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Category Archives: Europe

Giudecca, Venice

Giudecca Venice’s central islands are the uncontested main attraction to visitors in the Venetian lagoon. Giudecca is a smaller, predominantly residential island in the sestiere (borough) directly south of the central islands and much quieter for it. In ancient times, the island was known as the Spinalunga, or Long Thorn, perhaps for its curved sickle like […]

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Arriving to Venice via Water Taxi

  Smooth Sailing After Rome, we made a last pit stop to Venice. The “city” is really a collection of 118 islands and must be navigated via water taxi, which is a really unique experience. It was fun taking water taxis to and from the various islands during my short stay but it’s definitely a […]

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Slovenia’s Postojna Cave

While in Slovenia, I took a detour to visit the Postojna Cave, a long underground karst cave system near the town of Postojna. The caves were formed by the Pivka River and feature different “rooms” of sorts with various rock formations. In one, the room looks like the ceiling has millions of splinters while another […]

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Bled Island, Slovenia

Slovenia’s Fairy Tale Isle Lake Bled has a small, tear shaped island reachable only by man-powered rowboats, or pletna. The journey to Bled Island is great not only to experience the leisurely lake ride but also to visit the Church of the Assumption! The current baroque church dates from 1698 and features frescoes of life […]

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia is a hidden gem in the Balkan region. The city is a close bus ride away from where I stayed at Lake Bled and makes for a relaxed day trip (or vice versa). Slovenia’s capital city is actually small enough to be explored entirely on foot in a couple hours. The University of Ljubljana is […]

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