping, then head underground to the Podrum. The Podrum is a labyrinth of vaulted underground chambers that is located under what was Diocletian’s Palace. Back in...
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Bosanska ul. 4, 21000, Split, Croatia
Master filigree jeweler Viktor Čivljak has a gentle and humble manner despite regularly wielding blow torches and hammers in his making of Old World jewelry. The 73-year-old has been making filigree masterpieces for the past 60 years, and today...