Spelunking in Slovenia
Trip Start Jun 28, 2007
36Trip End Jul 27, 2007
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Today we were a little more prompt leaving the house by 09h15 (only 2 hours after awaking). We caught the train back to Maestre to collect the car and hit the road for Slovenia. Two hours of intense concentration to navigate the Italian autostrada and we found ourselves at the Škocjan Caves, seventeen years since our first visit during our honeymoon.
We had a quick bite to eat in the parking lot, then joined the 13h00 tour with about 80 others. It was wonderfully cool in the cave (12°C) in sharp contrast to the sweltering heat outside. Although we were not allowed to take any photographs in the caves, we used our eyes as cameras, taking in the myriad caverns and passages. The variety of stalactites and stalagmites was remarkable especially knowing they grow at a rate of just 1mm/decade
The piece de la resistance to the afternoon was the meal we shared at the Orient Express in Divača. Starting with the house brewed pivo (beer), our meal included lepinja, tomato salad, čivapćići, and a platter of mixed grilled meats and vegetables. It was fabulous!! and only cost 40€. It was topped of by an excellent espresso that put a finishing touch on a fine repast.
Another 2 hour drive at 130-150 km/h (interspersed with stretches under 90 km/h due to drivers who don't know how to use the autostrada properly) and we were home by early evening. At precisely 20h07 on the 20th of July we stood on the Ponte degli Scalzi bridge spanning the Canal Grande. In digital form it was 200720072007 or 20h07 20/07 2007.
Once we got home, cleaning and packing was the order of business. That and ice cream for desert and hopefully a game of Phase 10 with the kids. It will be our final sticky night in Venice. We are all excited about our return to country living tomorrow, this time in Tuscany.
What an awesome day
To cap an amazing afternoon, we took a recommendation from our guide and went to have supper at the Orient Express. It was truly a highlight! We feasted on Yugoslav fare until we burst - čivapćići, lepinja, grilled meats, roast potatoes, rice, roasted vegetables, tomato salad, and beer! This is where I'd like to come back with Paul - Slovenia and Croatia - beautiful and inexpensive.