I have a special place in my heart for Slovenia. I have a penpal from here and it was the destination of my first trip out of the U.S. I think the country is wonderful, with plenty of interesting things in the capitol to see. The people are friendly enough and the english-level of the average person was surprisingly good. It’s a small country, well-connected by public transit, so it’s easy to see the hi-lights. Plus, Venice is a short, fairly cheap bus ride from the Ljubljana. :)over 2 years ago
Slovenia aka: SlovenijaLjubljana, Lake Bled, and Bled. Slovenia is featured on the lists Directory of Countries, Countries of Europe, and Travel: Countries of the world. Places in Slovenia have been tagged architecture, lakes, and scenic.
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We explored the western half for about a week. It’s all charming. Ljubljana has all these wonderful little touches of art everywhere…stair treads, railings, storm grates, and other everyday things are whimsically designed but not in a loud ‘look at me’ way. It’s subtle and fun. Even the graffiti adds to the effect.
We stayed on a tourist farm in the country SW of Ljubljana and I loved that. People still have one family small farms. Many of them have working horses. The countryside is lovely and the sights amazing (Postojna and Predjama this trip).
We stayed in Bled and the alps are beautiful. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as good there. It’s more touristy than the other parts of Slovenia we saw, but in an old fashioned way for the most part. (We were visiting in ‘shoulder season’ so the touristy-ness might be more oppressive in the summer.)
If you go I’d recommend that you try and learn a few phrases in Slovenian (Good day, thank you, please/your welcome, and how to ask whether they speak english). We traveled with a couple that didn’t learn any and although it wasn’t necessary to survive, it did really impress the Slovenians and they tended to be even more kind and friendly with us. (They were definitely not unkind otherwise, but there was a kind of dealing with tourists wall up with those who only spoke English, that dropped with only a few Slovenian phrases.)over 5 years ago