Travel: Boka waterfall and the source of Soča river, Slovenia

How could you grow tired of all these views?! I caught a glimpse of Slovenia’s highest waterfall on my visit from which the photos are a bit bad as it was raining. We also managed to stumble across the source of Soča river. We weren’t actually heading toward the river source but we drove two hikers to their car so decided to have a little hike up to the source! Lucky we did because… Beautiful! I hope you guys enjoy these photos because I absolutely do along with all the beautiful memories! A destination I a 100% recommend.

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Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

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Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

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Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

When I go to stores I always want to touch everything (anyone else do that?) to feel the materials. Well it’s been a subject at times and here I am again trying how this leaf feels. It looked somewhat different and it sure was extra soft! Crazy little detail of me and the leaf.

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Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Look at that color!! That’s the source of the river right there! The path up there isn’t for the weak hearted.

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Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Soča River - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

 

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Travel: Italian ossuary, Kobarid, Slovenia

The Italian ossuary is a cemetery for fallen Italians in the first world war. It was finished in 1938 and opened by Benito Musolini. By the road up to the ossuary from the center of the town Kobarid are stations of the Cross’s path with Italian inscriptions. Along with the historical monument also the view from the top of the hill is quite stunning. I don’t think knowing the surroundings are spectacular take away from the awe-factor. A load of history accompanied with amazing views, including the Soča river trailing through the valley.

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Kobarid, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

The Italian ossuary is a relatively new inhabitant on the hill as the church of St. Anthony has recited the hill since 1669.

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Kobarid, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

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Kobarid, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Three stations of the Cross’s path along the way up to the hill.

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Kobarid, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

 

Thoughts on… Travel

I love my travels diaries. I love taking time on my travels to sit down in a cafe, by a river or on a bed at a hostel to trace down my experiences. Just to have a little time to go through what has happened is great during a trip. 

Recently I read my travel diary from eight years ago when we weren’t living in this social media hype and I didn’t have a smart phone accompanying me on my travels. I realized how valuable those scribbles in my diary are for me. Those memories are much more raw and real via my diary than anywhere else.

I do sometimes think back on those lengthy cafe sessions and smile at the crazy wonderful memories. The memories that aren’t in any social media posts as a perfectly arranged coffee cup and leather bound notebook, but only in my mind and perhaps also scribbled on a page of a worn out notebook. Time, sometimes hours and hours, were spent enjoying the cafes air-condition, big mugs or just a comfy arm chair while writing with a pen purchased in a little market along the travels. Oh how life is different now that there needs to be an expected photo opportunity in there somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love these possibilities to share experiences and I love that I can share my travels with all you out there, either here on the blog or other social media platforms. I just love that I still find the traditional way of travels diaries as pleasing as I ever did and I love that I can now read through my thoughts from all my trips! 

The diary in the photos is one I carried around for three months and quite a few countries. Even reading about the hard stuff that I encountered on my travels is nice to read about now. Valuable memories all in all.

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TravelDiary - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Do you guys write a travel diary? How do you document your travels or life? 

Travel: Along Soča river, Slovenia

Such a beautiful area! The color scheme works for me as does the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Driving along the river valley was accompanied by an constant string of amazement sounds and praises. The stunning nature and idyllic towns along the way just made it a coherent experience. Loved it and would love to visit with more time to spend in the area!

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Travel: Soča River, Slovenia

This picture is the beginning of one of my absolute favorite experiences during my visit to Slovenia. The scenery is just breathtaking! And gets more and more stunning along the way.

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First stop along the river was Kanal. Already at this point the color of the river blew my mind. I had no idea what would still be coming later on.

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Kanal, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

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Kanal, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Would you jump?

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Kanal, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Kanal, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

 

Travel: Venice, Italy

I had been to Venice once before, visiting all the must see’s. This time my purpose was to meet up with a dear old friend. A quick visit wasn’t really possible as I soon realized being embarrassingly late from the prearranged meeting point. Eventually making it we had a great time. After racing through the small alleyways getting to our rendezvous we enjoyed some food while catching up. I wasn’t on a schedule getting back to Slovenia so I managed to take my time taking pictures while navigating back through the city. And yes getting lost a few more times than I would like to admit…

On this visit I saw a different type of Venice. Quiet alleys and decaying architecture with peoples laundry drying amidst it all. People who live through their routine while just a few confusing turns around an odd number of corners there are millions of tourists exploring the sinking city. I saw a quiet Venice as well as the crowded Venice, I saw the beauty and I saw the fracture. And I had some delicious ice cream 🙂

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Venice, Italy - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Venice, Italy - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Starting back towards Slovenia were caught up with the rain again. Impressive skies and somewhat wet toes.

Travel: Drive between Ljubljana and Nova Gorica

After so many rainy days we had a great day for our trip from Ljubljana to Venice, Italy. With a stop in Nova Gorica on the way. Picture quality is a little low due to the moving car and window they were taken through. BUT! Just wanted to show the beautiful scenery that Slovenia has to offer!

In two days I’ll be posting from my day visit to Venice, Italy.

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Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

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Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Travel: Predjama Castle, Slovenia

First stop when back in Slovenia was the picturesque Predjama Castle. The castle is situated 9 km away from the most famous cave in Slovenia, the Postojna Cave and entered the Guinness World Records list as being the largest castle built in the entrance to a cave (to check it out click here).

It seems to be unknown when the castle was exactly built but the most convincing guess I came across is the 12th century. The original name was Jama Castle which translate to cave castle.

After taking a few (dozen) pictures of me posing in front of the castle we started towards Ljubljana. A long day on the road behind us we reached our destination. To check out our road trip routes on a map see my previous post here.

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Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Predjama Castle, Slovenia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

Travel: Istria, Croatia

My travel posts got left off in Istria, Croatia. Sorry for the few month break, I’ll make sure to catch you up on the rest of my trip for sure.

Heading towards the Slovenian boarder we kept to the coastline as much as possible. The weather was windy and a little chilly but it did give the pictures an unique feel.

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Istria, Croatia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

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Istria, Croatia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com

The last of your Croatian kunas we spent at a little cafe/bar in the last picture. The wind brought seawater splashes to our faces but was quite nice sitting there so close to the water.

Travel: Istria, Croatia

This was the view from our lunch place while driving towards the Slovenian boarder. Food was good though I was so hungry at that point that I don’t think my opinion was very objective. But as this is a travel post I think the beauty of the scenery is more important and also more evident.

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Istria, Croatia - essiparkkari.wordpress.com