While researching my Croatia trip, I noticed its proximity to Ljubljana on the map. It’s a city I’ve been wanting to day-trip to, as I read somewhere that it’s an up-and-coming location for creatives. It also just looked cute. Somewhere down the Google rabbit hole, I came across some information about Postojna Cave and became obsessed. The photos looked amazing and who doesn’t love an otherworldly natural wonder? I ended up booking a day tour as it was low season and there wasn’t a simple way for me to go on my own from Zagreb. I don’t mind taking a an organized day tour provided it’s a good company that allows flexibility and keeps the groups small. Sometimes it is also just easier! Or you’re cold and tired and want to just go all-out tourist. The best part was that this is low season, and there was only one other person on this tour with me.
It took only 30 minutes to get to the Croatia-Slovenia border. We needed our passports because Croatia is not in the Schengen Zone, but Slovenia is. There was fog all morning. These photos are from after we entered Slovenia (click for larger)!
Dragon Bridge, and Butcher’s Bridge! I was a little overexcited about the dragons, maybe from all the Game of Thrones nerding out as of late.
St Nicholas Church had Pope heads sticking out of the door facades, including a more recent addition blessed by Pop John Paul II.
The tour had us ride up a funicular to Ljubljana Castle, which was less of a castle and more of a former prison and now a venue. I only have foggy photos of the view.
Fun fact: my tour guide stopped us at this vending machine. You can get fresh milk practically from the cow from these. I was highly disappointed there wasn’t actually a cow behind the machine.
These are the rest of the image selections from the hour and a half or so of free time I had to eat and wander around the teeny tiny town. There was both an Italian market and a flea market happening that day.
The tour guide made a point to highlight this sculpture of sperm, she said it gets moved every few weeks for this year’s Creation of Life theme on the public art. Naturally, I took a photo for my own memory of that particular moment.