Country folk are city dwellers for a few days...
Trip Start Jun 16, 2010
15Trip End Jul 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
Apartment in Town Center of Maribor
The comparison of the 2 country sides are so drastically different. I didn't expect that with them being so close to each other
Once we arrived into Maribor, I think it was a shock to all our systems. We had spent the last 2 weeks in a beautiful quiet country side and now were in the hub of the 2nd largest city in Slovenia. We found the kava house that we were suppose to meet the guy who has the keys to the apartment we are renting. Sat out on the cobblestone pedestrian path and order Lasko's to drink to celebrate our successful arrival into Maribor. Once we got situated into our apartment, Jorge decided that we wanted to continue his adventure back through the Austrian Alps, so he took off for his adventure and the rest of us were pretty exhausted from our trip. We managed to venture out and walk around the town for a bit to get our bearings. We arrived just in time for the Lent Festival which is a really big event to the Slovenians in this area. Concerts, beer gardens, local wine tasting, traditional food dishes being served
When we returned from Ptuj, that night we went down to the Lent area for the festival and it was awesome. We managed to park ourselves at the wine tasting area and stood by the oldest grapevine in the world. They claim it to be 400 years old, and it produces maybe a case of wine each year. We did not taste that wine. That wine is put into .25 L bottles and offered to dignitaries as the key to the city when they arrive to Maribor. We were quite happy just hanging out next to it and having it be our back drop while we tasted the local wines.
Dondo left yesterday morning and Mark arrived from his adventures into Hungary the same afternoon. We watched the Netherlands spank Brazil and then ventured out to find a nice dinner. Oh did we succeed. We found a nice restaurant name Rozemarin, that was absolutely spectacular. We may go back again tonight. Definitely a nicer restaurant than what we have gone to but they served 2 dishes for 14 Euro per person. Had a beautiful bottle of local wine
Today we hope to explore more of the town, watch the games and see a huge wine cellar that sits below the town square that we are hoping to get a tour of. Tonight is the fireworks show down at the river so we will most likely venture down and sip local wine by the old grapevine and hang with the rest of the town.