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Filovci is one of the best kept, typical lowland Panonnian villages near border to Hungary. It's famous for clay pottery, since there is aboundance of clay in Panonnian basin there. Few houses still keep the pottery tradition and visitor can buy pots from their homes. One of the most remarkable products include those from special process of burning - the result is black color of the dish. Very nice, very traditional and unique.
The village was first mentioned in 1322 as Fyloch.
Recently Pottery village was added - it means that two traditional houses have been built with native material and designed upon tradtional practice - that's what is called 'cimpraca' here (and elswhere in Panonnian North east of Slovenia). Inside check out temporary ethnologic exhibition for better understanding of the area.
Updated Jan 23, 2010
Address: NE Slovenia
Bogojina is picturesque village few kilometers from Dobrovnik along the main road Murska Sobota-Lendava, carefully placed at the foot of Goricko landscape park. It is famous for Jozef Plecnik's church, reconstructed in modern architecture (works done in 1925-1927) but its base being lot more older (from Roman period). It's a landmark, easily noticed from distance - see its elegant white bell tower. Gothic elements are kept here in original appearance and date back to 1371. The outer form remains very pure and simplistic - what Plecnik wanted is to keep what was good from past and carefully incorporated and enhanced by his own design in respect to local constructing traditions. Its name in Slovene is Cerkev Gospodovega vnebohoda (don't know the proper words for that in English).
First written documents say Bogojina is old settlement; it was called Bogma in 1208 and Bagonya in 1428. In the village there are a few other sacral objects less noticeable than church.
From Bogojina, there is narrow side road leading directly towards Bukovnisko lake and it is perfect place to stop for some time and explore the surrounding.
Updated Jan 23, 2010
Some years ago they found more than 30 bioenergetic points in the forest by lake Bukovnica (also called Bukovniško jezero) at the edge of Dobrovnik - and these are believed to be source of healing energy from the Earth according to words of a few shamans (or with other words - of people who believe they posess special forces - can be true or not).
Some people claimed their situation got better when visitng this points regularly and drinking the water from the source which is believed to be sacred. The local legend here says that a blind man who washed his eyes with that water could since then see - and Saint Vid chapel was later build near the source, in middle of forest.
Indeed, the area around this artificial lake between woods is very enjoyable, specially during summer and autumn and during gentle rain. Walking there in fresh air and quietness of the forest will reduce stress anyways, so those healing stories make some sense. Also drinking lots of real clean water helps health greatly. It is no surprise that you'll feel good after brief walk here - and there are paths through forest and by the lake that make trekking here very easy. And yes, there can be plentiful people here on weekends so it becomes a lil crowded. My favourite time to visit is on very late noon, almost at the dark because it has real different atmosphere. Very quiet and you can hear nocturnal animals.
In forest there are plenty of edible mushrooms, but it is also easy to get lost between trees there. One should not leave the forest paths: walking everywhere is disrupt sensitive animals and gentle plants in the grounds.
The lake is also popular with fishermen, and carp is plentiful here. You need to obtain fishing permission from the information house by the entry to the lake or you can face fine - the check outs are regular here. Also, fishing is not allowed during summer holidays. Check out with infromation house again. Bukovnica belongs to 'protected area' of Landcape park Goricko.
Updated Jan 15, 2010
Address: Bukovnisko jezero
You will find nice fish here, but carp is plenty too (and yes, carp is fine, nice and all that). One day ticket for non member is 15 Euro; you can buy it from the information office by the first parking ground. Come early, before 8 am.
Ticket doesn't cover parking fee, which you need to buy separately and the best is to buy whole day parking ticket if you wish to stay unlimited time. You can then take car closer to the lake, drive a bit until you see place where you'd like to fish (there are few different parking spots).
August is non fishing season by the lake. You can only fish (legally speaking) on wednesdays, friday, saturday, sunday and state holidays while season.
Fish heavier than 5 kg must be released back to the water, but you can take photo with it.
Equipment: Tkae you hook and stick, large bucket for fish, fish food (I don't know if they have it available at the spot), nice chair and meal (nothing to eat there - if you get hungry you'll have to go to village). Tent if you wish to camp on designed areas.
Take also mosquito repellent, because they are very agressive ones there. Not bad if you think of tick prevention too.
This lake is lovely place to relax.
Written Jul 5, 2010
Address: Bukovnisko jezero