The Perfect Week In Slovenia: A Six Day Itinerary

The Perfect Week In Slovenia: A Six Day Itinerary

What else does Slovenia need to gain a foothold in the European itineraries of travelers? Why are the views of Lake Bled or the Skocjan Caves or the emerald green Soca River not on Buzzfeed's clickbait list of "27 Surreal Places You Should Visit Before You Die"? Why do people constantly ignore bloggers referring to Slovenia as their "favorite country they've visited"? How many times must it be referred to as "The Next Big Thing In Europe" before it finally breaks through and actually gets there? Why do travelers use Ljubljana as a one-day stopover on their way to Croatia when it should be the other way around? What else does Slovenia need? Does it need a cosmopolitan capital with plenty of activities and a bustling city center? Some of the most varied and beautiful natural areas in Europe? Kind and inviting citizens eager to have tourists learn about their nation and history? One of the most majestic and surreal small towns in the entire world? Great food in every restaurant? Great wine you've never even imagined? 

Slovenia has all of these things and more; and we're going to tell you how to spend the perfect week on the sunny side of the Alps.

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Learning To Cook Like A Slovenian

Learning To Cook Like A Slovenian

It seems like hundreds of times on this blog, we've extolled the virtues of food tours and reveling in the fact that you can learn more about a culture by exploring their cuisine and traditions than by simply seeing things that have existed in the same place for hundreds of years. In fact, we've extolled it so many times, I'm not even peppering this paragraph with links to food pieces. Most likely there's a link to a bunch of them at the bottom of the page, or at the bottom of every piece on this site. I swear this is not a food blog, it just seems that way because we love food so much. When we were offered the opportunity to join a Slovenian Cooking Class in Ljubljana with CookEatSlovenia, we jumped at the opportunity. While they offer wine tasting tours and day trips to hike the Julian Alps, we relished the idea of a Slovenian cooking class. We love to cook at home (even if home is just an AirBnB, cooking in instead of eating out is a great way to stick to your budget), and being able to cook a Slovenian meal with a real Slovenian? Oh, and there's Slovenian wine served? WE ARE IN! 

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Exploring Lake Bled: A Photo Collection

Exploring Lake Bled: A Photo Collection

There are many posts I would encourage you to explore on our website, not the least of which is an almost two thousand word epic extolling the virtue of a pita sandwich with eggs and potatoes, but none may be more helpful than an explanation of why we are travelling in the first place. The thought of undertaking a trip around the world for an undetermined amount of time can be quite daunting for some people; it certainly was for me, no matter how much I did not want to admit it. As we began planning stops and buying plane tickets, accumulating hotel points and making extraneous Amazon purchases, I stumbled upon this picture:

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Achieving Peak Food Tour In Ljubljana

Achieving Peak Food Tour In Ljubljana

We have been going on food tours a lot recently, and while it would be a great narrative to say that after seeing multiple iterations of them throughout cities, countries, and continents, we are growing tired of the routine: tasting different dishes and flavors at scattered restaurants or cafes, short to medium walks through foreign streets, small tidbits of history we will most likely not remember, shared tales of food tours from vacations' past, it's simply not the case. We've come to appreciate the food tour as a way to introduce ourselves to both the overall geography and exceptional cuisine that each new city has to offer; Renee is a fan of getting "the lay of the land", and food tours are a tremendous way to do that while simultaneously filling your bellies. I thought that we could not get any fuller than when we were in Marrakech, but I was wrong. Because we may have had our best food tour yet with Top Ljubljana Foods in the capital city of Slovenia.

Ljubljana (Pronounced lyoo-BLYAH-nah and certainly not Luh-JUBE-Luh-JOHN-Ah as we had been calling it for the past six months) has a long and twisting history, as being surrounded by mountains, having both a hill in the middle with a fortress built on it and a river running through you can make you extremely coveted by civilizations throughout Europe. Ljubes (as we like to call it) has been occupied in the past by the Italians, Germans, and Romans to name a few, and since Slovenia declared it's independence in 1991, it has acted simultaneously as the capital of Slovenia and the "Next Big City" of Europe. While everyone from Rick Steves to Nomadic Matt has declared Slovenia one of their favorite destinations, Ljubljana has avoided become the tourist-y madhouses that are now Prague and Bruges. The city center, with it's meandering Ljubljanica River and cafes and restaurants scattered on it's shores have maintained their low price points and traditional cooking styles. It is with this in mind that we can see why the Traditional Food Tour with Top Ljubljana Foods is one of the better food tours we've taken. 

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