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Home Page > Travelogues > Slovenia (a.k.a. Slovenija)

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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Slovenia -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)

IntroductionThe Yahoo! Travel site once describe Slovenia as the darling of SloveniaYugoslavia that got away.  Slovenia was the first country to declare independence from Yugoslavia after the Cold War, and was fortunate only to have fought a ten-day limited conflict, as opposed to the horrendous war that engulfed the rest of the Balkans.  Slovenia wasted no time exercising its old ties to the West and positioning itself for inclusion into the European Union in 2004.

What old ties?  Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana (loob-lee-YAN-uh), was the former French capital of Napoleon's Illyrian provinces (a memorial to Napoleon resides downtown).  Later, Slovenia was brought into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where it prospered.  Now, Slovenia has every modern convenience available and is attracting tourists seeking refuge from the high prices of the Austrian Alps to the north by offering the southern Julian Alps.  Slovenia's small stretch of coastland (with Koper and Piran) is also attracting lots of visitors.

My own travels number one... a cold November weekend during which I sought to get in to see Slovenia facing Romania for the right to play in the World Cup Finals of 2002 (I succeeded).  I spent most of the time in Ljubljana, but also made it out to the famous lake town of Bled (who will celebrate its 1000th anniversary in 2004, also).

My "list" for Slovenia contains Koper and Piran on the coastline, the city of Maribor in the northeast which is only a short train ride from the Austrian city of Graz, and the Skocjan Caves which are somewhere between Koper and Ljubljana.

Travelogues and Features.  The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different locations in Slovenia, as shown below.  

RED:  LJUBLJANA.  Ljubljana is a jewel that deserves a lot more attention than it gets.  It is a beautiful city wrapped The Franciscan Church over Presernov Squarearound a sharp bend in the river with the grand white Ljubljanica Hrad (castle) looming high overhead.  It has a long history, 3000 years ago it was the Roman city of Emona, and large sections of the Roman wall still remains.  But Ljubljana is very much a modern city with new cafes and restaurants and all the modern conveniences.  It's a great, and relatively untapped, place to visit. GREEN:  The Bled-Lesce Pocket and Julian Alps.  The Julian Alps south of Austria are being touted as an inexpensive alternative for European Bled Lakesnowbunnies.  Among the foothills of these Alps is the town of Bled, famous for its huge Alpine lake (pictured) with a single island and Cathedral in the center, and the tall cliffside that hosts the 1000-year old Bled Castle.  This resort town is being quickly rediscovered by tourists.  As an aside, I also included the small village of Lesce nearby, as it provides a brief insight to how Yugoslav towns appeared during the Communist era.


bulletWorld Cup Playoffs- Slovenia-Romania, Nov 2001.  What is it like to watch a nascent country qualify for the world's greatest soccer tournament for the first time?  Click here.

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the Slovene-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  If an English language link is not available, click on the "Turizem" section.  This is for the tourism page, which should have English content available.  Pages where English content was not readily available is marked "in Slovene".  Links updated 10 January 2006.

Country Links:

bullet Slovenia Official Tourism Website
bullet US Embassy to Slovenia
bullet US Consular Sheet for Slovenia
bullet Slovene Embassy to US 

City and Town Links:


Bled Home Page


Ljubljana Home Page

FOTW Flags Of The World website