We recently spent a week in Slovenia where we fell in love with Ljubljana, nicknamed the most liveable city in Europe which we completely agree with! We also spent four nights in beautiful Lake Bled which is only an hour north of Ljubljana and is truly one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places we've ever visited. The Lake is surrounded by tall snow capped mountains and endless greenery with beautiful castles and cottages dotted around the landscape, it is a truly magical destination! We spent our days relaxing at beautiful Garden Village Bled in our glamping tent complete with a hot tub, being pampered at Grand Hotel Toplice, the most luxurious hotel in Lake Bled and exploring the local region! We cycled to nearby Vintgar Gorge which was stunning with emerald green water, steep depths, vertical walls, a winding wooden platform over the rapid river below and the largest waterfall in Slovenia! We also hired row boats and leisurely rowed around Lake Bled, with a stop on the island in the middle to visit the church which was a wonderfully romantic experience. In order to see the lake from all angles we walked around the entire lake stopping to enjoy the beauty around us and watch the ridiculously cute spring ducklings learning to swim on the lake! Our stay in Bled was nothing short of perfect and it is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful places in all of Europe!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Whenever we visit a new country we love to get to know the local cuisine and taste some local wines and so when we came across Top Ljubljana Food tours we immediately booked. The tour is created to enable you to get to know Ljubljana in under 4 hours, to find out where to go, what to do, what and where to eat as well as learning about Ljubljana and Slovenia's history! It was the perfect mixture of a guided city tour as well as a food tour and we had a fantastic evening learning all about Slovenian cuisine and the history of this incredible country! The tour was fantastic as we not only learnt about and tried dishes from Ljubljana but from all over Slovenia!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
After three incredible weeks in Italy we were incredibly exciting to be crossing the border into a new country! Slovenia was the next country on our list and whilst we'd heard fantastic things, we didn't really know what to expect. I'm not going to lie, I only found out the correct way to pronounce Ljubljana about an hour before our GoOpti transfer picked us up in Venice (it's pronounced like lublana if you're interested, not looby-jooby-jana as I'd affectionately been calling it). Lubljana is one of Europe's greenest and most liveable cities and has been awarded the coveted Green Capital of Europe title for 2016! The majority of the centre of Ljubljana is a pedestrian zone with restricted car traffic which leaves the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River which flows through the heart of the city, free for pedestrians and cyclists. We loved the restaurants, cafes and bars set up all along the river which gave the city a very sociable and friendly feel. We spent three nights in Ljubljana in an amazing apartment and in the elegant Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa and even though the weather wasn't fantastic we loved exploring the beautiful streets and green areas of Ljubljana. We also took a food tour of the city which was fantastic and a half day tour to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle which is certainly worth a visit! Ljubljana was a very refreshing city to visit, it was clean, there was countless green spaces, everyone was friendly and spoke perfect English, it wasn't too busy, it was extremely affordable and everyone is really passionate about the environment and sustainability. A lot of countries could learn a lot from Slovenia and it is one of our favourite countries we've visited in Europe and Ljubljana is without a doubt the city in Europe that we'd choose to live in!
Monday, May 16, 2016
Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa in Ljubljana, Slovenia is located in a gorgeous 16th century palatial city residence, originally built for nobility, in the very heart of the centre of Ljubljana, boasting one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. The hotel is elegant, luxurious and romantic and the staff at the hotel go above and beyond to ensure your stay in this magnificent residence is nothing short of perfect. The hotel is also ideally located just a block from the banks of the Ljubljanica River and opposite the beautiful Ljubljana Castle. All the sites of Ljubljana are within walking distance and it is a fantastic hotel to base yourself in to explore beautiful Slovenia.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Slovenia is truly an undiscovered gem in Europe and despite its small size, it has so much to offer! Throughout our week we spent in Slovenia we were amazed by the diversity, the beautiful scenery, the nature, the cleanliness and the very kind people. We booked a half day tour with Roundabout Travel from Ljubljana which would take us to the world famous underground world of Postojna Caves and also to the magnificent Predjama Castle.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Central Apartments Tour As are a company in Ljubljana which manage over 40 apartments throughout the city in various locations through the old town, the city centre and in its immediate vicinity. They have a wide range of apartments ranging from Studio apartments to one, two and three bedroom apartments all with fully equipped kitchens and offer you a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience Ljubljana as the locals do! We love staying in apartments when we travel as we love the freedom and privacy it offers along with the chance to cook for ourselves, have separate living and sleeping areas and experience a new destination as a local!
Friday, May 13, 2016
After an amazing 24 hours in Venice we were finally heading to a new country after three weeks in Italy! Slovenia was our next port of call and we have an amazing week lined up full of adventures in the Green Capital of Europe! We'll be visiting Ljubljana and Lake Bled during our time in Slovenia and as much as we'd love to spend more than a week we've got a fairly jam packed schedule and can't wait to see and do as much as possible while we are here. Having travelled across six continents for more than a decade we'd like to think we're fairly good with transport and logistics but when it came to working out how we would get from Venice to Ljubljana it was giving us a bit of a headache until we found GoOpti!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Venice is one of those unique, ridiculously beautiful destinations which truly has to be experienced at least once during your lifetime. I've been lucky enough to visit twice before but this visit was Dan's first and I'm happy to say that my third visit to Venice was my most spectacular and memorable! It's difficult to explain the grandeur, beauty and charm of Venice with its 100 small islands, car-less streets, endless beautiful canals and spectacular marble palaces which seemingly rise out of the water and so I think that this quote perfectly describes the magic of Venice:
"Venice is the consummate magician. It makes marble palaces vanish into silent fogs, labyrinthine calli (streets) disappear at the whim of moody tides, and can even turn the most pedestrian of people into fantastical, masked creatures. Just like its world-famous Carnevale, Venice thrives on mystery and awe, from the secret passageways that riddle Gothic Palazzo Ducale, to the esoteric powers of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, to the inexplicable radiance of Titian's Assunta altarpiece. After countless sojourns, I am yet to tire of the place. Some spells are simply too hard to break" - Cristian Bonetto.