Ryan, Allie, Brooke, and I went to the country of Slovenia for the day on Monday. Slovenia is a small former Yugoslavian country to the upper right of Croatia. Our excursion came with all private tours and our own van which was really nice and not like the other two countries we visited.
The first stop was Ljubljana which is the capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana was by far the most gorgeous city I have visited on this trip. The buildings are extremely colorful and have their own unique style. Singers and street performers are everywhere and people generally just seemed happier. An architect named Joze Plecnik designed most of the bridges, sculptures, and public buildings in the city. His work has a fun, slightly weird look to it. The heads alley fountain and the brick/stone library pictured below was designed by him.
Our tour guide was absolutely amazing; she was around our age so she really focused the tour on things we would actually care about. Two hours we spent walking with her and it felt like 10 minutes.
Next, we went to the Postojna Caves: a 25 km cave system found in the 17th century. In the beginning and end of the tour, we rode a cute little train through sections of the caves. The train ride reminded me a bit of the It’s a Small World ride in Disney World. We learned a lot about how the cave was formed and the animals down there. I got to see a Proteus anguinus which looks a bit like an albino salamander. Proteus anguinus can live up to 100 years and can go without food for 7-12 years. Unfortunately, I couldn’t snap a good picture in time.
Our last destination was Predjama Castle which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest cave castle. We each received a walkie-talkie looking device that gave us information based on the room we were in. The castle itself is massive with some walkways and spaces outside. Looking outside the front windows, one could see the entire village.
When the tour ended and we arrived back in Zagreb, we picked up some sandwiches and wine and hung out in the hotel with everyone for the remainder of the night.