|We left Ljubljana and headed for one of the smallest coasts in Europe - Slovenia has a mere 25 miles of shore on the Adriatic Sea between Croatia and Italy. Before we reached the sea, we stopped off at an immense underground cave complex (Škocjan). About 500 feet under the surface, a river has carved out an awesome underground chasm. Near the end of the two miles of caves, we crossed a narrow footbridge that was 150 feet above the river.
Having been disappointed in Hungary when we visited the Lipizzaner Museum, we decided to visit the birthplace (or maybe just the conception) of the big snow-white horses in Lipica. It turns out the town is just a stud farm and a casino (we could not figure out the connection). After a quick short cut through Italy, we arrived in the picturesque Slovenian port town of Piran. Cars are unwelcomed on the winding Venetian alleyways. You can actually see Venice from the high points of the town. We basked in the sunny weather, did a little diving, and enjoyed the seafood restaurants. It was with a heavy heart that after 20 days of at least one doner kebab, we could not find one in Piran.
We finished up in Slovenia with a visit to Lake Bled. The lake has one island on which sits a church and nothing else. On a three hundred foot bluff a castle looks down on the lake and town - sound like too much, it almost is...