Slovenia Journals

Slovenia - Below the Surface

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A February 2004 trip to Slovenia by fizzytom

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In the Swim in Slovenia

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Swimming at Bled Photo, Slovenia, Europe
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Slovenians are generally very active people and love to combine physical activity with enjoying some of the country’s wonderful scenery. One of the ways they do that is outdoor swimming in rivers and lakes; there are lots of places where you can safely participate in this activity across the country, but there are a number of sports that are particularly worth visiting. While there are plenty of indoor and outdoor purpose built pools (do try the outdoor pool in Tivoli Park in Ljubljana if you are visiting in the summer), outdoor swimming in rivers and lakes is extremely popular with some locations having "beaches" and changing facilities" while other locations are perhaps for the more dari...Read More
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Casual visitors to Slovenia will not really notice but anyone who spends a longer period of time in the country learns quickly that Slovenia is not a shopping paradise. If you aren’t fussy you can get pretty much what you want but generally there isn’t a great deal of choice. The range of shops varies a great deal between town centres and out of town complexes such as Europark. Town centre shops tend to be either more old fashioned or more expensive than the out of town stores. International chains are more likely to be found in out of town centres too although the number of such stores is still small. International chains found in Slovenia include H&M, Deichmann, Vogel, C&A, Stief...Read More

Slovenian Cafe Culture

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Slovenia’s café-bar culture is a blend of those countries that surround it with a dash of its own personality thrown in. Sometimes you really do wonder how so many bars manage to survive in a small country with a population of only two million. Just as well that Slovenians like to punctuate their day with numerous stops and often will go out of the office for a coffee rather than have a drink at their desks. In all the time I have been visiting Slovenia and all the places I have visited, I have never found any place where I felt unwelcome or uncomfortable. There doesn’t seem to be much targeting of specific types of customer so clientele is very mixed wherever you go. In one bar at any time there migh...Read More

It's the Weekend - Where Is Everyone?

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Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for weekend visitors. Weekends there are lively and as the city is small and compact it’s easy to find enough to do in the city for a couple of days. Outside of Ljubljana, however, and this applies to everywhere outside the capital, not just small towns and villages, you might consider the country virtually shut after lunch time on Saturdays. Shops in towns close at this time and (except for one or two convenience stores that might open for an hour or two on Sunday morning) don’t open again until Monday morning. Shoppers should not despair, however, as out of town centres such as Europark do open on Saturdays and Sundays...Read More
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"Slovenske zeleznice" (Slovenian Railways). Slovenia is relatively well covered by the rail network and well connected by international services to the rest of Europe and using the trains is never less than a pleasure; the trains are very new and always clean and tidy. I've never been one to doze in trains but the minute my mother steps on one of Slovenske zeleznice's trains she nods off which surely must be a good advert for the level of comfort. If you find yourself on an older style train, the ones with compartments, then these will not belong to Slovenske zeleznice but are international trains passing through. Slovenske zeleznice does not operate any international services of its own. ...Read More