In honor of Instagram inspiring our spectacular 3-day visit to this country:

Slovenia is for the boys #slovenia #ftb #plusg

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After seeing an awesome picture of Lake Bled on Instagram, I tagged my friend John and suggested a sneaky lil day trip from Croatia up to Slovenia. With plans to travel Budapest and roadtrip in Croatia, figured might as well stop by this less-visited country. We ended up staying for 3 days, and man, I wish we had at least 5 in this amazing country! We chose Ljubljana (loob-lee-ana) as our home base. It’s only a 45 minute drive to the well-known Lake Bled (at least in the summer. This is near the alps so some roads may be closed in the winter). In retrospect we would have liked to spend a couple nights near Lake Bled or somewhere in Triglav National Park so we could more quickly access all the fun outdoor activities and adventures, but hey, it was still awesome. We also wish we had at least one more day to explore Ljubljana more during the day, but we got a great taste for it at night after our fun days in the Triglav area ? The crew minus 1. Doing some explorin. The crew minus 1. Doing some explorin. Highlights of Slovenia:

    • The food was delicious! Turns out, Slovenia is extremely close to Italy, so we got a nice taste of Italian food just by stumbling into an Italian restaurant for dinner our first night in Ljubljana.

 

  • The people were very nice. We got a few comments from locals – “what are you doing here??” Just because Slovenia is surrounded by more popular destinations–Italy, Budapest, Croatia, etc… locals were surprised to see our big crew of six Americans spending a few days in their country. Of course there are backpackers but it was nice to be a little ahead of the tourist curve for this one. We got a better taste for the actual Slovenian lives before the tourist industry takes over–seeing that is one of my favorite parts about traveling.

 

 

  • Going out to the bars in Ljubljana was a blast. Lots of songs in Spanish/other languages that people would go nuts for. Pretty funny.

 

 

  • Ljubljana reminds me of Venice. I mean, I haven’t been to Venice, but the center of the city features beautiful old buildings along the river.

 

 

  • Triglav National Park RULES. The mountains were steep and magnificent.

 

 

  • There’s tons of adventure to be had in Triglav National Park… Climbing, hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, canyoning, ziplining, mountain biking, regular biking (big bike culture in the Triglav area), watersports (lots of beautiful lakes) and in the winter, a bit of skiing! Such an equally beautiful adventurous destination.

 

 

  • Definitely kept me wanting more ?

 

 

Image from https://ibellhop.com/2014/02/21/destination-slovenia/  I failed to get any great pictures of Ljubljana so others' will have to do.  Image from https://ibellhop.com/2014/02/21/destination-slovenia/  I failed to get any great pictures of Ljubljana so others’ will have to do.

 

It seems like every country is interested in drinking #slovenia #travelettes A photo posted by Emily Griffith (@emigriff) on

At the top of a massive hill we biked up, at a castle overlooking Lake Bled. At the top of a massive hill we biked up, at a castle overlooking Lake Bled.

WHERE WE WENT IN SLOVENIA:

Modelling at Lake Bohinj Modelling at Lake Bohinj Biking around Lake Bled Biking around Lake Bled More modelling at Lake Bohinj More modelling at Lake Bohinj

Yayyyy sprained my ankle on the first day at Lake Bled... oooops Yayyyy sprained my ankle on the first day at Lake Bled… oooops

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