Slovenia: the New Old Europe

Most posts at BRBdoingstuff are about remote dodgy places or ill-advised feats of athleticism, so it may come as a surprise that I recently enjoyed a classy trip to Europe!

To ring in my mother-in-law’s 60th, we embarked on a wine-fueled road trip with Kara and Kacie across Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. I’ve been sworn to secrecy about the goings-on, however each country was absolutely gorgeous and I captured some fun photos along the way that I’d love to share!

Italy

I’ve spent some time in Sicily and Milan, but have lacked the desire to visit any of the Florence / Rome-type touristy destinations in Italy out of disdain for groups of people with selfie sticks. It made sense for our itinerary to land in Venice so I reminded myself that cheap red wine makes almost anything tolerable, and I sucked it up and off we went. Bon-journ-o!

Boy, was I surprised! I was expecting to land in a crowded moist garbage dump mouse maze. I’m glad to report that expectation couldn’t have been further from reality. Venice is lovely! The volume of tourists was totally manageable, and I was charmed by the quaint streets and canals.

Slovenia

Slovenia was the ultimate surprise. Despite being centrally located, it’s a European country that gets little air time. Did people get confused and end up in Slovakia instead? Are they protesting Melania Trump? We’ll never know.

What I do know is that it’s a gem of a country and I’m absolutely smitten with the Eastern Alps!

Despite the Slovenian people being constantly irritated with us (I’ve never felt like such an unintended petulant child before), the natural beauty was quite breathtaking. We hiked in a small mountain town called Bovec, rowed Lake Bled (absolute highlight!), and explored Europe’s newest capital Ljubljana.

What stood out to me about Slovenia was the abundance of backyard food gardens! My interest in back-to-the-land lifestyles has been growing over the last year and I’m positively obsessed with the idea of cultivating my own food. In Austin I had a backyard vegetable garden (I owe y’all a post on it!) and have really missed getting my hands dirty in Vancouver. Ah, I digress.

Every Slovenian house had an impressive backyard vegetable plot rich with squash, tomato, and leafy greens. Front yards boasted trees heavy with ripe fruit and bees frantically buzzing about! 

Croatia

The big finale was Krk, a large island in northern Croatia. The landscape changed dramatically from the Julian Alps in Slovenia to the Adriatic, and there were moments when I could have sworn I was in Greece. We bounced around in the waves, enjoyed a never-ending flow of fabulous Croatian wine (who knew?) and soaked in the delicious Croatian sun.

Now back to normal life, whatever that means!

BRB just doing stuff for a bit k?

x V

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