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Location: Ljubljana

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2019

Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport

Ljubljana , Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport
Ljubljana , Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport

Content: We took a 13 hours Lufthansa Airlines flight to reach Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and the largest city in the country.

Hotel Lev

Ljubljana , Hotel Lev
Ljubljana , Hotel Lev
Ljubljana , Hotel Lev
Ljubljana , Hotel Lev

Content: Friendly and welcoming Staff.Located only 200 mts. away from city center. Sumptuous breakfast.Complimentary water bottle.Clean and spacious room. Beds were comfortable.

Cankarjevo Nabrezje

Ljubljana , Cankarjevo Nabrezje
Ljubljana , Cankarjevo Nabrezje

Content: We strolled along Cankarjevo Nabrezje, the pedestrian-only street that lines the Ljubljianica River. Cafes spill out onto this street, so this is a great place to start your or have a drink later in the day.

Preseren Square

Ljubljana , Preseren  Square
Ljubljana , Preseren  Square
Ljubljana , Preseren  Square

Content: This is the central square in Ljubljana. The bright pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation dominates the square and forms the backdrop for many photos in Ljubljana. You can take peek inside to see the frescoes. During the hot summer months, creative sprinklers are set up in the square to cool off kids.

Druga Violina.

Ljubljana , Druga Violina.

Content: Druga Violina translates to “second violin” and this restaurant employs people with disabilities. The restaurant gets rave reviews and the prices are inexpensive. Just make sure you make your reservations in advance!

Location: Ljubljana

Day 2 - 2 Jul 2019

Triple Bridge

Ljubljana , Triple Bridge
Ljubljana , Triple Bridge
Ljubljana , Triple Bridge

Content: Today we started our day with visit to famous bridges of Ljubljana. It may seem a bit odd to have three bridges sitting side by side, but there is a reason for it. In 1842, the central bridge was built to replace the original wooden medieval bridge. About 90 years later, pedestrian bridges where constructed on either side of the central bridge, forming what is now the Triple Bridge.

The Dragon Bridge

Ljubljana , The Dragon Bridge
Ljubljana , The Dragon Bridge
Ljubljana , The Dragon Bridge

Content: This is Ljubljana’s most famous bridge. Adorned with fierce dragons, this is one of the city’s most photographed spots.

Butcher's Bridge

Ljubljana , Butcher's Bridge
Ljubljana , Butcher's Bridge
Ljubljana , Butcher's Bridge

Content: Built in 2010, this is Ljubljana’s lover’s bridge. Not only will you find love locks attached to the bridge, but you will also see several unique statues by artist Jakov Brdar.

Escape Castle

Ljubljana , Escape Castle
Ljubljana , Escape Castle
Ljubljana , Escape Castle

Content: Escape Castle is an innovative twist to visiting a medieval castle. Rather than touring room to room with an audio guide, this escape room game/scavenger hunt takes you on a much more thrilling tour of the castle. You are given five challenges that lead you through the various rooms of the castle. Your goal is to complete the puzzles and save the dragon. You have one hour to complete the challenge.We did this and loved it. It is geared towards families with school-aged kids.

Museum of Illusions

Ljubljana , Museum of Illusions
Ljubljana , Museum of Illusions

Content: This is a great spot to take the kids. In this small museum, learn about the world of illusions. It’s fun, it’s interactive, and it only takes about an hour of your time.

Julija

Ljubljana , Julija

Content: Excellent restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, very attentive staff, friendly and swift service and great food. Prices are good for what you get. Congratulations to the chef. Restaurant was full but food came quickly and was cooked perfectly. The squid was super! Great attention to detail: we got asked if we wanted to share starters, after which they got served on separate plates.

Location: Ljubljana

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2019

Drive to Lake Bled

Ljubljana , Drive to Lake Bled

Content: First thing in the morning, drive to Lake Bled. This drive takes 45 minutes, longer if there is traffic. And during the summer months, there can definitely be traffic. Lake Bled is a very popular spot and traffic jams to get into and out of Lake Bled are common during the summer months. We recommend leaving Ljubljana no later than 8 am so you can get right to Lake Bled without hitting traffic.

Location: Lake Bled

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2019

Vila Bled

	Lake Bled,   Vila Bled
	Lake Bled,   Vila Bled
	Lake Bled,   Vila Bled

Content: Located right on the shore of Lake Bled, this was once the summer home of President Tito. This is a gorgeous hotel and its location is hard to beat. From here, you have one of the best views across the lake and you are located near the hike to Mala Osojnica as well as our favorite paddle boarding spot.

Bled Island

	Lake Bled, Bled Island
	Lake Bled, Bled Island
	Lake Bled, Bled Island

Content: Bled Island is the centerpiece of Lake Bled. To get here, you will have to get out on the water and this is one of the best experiences to have at Lake Bled. For those feeling adventurous, you can rent a rowboat and paddle out to the island. Once at Bled Island, we were instructed to dock our rowboat on the far side of the island. Tie up your boat and then take your time exploring the island.

Wishing Bell

	Lake Bled, Wishing Bell
	Lake Bled, Wishing Bell
	Lake Bled, Wishing Bell

Content: As you approach Bled Island, most likely you will hear the church bells ringing over and over again. What you are hearing is everyone ringing the bells to have their wishes come true.There is a legend that whoever rings this bell will have their wish come true.

Lake Bled Castle

	Lake Bled, Lake Bled Castle
	Lake Bled, Lake Bled Castle
	Lake Bled, Lake Bled Castle

Content: For more than 1000 years this castle has sat on these cliffs, enjoying one of the best views of Lake Bled. This is the oldest castle in Slovenia, dating back to 1011. On a visit here, enjoy the spectacular view over the lake from the terrace, tour the museum, and go wine tasting in the wine cellar.

Bled Castle Restaurant

	Lake Bled, Bled Castle Restaurant
	Lake Bled, Bled Castle Restaurant

Content: Stunning view, amazing food and service, and great wine. Overall an incredibly memorable experience. We got an amazing table at short notice.

Location: Lake Bled

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2019

Lake Bohinj

	Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj
	Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj
	Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj

Content: Lake Bohinj is another one of Slovenia’s lovely lakes. It is just a short drive from Lake Bled but it is a much different experience.

Location: Lake Bohinj

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2019

Savica Waterfall

Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall
Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall
Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall

Content: By going right to Savica waterfall, you get to walk the short trail before it gets hot and crowded.

Vogel cable car

Lake Bohinj,  Vogel cable car
Lake Bohinj,  Vogel cable car

Content: Hop back into your car and drive to the Vogel cable car. Once on top of the mountain, spend several hours here. We recommend at least taking the chair lift to Orlove glave, the higher viewpoint.

St. John the Baptist Church

Lake Bohinj, St. John the Baptist Church

Content: We parked our car at the parking lot near Hotel Jezero and then took in the view of the stone bridge and St. John the Baptist Church. Walked along the lake until we got to the statue of Zlatorog, enjoying the view along the way.

Mostnica Gorge

Lake Bohinj,  Mostnica Gorge
Lake Bohinj,  Mostnica Gorge
Lake Bohinj,  Mostnica Gorge
Lake Bohinj,  Mostnica Gorge

Content: Great place to cool down when it’s scorching hot outside! Nice short hike next to the gorge, no crowds compared to the other gorge, and on some places you can go all the way to the river to freshen up!

Pod Skalco

Lake Bohinj, Pod Skalco

Content: Lovely outdoor restaurant. Went for dinner plenty of space with an amazing view of Lake Bohinj. Service was kind and polite. They have a salad bar and also many ice cream options. Appropriate to also just stop by for a drink and/or a sweet treat.

Location: Lake Bled

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2019

Vintgar Gorge

Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge
Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge
Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge
Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge

Content: From Bled its 5 km and takes about 10 minutes. Vintgar Gorge is a 1.6 km long gorge located in Triglav National Park. Boardwalks crisscross their way through the gorge, creating an enchanting landscape that is photogenic and fun to explore.This is one of Slovenia’s most popular spots to visit so it gets to be very crowded midday. For the best experience, plan on getting here just before opening time. Even if you arrive just one hour later, the boardwalks will be packed with people, making this a much less enjoyable experience.

Walking through Vintgar Gorge

Lake Bled, Walking through Vintgar Gorge
Lake Bled, Walking through Vintgar Gorge
Lake Bled, Walking through Vintgar Gorge

Content: The first half of the walk, the walk to the far end of the gorge, was the best part of our visit. Around every turn was a new view. There weren’t too many people here yet, and even though we didn’t feel like we had the place to ourselves, it was easy to get the photos we wanted. It took us about one hour to walk the entire length of the gorge. At 11 am, we turned around and walked back. This was a much different experience. Now, many more people were on the trail, creating traffic jams as some parts of the trails are too narrow for two-way traffic. By the time we reached the exit, at 11:45 am, it was a steady flow of people into the gorge.

Foksner

Lake Bled, Foksner

Content: One of the best restaurants in the area. Food tastes great and the service is exceptionally friendly.Not only are the burgers very nicely arranged but you can also customize them with different additions. I always added an egg. Prices are very good, too. Portions are not big but enough for the average. Leaves you with enough room to go for one of the great deserts which are served in large portions.

Location: Lake Bled

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2019

Slovenia Road Trip

Lake Bled, Slovenia Road Trip
Lake Bled, Slovenia Road Trip
Lake Bled, Slovenia Road Trip

Content: This road trip will take a full day. You will start in the morning with a drive over the Vršič Pass and then you will head south along the Soca River, make a quick visit to Bovec, and continue on to the Tolmin Gorges. From the Tolmin Gorge, you have the option to end the day or continue to the Mangart Saddle.

Lake Jasna

Lake Bled, Lake Jasna
Lake Bled, Lake Jasna
Lake Bled, Lake Jasna

Content: This artificial lake is a very busy spot during the hot summer months. People come here to swim and escape the summer heat. In the morning, it is much more peaceful. Don’t miss the statue of Zlatorog, the golden-horned Ibex.

Vršic Pass

Lake Bled, Vršic Pass
Lake Bled, Vršic Pass

Content: The Vršič Pass is a paved road that was constructed by Russian POW’s during World War I. At 1611 meters, this is the highest mountain pass in the eastern Julian Alps. There are 50 hairpin turns along the road, 24 on the Kranjska Gora side and 26 on the Trenta side.

Russian Chapel

Lake Bled,  Russian Chapel
Lake Bled,  Russian Chapel
Lake Bled,  Russian Chapel

Content: The Russian Chapel was built in 1917 by Russian prisoners of war as a memorial to those who died while constructing the Vršič Pass. It is located on the Kranjska Gora side of the pass just past hairpin turn #8 (each hairpin turn is labeled with a bright blue sign). There is a small parking lot near the chapel.

Ajdovska Deklica

Lake Bled, Ajdovska Deklica
Lake Bled, Ajdovska Deklica
Lake Bled, Ajdovska Deklica

Content: Ajdovska Deklica is also called The Face in the Stone. With a little bit of imagination, you can see a woman’s face on the side of Prisank Mountain.

Soca River

Lake Bled, Soca River
Lake Bled, Soca River

Content: From the top of the Vršič Pass, drive down the Trenta side towards the town of Bovec. It doesn’t take long until the road runs alongside the Soca River. Before you get to Bovec, there are two fantastic places to stop and enjoy a view of this dazzling river.

Kamp Korita & Kamp Jelinc

Lake Bled, Kamp Korita & Kamp Jelinc
Lake Bled, Kamp Korita & Kamp Jelinc
Lake Bled, Kamp Korita & Kamp Jelinc

Content: At this spot, there are two campgrounds along the Soca River. But what makes this place so special is that you can walk along a section of the river. It’s a beautiful place and during our visit, there was hardly anyone else here. This was our favorite place to visit along the Soca River.

Bovec

Lake Bled,  Bovec
Lake Bled,  Bovec
Lake Bled,  Bovec

Content: Continue the drive down 206 until you get to Kal-Koritnica. Turn left onto 203 and follow signs for Bovec. It takes 15 minutes to get here from the pedestrian bridge (10 km).

Napolean’s Bridge

Lake Bled, Napolean’s Bridge
Lake Bled, Napolean’s Bridge

Content: From Bovec, continue your drive south on route 203 until you get to Kobarid. In Kobarid it’s worth a quick detour to see Napolean’s Bridge. From the bridge you have an awesome view of the Soca River. And yes, the river really is that brilliantly blue.

Public & Vegan Kitchen Bled

Lake Bled, Public & Vegan Kitchen Bled

Content: The food is some of the best vegan food that I’ve had. My partner is a meat eater and he thought it was delicious. We both had the burgers I had mine on the salad and he had the bun. It’s one of the best burgers that either of us have ever had. Public is also a very charming setting with a cozy atmosphere and extremely friendly service. They have local beer available as well as a full bar at reasonable prices.

Location: Lake Bled

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2019

Predjama Castle

Lake Bled, Predjama Castle
Lake Bled, Predjama Castle

Content: From Lake Bled, it takes an hour and fifteen minutes to drive to Predjama Castle. You will drive right past Ljubljana on the way. Predjama Castle is the largest cave castle in the world. A visit here is relatively quick. If you follow the audio guide, a visit here lasts about one hour.

Location: Predjama Castle

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2019

Okrepcevalnica Prepih

Predjama Castle, Okrepcevalnica Prepih

Content: Massive Sandwiches! If you are starving like hell this is your place. It's also kids friendly, there's a nice playground in the structure and friendly staff able to communicate in English & Italian.

Škocjan Caves

Predjama Castle,  Škocjan Caves
Predjama Castle,  Škocjan Caves
Predjama Castle,  Škocjan Caves
Predjama Castle,  Škocjan Caves

Content: From Predjama Castle it is a 30-minute drive to get here. The Škocjan Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest underground canyons in the world. The cave can only be visited on a tour and tours last 2 hours. For a little more money (and a little more time) you can extend your visit where you follow the Reka River underground.

Location: Škocjan Caves

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2019

Piran

Škocjan Caves,  Piran
Škocjan Caves,  Piran
Škocjan Caves,  Piran

Content: From the Škocjan Caves it is a 45-minute drive to Piran. You will drive right past Koper, another town on Slovenian Istria that is worth a quick visit. Depending on the time of day, you can stop here for a quick visit or continue on to Piran.

Location: Piran

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2019

Hotel Piran

Piran,  Hotel Piran
Piran,  Hotel Piran
Piran,  Hotel Piran

Content: This hotel has an excellent location, just 350 feet from Tartini Square. Rooms feature views of the city or the sea. There is a rooftop bar, a spa, and a beach right in front of the hotel.

Location: Piran

Day 8 - 8 Jul 2019

Tartini Square

Piran, Tartini Square
Piran, Tartini Square
Piran, Tartini Square

Content: Tartini Square is the main square in Piran. It is named after Guiseppe Tartini, an Italian composer and violinist, who was born here. On three sides, colorful buildings surround the square. The fourth side of the square opens up to the harbor.

Church of St. George

Piran, Church of St. George
Piran, Church of St. George

Content: Climb up the hill behind Tartini Square to visit the Church of St. George. Modeled after St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, this church is a great spot to get unique views over Piran and the coast. From the yard that surrounds the church, you can look down at the small slivers of rocky beaches that surround the old town. Off in the distance, you can see the Italian and Croatian coastlines.

Bell Tower

Piran,  Bell Tower
Piran,  Bell Tower
Piran,  Bell Tower

Content: For the best view of Piran, climb the bell tower. It is 146 rickety steps to the top and your reward is a 360° view over Piran, Slovenian Istria, Italy, and Croatia. This is the best spot to get an aerial view of Tartini Square. This tower is a great example of the Venetian influences on the architecture in Piran. The bell tower is a smaller-scale copy of the San Marco Campanile in Venice. It is located at the Church of St. George.

Pirat

Piran, Pirat

Content: This is where we ate lunch. They serve a wide range of seafood dishes and the portions are large. Pirat is located right along the harbor, just a few minutes walk from Tartini Square.

Medieval Walls of Piran

Piran, Medieval Walls of Piran
Piran, Medieval Walls of Piran
Piran, Medieval Walls of Piran

Content: While Piran was part of the Republic of Venice, these fortifications were built to protect the town from Turkish invasions. These walls date back to the late 15th century.For another unique view over Piran, you can walk this short stretch of medieval walls. It is an uphill walk to get here, and it can be very hot in the summer months, but it is worth it for this view.

Old Town

Piran, Old Town
Piran, Old Town
Piran, Old Town

Content: The old town is a maze of narrow cobblestoned lanes and colorful houses, especially in the area between Tartini Square and the end of the peninsula. No maps are needed since it is small and compact. It won’t take long until you pop out onto a beach or wind your way back to Tartini Square.

Fritolin pri Cantini

Piran, Fritolin pri Cantini

Content: Located in the maze of streets that make up the old town, this great budget restaurant serves delicious seafood dishes. This restaurant gets rave reviews and some people even say they had their best meal in Slovenia here.

Location: Piran

Day 9 - 9 Jul 2019

Ljubljana

Piran, Ljubljana
Piran, Ljubljana
Piran, Ljubljana

Content: From Piran, it takes an hour and a half to drive to Ljubljana.We drive to Ljubljana in the morning as we had our Lufthansa Flight at 1.30 pm.