Have you ever wondered how people got educated in the past? Did you know that in those days being educated, an intellectual was a luxury? Even education in your mother tongue was an exception, unbelievably!
The importance of light in our lives
Last weekend in October, we changed the time on our clocks and days are getting shorter and darker. Darkness generally is not a preferred state. Light is something that lifts us up, get us more energy and is more positive. It has a deep meaning in people’s lives.
Slovenia is a very diverse country. In the same day, you can go skiing in the morning, have a delicious lunch along Ljubljanica River in the capital Ljubljana and go for a swim to Slovenian coast. The scene seen through the window of your car will be changing every few minutes.
Locals like to go to the south, to reach the sun. Especially popular is South Western part called Istria. Istria is the biggest peninsula on the Adriatic coast. It stretches from Italy, Trieste suburbs on the most North through Slovenia down to the most Southern Part of it, to Croatia, to its crown Pula, well known for the sixth biggest Roman amphitheater in the world.
In March, days are already longer and our artisans in the past could work with daylight only. Today, we celebrate this in a special way: along little streams and torrents in the evening before March 12, we make environmentally friendly little boats or rafts on which we place candles and “let them flow away”.
Winter is gone; the nature is finally waking up. Birds are getting louder and louder, they are getting busy with their nests for a new family. We can “feel love is in the air” all around the country. Our grandparents use to say, at this time of the year birds are “getting married” and this was our Valentines Day.
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?
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