Our recent road trip through Slovenia was one of the most scenic trips of my life.
From picturesque little lakeside towns, to unbelievably aquamarine rivers running through deep valleys, with mountainous vistas and a charming capital city, this smaller country wedged between Italy, Austria, and Croatia seems to meld together the best of all its neighbouring countries. It’s the perfect place to road trip through, given its relatively small size and with such variety of natural as well as urban landscapes so close in proximity to one another.
We spent almost a week of driving through Slovenia and seeing as much as we could, and it quickly rose to the top of our favourites list. Here is my postcard from Slovenia, with the highlights of our trip:
Dining at Hisa Franko
This restaurant was our initial inspiration for visiting Slovenia, and provided the basis for the entire trip. Hisa Franko became well known to the world (including ourselves) after being featured in Netflix’s original culinary docu-series, Chef’s Table. We fell in love with owners Ana and Valter, the wife and husband duo that make up the chef and sommelier of the restaurant, respectively. As soon as we saw their episode, we knew we had to try their tasting menu. And so this entire adventure began…
Glamping (= Glamorous Camping)
I wouldn’t exactly call myself a ‘camper.’ But camping complete with cotton sheets, wood-fire heated hottubs and breakfast baskets? Sign me up. Our glamping experience was much anticipated and it did not disapoint. It was so refreshing and rejuvinating to be immersed in nature, surrounded by trees, waking up with the sun and the birds, while still maintaining the comforts of a hotel (hello queen sized bed and walk in shower!).
Boating on Lake Bled
Lake Bled is the most visited place in the country, and for good reason. It’s unbelievably beautiful, with a deep turquoise green lake surrounded by rolling alpine hills, a castle perched precariously on the cliff of one, with a small island complete with church and steeple dotting the impossibly still water. I happily rowed my smirk boyfriend across it one morning.
Sipping Slovenian Wines
Who knew wines from this region were soo good? As my boyfriend said to me afterwards, “this trip ruined wine for me forever.” As in, no other wines could hardly compare. We had such amazing varieties, from dry & delicious sparkling rosés, crisp fruity rieslings, the tastiest red I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, to a sweet dessert wine comparable to that of Canada’s ice wines, but much more drinkable.
Driving through the Vršič Pass
This is probably my most memorable driving experience ever. Seemingly every 5 minutes I had to pull over to admire the breathtaking views at over 1600 meters high. The hairpin turns sure kept us on our toes!
Capital City Cafe Hopping
Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city, blew us away. I instantly fell in love with the architecture, the young hip feel, and intimately welcoming atmosphere. The river that bisects the city is lined with cafes and restaurants, each with patios spilling onto the sidewalk and buzzing with life. It’s an extremely easy place to navigate, and I am completely fascinated with its recent urban planning revamp. I think every city can take a page from their book.