New Orleans •
30A - Florida's Riviera •
It’s dusk as we take our first stroll along the Llublijanica River, following its curves and twists past lively cafes and tree-lined parks. A castle sits on top of a hill looking out over the city. Dragon sculptures guard bridges - and there are many - crisscrossing the river at multiple points.
Sapphire blue Lake Bled, capped by the imposing Julian Alps, has been featured on the covers of numerous travel magazines lately. But, in truth, the area has been a resort since the 17th Century. Thermal springs, thought to have healing properties, were an initial draw.
We’re at a shrine to wine - the oldest grape-producing vine in the world, located in Maribor. Over 400 years old, the vine has been tested by numerous genetic and DNA experts to document its longevity. Even the Guinness Book of Records has corroborated and registered the “Old Vine.”
Given the selection of excellent pasta, risotto, gnocchi and pizza on Slovenian menus, visitors might think they’re in Italy. But Slovenian cuisine is also heavily influenced by Austrian, Hungarian and Balkan traditions.
Slovenia was made for those who like to Travel Curious Often. It is small, accessible and dense. Were Europe an hour glass, Slovenia would be the narrowest point. Pinched between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, nowhere else in Europe do Alpine and Mediterranean conditions border.
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