Travel: Hrastovlje, Slovenia

A little stop on our way towards the coast from the Škocjanske jame was the fortified Church of the Holy Trinity in Hrastovlje. Views were beautiful despite the somewhat rainy weather, which did clear up a little. Even though the weather was a little rainy I was seeing the silver lining in everything as I was enjoying my travels enormously. With pictures I find the clouds bring a certain mystery to the overall image, and I don’t mind it even if I have been clearly a blue sky lover (and still am).

Inside the church is the famous Danse Macabre (the Dance of Death) illustrating how regardless who you are in life, death unites all. Earlier visiting the Ljubljana Castle I saw the copy of this and it really was copied identically with all the missing bits also missing on the copy. These following pictures of the Danse Macabre are from the copy of Exhibition Slovenian History – Ljubljana Castle which I got from my visit to the Ljubljana Castle.

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From the Dance of Death to the fortified church itself and the mysterious views surrounding it.

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Trevel: Škocjanske jame, Slovenia

This beautiful naturally formed miracle entered on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in 1986. We visited on a rainy day, but it being a two hour cave walk it didn’t really matter and also in the end it made for some magical pictures. Inside the caves it was forbidden to take pictures as it was dangerous (slippery and at times steep) and also all artificial light kills off the ecosystem of the cave. It was stunning, such colors and magnitude! Definitely worth a visit. Of course you can google and find pictures from inside but if at all possible, go see it in person! 🙂 It was almost a two hour hike through the caves with a guide who told us how it was discovered and what all the stone formations and colors meant. Extremely interesting, I thought. And the moment when you see day light after being in the very dark for almost two hours… It was sort of its own experience right there.

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…and two hours after entering we saw daylight!

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To find out more about this beautiful destination visit their web page here

Thoughts on… Travel

I have always had that itch to travel. Now that I got to experience a few new countries (check out my travel posts from Slovenia, later on also Croatia) I yet again realized how important all that is to me. Balance is important with most things and I don’t think it is any different with traveling. You might need a break sometimes (thinking of those long, long trips I have sadly not had lately). But to give it up entirely is unfathomable. It is just a fact that working limits the possibilities to go on longer trips. Oh those days when I was a student and seemed like there was time for all sorts of crazy adventures… Any students reading this, take full advantage of your freedom! My latest trip (even though it was a short one) gave me back my sanity. Well, if not to be so drastic I’ll say it made me forget work related stress and worries as well as returned my ability to sleep. All kind of positive things, not even getting into the new experiences I have now.

As so many quotes tell us… When old, you don’t regret the things you have done but the things you didn’t do. So travel and explore to your hearts content!

Travel: Ljubljana, Slovenia

I have had a crazy busy couple of months at work, but I started my vacation two weeks ago now and almost the first thing I had planned was to travel to Slovenia. Couldn’t have been a better timing for some time off! Before my departure I didn’t have many expectations regarding Slovenia as I haven’t been there before this and also didn’t have too much time exploring it on the Internet other than to seek out sights I’d like to visit (I found a list on a website and agreed, didn’t need much). First amazing thing was that the flight there only took two hours and 15 minutes. So almost nothing! I flew straight from Helsinki, Finland to Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia.

I’m quite good with sleeping on the plane. Luckily I woke up a few minutes prior to landing so I got a beautiful glimpse out the window! That’s the moment I got really excited and also seemed to forget all the stress and worries I had over work. I was finally on vacation and it was time to enjoy everything!

For understanding this next part you’ll have to know that I live in the south of Finland and it is almost absolutely flat here. So when I saw mountains in the distance, I kept commenting about them with a child-like enthusiasm with all the uuu’s and the aah’s you could imagine. All this to the great amusement of my Slovenian friend. The running joke became me commenting on seeing a mountain or a church, each time one appeared. And there are plenty of each!

First stop on my trip was Ljubljana and there the first thing I got to do was have coffee. Cold brewed and I could assemble it myself. It was exactly the kind of tiny thing that got me excited. Weather at that moment permitted sitting outside and that was when a plan of where to go and what to see started to come together. Loosely.

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Cold brewed coffee and hot milk foam – was like being back in school in chemistry class, FUN!


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TOZD – the cafe with the DIY coffee

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There is a string outside the window and lining that string with the line on the window you see the name of the mountain in the distance – cool idea and very informative

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Ljubljana Castle


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Former bicycle factory ROG now hosting an autonomous culture center – some ongoing controversy about the future of the place


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Freely translated “for 4 selfies read at least one book”

More Slovenia posts to come! I hope you have enjoyed Ljubljana via my post.