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Trip Start Apr 15, 2007
Trip End May 23, 2007

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Monday, May 14, 2007

A late night last night formatting the photos and working on the travelpod.  I finally got to sleep around 3 a.m.  Jim and I had to get up early this morning to finish our packing and get downtown to the train station for Jim's surprise trip.  Sharon had an early morning appointment so we got ourselves going and then she had finished up early so she met us down at the train station and we all had a Starbucks coffee before our train left Munich.  Jim still didn't know where we were headed and even when we got on the train he still didn't have much of a clue.  The final destination of our train was Zagreb, Croatia but I did tell him that we would not be going that far.  Well, our travels took us through Austria and the city of Salzburg then we headed down to Bad Gastein, which is where we will meet up with Sharon and Christoph again in a few days.  Then we made a stop where our cabin was detached from the locomotive and then reconnected with another one.  We headed off in a bit of a different direction and then we went through a tunnel that was soooo long.  I would say we were in the tunnel for 10 - 15 minutes.  We emerged from the tunnel and Jim said "Wow, we are obviously in a different country than Austria, it looks dumpy"  I told him that I couldn't afford to take him to a wealthy country...only a poor one! (No offense to where we are because that just happened to be a remote area on the border near the mountains and just happened to look a little more depressed than anything else we saw the rest of the journey)  We then made the next stop and Jim got up to use the WC and that was when the border patrol came on the train.  I gave them our passports and told them Jim had gone back to the bathroom.  Jim, on the other hand, ran into one of the border patrol guards and asked him if he could tell him what country he was in.  I'm sure the guy wondered what Jim was doing on a train if he didn't know where he was going.  So the answer to the question was Slovenia.  We had about another 2 hours to go to our final destination and then we Ljubljana - pronounced Lou - blee- ahna.  A nice train station and a quick taxi ride to our hotel.  The hotel is in a great location - right in the heart of the city at the beginning of the old quarter and the riverfront.  When we checked in we got a map of the city and after putting our bags in the room - and Jim checking out the television channels -(No Fox News but we do have CNBC) we were on our way to begin exploring.  We got some additional tourist maps and headed out.  We were immediately impressed with the cleanliness and then the architecture.  So many young people were out and about and enjoying the afternoon.  The Ljubljanica River runs through the city and all along the riverside as far as we could see were little high top bar tables with people drinking and candles lit.  Then across the 'street' from the riverfront were numerous cafes, bars and restaurants and they were also quite full.  We checked out many restaurant menus and kept walking.  We covered quite a bit of ground, saw a lot of interesting sights and started making mental lists of how to proceed tomorrow for a more in depth tour. There is a castle way up on the top of a mountain and that will definitely be on the list.  We found the market although it was closed for the day and we hope it is a daily market which we will check out tomorrow.  We circled back around and headed back to one restaurant that looked particularly nice.  Although all the restaurants have nice al fresco dining under bistro umbrellas - tablecloths - candles - flowers.  We had a great meal.  A local prosciutto with olives, then grilled vegetables and steak and pasta made with more of the proscuitto and fresh cheese from the area.  It was all excellent.  Jim washed in down with a local beer you will see.
They say it may rain tomorrow, based on today I don't think it could be possible, but we will see soon enough.
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jrcassiday on

Hope you

423 on

On the Rails Again!
Slovinia looks charming. Good looking people too! I don't know how you managed a picture of that cobble street with absolutely no one walking on it! The river is lovely and the trees lining it give it a picturesque quality. What a nice place to sit and sip a glass of wine or a beer and 'people watch'.

We look forward to seeing the sights through your camera.


tmctagg on

Nice job
You chose wisely on your destination. What nice places you have visited. I think someone in your group is addicted to pretzels. I have seen them in a number of pictures. I have also seen a lot of beef shanks. I think I am obsessing on the food part of your trip. Enjoy


daguerre on

How about a sidetrip to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia?

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