Scenes from Slovenia pt 1
When people think of going to Europe, they don't usually think of going to Slovenia. Paris, London, Italy are usually some of the first countries they visit but not Slovenian, but because of that you won't be waiting in long lines like many other cities in Europe. The idea to go to Slovenia started taking shape about three years ago when my friend Lucy and I were planning a girls trip. Lucy had been to Slovenia many years before and thought it would be a fantastic place to visit, but in the end, we ended up not going to Slovenia and went to Hungry. Slovenia just an hours plane ride from Germany is a really an undiscovered gem. When the plane started descending my mouth dropped because Slovenia is so beautiful. Lubjiana the largest city of Slovenia is such a beautiful city. I arrived in Lubjiana late Monday evening. Just enough time to check into my hotel in the Old City, get a lay of the city and grab some dinner before turning in for the evening. I would highly recommend putting Slovenia on your travel itinerary. I told my husband that Slovenia is what happens when Italy and Austria has a baby. The people are super friendly and just about everyone speaks English though Slovene is the official language. Many people also speak German and or Italian just depending on where you are in the country and also many understand their neighbors in bordering countries. Slovenia has an interesting history as it is a relatively new country. The country was under the power of the Roman Empire for many years and then under the rule of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and many of us knew it as Yugoslavia until 1991 when it gained its independence. The influence of all these cultures can definitely be found on the menu. Eating well is something you won't have to worry about when visiting Slovenia. Every meal I ate was amazing! I could keep gushing about Slovenia and Lubjiana. The energy of the city is just magical with its children theater in the town square, its fantastic farmers market, its beautiful architecture, and its cafe-lined streets make for a magical experience. Come back to see Lake Bled and Postojna Cave.