Actually it’s Transylvania, that’s in Romania.  That’s where Dracula lives.  Slovenia.  That’s where I’m going.  Very different.

This is a conversation I have on a far too regular basis when I tell people I’m going to Slovenia.  I get all kinds of questions about it too.

Oh, where is that?

What’s in Slovenia?

Oh, Sylvania, like Dracula?  No!

Slovenia, like, next to Italy and Austria, land of castles and mountains.  And castles in mountains!  Caves and beauty are in surplus and old cities galore with plenty of countryside to spare.

Not many people know much about Slovenia, myself included, but even less know that it’s even a country, much less where it is.  However, in late September, this will be changing for me.

That is Lake Bled and Bled Castle, a Slovenian landmark.  No motorized boats are allowed on the lake, only Pletna boats that are rowed.  The castle is built in the middle of the lake on a small island.

Ljubljana us the capital and this is a lovely night shot of the historic city.  It’s in the middle of a trade route between the Adriatic Sea and the Danube Region.  I will be spending the last four days here.  It also happens to have a cool hostel that was a prison in a former life.  Hostel Celica for the curious!

One of the infamous Slovenia caves, the Grand Canyon of the underground.  This is Skocjan Cave.  I’m not sure I’ll get to go here (sad!) but it would be reason enough for me to go back because caves rock, no pun intended there!

Here is a link to some blog posts about Slovenia from someone that has already been there.  They are truly well written and kickstart my wanderlust all over again, but get me that much more excited about my time there.

Have you been to Slovenia?  Do you want to go there someday?