The secret behind the charm
Many times our travelers are surprised how colorful and charming our towns are. Not only the capital Ljubljana, but also the ones that are hidden from the regular tourist eyes, along so called “off the beaten path”. Very often, we call them “mediaeval town” despite the fact, that they were developed in other times as well. Have you ever wondered why the streets are so narrow? Why there are so many signs on houses and at the beginning of the street? Why there is a relief or a picture on the house? Why the street holds that name? Why locals use some funny names?
Highways in Slovenia are very modern, well- kept and most of the travelers enjoy their comfort. They are built on the tracks of old Roman highways dated 2000 years ago. That has a certain charm.
However, if you are more adventurous or if you go with us on some of the custom-made tours you have a chance to discover more authentic way of living in Slovenia. You get a whole new perspective of our local life. The scenic routes take us along some very cute local villages and neatly cultivated fields and meadows. Most probably you have noticed some unusual local architecture called KOZOLEC or even a small religious sign: a cross or a chapel?
Great part of Slovenia is covered with woods; in fact, this is the third most forested country in Europe. The species of trees are very diverse; however, the queen of all Slovenian Trees and a Slovenian national tree is LIPA – Tilia-Linden Tree - Basswood.
Lipa, usually a huge, lush tree, you can notice with us on one of our private tours around Slovenia. Linden tree is for us the tree of life, the tree of health, the tree of victories, the tree of fertility as well as the tree of justice and mystical life. In the past, there was no newspapers, Radio, TV, internet, social media… People met under the linden trees and shared daily news, had some fun and organized many dances. There are quite some legends and one of the most romantic ones we will share with you when with us on one of our walking tours in the capital. Have you heard for Lipizzaner horses?
Slovenia, as mainly continental country, does not have many island. However, those ones that are there, are very attractive. Most well- known is Bled island, a must for every traveler. It is situated in the Upper Carniola- Gorenjska.
A monument to harsh life conditions in the past
One third of Slovenia is a lime- stone region, the area that we call KRAS. However, some of our travelers call it KARST, simply because it is easier to pronounce the name.
The locals today earn their daily income mostly in tourism industry; however, in the past the life was much more though. The soil, terra rossa (red soil) is very fertile, but generally, the terrain was less suitable for agriculture. The land is full of rocks and if people wanted to cultivate it, they had to clean their fields first.
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