The heritage of the different periods of time in these parts of Slovenia art very visible...The magnificent RIHEMBERK CASTLE, which is located above the community of BRANIK e.g. is very worthy of a visit!The name of the family RIHEMBERG was mentioned in written sources for the first time in 1230!more
Though in the Karst region and closer to Piran, it just did not fit there for me, and seemed more congruous with this part of the trip. Most people miss these as they are hard to reach without your own car so thanks again Tanja. I never made it to the Postojna Caves but after seeing these, I decided I made the right choice. It's a good 90-minute...more
A regular US type of bar with Western theme and best of all, a wide selection of Slovenian beers including both svetlo and tmno from Lasko and even a Belgian ale! Best yet, both beers from the Adam Ravbar brewpub outside Ljubljana that I had not managed to get to! They had a fixed lunch menu for 1400 SIT ($6) with a nice soup and typical Slovenian...more
All over the place - you won't find a farmer who won't let you taste the homemade cheeses, salamis, local specialties like frtalja (herb omelette) and of course wine! However, if you want the real several course dinner, head for Dobrovo Castle a couple kilometres from Medana. It's quite renowned.more
Finally, a good Slovenian brewpub! Came very close to blowing this place off as after a Skocjan Caves visit, our time was at a premium, having to still drive to the coast. But after the 90-minute walk through the caves, we’d worked up a thirst so figured, why not? Both the svetlo and tmno were excellent.
Nova Gorica is connected to Ljubljana by both bus and train. I didn't take the train, but from what I saw on the schedules, its not a direct route and saves little time. The bus from Nova Gorica cost about 12 euro one way and was SO slow. We stopped in every inhabited village between NG and the border of its region. The scenary was beautiful but,...more
Let me write down what you can find in the Slovenian kitchen and..on the table....
Various pastas, which is always great and....Italy is their neighbour!
Dough and meat-dishes are common.....
i.e. when sausages and/or salami are added.
These dishes are characteristic for the whole of Slovenia.
Over a hundred types of dumplings are made in this country, while POTICA a dessert made of rolled pastry stuffed with nuts, raisins and spices, is another speciality.
In Eastern Slovenia, the outstanding dish is the WOW layered cake PREKMURSKA GIBANICA, best with a fragrant a bit dry/sweet wine from the north-eastern part of Slovenia or from the East.
When in the KARST region you should try the air=dried ham - prosciutto which goes very fine with a ruby-red TERAN WINE
In Western Slovenia meals are combinations with meat, fish and vegetables. These dishes go well with pleasantly fresh red wines and a variety of white wines!
Wine varieties includ, of course, also some from the neighbouring countries.
Native to Slovenia e.g. are: Zelen, Pikolit, Pinela .
The best way to get to know Slovene wines and food is on one of the SLOVENE WINE ROADS which I mentioned in the INTRO page....
There are also "wine-stalls" (osmica) where producers offer wines and good food.
What better to say then: ENJOY YOUR MEAL....
Nope, no tourist traps in all of Slovenia though rumor has it that they once boiled some tourists in this Stanjel cauldron....
The abandoned hilltop village of Stanjel is an enchanting place for an afternoon stroll. It's conveniently on the road between Nova Gorica and the Skojcan Caves and somehow no one seems to go there. Well, at least in October during the week. ;)
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. Sometimes you just run out of time. I had been lucky enough to do...more
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...more