Our Trip to Europe September-October 2012

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We took a shuttle to Ljubljana from Venice, which was about a two hour ride in a 6-person van, arriving there on September 19th. In Ljubljana we rented a vehicle for a week and drove to Logarska Dolina where we had reserved a room in an agriturismo Govc-Vrsnik Tourist Farm, a B&B-like accommodation - except the rice included dinner! Because we got lost a couple of times on the way, we arrived at about 4:30PM and didn't have much time to do anything beside have dinner and unpack our luggage.

Entering Slovenia
One of the views seen from the van

The only photo either of us took during the entire drive from Ljubljana to Logarska Dolina. I believe it was near Luce.

On this trip - and I mean the entire Slovenia and Croatia - we learned the hard way that a GPS is a necessity. We used to be just fine with only a map, but that was in Western and Northern Europe - no, wait - we rented cars in Romania, New Zealand, etc. and had no problems. Maybe we're getting too old.

Anyway, we learned multiple lessons from this trip and now have a GPS with both North America and Europe maps. One other lesson we have learned (not on this trip) concerning GPS's: Make sure the rental car's cigarette lighters work. Twice now we've had to rely on the GPS's own batteries which only last about 45 minutes. Ok, enough of GPS problems. Let's get back to Slovenia.

Our agriturismo provided us with both breakfast and dinner, which included chatting with our fellow guests, so the rest of the evening was spent unpacking an relaxing. Read more about the Govc-Vrsnik Tourist Farm, located in Robanov Kot, Slovenia. (I got a bit confused as our driving instructions implied that Govc-Vrsnik was located in Logarska Dolina.)

The front of our agriturismo
Our bedroom
We had a balcony ...
... with a real view!
Our breakfast and dinner area
View from our agriturismo

On our second day, we had the morning free of plans and we decided to take a walk up the dirt road past the agriturismo.

Pete having a cup of fresh spring water
Lynda joined in on the water drinking exercise :-)
On another hike we found a bit more interesting drinking facility

Later that morning we took a trip just around the area, as recommended by our innkeepers and the maps they provided us.

Next day we decided to take a circular mountain trip that entered into Austria.

From the road we could get many scenic photos.
And soon we found ourselves crossing the (unguarded) border to Austria
Lynda photographing
She is also crazy about rhubarb
We found a castle on top of a hill whose one side was pure cliffs
The road was very curvy
Smal town - big church
Another church
A castle on a hilltop
Back to Slovenia
We were welcomed back by flowers

Our next place to visit that same day was Lake Bled. There, to our surprise, we found some climbing rock!

Had to try out the Slovenian rock.
And test another route
Lynda having a relaxing moment by Lake Bled
A very nice cemetery
Looking down at a farmhouse
Looks like this building needs a bit of work
A pretty waterfall, a good one for Lynda to practice using slow shutter speeds. This one @ 1/20 sec is a bit too fast - IMHO.
A tall waterfall. For comparison, see the person on bottom edge to the left.
Waving hi to those (Lynda?) not on the bridge
Lynda showing the bowl she had just purchased from a local wood carver in Luce
A place for us to have a drink
and Lynda is having her drink now