Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
On a clear Santorini night, the stars light up the sky. Kristin and I checked into our room, left, and came back around 10:30pm to find that our cave house was sweltering and our AC did not work. It is not a traditional hotel, so we had no idea what to do, other than sleep in a warm cave and deal with it in the morning.
This was all before two things happened - we got lucky and then we met Rado.
The Bohinj basin is a magical area of Slovenia with old alpine houses, a very clear lake, absolutely perfect hiking. There are many legends associated with Bohinj. The Ottomans thought is was the end of the world. There is another legend that the devil built a bridge here in exchange for the soul of the first to cross it. The locals sent a dog across, enraging the devil.
My favorite, and probably the most fitting explanation for Bohinj is this:
"God was giving land to people and, as he finished, he realized that he had forgotten about a small group of people, who were silent and did not insist like the others. Because of their modesty and patience, he felt pity for them. That is why he decided to give them the most beautiful land of all, which he had set aside for himself. It is called Bohinj."
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I believe Slovenia is the prettiest country in Europe, as far as natural beauty is concerned. This year, Kristin and I have driven in 15 European countries and on some of the most picturesque roads in the world. Slovenia takes the cake. Check out these pictures of us traveling by car through alpine Slovenia.