On the day of Slovenian holiday of independence and unity, December 26th, 2019, we went to Karst exploration and cultural engagement, more precisely to village Kostanjevica na Krasu, to the blessing of the horses in Vojščica, settlement Štanjel and in the end to a concert of wind orchestra in Komen. The day was just right for this kind of excursion, sunny and without a cloud. Unfortunately the winter, once again, let us down, as in December the temperatures were not suitable for this time of the year.
From old to new on Karst! — Travel-Slovenia
We drove from Ljubljana along Littoral highway towards Nova Gorica, and further to Karst and towards village Vojščica to a blessing of the horses, which happened in front of the village church of St. Vid from 11. o’clock onwards. This kind of event happened in Vojščica for the first time, as they moved it from Kobjeglava. Blessing always takes place on December 26th, as this day is a name day of St. Štefan, who is the patron of stonemasons, headache intercessors and the patron of the horses.
On a beautiful November Sunday we were taken to northern Littoral region, namely to a smaller elevation, which rises above Nova Gorica and Solkan, Sveta gora. Sveta gora is 862 meters high elevation, which offers a beautiful view on Gorica hills, Adriatic sea and the Friulian lowlands towards the Julian Alps with Triglav, across Vipava valley to Inner and Istrian hills. The top of the Sveta gora is named Skalnica (en. The Rock), the biggest landmark is God’s trail basilica of the Queen of Sveta gora, which was our goal.
Discover the history below! — Travel-Slovenia
The visitors can reach the top with the car on asphalt road from Solkan, along with it there are the Stations of the Cross. We returned along this path, after reaching the top. One can reach the top along the pilgrimage trail from Preval or from Grgar, Zagora, and Plave. We decided to conquer the top by going through the trenches, which were created during the First World War. Along the path we were accompanied by big and small caverns, this are preserved and partly cleaned Austria-Hungarian defense positions.
The first weekend in October, on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, we again went to the Littoral region, namely to Baška grapa, where every year in Grahovo ob Bači an organized hike along theme path of the movie On our own land happens. Last year, the movie celebrated the 70th anniversary of its origin, it was the first Slovenian feature sound film, directed by France Štiglič and marks the beginning of Slovenian professional cinematography. The movie was presented last year on the 13th Festival Echoes of Heritage. The first words spoken in the movie were: »Look at it, our grapa (en. ravine)! Baška grapa!« (si. »Glej jo, našo grapo! Baška grapa!«)
Baška grapa always offers great views and peaceful nature. — Travel-Slovenia
This year, the hike was organized for the seventh time, with the start at 10 o’clock in the morning, in front of Home of the locals in Grahovo v Bači. Upon our arrival to Grahovo, the road attendant directed us towards the village church of St. Anne, we parked on a small parking lot behind it. From here we walked towards the Home of the locals, when entering, we could immediately see the parts of the movie: On our own land, are being played. We signed in to a book of hikers, got a card with stamp and paid the entry fee for the hike. We took a look of the themed room of the movie, where the movie is presented, the filming locations described, the stories about the actors, maps, pictures and more.
Nina Simic is a 35-year-old travel planner from Ljubljana who loves to travel around the world and on weekends discovers the beauties of her home country. Time and again she is fascinated by more or less known corners of Slovenia. She prefers to sit in the car with her buddies and bit by bit discovers interesting places along the way. She loves to plan everything in advance, but she always has plenty of time for spontaneous events, which in the end are what gives the trip the most charm. She is particularly fond of gourmet experiences, the focus is more on the whole experience than on the sightseeing tours themselves.
A trip to Prekmurje and Prlekija brings happiness. — Travel-Slovenia
This weekend we went on a Saturday-Sunday excursion through Prekmurje and quickly jumped to Prlekija (on the other side of river Mura). First, the route from Ljubljana led us to Lendava and the nearby popular lookout tower. You can climb on it by foot or take an elevator up to 42 meters. In fine weather, it offers a nice view of the nearby vineyards that are sown on the hills. Beneath the tower, you will also find a rich culinary choice, so go there hungry – from typical goulash (si. bograč) to langoš (fried dough coated with various additives) and kurtoš (sweet dough pastry in shape of an empty roll). There is also a rich offer of local wines and spirits.
On this day, hikers traditionally walk on one of the three routes to Zakojca, the birthplace of France Bevk, where in front of Bevk’s home cultural program takes place. Hikers could walk to Zakojca from Cerkno or Hudajužna in Baška grapa. The hike from Hudajužna was organized by Society Baška Heritage and with this was upgrades ties between the Cerkno region and Baška grapa, which were also knitted with writing pen by France Bevk. The start was at 10 a.m., and the hikers listened to the excerpts from Bevk’s works along the path. Every year, the society chooses a theme from writer’s opus, which is then summed up into theme paper for hikers.
This time our trip was somehow different, more cultural, as on a September’s Sunday we went to see two museums, namely Technical museum of Slovenia in Bistra and Museum of Post and Telecommunications in Polhov Gradec. The weather was sour all day long, but we had some luck, as there was no rain during the day. It overtook us towards the end of our trip while walking on Blagaj path, but that did not stop us and we walked the entire path, at the same time we had a great time watching interesting things.
It is always very educational to visit a museum! — Travel-Slovenia
Cara Jasmine Bradley is a 25-year-old from Manchester, who was lucky enough to visit our little sub-Alpine country, traveling between Koper, Ljubljana and Bled, where she experienced a sweeping fairytale scenery like no other. She was instantly captivated under the spell of Slovenia, from its endless emerald-green countryside and picture-perfect villages. She says we have unbelievably lakes and array of wonderfully historic castles and churches. Below she wrote about the time she spent in Slovenia and about her feelings while traveling from place to place.
Slovenia is always a nice country to visit! — Travel-Slovenia
Nothing could have prepared me for the view that cascaded across my eyes in a waterfall of refreshing vibrancy. Pulling back my sunglasses, I blinked several times, scarcely daring to believe my eyes. The view remained unchanged, winking back at me in the form of the bejeweled lake surface and the sumptuously shrouding emerald greenery. I was in the midst of a fairytale. I had tumbled onto the canvas of a beautiful water-color painting. I was living and breathing the enviable location of a postcard… Lake Bled.