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.
On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, we went back to the beautiful Karst village Vojščica, which celebrated its holiday on this day. A holiday of Saint Vid, by which the village church is called, at the same time Saint Vid is a patron of the village. In the year 2018, members of Society Farjovca named this holiday Vojščica feast on sand; of course, Vojščica also has sand. On Saturday, they organized beach volleyball tournament of threes with rich prizes, on Sunday they prepared a musical colored program with a concert of Slavko Ivančič and accompanying ensemble ABC. The event was organized under this name and in such extent for the second time, and it did not disappoint.
Vojščica holiday offered a pleasant experience! — Travel-Slovenia
Our path to Vojščica started at 10 in the morning, with departure from Ljubljana, the weather forecast was great, but all did not go according to plan. A car accident at Brezovica stopped us and delayed our travel for more than an hour. We took a detour on local roads, thus, we managed to avoid a traffic collapse on the Littoral highway and according to forecasts, the waiting time was more than an hour. In addition, after a long rainy days finally warm and sunny days came, and with that also works on the roads started. Of course, the highways are no exception, so we had to pass some roadblocks, but after the arrival to Ajdovščina, our path continued smoothly. With only one exception of a little carelessness, as we made a wrong turn and had to drive back.
Still full of memories from our last – Sage hike, which happened only a week before, we again took a trip to Kras on Sunday 14th, 2019, but this time somewhat lower. We joined an organized Traditional hike along the abyss of river Reka, which this year was already 24th in a row.
Beautiful landscape of Karst! — Travel-Slovenia
The path took us to a small village named Matavun, if we are precise, to its beginning. The entire route of the hike runs along with the Regional Park Škocjan caves, which is very diverse. This hike was individual, so each hiker could start upon arrival. The start of the hike was foreseen between 8. and 12. a.m.. As there was not much space for parking at the beginning of the hike, the organizer redirected all the visitors to a parking lot in business zone Risnik, from where a small bus drove us to the starting point and at the end took us back from the village Matavun. A nice gesture from the organizer was that they did not forget about four-legged friends, who could join the ride on the bus.
Once again, the path took us to a small Karstic village near the Italian border, Vojščica. This time we joined an organized Sage hike 2019, which was already 13th in a row. Local Community Vojščica organized the first one far back in the year 2007, but three years ago, the organization of the hike was handed over to newly established Sport-Cultural-Tourist Society Farjovca, which takes care of the village development.
Karst is always a good idea to visit! — Travel-Slovenia
First, we must know from where did the name come from? Part of the route of the hike takes us along the slopes of Grmada, where on the rocky ridge of this elevation grows the plantations of sage. In a time of the hike, spring, sage is just in the initial stage of flowering and it smells incredible, which always takes over the hikers. And for sure it did, the sight on sage was just beautiful, and it was fulfilled with the unique view to the surroundings. At the same time, wild asparagus was seen through the whole route of the hike. As it grows high and mighty above the karst slopes. Many of the hikers were like small children running for their candy, to gather asparagus.
»Village day of radička«, a culinary-recreational event organized by Society Škrla for the fourth time in Lipa on Karst on March 24th, 2019, attracted a nice number of visitors on a sunny Sunday. Everyone who decided for local goodies, they could also take them home and with that, a nice memory of the day spent in the Karst, new energy from interesting new experiences, including culinary.
Succesful organization of Radička holiday in village Lipa. — TS Škrla Lipa
On a Sunday morning, around 130 hikers gathered in a village at the foot of Trstelj with only 100 inhabitants, who were attracted by the water hike »Along the viewing routes between the Alps and the sea.« Experiences of the Karst landscape were enriched by the stories of the experienced guide Nataša Kolenc from Lipa, who took hikers along Trstelj paths through the stories of people in nature, associated with this fragment of the Karst. The summit of the hike was the very top of Trstelj, with a view to the snowy Alps on one side and the sea on the other. An additional climax was the view of the prosciutto’s leg as part of Karst lunch, which was contributed by the Osmica na Lehtah – Leban from Lipa.
This time we took a little family trip to an 887 meters high hill Grmada in Lower Carniola. Grmada is a viewpoint on the western side of Ribnica’s Mala gora with a nice view from the top. At first, we did not know if the trip will be possible, as it was raining all day on Saturday. But Sunday morning was fresh, little cloudy, but still, it was promising a nice day to take a trip.
Small hill, beautiful nature and time well spent outdoors. — Travel-Slovenia
Road took us towards small settlement Velike Lašče and after it to a village named Gornje Retje. As a quick fact, the village on the other side of the road is Dolnje Retje, where Slovenian poet, writer, dramatist, critic, and linguist Fran Levstik was born. If you are interested in history, we also suggest visiting the village and see his birth house.
On Sunday, 18. November 2018, the road took us to the famous Vipava valley, to the village Ustje. We joined an organized hike along Vertovec trails, organized by Society Matija Vertovec. We gathered under the mighty Oak in front of village Ustje, where the morning welcome followed with hot coffee and tea. The hike is admission free.
Outskirts of Vipava valley are always good idea to visit. — Travel-Slovenia
It is a circular hike along village paths that lead us through the villages Ustje – Dolenje – Sveta Marjeta – Planina – Ostri vrh (additional option) – Potok – Jakulini – Šmarje – Vrtovče – Tevče – Uhanje – Ustje. The hike took us 5 hours to complete and in that time we walked almost 19 kilometers.