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Travel to Slovenia

Slovenia Bled LakeSlovenia is small country in the south of Europe and it is often confused with Slovakia or also some other countries. It has only 2 million people with its own language called Slovenian. Despite that the country is very small, it is very diverse because you can find a lot of different things here. You can visit Julian Alps, find interesting lakes, and view beautiful waterfalls. There are also spas, many caves, karst phenomenons, the Adriatic Sea and much more. Because distances are small you can visit many places just in one day.

Lake Bled is one of the most visited tourist places in Slovenia. There you can see the only real island in Slovenia because on the coast in Slovenia there is no one. Above the lake is a castle, so the entire scenery looks like it’s from fairy tale. Not far away from Bled is the interesting Vintgar Gorge.

Another very interesting lake in Slovenia is Lake Bohinj, which is situated on the border of the Triglav National Park. It is the only national park in Slovenia. It is bigger than Lake Bled and has less tourists, so it is more suitable for nature lovers with a lot of possibilities for hiking and different sports.

The Capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana, which is located almost in the centre of Slovenia. So if you stay there, you will have good starting point for every trip in Slovenia. Ljubljana has wonderful old town centre with a castle above that is worth to see. There are also a lot of museums, parks, shopping centres, etc.

Must see sight is Slovenia is also Postojna Cave or Skocjan Caves. Both caves are wonderful so you will not regret to visit any of them. Postojna Cave is interesting also because of train ride at the start of visit. Not so far from Postojna is Predjama Castle that is located in the wall. It is really very interesting with many floors and also some cave behind the castle. During visit of the castle you will discover different hidden passages, torture caves, etc.

Piran is old Mediterranean town with great squares and many narrow streets. Above the city is church of St. George with excellent view of the town and neighbourhood. You can also climb on town walls, visit some museum or just sit down in one of the many bars or restaurants.

These are just short description of Slovenia. Find many other interesting things beside those in the links above, or visit Kraji’s Lensmaster profile on Squidoo.
Intro photo of Bled Lake by flickr user mirci.

Other Posts From the ExSquidition Travel Journal You Might Enjoy:
* 14 Fall Destinations You’ll Never Forget
* How to Plan a Trip to Cape Cod
* Fun Things to do in Auckland, New Zealand
* Tour the Oldest City in Germany: Trier

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September 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm 1 comment

14 Fall Vacation Destinations You’ll Never Forget

Paris, fallAutumn is one of the best times of year to take a vacation. The kids are back in school, the temperatures are very comfortable (and sometimes still very warm), and the tourists are also largely gone from many of the most popular vacation destinations across the globe. If you’re thinking about planning a fall vacation, here are twelve fall vacation destination ideas that you can read more about right on this blog:

The Philippines

Active volcanoes, spectacular marine life, and some of the best tropical views and beaches on the planet make the Philippines a growing vacation destination. Underwater wrecks and diverse sea life, as well as one of the biggest coral reefs on the planet make this South Pacific vacation destination perfect for this fall.

Paris

When the summertime temperatures give a slight reprieve in Paris, it also coincides with grape harvest time in the French countryside. In the city, fall is one of the most active times of year for festivals. The brilliant fall foliage only adds to the beauty of this city.

The Netherlands

For such a small country, The Netherlands has an immense tourism industry. Between Belgium and Germany, The Netherlands experiences some of its most comfortable temperatures in the fall season. Visit some of the popular destinations in the city like the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, or the Floating Flower Garden. A trip to the country also wouldn’t be complete without a trip to historic (and sometimes notorious) Amsterdam.

Zion National Park

A lot of people don’t know this, but the best time of year to see the southwest USA is in the autumn. Like the rest of the country, there is some foliage, along with much cooler, drier temperatures. Days are still warm, but not as hot and unbearable as in the summer months. Nights are cool and comfortable, but sometimes can get into the near freezing range. Zion National Park explodes with color in the autumn, as the birches lining the Virgin River invite you into the difficult water hike, The Narrows. It’s not for the novice hiker, and you’ll need some special equipment, but it’s entirely worth the bother. This is one fall vacation  you’d never forget.

Disney World Fall Vacation

The kids are back in school, so this is the time to really get to the park if you want shorter lines and comfortable temperatures! Sure, they just got back in school, but this time of year is great for a vacation (maybe you want to pull them out for a long weekend?). The only downside is that it’s hurricane season, too, so along with the comfortable weather once in a while comes a tropical storm or hurricane. Luckily, Orlando is far inland, so you won’t have to deal with coastal flooding.

Napa Valley

Napa is best seen in the fall months. The area experiences great fall foliage, as well as the annual wine harvest. Along with the harvest, many wineries have parties to kick off the season. Grape leaves turn to orange-red hues, contrasted by vibrant purples.

Southern California

The Southern California region is known for its year-round warm weather, palm trees, and laid back attitude. So why is autumn the best time of year to visit Southern California? The temperatures see their peak in late summer in California, but the air still stays very warm into October. While the area may not see fall foliage, it also doesn’t see nearly as many tourists. That means less lines, less traffic, and lower prices on hotels. Check out cities like Palm Springs, Irvine, Santa Monica, and San Diego for warm weather and views all to yourself.

Germany

Just as the wine flows in the autumn in Paris and Napa, the beer starts to flow from taps everywhere in the fall during Oktoberfest. This celebration is an age old tradition where you can sample some of the best beer Germany has to offer, as well as the culture of the German people. Head to the city of Trier to see the historic sites, to the capital of Berlin to check out the fall foliage, or base your entire trip along the best festivals.

New Zealand

While the Northern Hemisphere experiences its end phase of warm weather and sun during the fall, the Southern Hemisphere countries like New Zealand and Australia are experiencing rebirth in the form of spring. This is the perfect time of year to see beautiful floral blooms and fresh snowcapped mountains in cities like Auckland, or in the beautiful National Parks of New Zealand.

New England

When you think of fall foliage, one place probably comes to mind for U.S residents: the northeast, specifically New England. If you think it’s all a bunch of hype and the colors aren’t as spectacular as people say, you’re wrong. Vermont, New Hampshire, and also Western Massachustts, Upstate New York, and Maine experience tremendous fall color. The rest of the New England states, too, experience beautiful foliage just a few weeks later than the northern states.

Cape Cod

Sure, Cape Cod does reside within New England, but unless you’ve been to the Cape during the summer, you have no idea what it’s like to fight Cape Cod bridge traffic on the busy Sagamore and Bourne Bridges, as well as on the congested highways of Route 28 and Route 6. There are nothing but positives for planning a fall vacation to Cape Cod. No annoying tourists, no fighting over a spot at the beach, and you might not even have to pay to go to the beach. Also, no waits at the best restaurants, and there’s still warm ocean temperatures, especially on Nantucket Sound throughout September and into early October sometimes. One other huge plus is the rates are nearly cut in half (sometimes more) after Labor Day and even more after Columbus Day. The Cape doesn’t experience fall foliage as colorfully as destinations in northern New England, but the color is still there and still impressive to see.

India

Post monsoon season in October-November is a great time to head to India. Drier air means less bugs, and a more comfortable trip for you. Check out the post on taking an India Sabbatical on this blog (link in the header for this section) for travel tips, recommendations, and places to see during any time of year.

Quebec

The fall foliage doesn’t stop at the Canadian border, it keeps on moving north through New England and into the province of Quebec. In the heart of the province, you can find historic Quebec City, which is one of the most European inspired cities west of Europe itself. Fall temperatures are comfortable in the city, and the autumn foliage provides a stunning backdrop to the buildings along the St. Lawrence River.

Yosemite National Park

What is already an impressive National Park in Northern California becomes even more splendid in the fall. With a drop in temperature comes a change in leaf color, as well as a change in the shades of grass, the hue of the sunsets, and the amount of tourists in the park (that’s a theme of this post, and a definite benefit to traveling in the fall!). The park is open until late October, so get your vacation in before then. The park has been known to have brutal snowstorms even in late October that can shut down the park entirely. Plan your trip in September, and then plan to head to Napa on the way back to enjoy wine country. After that, don’t forget about San Francisco, which experiences its highest temperatures in the month of September.

Out looking for leaves this autumn? Leaf peepers, stop by this page for the best fall foliage spots in the United States collected onto one page!

August 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Tour the Oldest City in Germany: Trier

Have you heard of Trier, Germany? This beautiful city along contains Roman ruins – yes, Roman Ruins, in Germany. It’s often referred to as the “Second Rome” because of its deep history of Roman settlement and buildings. Settled thousands of years ago, the city claims to be the oldest, and has the ruins to back it up. Squidoo lensmaster RoamingRosie has a great introduction and guide to this amazing German city on her lens, Trier: A Guide to Germany’s Oldest City. On this guide, you can find some of the best sightseeing, churches, fountains, ruins, photographs, and tips for traveling this city from one end to the other.

Hauptmark (Market Square), Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The city contains many things to see of historical significance, like the oldest Roman gates, the Porta Nigra. The center of old town, Hauptmarkt, is surrounded by Gabled houses with medieval facades and architecture. The center of the marketplace has the large cross faced buildings. The House of the Three Magi, or Dreikönigenhaus, is one of the oldest stone buildings in Germany, and is close to some of these other destinations.

Porta Nigra, Original Roman City Gates, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Porta Nigra, Original Roman City Gates, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The Imperial Baths of Trier are complicated ruins that have different rooms that were made by the Romans (in Germany). Each room had a different purpose, and was actually never completed. Underneath the baths there is a tunnel complex leading to additional ancient rooms.

Don’t have much time to see the city? There’s even a quick synopsis of the must-see areas of Trier if you’re pressed for time. Go ahead and have a look!

Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Other European destinations covered by the ExSquidition Travel Journal:

* The Netherlands
* Paris
* London
* County Cork
* Bournemouth

July 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

Tourist and Travel Information on the Netherlands

Nestled between Belgium and Germany on the cold North Sea is the country of The Netherlands. Natives call it Nederland, but the country is also widely known as Holland. Lensmaster Spirituality lives in the Netherlands and has some inside information for anyone who is traveling to the country. In fact, she’s created an entire group dedicated to all things Holland, which features her Lens of the Day recipient, Little Known Facts About the Netherlands.

Windmill, Schermerhorn, Netherlands
Windmill, Schermerhorn, Netherlands
Photographic Print

On the group page, you can find out more information on various activities and attractions within the country, like Keukenhof Gardens, Leiden University, and some famous Dutch people which you’ll surely recognize (Do Vincent Van Gogh and Anne Frank ring a bell?).

Starry Night over the Rhone, c.1888
Starry Night over the Rhone, c.1888 Poster

The biggest tourist destination in all of the Netherlands would be Amsterdam, which the Netherlands group also has covered. The Top Ten Things to Do in Amsterdam lens is beautifully illustrated with photos of the canals, museums and famous windmills, while providing information and opinion on places like the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, the Floating Flower Garden, and of course, the notorious anything-goes Red Light District (which is just a small part of Amsterdam).

Other European destinations from the ExSquidtion Travel Journal:
* Paris
* London
* County Cork, Ireland
* Bournemouth, England

June 28, 2009 at 7:43 pm 2 comments

The Top Things to Do in Paris

The Eiffel Tower, photo by Al Ianni under Creative Commons.

The Eiffel Tower, photo by Al Ianni under Creative Commons.


It’s hard to find a good one page review of some place as complex that has such a rich history as Paris, France. Lensmaster Janices7 has pulled it off with her lens The Top Ten Things to do in Paris France. I’ve never been to Paris, but after reading Janice’s post, I feel like I’ve been there.

The lens is beautifully illustrated and gives some insider tips on when to see the top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and The Louvre. I’ll give you a hint: go early, late, and avoid the weekends.

The Louvre at night. Photo by Zigar on Flickr under Creative Commons.

The Louvre at night. Photo by Zigar on Flickr under Creative Commons.

Of course, the lens covers the traditional tourist activities that you would expect (like the Eiffel Tower), but also the equally impressive Musee d’Orsay, Les Invalides (Napoleon’s Tomb), and suggested bus tours and river cruises.

Also check out Janice’s lens on Chateaux Loire Valley France, a guide to the region’s wine, village and landscapes.

June 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

Things Kids Can Do in London

I don’t know much about London, but lensmaster Lou1842 lives there, and has given us an excellent list of things to do with your kids in London. One of the best parts is that she’s found activities that aren’t too expensive, so everyone can afford to do these.

London

The London Aquarium is one activity that she recommends. While it’s more than some of the other activities, it might be worth going, and she tells you how you can get a discount.

Orange Octopus Over the Entrance to the Aquarium, County Hall, London, United Kingdom

Other kid friendly destinations included on the lens are the Science Museum, Coram’s Fields, Diana’s Memorial Playground, and Mudlarks at the Museum of London Docklands. These are all cost conscious places that have interactive exhibits and fun things children will definitely enjoy doing. Read the entire, informative list of useful kids activities in London that Lou1842 has compiled here.

Tower Bridge at Night, London, UK

May 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm 1 comment

A Treasure in Southwest County Cork, Ireland: Ring

There are guides published that read like they’ve been written while asleep, like some of the tourism book giants, and then there’s the in depth, personal guides and suggestions of the local. Who better to give recommendations about a region than from someone who lives there? Lensmaster Spook has made one of the best travel lenses I’ve read on part of Country Cork, Ireland: Ring.

country cork ring ireland map

The town has incredible views of inlets, old castle-like ruins, and plenty of pubs and bars in the area. Spook has gone out of his way to include some excellent photos detailing the area perfectly from every possible angle. The town is approximately 54 miles from the city of Cork, the 3rd largest city in the country by population, and near the town of Clonakilty.

Also in the lens, you’ll notice great use of the Photo Gallery module. You can add captions to each photo, and it rotates on its own (or the user can click on a photo).

castle like ruins at Country Cork Ring

Be sure to check out the Irish t-shirts I’ve created as well at Irish Curlys.

May 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment


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