Well, if I had the time and better weather, I would say do some hiking. It's incredibly lush and the Soca River is breathtaking. All that said, I never go to do it but had a lovely wine tasting of some of Slovenia's finest reds accompanied by fresh made polenta and sheep's cheese.
Fondest memory: Sometimes you just run out of time. I had been lucky enough to do some hiking in Triglav National Park and explored a wine region in eastern Slovenia that I knew nothing about until I got there. I’d socialized with Vters in lovely Ljubljana and made it to the Mediterranean-flavored coast. But when it came time to explore the Soca Valley, it was with a mixture of poor weather and dwindling time that I was allowed just a brief glimpse of this lush scenic area that will in time be one of the main reasons for my return to Slovenia. Just to get an idea of it, I did a whirlwind tour of the Skocjan caves on my way to Piran with a brief stop for beers at a brewpub en route. After a lovely afternoon and evening there, a pub lunch was followed up with a visit to off the beaten path Stanjel, an abandoned town atop a hill. Following a late afternoon snack/wine tasting on the way to the drive through of Nova Gorica, it was then a mad rush to drive through some of the Soca Valley to snap some quick photos. Arriving back in Ljubljana that evening, I was drained and knew that in less than 24 hours I would be on a train to Croatia, but there was no time to think about that. I had people to say goodbye to and a backpack to pack. Man, I was gonna be on the road again...
Attend the festival Days of Poetry and Wine held annually in late August (this year from 21th to 26th). It's a fantastic event gathering young poets from all over the globe (although mostly from Europe). On the photo you can spot poetic representatives of Poland, Mexico, Slovenia and Macedonia, with about a dozen more hidden in the shadow. The festival can also be called 'Days of Little Sleep and Loads of Fun':-)
Fondest memory: If you'd like to see how it went this year, click here. Unfortunately the full version is available only in Slovenian for now, but that may improve within days.
Favorite thing: The best things in life are free everywhere and especially in Medana! Enjoy that view fully! On clear and sunny days you'll spot sea, Julian Alps and Dolomites, while you can overlook the Brda region any time. Not much fog up there!
Favorite thing: Goriska Brda is above all a land of wonderful wines. I doubt there are so many great sorts and renown labels concentrated on such a small area anywhere else! The best thing is again its smallness - you can do your wine tasting on foot, so no problem with the police (which is not common in those parts anyway):-))
Goriska Brda then. Let's concentrate on the village of Medana which has no more than about 100 souls, but this is the size of an average Brda village anyway. And like other Brda villages, Medana is perched on the top of the hill and surrounded by what seems endless rolling landscape rich in green colour. Its real treasure, however, is its people. Every time I visit it looks as if time has stopped and I found myself back in some ancient world where everybody cares about everybody else and makes an effort to make you feel welcome. It's a definite proof that they haven't seen many visitors around there, and each person who ventures in is treated specially.
Fondest memory: Socialising with poets from all over the Globe on the annual festival Days of poetry and Wine. But more about it later!