From captivating capital to charming countryside to cute coastal towns, Slovenia has been a delight. Piran, fulfilling the latter berth, is a real-life photographic highlights reel. Built on a peninsula jutting into the Adriatic, its red-roofed old town is beyond picturesque, from outside and within. Once ruled by the Venetians, Piran retains an Italian air […]Read more "Piran, you pretty little thing"
After a magical three night fling with Ljubljana we headed deep into Slovenian countryside (as deep as you can go in a country of only 20,000 square kilometres), Radovljica to be exact, a small town near-ish to Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge, and many other stunning natural sights around Triglav National Park. The more we […]Read more "Sexy little Slovenia: Bled, Bohinj and Vintgar"
So, Ljubljana. Oh, Lyoo-blyah-nah (as I’m reliably informed it’s pronounced). What an absolute gem you are. Nestled amongst mountains and marshes, Slovenia’s tree-lined park-filled capital is phenomenally green. Indeed, it’s the current European Green Capital (2016). There are recycling centres on nearly every street, water is crystal clear and drinkable, and there’s ne’er a spot […]Read more "An ode to Lyoo-blyah-nah, Slovenia"
We stopped briefly in Croatia’s capital and found an appealing, lively, culturally rich and arty city, no longer underrated having been named the “Best place to visit in Europe” for 2017 by Lonely Planet. From under-rated to over-rated… Zagreb is cool, but never in the number one place in Europe, not for my money anyway. […]Read more "Zagreb: it’s got a good personality"
A few short weeks ago we began our eight month long adventure in Bulgaria (well, actually Turkey, but that’s a whole different story). We travelled East to West, all by rail, covering the four titular countries in a shade under a month, one night in Vienna (one night in Vienna, na na na na) a mere […]Read more "Eastern/Central-ish Europe in review: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic"
I’ve already written about the beautiful Krka National Park. Plitvice is like Krka on steroids. Bigger, bluer… better. Larger, longer, lusher. More waterfalls, more lakes, more water. More incredible shades of green and turquoise. But (not when we visited, anyway) that many more people. At least in terms of density. Plitvice is on a different […]Read more "Krka Waterfalls were remarkable. Plitvice Lakes were incredible…"
Not entirely reluctantly we left the sombre realities of modern warfare behind and headed to Split, Croatia’s second city. A destination in itself and a base for trips to some of the country’s most popular spots including the surrounding islands (Hvar amongst them), Krka Waterfalls, and the world-famous Plitvice Lakes. An impressive 11% of Croatia […]Read more "From genocide to the seaside; eye-popping islands, waterfalls and wine in Split and its surrounds"