Slovenia is one of those countries that really has it all. One of our local friends told us a story as to how Slovenia was created. He said “When god created the world, each country asked something from him, so he gave it to them. A few countries asked for mountains, a few for oceans, a few for plains. And in the end he was left with the Slovenians who didn’t really ask for anything and he had no land left to give. He was so impressed by their humility that he gave them a little piece of the world and called it Slovenia”. It might as well be true because Slovenia did feel like it had it all.
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Slovenia has the beautiful Alps on the Northwest, breathtaking caves in the southwest, the Adriatic sea in the south and plains on the east. In the right season one could go skiing in the alps in the morning and then drive down south to take a dip the ocean by evening. This small country is probably Europe’s best kept secret. I would move there in a heartbeat.
“When god created the world, each country asked something from him, so he gave it to them. A few countries asked for mountains, a few for oceans, a few for plains. And in the end he was left with the Slovenians who didn’t really ask for anything. He was so impressed by their humility that he gave them a little piece of the world and called it Slovenia”.
Vik and I visited Slovenia in July 2016 and it blew our minds away. We are already planning our next vacation there. If you have no reason to visit Slovenia, think again, after seeing these images you may change your mind.
Lake Bled felt like a beautiful painting. It was so surreal that we could hardly believe our eyes. I remember seeing a picture of Lake Bled years ago and saying to myself that someday I just had to see this beautiful creation. So there we were in July 2016, in the quaint little town of Bled, with it’s ever so sweet Slovenians. It was prettier in person, the turquoise waters of the lake with the sweetest little island housing a church that dates back in time. It felt like a dream.
When we were in Bled we had the amazing opportunity to go white water rafting on the Sava river. It was beautiful beyond belief. Even though it was colder than we expected our guide had planned a fun-filled day with us. We played games with the other raft and jumped off a little cliff in the middle of the river, eventually we all jumped in the water and floated with the rapids just for fun. I would do this all over again when I go back.
We spent a day driving around the gorgeous Triglav National Park. It is probably one of the prettiest drives I have ever done. Each turn revealing a breathtaking Instagram worthy shot! What I love so much about Slovenia is how well-organized they are with tourism. They make it super easy for travelers to get where they want. They have a visitor center in all villages and towns and offer free maps with hiking trails and all trails and lookout points are clearly marked on the road. We stopped quite a few times on our roadtrip through Triglav. One of the highlights about this trip was how we got back to our camp site. We drove our car onto a train, you read that right, on a train that transports cars. It is called ” Autovlak” which means “car train”. We didn’t have to leave the car, and got to see the scenery from a different vantage point.
Often overshadowed by nearby Lake Bled. Lake Bohinj is quite respectable in its own right. It is the largest natural lake in Slovenia and its pristine deep blue waters source from the Julian Alps. A quaint storybook town with traditional restaurants and pubs line the shore of the lake making it the perfect place to rewind and reflect on the amazing scenery of Triglav National Park.
Following the Soca River from its source to its meandering journey across northwestern Slovenia will leave you mesmerized. We know we were! Its crystal clear azure blue waters are unforgettable. During our drive through Triglav National Park we pulled over at a rest stop labelled “Izvir Soce” which translates to the source of the River Soca. After a 30 minute hike through the forest followed by some rock climbing and cliff hugging we were delivered at the magnificent source as pictured above. It was a sight to behold, cool clear water emerging from the earth.
Savica Falls is a short drive from Lake Bohinj. Climb 500 steps through magnificent forest and you will be rewarded with two amazing views. That of the Falls cutting through a rocky gorge on one hand and a panoramic view of Lake Bohinj on the other. Take in Mother Nature at its best!
The moment we decided Lake Bled was on our itinerary we knew we wanted to have accommodation that allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Camping Bled offers a host of camping options from good old-fashioned camping in tents to glamping huts as pictured above. We enjoyed a few days here enjoying breakfast delivered to our porch in a picnic basket by day and watching the brilliant stars by night from the comfort of our very own wood-burning hot tub next to our hut.
Now, who is ready for an amazing vacation to Slovenia. These pictures don’t portray all of its beauty. You could easily spend two to three weeks just driving around and exploring all the small and picturesque towns in this tiny country.