Category Archives: Slovenia
On the way to Vienna we stopped briefly in Maribor. We did not have too much time and we were also saturated with towns and squares. And besides the moment we crossed into Slovenia it started to rain, the first drops of rain in a tour that offered us only a hot sun with temperatures over 100F.
Next morning we had a great breakfast on the shore and we took a peek over the city from one of its towers before we left to Croatia.
Piran is the only Slovenian resort on the Adriatic Coast. We thought that we may stop just to take a peek, especially because is no way to park inside the city but only in outside parking areas from where a free shuttle takes you inside. But it was so beautiful, the first contact with the Adriatic Sea, that we hang out so late eating dinner by the sea that we could no longer secure a reservation in Croatia. It got very late and after all sort of exchanges we settled for a room in the beautiful Villa Piranesi, right in the harbor, a charming location. Eventually we made the reservation using the booking.com app on the iPhone for a more than 30% discount of the quoted price !!!!! In all our shooting session we wifi-book sometimes during the day/evening because we never know where exactly we will be for the night.
This church in Hrastovlje is located in the middle of nowhere but is a real jewel that is worth visiting. It is surrounded by vineyards and orchards that for some reason reminded me of St Remy de Provence’s olive orchards.
We arrived after 6pm and it was closed but a neighbor made a phone call and a nice lady came and opened for us.
The frescos, dating from 1490, were discovered sometimes in the 1950s. The most impressive is famous dance of death, a meditation on life and our superfluous goals.
Postojna was not in the plan. It did not fit the schedule, especially at the beginning of a long shooting tour, and is hard to shoot inside. However I was told that the train ride, the only one train ride in a cave in Europe, is spectacular and this was exactly the truth. The cave has very high rooms and corridors that are connected by a fast moving train, a 2 km ride one way. The train zips through the cave like it would ride a regular line out in the fields. it is an amazing experience. It was built sometimes at the beginning of the 20th century, or even earlier and was first moved manually through the cave. Now it is electric. The cave itself is interesting only by its size but the train ride is really worth to make a detour. Inside the cave it is organized a large group walking tour for about 1 km.