Super Slovenia – Part 3

Waking quite early, we headed to breakfast again and made the decision to visit Tivoli Park which was around a 10 minute walk from the Hotel.

Although there had been a large amount of snow deposited, the streets and roads were pretty much clear. We walked across some major roads and entered Tivoli Park.

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Tivoli Park

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They had already cleared the snow off the playground!

Now although the park covers a lot of land, it also has a zoo, skating rink, cafe, museum and more. To be honest, although it would have been lovely to visit some of those sights, I was more than content taking photographs of the scenery. It literally was like something on the front of a Christmas Card.

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Love these shots

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Just magical

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Reminds me of Mr Tumnus from “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”

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Winter Wonderland

The trees and parklands were covered in thick white snow. Children were on skis and sledges, all bundled up in snowsuits. The sounds of their laughter rang through the air as the came hurtling down slopes to be met at the bottom by their parents.

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Sledging

I literally couldn’t stop taking photographs. It was the perfect environment for getting picturesque shots, so that is what I did!

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Snowscapes

We walked around for an hour or two looking at everything the park had to offer.

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Snow covered

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The Museum

Of course we had to be a little silly and get in the prerequisite blogger outfit poses, although it was spoiled a little by the hat and big coat!

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Pose 1

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Pose 2

Eventually our feet started to freeze a little and we decided to head into the city centre for one last glance at Ljubljana. On the way we managed to pass by a stunning looking church, the US Embassy and the National Gallery. All so beautiful, I couldn’t resist!

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Sts Cyril and Methodius Church

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National Gallery

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Museum of Modern Art

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The US Embassy

Oh and one last cake!

Heading into another cafe, this time one called Cacao, we settled down in comfy armchairs and had a look at the extensive menu. I had to go for the caramel frappe and I chose a Rafaello cake. It basically looked like and tasted like a huge Ferrero Rafaello chocolate, which are my absolute favourite chocolates in the whole wide world.

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Rafaello Cake

It was beyond delicious!

We spent a leisurely few hours in the cafe before wandering the streets again. One last visit to the Cathedral allowed me to get some beautiful photographs at twilight.

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The Altar in The Cathedral

One of my last goals of the holiday was to get a ride in a Kavalir.

A what?!?!?

Well in 2016 Ljubljana won the European Green Capital award for a lot of really great reasons. One of the best is that the City centre is pedestrianised. However this makes it a little tricky to get around, especially for some of the elderly residents, as you can’t just hop on a bus or get a taxi.

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the Kavalir

This is when the 4 seater Kavalir comes into it’s own. There is a fleet of electric “golf buggy” style vehicles that patrol the streets of the City centre. You can either ring a number and one will come and get you, or like us, you can hail one down with a wave of your hand and tell them where you want to go.

The best thing is this service is totally free and great for the environment as they don’t emit any pollution. So, if you want to hop in a Kavalir at the town hall and get it to take you to the Dragon Bridge…. a wave of your hand does the trick.

Initially they started with a fleet of two, in 2017 they had eight and there are even more on the cards for 2018. They are so brilliant we had a to have a ride in one.

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Boo in a Kavalir

However, when one was coming towards me, I got over excited and started waving to it. The driver stopped and asked where we wanted to go. I hadn’t thought as far ahead as that and blurted out “the Town Hall, please”

He repeated my destination and I clarified that yes it was where we wanted to go. He kind of shook his head in confusion.

You see, I had just blurted out the first place that came into my head. But we were around 100 metres from the Town Hall. You could even see if from where we were standing.

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The Town Hall is just behind me….

The thing was, we didn’t want a long ride, just to say we had been in one. And it was fab!

He must have thought we were crazy English people!!

Alas, our journey was coming to an end and as we had already booked our car to the airport, we went back to the Hotel Lev to relax for an hour our two before our pick up.

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Footprints

This is where I got a little camera happy again as there was an amazing aquarium in the bar area, full of tropical fish. I simply couldn’t resist!

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Stunning colours

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Colourful Coral

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Totally Tropical

As we sat there, Boo started getting alerts on her phone that the flights were a little delayed. This was not due to the snow in Slovenia, but apparently the UK had a lot of snow arrive and it had taken the airports by surprise. Again.

The alert said 30 minutes delay. Then 40. Then 1 hour.

Then 2 hours.

Then 2 hours 20 minutes.

I was frantically sending messages home, as I was being picked up at the airport. It was not looking good.

We were directed to turn up for the normal check in times however, so when the car arrived when hopped into it, and arrived at the airport not long after 730pm.

It was a good job we did, as not long after arrival we were informed a rescue plane had been sent, which was now only 30 minutes behind schedule.

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In the Departure Lounge

Hooray!

We spent most of our time messing around on Snapchat with the Christmas/festive filters before it was time to board the plane.

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Snapchats

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A cute little deer

It was bizarre sitting down in our seats to watch a huge de-icing machine come along and spray the wings so they didn’t freeze up.

We took off around an hour late, however it could have been so much worse.

I was sad to say goodbye to Slovenia, it was one of the loveliest trips I had been on. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly and I would love to go back again in the summer months, when I imagine it will be stunning in a totally different way.

All it leaves for me to say is Hvala Slovenia.

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  • My parents visited in the summer months and loved it. It was so nice to see your wintry pictures from a different perspective!

  • Laura Dove

    Oh look at all that snow! I have never been to Slovenia, or even thought of visiting, but your post has really changed my mind! It’s gorgeous!

  • Aimee

    Iv never been but it looks absolutely fantastic, it’s definitely going on my holiday wish list.

  • Deborah Nicholas

    Oh that looks lovely. Like a proper winter wonderland !

  • Wow, what incredible winter scenery. I would have been happy just to enjoy it and take photos too. The church is truly beautiful too and that cake looks delicious!

  • KGR

    I was literally thinking the same with the lamp from your photos with the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Slovenia looks breath taking although a little cold but I would now love to visit thanks to your post.

  • Healthy & Psyched

    What a gorgeous park. I think I could walk round there for hours 🙂 All of the building there look so beautiful as well.

  • Your photos really do look like they’re straight out of a Christmas card! Slovenia looks stunning and the perfect place to go for a magical winter trip.

  • Leah Shafik

    I have been to Slovakia but not Slovenia. It looks gorgeous, only enhanced by the snow! You and BB have so many adventures. Love it x

  • Wow, Slovenia looks absolutely stunning in the snow! That lamp post that you featured certainly reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia as well! You look gorgeous in that full-length skirt, I love the pattern, it’s something that little bit different which is always lovely in an outfit!

    Abbey xx

  • I felt absolutely transported to that winter wonderland with your photos. It’s an absolutely stunning sight. As always, you look lovely darling! xx

  • How fun to see an area that I will likely never see in person.

  • Alan Moore

    A lovely set of photos. I have not been to Slovenia, yet. I will research more on this. Thank you 🙂
    oh, yes I agree, the lamp post in the snow, straight out of Narnia:)

  • Joanna

    Looks like u had such a fab time. Slovenia looks so magical in the snow like a perfect little winter wonderland. The photos of the aquarium are stunning too such lovely colours.

  • Jake Ferrer

    Oh i have never heard of this place but looks like this place is so pretty amazing.

  • What absolutely gorgeous photos. I’ve never seen so much snow! Sounds like you had a fab time xx

  • Laura

    Oh wow the snowfall looks absolutely magical! I’d never thought about going to solvenia until I saw how beautiful it looks on your blog xxx

  • Louise

    Slovenia looks absolutely stunning, the snow is beautiful! I’d love to visit here and just take a whole day to explore and take in all it’s beauty x

  • Never thought about Slovenia as a destination up until now. The snow and the old eastern architecture makes it look so picturesque. Beautiful!

  • We were in Slovenia this time last year and just loved it, it’s beautiful isn’t it? Your photos are lovely.