Life on the Farm

Trip Start Sep 17, 2013
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Trip End Oct 31, 2013


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Turisticna Hudicevec Hrusevje
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Flag of Slovenia  , Postojna,
Monday, September 23, 2013

This morning, we took the bus for a 20-minute ride to Koper to get our rental car from Hertz. Jack had made the reservation through a broker, AutoEurope, with the actual reservation being with Hertz.  Our emailed confirmation contained  an out-of-date address and phone number! A taxi driver came to our rescue and took us to the new Hertz location. The 4-door Opel rental car includes prepaid tolls and border crossings that allow us to drive in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

From Koper, we drove a short distance east to a tourist farm, our first and only, reserved lodging for the next five weeks. Knowing that tourist farms are popular throughout Slovenia and Croatia, offering an opportunity for tourists to experience restful retreats and delicious farm-fresh meals, we hope to make tourist farms our primary lodging throughout travels in this region. 

We finally got underway about 1:30 p.m., and headed east. After a quick roadside picnic, we arrived at Hudicevec (Hoo-dee-che-vah) Tourist Farm, http://www.hudicevec.si/ENG , around 4 p.m. That provided time to settle in and explore the farm before dinner. Following a leisurely dinner  of beef broth soup followed by meatloaf, cheese/pastry roll and a dessert similar to monkey bread, we turned in early, knowing that we had much to explore the following day. Our wine was teran, a local varietal that is deep red, dry and fruity. 

Hudicevec is located in the Karst region of Slovenia, a limestone plateau that is home of two major cave systems: the UNESCO World Heritage Skocjan Caves (http://www.park-skocjanske-jame.si) and the Postojna Caves. The Skocjan Caves were first recorded in the second century, but waited for modern exploration in the 1800s to be "discovered." Photography is strictly forbidden, so we tried hard to mentally capture the images of massive caverns. We crossed a very high, sturdy bridge over a noisy river crashing through the final cavern before exiting into the bottom of a deep, narrow canyon.

Next up: Lipica Stud Farm, home of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions. Founded in 1580 and originally owned by Italian priests from Trieste, this farm once provided horses for the Archduke of the Hapsburg royal family. Today, the tradition of breeding the regal, white horses that are known for their masterful choreographed pageantry continues, with an average stock of 360 stallions and brood mares at the farm. The show and tour offered insights into the intense training required of both horse and rider to perform the precise showmanship. Admired for centuries, these highly disciplined horses respond to imperceptible directions from their rider, turning on a dime or changing their gait from princely high stepping to graceful loping. 

We returned to Hudicevec Farm for a second evening of Katja's warm hospitality and another tasty dinner. Learning that Jack had a cold, she insisted he try a special herb-infused schnapps and hot tea with local honey. 

 

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texasstella on

What an adventure you're having! I'm loving every minute of it.

jackandcece
jackandcece on

Thanks! We are enjoying every minute of it, too.

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