72 hours in Slovenia
When I tell people I visited Slovenia, they have a bemused look. Invariably, curiosity gets to them and they pull out their phone to find the country on a map. I didn’t know, is often the response. To be fair, it’s understandable that a lot of people might not have heard of Slovenia: it is one of Europe’s smallest countries.
Sandwiched between Austria to the north and Croatia to the south, it was once part of Yugoslavia. And unlike its siblings, Slovenia’s independence in 1991 was relatively peaceful.
There’s a saying that good things come in small packages—this is Slovenia. It’s a country begging to be explored. From the sliver of coastline on the Adriatic Sea that teases with Venetian architecture to the majestic peaks in the Julian Alps, where crystal-clear rivers have the aquamarine look of a tropical sea.
We drove into Slovenia from Croatia and navigated through quaint villages surrounded by farms and rolling green hills and forests. Over the next few days we’d learn there is lots to love about Slovenia.
Our first destination was the capital and largest city, Ljubljana (pronounced loo-blee-aa-nuh). If first impressions are everything, Ljubljana got me in minutes. With a population of less than 300,000, it’s easily walkable, the streets are lined with leafy trees, and well-used bicycle paths crisscross the city. Unpretentious and welcoming, there was a cool vibe that I liked.
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