Although a few people had recommended a stop in Slovenia, we really had no idea what to expect. It turns out to be a lot like its neighbours, Italy and Austria, in terms of architecture, quaint villages and good infrastructure. With courteous drivers to boot.
And Slovenia abounds in unspoilt nature.
Maybe we’re just suckers for forests, mountains and waterfalls, but we had a great time in the Julian Alps. We stayed beside Lake Bohinj and hiked a beautiful steep path up to the Valley of Seven Lakes (which left us dreaming of continuing right up to the summit of Mt. Triglav).
And we biked over an awesome mountain pass to the Baci river valley.
And further south, we visited the most incredible system of caves and canyons. An underground river carved out the chambers, which are now also covered with stalactites and stalagmites. Apparently, over 10,000 caves have been found in Slovenia, with several hundred more discovered each year!