Looks like I’ve gotten quite behind on this one. I must have been busy. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and like the country it is completely charming. We were only there for the night but we had a fantastic dinner and nosy around. There were also whole pigs on spit roasts everywhere.
Slovenia has a population of about four million and is about 250km across. So it is small and quiet. Reminded me a bit of home and was quite laid back. We got into town and went up to explore their castle. Like most castles it had a fantastic view of the town and surrounding area. We then explored some of the cobbled laneways and commenced the search for dinner. I was after something reasonably traditional. We found a wee place with tables outside on the cobblestone path and sat down. Our waiter realising we were tourists set about helping (telling) us pick our meals. For an entrée he recommended a smoked duck breast cervice on watercress salad with cheese and pumpkin oil. It was delicious, just a little surprising when my mouthful of delicious looking grated cheese turned out to be horse radich. Must have been lost in translation. I went for the traditional potato and for dumplings with buckwheat while Mystery DIY Man had a mushroom gnocchi. Each main was delicious, 3 of my dumplings came with a cream and onion sauce. We were given some more recommendations for dessert soe jumped at the chance to have the traditional layered cake with homemade pumpkin ice cream. The ice cream came out green… turns out pumpkin actually means pistachio. Again lost in translation but still delicious.
Before we headed to Croatia we’d also stopped off in Slovenia to see the Postonja Caves. A massive underground network of caves – 22km in all on three different levels. We got to go on a little train/rollercoaster to get down into the caves. My mind boggled trying to comprehend how far underground I was.
I’d love to go back and visit Slovenia again. Everyone was really friendly.