Did you know?
Slovenia is a hidden gem within Europe: all the history and culture of the old world, without the throngs of tourists. The best reason to go, though, is that as a consciously green destination, Slovenia has emerged as a leader in sustainable tourism by preserving its natural resources and raising up its residents to improve their overall quality of life. Slovenia was the first country to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria, with Ljubljana named as the European Green Capital of 2016.
Very cool! And there is a service that can get you into Slovenia and to its great destination (like Lake Bled). It is called Virtuosio.
Through Virtuoso, travelers can experience a tailor-made itinerary that covers everything from the country’s most photographed spot, Lake Bled, to hard-to-snag reservations at Hisa Franko, the rural restaurant owned by Chef’s Table star (and 2017’s World’s Best Female Chef) Ana Roš.
In case you are wondering, Lake Bled looks like this
Pretty spectacular! Here is a view of that island
Who wouldn’t want to go there! Here is a peek at stuff you can do there.
And is there great food in Slovenia?
Saveur offered this idea four years ago
During the last few years, Ljubljana has become a great restaurant city, and during good weather, the cafes lining the river are packed until late at night. To get the local gastronomic lay of the land, book a food walk with Ljubljananjam, which is run by knowledgeable food-loving Ljubljana native Iva Gruden, who speaks perfect English from having living in Vancouver for two years.
The city’s most charming restaurant is Špajza (Gorni Trg 28, Tel. 386-01-425-3094), which is run by a brother-and-sister team, and has lots of small dining rooms in an old house. They serve venison tartare with roasted pistachios and tarragon, horse steak with truffles and scampi buzara.
National Geographic has done a series on Slovenian food and wine
So did T&L
So did Vogue
Worth a visit? Now that I think of it, Trieste is not too far. Budapest? Far, but doable by plane. That opens the door to Brataslava and Vienna? While we are a it, Venice as a destination? My travelogue is starting to shape up! It goes like this
And if time allows? From Venice, one might shoot over to Milan by train and make a side trip to Lake Como! Then Milan to Vienna and home. Nice!
Hmmm … that is starting to sound like an adventure!