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April 28, 2019

Slovenia: Škocjan Caves


The suspended walkway leaves the cave.

Before departing Sovenia we had the opportunity for one last stop. We used this chance to see the Škocjan Caves. In 1986 the caves and area around them were established as an UNESCO World Heritage site, Slovenia’s first. As usual the UNESCO designation provided motivation for our visit. (more…)

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April 26, 2019

Slovenia: Piran

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Piran’s small harbor gives boats shelter from the sea.

Slovenia barely escapes being landlocked. The country, sandwiched between Croatia to the south and Italy to the north, includes a modest stretch of land along the Adriatic coast roughly 27 miles in length. Short as it is, the Slovenian coast is attractive. A popular destination on the water is the attractive commune of Piran. Situated at the tip of a peninsula the town has a population of around 3,900. (more…)

April 22, 2019

Europe: The Complex History of Yugoslavia

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There are many beautiful places along the Adriatic coast of Slovenia and Croatia.

Travel is a great history teacher. It puts a context to the historical events that one reads about. We usually come away from places we visit with a better comprehension of the when’s, what’s, why’s and where’s that punctuate a region’s history. But in the former territories of Yugoslavia it’s not so easy. (more…)

April 21, 2019

Slovenia: Predjama Castle

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Predjama Castle

The impregnable Predjama Castle sits built into the face of a rock cliff in western Slovenia. From the approach road the view of the Renaissance exterior of the fortress is impressive. On the inside the fortress’s structure is integrated into a natural cave. The deeper one penetrates the more cave-like the castle becomes: The fortresses inner recesses are a minimally modified natural cave. (more…)

April 19, 2019

Slovenia: Ljubljana, the View from Above

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City streets of Ljubljana

It was difficult to do full justice to Ljubljana in photographs. It’s a beautiful city but good unobstructed angles for pictures can be hard to find. It hasn’t helped that the weather in October of 2018 when we visited was hazy and wet. (more…)

April 18, 2019

Slovenia: Ljubljana, Street Art

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It is this piece that triggered the concerns of the Floridians.

During our visit to Ljubljana Slovenia we went on an English language walking tour through the old town. Joining the group were a couple of Brits, a pair of sisters from Tijuana, and several Americans. At one point the guide stopped to provide background about the place we were standing. One American on the tour, from Florida, asked a question about a piece of street art visible on a semi-abandoned building. (more…)

Slovenia: Ljubljana

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Ljubljana with its famous triple bridge partially obscured by the buildings.

Before our road trip in the fall of 2018 we new little about Slovenia. We lumped Slovenia together with the conglomeration of countries that calved off when the Yugoslavian state ceased to exist. (more…)

April 17, 2019

Croatia: Zagreb, the Contemporary Art Museum


The double spiral slide designed by Carsten Höller: It’s not what you expect to see at an art museum.

Today we took the tram out to visit Zagreb’s Muzej suvremene umjetnosti or the Contemporary Art Museum for those who like us are not fluent in hrvatski. As usual, nothing really makes sense at modern art museums. This one was no exception. (more…)

April 14, 2019

Croatia: Zagreb

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Inside Zagreb’s Orthodox Cathedral or Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

Croatia has become a modern tourist Mecca. The country’s idyllic seaside villages and a beautiful coastline worthy as a backdrop for the filming of Game of Thrones attract large numbers of tourists. In 2017 the country reported 90 million visitor overnight stays. For a country with a permanent population of just four million, that is a lot of tourism. Over a full year, 6% of the people in the country are on average tourists. And for sure the percentages are higher during the peak tourist season. (more…)

April 10, 2019

Croatia: Crossing the Border and Trakošćan Castle

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St. Mark’s Church is one of Zagreb’s most famous sites.

Leaving Ptuj Slovenia we headed to Zagreb Croatian. When we arrived at the border kiosk we handed over our passports to the agent. On seeing our American passports the guard, in a combination of a few words of broken English and ten times as many emphatic hand gestures, explained that we could not cross the border into Croatia here. (more…)

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