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    The coldest river on earth (dixit Febe…)

    Watersports on Soca river. One of the first things I saw when researching Slovenia was a river, with a colour blue so deep that in my mind it had to be photoshopped. It soon became thé bucket list item for Slovenia for me. I wanted to discover if it was really that blue. Originally we planned to stay near the river Soča for 3 days. We would go rafting and paragliding in the area. Bad weather made us change our plans: the mountains of Slovenia were covered in thick clouds, pouring rain and low temperatures for about a week. Not the ideal weather to go exploring with a 5 year…

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    A beginner’s guide to bearspotting

    One of the observation huts.  Spotting wildlife is something that is high on our bucket list. We are both animal lovers and to see an animal in its natural environment: it’s an experience nothing much can top. We’ve both had our share of wildlife encounters: from a herd of wild horses in Sardegna, over a pack of wolves in Finland to a reef shark in the Dominican Republic, just to name a few. They all left us speechless. There are numerous species that we would still like to see, including the big five in Africa (although Maarten has already spotted some of those). Europe has its own big five as…

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    The crown jewel of Slovenia.

    Judging from the number of blog posts we’ve already written about Slovenia, I think it’s fair to say by now that this country is a treasure-chest of travel highlights. Whether you are looking for some ancient culture, you are in need of some stress-reducing nature exploration or you just fancy a pleasant city break, it’s all there. Slovenia is a small country: only 20273 square kilometers (i.e. 7827 square miles). We’ve been there more than 2 weeks in August of last year,  made visits on a daily basis (usually even visited more than one place per day) and we still haven’t fully covered the western part of its territory. We hope that our posts can at…

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    Most impressive cave contest: Postojna Cave vs. Škocjan Caves.

    Recently, we shared the story of our visit to the astonishing Postojna Cave (Postojnska jama), in our quest to find the most impressive cave system of Europe. Even though we haven’t visited many caves before, we consider it nearly impossible for any other cave to be as fantastic as those we visited in Slovenia. The Postojna Cave made quite a lasting impression on us, to say the least. However, the day after our visit, we went to the Škocjan Caves and that turned out to be an exceptional experience as well. Half a year later, reflecting on our holiday in Slovenia, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two, using…

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    Hrastovlje and the coast.

    Slovenia borders the Adriatic Sea, but it has only a very short coastline, not more than 47km. So you could imagine that if all Slovenians ànd all sun-sea-beach-loving tourists are planning a day at the coast on the same time, the beaches would be packed with sunbathers, badminton players, and sandcastles. Not really our thing. Don’t get me wrong here: we do like the beach, Febe loves to play in the sand and we definitely are snorkeling enthousiasts. We just don’t like crowds. That day during our holiday in Slovenia in August of 2015, we had planned to go to the coast. It would become a very hot day (36°, real feel…

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    What is the most impressive cave in Europe? Part 1.

    Last year, we went to the caves of Han-sur-Lesse in our home country (Belgium) and although I’ve been there several times before, I was surprised how beautiful they actually are. I can’t say we’ve visited many caves during our travels, but those in Han-sur-Lesse are really worth a visit! In retrospect, I also remember that, in 2013, we went to a very small cave near Alghero (Sardinia, Italy), but the boat trip to get there was actually more exciting than the cave itself. But then, in 2015, we went to Slovenia. This country is home to the Kras or Karst region, the very type location of a geological landscape type called karst, which results from the…

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    Where to stay in Slovenia

    Slovenia isn’t a big country. From just about anywhere in Slovenia, you can reach all the sights within a two hours drive. That means you could basically stay in one spot your whole holiday. We decided not to, though. Since we were traveling with our 5 year old, a two hours drive one way is still a long drive. We chose spots quite central in a sort of triangle or square of excursions to be made. This meant we never had to drive further than 30-45 minutes to reach our sights. As most of you know, we love camping. Therefore, our first two reviews are campsite reviews. We love quiet,…

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    The very best of beautiful Bohinj…

    …according to our experiences, that is. Only 30 km away from its more touristy neighbour, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is much more than only a swim-inviting waterbody surrounded by picturesque Alpine mountains. It’s a popular spot with locals, whether they come for a refreshing swim or a (probably exhausting) climb up the slopes of the mountains. The largest glacial lake of Slovenia lies in the heart of the Triglav National Park, the only national park of the country. The highest peak in the Julian Alps, Mount Triglav, is located in the centre of the park and is a national icon. It can even be found on the flag of Slovenia!…

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    To honour the Roman deceased in Šempeter… and go for and afternoon swim in Laško.

    Slovenia is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world, and for several reasons. First of all, it’s a small country, so you don’t have to travel far from your holiday home to reach the many natural treasures the country has on offer. Secondly, it is blessed with some astonishing and pristine nature. The country is dominated by the mighty Alps, with their mountains, lakes and icy rivers. The mountains provide the perfect backdrop for hiking trips, as well as paragliding experiences, rafting adventures and the like. Also, one shouldn’t forget that other natural wonder of Slovenia: the Kras (or Karst) region, a limestone plateau in the West…